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Pebble Island (Elite Forces Operations Series)


Pebble Island (Elite Forces Operations Series)

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    Jon Cooksey(Author) Francis McKay(Author)
In the early hours of 15 May 1982, three Sea King helicopters carrying 42 men of 22 SAS Regiment and attachments, lifted off from the carrier HMS Hermes and headed towards the remote Pebble Island on the north coast of West Falkland. Their task?To destroy the Argentinian Pucara aircraft stationed on the grassy airstrip above the isolated Pebble Island settlement, eliminate the defending garrison and neutralize the threat posed by the airfield as an Argentinian forward operating base. The raid ' codename Operation PRELIM ' was the largest and most ambitious airfield raid undertaken by the SAS in a quarter of a century and with every aircraft destroyed it was heralded as a resounding British success. But debate still rages as to whether it was truly a strategic coup, crippling the Argentinians' ability to strike at the British Task Force and significantly reducing their capability to oppose the eventual amphibious landings at San Carlos, or a political sop for a British public eagerly awaiting news of a success. This book, covering the history of the Argentinian threat and the planning, preparation and execution of the raid, also includes sections on the opposing forces and weapons used. It also deals with the controversies and, for the first time, examines the terrible consequences of the raid for the men and ships of the British fleet as the Argentinian pilots, rousing themselves for glory on their National Day, prepared for a deadly act of revenge.
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  • By Mr. Peter Crosland on 26 April 2014

    This operation was one, as many special forces operations do, that had an effect on the war out of all proportion to the resources employed. The effect on Argentinian morale was great and the denial of West Falklands for future use helped the UK forces immensly. A greta read.

  • By B. J. Stringer on 22 April 2007

    Seemingly a well researched and definitely unique insight into perhaps one of the less well documented events of the Falklands Conflict. What comes across is the very high level of planning required to carry out an operation against a small but significant airfield on West Falkland prior to the landings at San Carlos.The risk to UK Assets, namely HMS Hermes (one of only two Carriers)in sailing closer with only two escorts, and HMS Glamorgan in staying on the Gunline to support could do with greater emphasis, but this is an extremely good read and well illustrated.Obviously rushed into publication for the 25th Anniversary, it could have been better proof read (spelling and grammar mistakes) but overall I recommend all its pages.

  • By JSR on 23 January 2016

    The authors are clearly very proud of their Argentinian research as the majority of book tells the very detailed story of the Argentinian activity on and around Pebble Island - very comprehensive but very dull. The raid itself gets barely a dozen pages. The whole tone of the book is somewhat strange given the nature of series of which it forms part - everything the Argentinians do is skilful, noble and effective; the British actions are slipshod and just lucky. The penultimate "Riposte" chapter is pointless - other than to show yet again how wonderful the Argentinian forces were and how hopeless the Royal Navy was. One really does wonder how we managed to win? Just a note on the photos of damaged aircraft - I visited Pebble Island a few weeks after the raid and it was clear that much of the superficial damage had been done by enthusiastic souvenir hunters. Everything that could be removed without the use of an acetylene torch had been "liberated"!

  • By Mr. Brian J. Funnell on 12 December 2011

    Interesting insight in just one of the Special Forces raids during the 1982 Falklands War. Many unpublished photographs. good value.

  • By Patrick J L Farmar on 26 June 2013

    What a classic tale of the SAS... Fiction writers must be envious that they can't come up with as worthy a story line.

  • By Robin on 30 May 2015

    Very good, but needs to be read as a book, or on large screen (PC) to get the best from the maps and pictures.

  • By Guest on 21 January 2017

    Too technical on weapons though 2nd 1/2 invasion interest

  • By grayo on 4 January 2015

    Great book plenty of information. Very happy

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