By Nick Van der Bijl
Following on from Nick's book My Friends the Enemy this new book seeks to show in a pictorial way the Falklands War in a new and absorbing way. Lavishly illustrated in colour The Unseen Falklands War provides a unique insight into this conflict on the 40th anniversary of the war.
In early 1982, the UK despatched a Task Force to the South Atlantic to recover the Falkland Islands from occupation by Argentina. At distance of over 8,000 miles, it was the second longest amphibious operation in modern military history. On 21 May, 3 Commando landed at San Carlos on East Falklands and a week later defeated the Argentinian garrison at Goose Green. Within the week 5 Infantry Brigade landed and by the middle of June, both brigades liberated Port Stanley against a numerically superior force.
The Unseen Falklands War portrays in images, almost all of which are previously unpublished, the Argentinian occupation of the Falklands and give an overview of the conditions in which both sides fought the land war. The Argentines were largely based in Port Stanley and Goose Green on East Falkland and Port Howard and Fox Bay on West Falklands. Van der Bijl also looks at the repatriation of prisoners and, finally, the Islands today.
Nick van der Bijl was part of in HQ 3 Commando Brigade and serving with its Intelligence Section of Royal Marines during the war. In possession of unseen Argentinian photographs, he is in a unique position to offer an important new perspective on the conflict. This book is thoroughly recommended reading for anyone interested in the Falklands War or even the 'behind the scenes' of modern conflicts.
Size 234x165mm, 128 pages