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The Falklands Conflict Twenty Years On : Lessons for the Future - Stephen Badsey

The Falklands Conflict Twenty Years On

Lessons for the Future

By: Stephen Badsey (Editor), Mark Grove (Editor), Rob Havers (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780415350297
Number Of Pages: 328

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In April 1982 the military government of Argentina, under General Leopoldo Galtieri, invaded the Falkland Islands, British sovereign territory in the South Atlantic. This act precipitated a diplomatic crisis and consequent British military action, action that resulted in a short but intense conflict and led to Britain successfully reclaiming the islands. In June 2002, exactly twenty years after the cessation of hostilities between Britain and Argentina, many of the participants in the 'Falklands Conflict', as it became known, came together at a major international conference. This conference, held at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and organized jointly by RMA Sandhurst and her sister institution Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, aimed to re-examine the events of spring 1982 from the perspective that only twenty intervening years can bring. The Conference mixed those who had participated in the events of spring and early summer 1982, diplomats, politicians, civil servants, soldiers, sailors and airmen, with historians, political scientists and journalists. The result was a fascinating discussion of the origins of the conflict, the political and diplomatic response to the Argentinean action as well as illuminating accounts of the military action to retake the islands, at every level of command. This edited volume brings together the various papers presented to the conference. These accounts and interpretations of the conflict shed new light on one of the most interesting and controversial episodes in recent British history.

Introduction : a personal viewp. 1
The impact of the Falklands conflict on international affairsp. 9
The geopolitics of the Falklands conflictp. 23
British High command during and after the Falklands campaignp. 30
The Falklands conflict as a media warp. 39
A view from the centrep. 57
Crisis management and the assembly of the task forcep. 64
An Argentinian airman in the South Atlanticp. 75
Force projection and the Falklands conflictp. 81
The land campaign : a company commander's perspectivep. 99
An experience with the commando logistic regiment royal marinesp. 109
'War cabinetry' : the political direction of the Falklands conflictp. 131
The United Nations security resolution 502p. 147
'The empire strikes back'? : the Commonwealth response to the Falklands conflictp. 170
War culture : the royal navy and the Falklands conflictp. 193
The 'logistics miracle' of Ascension Islandp. 213
Invoking Munich, expiating Suez : British leadership, historical analogy and the Falklands crisisp. 226
The impact of the Falklands conflict on defence policyp. 239
Air power : strategic lessons from an idiosyncratic operationp. 253
Falklands conflict 1982 - the air war : a new appraisalp. 265
The development of joint doctrine since the Falklands conflictp. 282
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ISBN: 9780415350297
ISBN-10: 0415350298
Series: Sandhurst Conference Series,
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.76  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1