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Excursion to Hell: Mount Longdon : A Universal Story of Battle by Bramley, Vincent (1993) Hardcover Hardcover – 1900
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I was in a peculiar situation because I identified myself with Vincent's enemy, so everything he said about them I took it very personally. I have read lot's of books about different wars, but no book accomplished to describe the carnage of battle so well as this one. Because it is written in a first person point of view, it got more deeper in the explanation of his past moments. He did actually made me angry in a way when he wrote for example how he shot Argentines as if they were animals. He later wrote some experiences when the Argentines already surrendered and he was given some prisoners to take care of, and that relationship was kind of ironically nice. They were friends when they surrendered but enemies during battle. It did in a way, hurt my national pride.
Vincent wrote some things that is still a secret right now for example the executions of American hired mercenaries that fought for Argentina. He also wrote things that were new for me like how the Argentines sabotaged the islanders and British Army after surrendering, like booby traps or destruction of water pump facilities.
I recommend this book for those who are willing to read it in the most neutral way, because if not (if you are an Argentine) you will set fire this book or it will encourage violence between both sides.
The battle itself must have been horrific, let alone the TAB before hand, which in itself was a superhuman effort.
Well done Vince. You have written a frank account of something that (thankfully) most do not have to do. It is a fitting and lasting tribute to your colleagues.
He was a L/CPL in the trg BN that I did my basic training in, in 1990. I had a face and a voice to go with the book! As a young soldier the book gripped and excited me, it made me fearful and thoughtful.
In hindsight the book was good for me in one way: as a soldier it opened my eyes to the extent that war was not glamourous and very dangerous indeed, through personal experience later in my service I thought back to when I bought the book and my thoughts were: "HOW TRUE".
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