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Title MV Norland Secret Weapon of the Falklands War
Author Reg Kemp
Publisher The History Press
Release 2021-08-20
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0750998288
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In 1982, North Sea ferry MV Norland transported passengers and vehicles between Hull and Rotterdam. Requisitioned as a troop ship to take the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment to the Falklands, the ‘volunteer’ merchant navy crew were told they would only go as far as the Ascension Island and that they should think of it as an extended North Sea booze-cruise run. However, without notice Norland’s role was changed and it became the first vessel to enter San Carlos Water, ending up a sitting duck in ‘Bomb Alley’ air raids while disembarking troops and carrying out resupply runs. Narrowly escaping sinking, the ship was used as a shelter for survivors and for collecting the Gurkhas from the QE2 in South Georgia, ready for disembarking in San Carlos Bay, before repatriating Argentine POWs. Long after the surrender, MV Norland provided a ferry service between the Falklands and Ascension Island. While many in the war served an average of 100 days, for the crew of the Norland it was ten months; indeed, they were considered the first in and the last out. This is a gripping account of non-combatant volunteers railroaded into serving in a war they hadn’t signed up for.

Title Falklands Secret Weapon MV Norland
Author Reg Kemp
Publisher
Release 2021-08-02
Category
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780750997126
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1982, North Sea ferry MV Norland transported passengers and vehicles between Hull and Rotterdam. Requisitioned as a troop ship to take the 2nd Battalion Paras to the Falklands, the 'volunteer' merchant navy crew were told it would only be as far as the Ascension Island: they should think of it as an extended North Sea booze-cruise run. Without notice, on changing its role, it became the first vessel to enter San Carlos Water and ended up a sitting duck in 'Bomb Alley' air raids when disembarking troops and carrying out resupply runs. Narrowly escaping sinking, the ship was used as a shelter for RN survivors and again for collecting the Gurkhas from the QE2 in South Georgia ready for disembarking in San Carlos Bay, before repatriating Argentine POWs. Long after surrender, MV Norland provided a ferry service between the Falklands and Ascension Island. All others involved in the war had a 10-week deployment; for the Norland it was ten-months. This is the Norland's story, told by one of its two night-stewards, who never expected to find himself at war.

Fight for Falklands Freedom by Harold Briley

Title Fight for Falklands Freedom
Author Harold Briley
Publisher The History Press
Release 2022-05-26
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1803990899
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The world was told about the Falkland Islands invasion by radio, the news sweeping across the globe. Historian and war correspondent Sir Max Hastings, reporting from the Falkland Islands front-line, called it ‘the Radio Man’s War’ because it had a wider and quicker global reach. Harold Briley was the BBC ‘radio man’ in Buenos Aires. He broke the story on the BBC World Service and brought the Falklands saga to life. Previously the Falkland Islands were virtually unknown, but after Argentina invaded, and Britain reacted sending a Task Force 8,000 miles to liberate the Islanders, they made the front pages overnight. Harold Briley recounts the events of the time, from his eyewitness standpoint, as the man on the ground in Argentina. This book both recounts events and explains the attitude of the Falklands before and since the conflict, and the activities of the Argentine dictatorship intent on getting sovereignty.

Windrush by Paul Arnott

Title Windrush
Author Paul Arnott
Publisher The History Press
Release 2019-06-17
Category Transportation
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0750991208
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Hamburg, 1930. German shipbuilders Blohm & Voss build a transatlantic ocean cruiser and christen her Monte Rosa. Norway, 1940. The Monte Rosa is sent to assist the dreaded Tirpitz as she bombards British ships. Auschwitz, 1942. Forty-six Jews wait at the gates, after the Monte Rosa had transported them from Oslo. Kiel, 1945. The Monte Rosa is captured by the British and given a new name: Empire Windrush. London, 1948. The Empire Windrush docks in England, carrying 600 migrants from the Caribbean. In Windrush: A Ship Through Time, Paul Arnott explores the epic story of a vessel that played a part in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century, and whose fateful 1948 voyage continues to have consequences – both personal and political – today.

Title Penal Company on the Falklands
Author Philip Neame
Publisher Pen and Sword Military
Release 2022-04-21
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1399070746
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On 1 April 1982 the Argentinian junta invaded the Falkland Islands, while the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was on leave. Recalled to barracks, it joined the hastily assembled task force to recover the Islands. No parachutes – instead a journey of 8000 miles on a North Sea ferry to deliver the battalion into battle. Philip Neame commanded D Company, one of the battalion’s three 100-strong rifle companies, and in this compelling book he tells their story. 2 PARA was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel ‘H’ Jones, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross at the Battle of Goose Green. After winning the first major land battle on the Falklands, 2 PARA were the only battalion to fight two, going on to fight at Wireless Ridge, the final gateway to Port Stanley. D Company played the decisive role, but, in the closing moments, suffered a deadly artillery barrage – from their own guns. D Company was the Cinderella of 2 PARA, at the back for everything: on training, always in reserve; in barracks, the parking lot for those who proved too troublesome for A and B. It was nicknamed ‘Penal Company’. This searingly honest but humorous account explores the realities of war – the tightrope between success and disaster, comedy and tragedy; the strength of companionship and the solitude of fear. Above all, it is a tribute to a band of brothers who, taking their nickname as a badge of honor, fought, cursed and laughed together, to win through on those ‘ringing plains of windy Troy.’