The History of the South Atlantic Conflict: The War for the Malvinas (Hardback)Ruben O. Moro (author)
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An important contribution to the political science and military history literature, this is the first book to present the Argentinean side of the battle for the Malvinas (Falklands) in May 1982. The author, a senior official in the Argentine Air Force who took part in the conflict himself, uses a wealth of documents, including previously unreleased British intelligence data and records of conversations between the top authorities, to construct a comprehensive account of the political and diplomatic aspects of the war, as well as the day-by-day military operations in the South Atlantic.
The author begins by examining the facts and circumstances that put Great Britain and Argentina on a collision course, paying particular attention to the points at which war could have been avoided. He goes on to provide a detailed account of events, such as the attempts by the United States to intervene, the deployment of forces, the battle of May 1, the sinking of the cruiser ARA General Belgrano and the subsequent sinking of the British destroyer HMS Sheffield, the battle of San Carlos, the fight for Darwin-Goose Green, the march to Fitz Roy and Mount Kent, and the last stand of Puerto Argentino. In addition to offering a full portrayal of the battles and conflicts themselves, Moro also provides a cogent analysis of the interaction of political and military events in modern conflict, a particularly valuable case study of U.S.-Latin American relations, and a fascinating examination of weapons systems in modern warfare. Moro takes issue with published British reports that treat the war as a discreet event that is now over, arguing that the conflict is not only still alive but also threatens both hemispheric peace and U.S. influence in Latin America.
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 711 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
." . . This is an interesting and well produced book, written in the straightforward way on would expect of a military writer. . ."-Journal of the Royal Artillery
?. . . This is an interesting and well produced book, written in the straightforward way on would expect of a military writer. . .?-Journal of the Royal Artillery
?Between April 2 and June 14, 1982, Argentina and Britain were locked in a bitter struggle over the South Atlantic archipelago known as the Malvinas or Falkland Islands. Moro, an officer in the Argentine Air Force, presents a highly detailed account of the conflict, using a wide variety of sources and illustrating maneuvers and battles with a number of sketch maps. The author approaches the topic from a very pro-Argentine point of view, placing major blame for the extensive casualties during the clash on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the same time, he is quite critical of the US for its logistical and communication assistance to the British forces, and accuses President Reagan of deserting his hemispheric allies. The translation is quite readable and seems to capture the spirit of the original Spanish. The bibliography is extensive, but does not include British materials since those documents have not been made available for researchers. For those interested in military history and Latin American diplomacy. Graduate level.?-Choice
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