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Forgotten Voices of the Falklands

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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In April 1982, Argentina surprised the world by invading the Falkland Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The tiny islands had long been the subject of a fierce territorial dispute between Argentina and the UK, and the occupation quickly escalated into a terrifying full-blown conflict between the two countries.

Overcoming the difficulties of conducting a war at the most enormous distance from home and during the Antarctic winter, British troops successfully landed on the Falklands; the Argentine response led to growing casualties on both sides. At sea, losses included HMS Sheffield and Coventry and the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano.

Facing extreme conditions, British troops fought their way across demanding territory to retake the Falkland Islands. This is a record of the defeat of the Argentines in a series of engagements the names of which have become legendary - Goose Green, Two Sisters, Mount Tumbledown - and ends with the liberation of Port Stanley itself.

Drawing upon the vast resources of the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Falklands presents the first complete oral history of the Falklands War. This audiobook is a unique and essential chronicle of the conflict from all sides and perspectives, told in the participants' own voices.

©2015 Sean Barrett (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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" Forgotten Voices of the Falklands, the latest Imperial War Museum oral history, brings sharply home the heroics and obscenities of war. Hearing those involved talk about the 1982 conflict conjures up images more vivid than any photograph...." (Christina Hardyment)

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just watch Blackadder

eton educated captains, majors and Generals telling the story of how they played at war. if i hear " one told the boys to go forward" again i would throw my phone out. Sean Barrett is brilliant and he should have narrated the whole thing.

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  • Donald
  • 09-08-2011

Fractured

This recordings audio is terrible, it contains various people recounting their stories but was not mixed in anyway. Some passages are loud some are soft and alot of background noise at times. The hodgepodge of information makes it all but impossible to piece together the order of the conflict. I would not recommend this to anyone, and I listened to all three books.

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  • Martin
  • 13-03-2010

Excellent series one person mumbles

The who Forgotten Voices series is quite excellent. There is, unfortunately, one individual who when interviewed (Gerald Cheek) who mumbles so badly that he is unintelligible at very best. They should have read this persons responses. There are times when you can't understand a single word. Every other person interviewed is clear as a bell by comparison.

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  • Dave Monds
  • 22-02-2018

Outstanding collection of voices

Limited portrayal from the Argentine side but all excellent collections of memories from those who witnessed and participated in the conflict.

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  • J. T.
  • 06-04-2019

Great book, in their own words

Spoken by the combatants this book doesn’t just give you the black and white history but the other details. The anecdotes the problems things that went wrong and thoughts of the combatants. Funny at times, sad at times but definitely worth a listen

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  • Jack Harrison
  • 12-09-2020

A very haunting story.

I was in hospital when most of this was taking place, but I know people who served out there. (Possibly even gave their lives too).
These very haunting personal accounts take us right back to 1982, and we can feel the emotion in their voices that it is still a very great part of their lives; either as a child or adult Islander, or any of the various Forces participants - and from either side.

I am of course very impressed by the general production of this audiobook, and I wouldn't change a thing.
I would recommend this to anyone old enough to buy it. It's good to either listen from end to end, or just dip into various parts; and therefore different battles, or sections of that time. To anyone interested in that period - you won't be disappointed
Jack.

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  • Joe public
  • 15-03-2020

A great piece of history

A wonderful listen about the war but it loses a star because you don’t really hear from the private’s & NCOs who fought in the bitter fighting just mainly officers

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  • sean mackay
  • 04-02-2020

great book

one of the best war books to read and a great story love it just great

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  • A J TYLER
  • 11-03-2019

Good but could be great

Very good enjoyable first hand accounts. Just a real shame that it’s not all chronological. Could be an essential listen if it was edited