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Falkland Islanders were the first British people to come under enemy occupation since the Channel Islanders during the Second World War. This book tells how islanders' warnings were ignored in London, how their slim defenses gave way to a massive invasion, and how they survived occupation.While some established a cautiously pragmatic modus vivendi with the occupiers, some Islanders opted for active resistance, using banned radios to transmit intelligence and confuse the Argentines. Others joined advancing British troops, transporting ammunition and leading men to the battlefields. They often came under Argentine fire.Islanders' leaders and 'trouble makers' faced internal exile, and whole settlements were imprisoned, becoming virtual hostages. Those who remained in besieged Stanley found themselves in the same dangerous situation as their enemy, enduring British naval shelling, artillery attacks and bombing raids.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||875 KB|
About the Author
I was born in the Falklands Islands, which may not surprise readers of my three books. I was educated there, in Uruguay and in Britain, but I had returned to the Falklands to live by the time war broke out there in 1982. Having experienced invasion, occupation and conflict, I wanted to write about this from the point of view of Islanders. I told their stories, which are often inspiring, in "Falkland Islanders at War" and "Invasion 1982" (which is a much updated and augmented re-write of the first book). I have just published a new book about the Islands, "Fortress Falklands - life under siege in Britain's last outpost". Publication coincided with the 30th anniversary of the war. It comes at a time when Argentina is again behaving in an agressive fashion, and the dispute is again making headlines. The book addresses these issues, and looks at the risks in the area, at the Islanders lives today, and their ambitions for the future. Oil has just been discovered and I examine the consequences of this. Away from the Falklands, I worked for seven years as a presenter and producer for BBC World Service Radio, and as a journalist and editor on defence magazines. I have also been a media advisor and planner for the Ministry of Defence and my last job for the government was as a member of a team working to the Prime Minister's office on Afghanistan communications strategy.