BOMB ALLEY - FALKLAND ISLANDS 1982: Aboard HMS Antrim at War

BOMB ALLEY - FALKLAND ISLANDS 1982: Aboard HMS Antrim at War

by David Yates


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This is the untold story of the Falklands War as experienced by a below-decks seaman on one of the most important ships to be dispatched to the South Atlantic. It is a no-holds-barred account as seen through the eyes of a Royal Navy matelot who shared the terror of the first encounter with Argentinean forces when South Georgia was retaken from the invaders in Operation Paraquat. HMS Antrim lead the first attack into the North Falklands Sound where she destroyed enemy defenses and later became part of the main force anti-aircraft defenses in the infamous 'Bomb Alley' or San Carlos Water. During one of the many air attacks the ship was struck by a bomb that destroyed her defensive missile system, but through pure chance the bomb did not explode and remained aboard wedged in the aft 'heads'. All around the stricken ship other RN vessels were taking extreme punishment from the almost continuous onslaught from low-flying Argentinean jets. HMS Antelope, HMS Coventry and the Atlantic Conveyer were all lost within a short period whilst the army was trying to establish a bridgehead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844154173
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/06/2006
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Foreword     ix
The Laughing Sailor     1
Where The Hell Are The Falklands?     7
HMS Antrim     13
The Last Runs Ashore     24
Off To War     38
Crossing The Line     56
Heading South     70
The Tank     83
South Georgia     87
Black Day at Grytviken     98
The 'Three Bears'     106
Total Exclusion Zone     121
Fanning Head     130
Bomb Alley Day     137
Licking our Wounds and Losing More Ships     148
Task Force Ferry Boat     155
South Georgia Guard Ship     163
We Want to Go Home     169
Homeward Bound     175
Lucky Antrim's Homecoming     185
Home Again     193
Glossary     200
Naval Cook's Glossary     203
Naval Nicknames     206
Index     209

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