Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. 320 Pages - 75 Photos - 1 Line Art Drawings - 76 Illustrations.Packed with incident and action, this book offers an invaluable inside account of the 1982 Falklands War, a major naval campaign that included amphibious assault and other joint-operations in a hostile, high-threat environment. The first account to focus on the amphibious operations, it has been written by two who were on the spot and closely involved. Michael Clapp and his amphibious ships landed the Royal Marines at San Carlos and he directed the air and sea battles in support of those landings. Ewen Southby-Tailyour was Clapp's amphibious and navigational adviser. Between them they describe the origins of the planning and decision making and analyze the extraordinary command relationships that existed.An honest, straightforward account, their book presents relevant examples of the affect of long-term downsizing of operational capabilities, including amphibious force projection. It also provides a clear picture of the difficulties of joint operations conducted under political pressure at great distances and within a hostile media environment. Because the campaign used doctrine and technology largely developed and perfected by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the book offers numerous lessons for Americans. MINT. Item #3728
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