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  • Goose Green

  • The decisive battle of the Falklands War – by the British troops who fought it
  • By: Nigel Ely
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Summary

On 28th May 1982, 450 men of the Second Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, stood poised to retake the settlement of Goose Green on East Falkand, where 1,500 Argentine soldiers had captured, and were holding in squalid conditions, 119 Falkand Islanders - men, women, children and one baby. 2 Para's mission: to capture the settlements of Darwin and Goose Green and save the lives of the hostages.

This is a true story of a great victory against all the odds. Forty years on, Goose Green is still the biggest, bloodiest battle the British Army has fought in modern times.

In chronological order and in their own voices, the author has compiled a living narrative of the battle by the men who fought it: the men of 2 Para, the SAS, the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and others, in more than 100 exclusive and untold personal accounts. Some are side-splittingly hilarious, some sad and some so heart-breaking they may well bring listeners to tears. All the interviews were recorded face-to-face and then transcribed; many have been left in the speakers' own words, adding a gritty authenticity to each particular account.

The result is an audiobook that goes beyond the official histories or the memoirs of senior commanders, to bring to life the first and, as it turned out, the decisive battle of this country's extraordinary and brilliant campaign to retake the Falkland Islands from a foreign invader.

©2022 Nigel Ely (P)2022 Bonnier Books UK

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Superb telling of the battle story.

I laughed and cried too. Visited the cafe at goose green prior to the first lockdown. Great welcome and this happened wherever I visited. I wish I'd read this book prior to the visit to get an insight into the battle.

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Far more than a war memoir

As a kid, I've a vague memory of the Falklands on TV. It was ships sinking, frightened Argentine conscripts and Paras with moustaches you wouldn't have wanted to meet down a dark alley.

Now I'm older, I find the recent history just as interesting as the far past. As Britain fractures into component nations, the 1982 conflict will be seen as one of the high watermarks of British achievement. To send a collection of ships thousands of miles away to take back an inhospitable set of islands was dismissed as impossible at the time. That the task was achieved is more jaw-dropping now than it was then.

As a key landmark in the fight was victory of 400 Paras over 1,200 dug-in opponents. Military experts will tell you that to stand a chance you need a three to only

The author, Nigel Ely, was there. Rather than simply give a personal account he has used his access to colleagues to stitch together a 360-degree account of the fog of war that's astonishing.

The book has contradictions. Colonel H Jones led the Paras to victory but gave his life doing it is chief amongst those. What emerges is a marmite character who would end careers of those who came up against him and whose impossible plan was poorly thought through. There's the suggestion that vital intelligence passed onto Jones was kept out from Para battle plan. But while he's not mentioned with love one Para speaks of the rude disloyalty of even being asked what he thought of Colonel Jones by another serviceman years after the battle. That's not something to talk about. To even call into question a Victoria Cross winner seems disloyal. Yet so many accounts of bravery got unrewarded.

What's also particularly striking is the way many of the injured Paras are cast out of the Regiment after the battle. Only one, dubbed 'Metal Mickey' as his body is full of enemy shrapnel, remains. But despite this, the voices speak with pride of their achievements.

if there was one flaw it's that it didn't have an Argentine perspective. True, the title spells out that this was from a British perspective but the story of the Argentine serviceman remains the untold story and would have added greater depth.

A magnificent story.

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Great account

Good pace and level of detail. Inciteful too given that the events were 40 years ago. Only let down by the narrator trying too hard to adopt a variety of regional accents and not being fully aware of some military terminology

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Humbling

My farther served in the Falklands in 2 para he never spoke of it.
It was part of his military career that was blank to us and him also.
After serving in Iraq and Afghan I thought he'd want to open up but I was wrong.
this book has made me understand and the voices are true and gritty no holes barred as a squaddie always is.

Enjoyed listening to the Norland crew and their take on it all being civs in a war.

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Honest and utterly necessary

I listened to this book in conjunction with an incredibly moving BBC Documentary about the Falklands War that included Nigel Ely

I had friends and Shipmates who went ‘Down South’ although none of them were from 2PARA I felt I owed it to them to take some time to think about 1982

Many fine and interesting books will explain the military detail of Goose Green but only Nigel Ely has been able to convey the visceral horror of combat by broken bayonet and white phosphorus

It isn’t just another military book

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Grate tribute

I have just finished listening to this book after attending the 40th anniversary of the falklands in aldershot with my Dad who was D company 2Para after listening to this book it has really opened my eyes to what he went through

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Excellent Listen, Funny,well read

Audible book worked really well listening to the story off individual story’s going minute by hour by little storyline off what happened and thoughts you feel you could have been there well done Nigel I will definitely listen to it again total respect 2 Para, great bit about Wendy xx

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Superb

Absolutely awesome book! Narrator fantastic too. Heroes all of you! I laughed and had tears in my eyes! Much REspect from retired Sapper!!

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Fantastic

An awesome audio book, containing very true and informative account of what actually happened. I was with 1 R Hamps and my platoon was at Burneside House and Goose Green 6 months later after the war.
A great book well told from lots of sources.

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My one and only criticism of this book was the way some of the military terms and abbreviations were pronounced ie WO11 is Warrant officer 2nd class not W O one one,and Gimpy is pronounced Jimpee not Gim pee,other than that a cracking listen and typifies the British squaddies dark humour in terrible situations and conditions...

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  • Richard J Bailey
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Goose Green - In the words of those that were there

I really enjoyed this book, the style of narration and the format the author chose. The content is compelling and it is a true eye opening experience to hear what the men of 2 para and the support units went through in that battle. The bravery and toughness of these men is just so impressive. This is a great read of you want to hear about the fine details of a battle, from the men in the ground. Total respect to all those servicemen that went down to the Falklands.