Early summer 1982, winter in the South Atlantic, and Argentina's military junta invades the Falklands and South Georgia. Within days a Royal Navy Task Force is assembled and British forces dispatched.
This is the story of D Squadron, 22 SAS, commanded by Cedric Delves. The Squadron will be in at the start, at the repossession of South Georgia; and they will be there at the end, still going forward. Theirs will be the first Union Jack raised over Government House in Stanley, signifying the end of the war.
This is more than a tale of derring-do, although the events and their relentless tempo defy belief. Angry seas, inhospitable glaciers, hurricane force winds, an Argentine submarine, helicopter crashes, raids behind enemy lines - all these and more are in the mix. 'Across an Angry Sea' is a chronicle of daring. The Squadron prevails, but the cost is high. They lose a third of their fighting strength.
This is a portrait of a tight knit SAS band of brothers at war. It doesn't always go right. But the Squadron learns fast. They win through and at all times fight hard, with determination, skill and steadiness, never losing sight of their humanity.
About the Author
Cedric Delves joined the Army in 1966, was commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment and later joined the SAS, which he commanded at every level. He also led the Special Forces before becoming Commander of the Field Army. He was medically discharged after losing a leg to a drunk driver.
'Cedric Delves has produced a fascinating and important account of Special Forces operations in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War and fills a gap in our understanding of that conflict. He and his boys played a key part in the victory, brave and professional.' - Admiral the Rt Hon Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC
'Since the Second World War memoirs of great writers such as Eric Newby there have been few books like this one by a British officer attached to the Special Forces. Cedric Delves's account evokes the fear and excitement of going into battle and the emotions that went with sending other men to face danger. It captures the complexities and cock-ups of trying to coordinate teams from different units and different services in the most difficult of circumstances. Anyone who wants to understand the Falklands War, and perhaps war in general, should read this book.' - Richard Vinen, author of National Service: A Generation in Uniform, 1945-1963
'An exciting and honest account of a SAS command in war: of the leaders and the led; of offensive spirit and individual initiative; of doubt and uncertainty; of ingenuity and adaptability; and of sacrifice, courage and humanity. Those who seek to command in battle should study this account with care for it shows that, "... continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."' - General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO OBE QGM
'Whether military professional or interested civilian, Across An Angry Sea really is a must-read book. It's much more than a reassuring account of those at the cutting edge of the British Army. Compellingly told and easily absorbed, this fast-moving story is a raw, humbling overdue history that explores the guts of combat with humility and candour. I have been waiting for this book to be written. Cedric Delves has met all my expectations and much more besides.' - General The Lord Richards GCB CBE DSO
'This book finally gives an account of SAS operations in the Falklands as I remember them. Its detailed narrative and personal insights impressively capture the raw courage, fighting spirit and agile improvisation that characterised the extraordinary men with whom we fought and happily shared our lives in 1982.' - Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE