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Razor's edge : the unofficial history of the Falklands War

By: Bicheno, Hugh

0753821869 / 9780753821862
Stock expected by 22/04/2021
United Kingdom
22 cm 384 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps. ports. (some col.)
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006.
Blows the lid off all previous 'official' histories of the war Reveals lies, chicanery and bungling at the very top of the British establishment - and also in the Argentine and US governments As a top British spy, Hugh Bicheno was a unique witness to events behind the scenes before, during and after the Falklands crisis Publication timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the start of the conflict (2 April 1982) 'Highly entertaining ... readers will find this book gripping and discomfiting' Daily Telegraph 'He knows his stuff about how soldiers fight battles and he has done us all a serv

For five years before the Falklands War, Hugh Bicheno was one of the top British spies in Argentina. As such, he gathered hard, corroborated intelligence on Argentine intentions over the Falklands - which the British establishment then chose to ignore.

The reasons behind this British decision, and its disastrous and inevitable consequences in the South Atlantic, are the main story of this book.

There were three main players in the war, each of them trying to overcome their own cultural baggage.

The Argentines were riddled with guilt: after years of fighting a morally repugnant campaign against its own people, the Argentine military saw a war for the Malvinas islands as a perfect opportunity to win back their self-respect.

The hands of the Americans were also bloody from the likewise dirty wars they had sponsored and abetted in Central America.

For Britain it was simply the last straw after decades of humiliation.


1MTASF Falklands, 3JJPN c 1980 to c 1990, HBG General & world history, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, HBW Military history, JWL War & defence operations

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