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They Couldn't Have Done It Without Us - The Merchant Navy in the Falklands War


Johnson-Allen, John
They Couldn't Have Done It Without Us - The Merchant Navy in the Falklands War
ISBN: 9781906266233
Book Number: 54983
Seafarer Books 2011 First Edition 8vo. Softcover. near fine. 251pp. Index. Illustrations. Over seventy merchant ships sailed in the Task force sent by Britain to recapture the Falkland islands in 1982. Some were Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, but the majority were STUFT-ships taken up from trade-and the officers and crew of these merchant vessels, all volunteers, suddenly found themselves thrust into a war zone in the South Atlantic. Remarkably little has been written about the part played by the Merchant navy, summarised by the official history of the campaign as 'an impenetrable mystery, girt about by seasickness' This book lifts the curtain on that mystery, to reveal something of the experiences of the merchant seamen and women who made possible the retaking of the Falkland islands. John Johnson-Allen, maritime historian and former merchant naval officer, combines personal accounts, documents and comment to bring to life the events of the Falklands War, as seen from the merchant ships that played such a vital role in that conflict.
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