The bestselling, highly-acclaimed and most famous account of the Falklands War, written by the commander of the British Task Force.
On 5 April 1982, three days after the invasion of the Falkland Islands, British armed forces were ordered to sail 8,000 miles to the South Atlantic unaware of what lay ahead of them or whether they would be committed to war with Argentina.
In these engrossing memoirs, Admiral Sandy Woodward, Task Force commander from the aircraft carrier Hermes, takes us from day one to day one hundred of the conflict; from sailing through the waters of the Atlantic with hopes of a political settlement fading, and war becoming increasingly likely, to the repulse of the Argentinian navy and the daring amphibious landing at San Carlos Water.
The war, which cost the lives of over 1,000 men, has left a legacy of many historical debates and controversies, from the sinking of ships such as HMS Coventry, HMS Sheffield and Sir Galahad, and the Argentinian cruiser, the Belgrano, to wider issues such as what was it like to command and fight a modern air and naval war, the biggest naval action since World War II?
‘One Hundred Days’ is unique as a dramatic portrayal of the world of modern naval warfare, where despite the use of sophisticated equipment and communications, the margins for human error and courage were as wide as they were in the days of Nelson.
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‘One of the most gripping, convincing and realistic accounts of a naval battle ever published.’ John Keegan, Daily Telegraph
‘Perceptive, vivid, engaging.’ Guardian
‘One of the clearest and frankest accounts ever written of modern naval warfare.’ Field Marshal Lord Carver, Sunday TelegraphFrom the Back Cover:
THE ACCLAIMED BEST-SELLER
With a Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher
"The best book about the Royal Navy at war since Monsarrat wrote 'The Cruel Sea' forty years ago"
GORDON MACKENZIE, 'Daily Mail'
"A first-class account of the Falklands War – thrilling as well as lucid in explaining the complicated technology that dictated its tactics; vivid in its description of what it all looked and felt like; magnanimous in its judgement of men. Best of all, it gives a wonderfully penetrating account of 'the interior workings of the mind of a battle commander'… As enlightening as it is enthralling"
"One of the clearest and frankest accounts ever written of modern naval warfare"
FIELD MARSHAL LORD CARVER, 'Sunday Telegraph'
"Not since Lord Nelson has any senior naval commander described so frankly the loneliness of high command"
TOM POCOCK, 'The Times'
"One of the most gripping, convincing and realistic accounts of a naval battle ever published"
JOHN KEEGAN, 'Daily Telegraph'
"A compulsive narrative with a strongly human undertone"
GENERAL SIR JOHN HACKETT, 'Spectator'
"Perceptive, vivid and engaging"
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Book Description Harpercollins Pb, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0007134673