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The History of the South Atlantic Conflict: The War for the Malvinas 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0275930813
ISBN-10: 0275930815
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"Between April 2 and June 14, 1982, Argentina and Britain were locked in a bitter struggle over the South Atlantic archipelago known as the Malvinas or Falkland Islands. Moro, an officer in the Argentine Air Force, presents a highly detailed account of the conflict, using a wide variety of sources and illustrating maneuvers and battles with a number of sketch maps. The author approaches the topic from a very pro-Argentine point of view, placing major blame for the extensive casualties during the clash on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the same time, he is quite critical of the US for its logistical and communication assistance to the British forces, and accuses President Reagan of deserting his hemispheric allies. The translation is quite readable and seems to capture the spirit of the original Spanish. The bibliography is extensive, but does not include British materials since those documents have not been made available for researchers. For those interested in military history and Latin American diplomacy. Graduate level."-Choice

." . . This is an interesting and well produced book, written in the straightforward way on would expect of a military writer. . ."-Journal of the Royal Artillery

?. . . This is an interesting and well produced book, written in the straightforward way on would expect of a military writer. . .?-Journal of the Royal Artillery

?Between April 2 and June 14, 1982, Argentina and Britain were locked in a bitter struggle over the South Atlantic archipelago known as the Malvinas or Falkland Islands. Moro, an officer in the Argentine Air Force, presents a highly detailed account of the conflict, using a wide variety of sources and illustrating maneuvers and battles with a number of sketch maps. The author approaches the topic from a very pro-Argentine point of view, placing major blame for the extensive casualties during the clash on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the same time, he is quite critical of the US for its logistical and communication assistance to the British forces, and accuses President Reagan of deserting his hemispheric allies. The translation is quite readable and seems to capture the spirit of the original Spanish. The bibliography is extensive, but does not include British materials since those documents have not been made available for researchers. For those interested in military history and Latin American diplomacy. Graduate level.?-Choice

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Text: English, Spanish (translation)
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Product Details

  • Series: Bibliographies and Indexes in Women's
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1st edition (July 7, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275930815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275930813
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,976,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The whole world knows that if it werent because of the type of bombs Argies were using, more than a half, or maybe more of the fleet itself would be in the bottom of the sea right now...
This book tells the real story, the truth about what happened in this war. Argentine forces are not meant to be shown as heroic by Comodoro O. Moro, but they REALLY ARE... why? i'll tell u some facts that make this people really heroic, even if they lost the war: while argentine air force planes faced a highly sofisticated british technology, in land, beside their cannons, argentine anti air artillery made disasters on enemy harriers which were afraid and couldn't destroy, Port Stanley runway of 1,250mts of lenght, while argie fighters/bombers were tired of hitting british frigates of only 120mts lenght. AND THAT IS THE ONLY TRUTH THAT NO ONE CAN DENY.
About the Invincible, i talked with one of the pilots that attacked the ship, and i can affirm that: THE INVINCIBLE WAS ATTACKED because: a turbine was sent from england 2 replace in that aircraft carrier, because it entered port stanley docks by the end of august and it arrived to england on 17th september 1982, because in its external repairs you could see the new paint, because there is a pic of a runway with a bomb impact, because after its arrival to portsmouth it entered in dry docks 2 be repaired on the inside, because it was about 2 be sold 2 australia and they offered the hermes in replace of the invincible.
The book express what the people who fought in that war saw with its own eyes, and u can buy it 2 prove that i'm not wrong and then compare with other british books that lie with their numbers
Give it a try and then make a review from it.
You wont be dissapointed
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By A Customer on August 25, 2003
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A sad and twisted account of an invasion that went awry when the invaded nation decided to fight back. On finishing this book, it is difficult to see how it might have been improved except by, perhaps, not writing it. The author's claims are ludicrous rhetoric, easily falsifiable with even the most cursory glance at the facts. One suspects that the entire work was meant to justify the Air Chief's failures as a commander, besides the obvious politically nationalist angle in a nation that has never really other than toyed with democracy. I predict it will be a best seller in Argentina and not really help educate Argentinians on the realities of the political situation (or the war itself) in any way.
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A glaring gap exists in the historical coverage of the Falklands War. That gap is due to the British monopoly in the writing of this war's history. The reader picks up Moro's book hoping and expecting to find a welcome new perspective, that of Argentina. The hopeful reader is destined to be disappointed, as the book is beset by severe deficiencies that render its value as negligible. The major flaw of this work is its credibility. The accounts presented are an obvious mixture of fact and fantasy that result in even the accurate narrations being cast in doubt. Wild claims of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible being bombed and severely damaged are a good example, as are claims for British aircraft downed in fantastic numbers. Argentine forces are portrayed as heroic and effective to the extent that the uninformed is liable to believe that Argentina won the war. The reader is left frustrated, as it seems that the British accounts must be tainted with a lack of objectivity on occasion. Ruben Moro, however, does little but thicken the fog of uncertainty. Another disturbing flaw is the style in which the book is written. It is devoid of any objective and academic character, and is consumed by emotive and partisan rhetoric. At times the reader is impressed that he is reading an official history of the Galtieri Junta, published by the Ministry of Information of the time. History is yet to be graced by a serious and dependable Argentinian perspective of this war.
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