Argentine Perspectives on the Falklands War: The Recovery and Loss of Las Malvinas

Nicholas van der Bijl

2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, coming at a time when issues of national identity and abuse of government propaganda, are ever-present. This is one of the first books in English to examine the Falklands War from the Argentine army's perspective, written by a British soldier who served there.
Publication date:
August 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
20-30 photographs
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241647

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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Overview
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• 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War
• One of the first books published in English to examine the Falklands War from the Argentine army's point of view
• Offers a different and illuminating perspective on the conflict, especially given heightened awareness of governments' use of toxic propaganda, and issues of national identity
• Examines the Calvi report, commissioned by the Argentine government after the war, and stifled when it didn't say what they wanted it to
• Written by a British soldier turned historian who served in the Falklands, in collaboration with Argentine historians and veterans

In 1982, the United Kingdom and Argentina fought a war over an historical disagreement over the colonial 'ownership' or rights over the Falkland Islands. Within months of the Argentinian defeat, General Edgardo Calvi, then the Argentine Head of the Army Joint Chief of Staff, was instructed to undertake a wide-ranging and formal inquiry to investigate the performance of the Argentine Army during the Falklands. Calvi concluded that while the Army had the motivation, it lacked the organisation, equipment, training, and ability to oppose an army capable of operating in a variety of environments. The war exposed political, military, and public weaknesses in a period of considerable internal unrest during the seven years of the Dirty War. Several senior officers who fought in the Falklands were imprisoned for offenses committed during the Dirty War. Secrecy and political disagreements isolated the Service chiefs of staff from the logistic and operational planning. This book tells the story of the Falklands War from the Argentine Army perspective.