In 1982, 8,000 miles from home, in a harsh environment and without the newest and most sophisticated equipment, the numerically inferior British Task Force defeated the Argentinian forces occupying the Falkland Islands and recaptured this far-flung outpost of what was once an empire. It was a much-needed triumph for Margaret Thatcher's government and for Britain.
Many books have been published on the Falklands War, some offering accounts from participants in it. But this is the first one to include interviews with the ordinary seamen, marines, soldiers and airmen who achieved that victory, as well as those whose contribution is often overlooked: the merchant seaman who crewed ships taken up from trade, the NAAFI personnel who supplied the all-important treats that kept spirits up, the Hong Kong Chinese laundrymen who were aboard every warship.
Originally published to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the conflict, this is the story of what 'Britain's last colonial war' was really like.
Ordinary Heroes: Untold Stories from the Falklands Campaign