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Three Days in June

By: James O'Connell,Lieutenant General Sir Hew Pike - foreword
Narrated by: Brian Bowles,Colin Mace,Elliot Fitzpatrick,Freddie Gaminara,Geoffrey Lumb,Huw Parmenter,Joe Gaminara,Oseloka Obi,Paul Panting,Penelope Rawlins,Sam Newton
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Summary

When 3 Para began their assault under cover of darkness on Mount Longdon in June 1982, nobody knew what to expect. The three platoons of B Company each approached the mountain silently, treading carefully through a series of defensive minefields. But following an explosion, fighting quickly escalated with shocking speed and severity, resulting in some of the bloodiest close hand fighting, terrible injuries and shocking loss of life experienced by British troops since the Korean war. 

Recreating 3 Para's bloody Falklands battle from multiple angles, James O'Connell - who fought there and was seriously injured himself - has written a gut-wrenching 360-degree classic. 

Frustrated by highly inaccurate books about the battle, O'Connell decided to set the record straight. What he did next was extraordinary - he revisited the Falkland's five times with comrades and Argentine soldiers and literally walked through the battle with them, step-by-step, creating an unprecedented masterpiece of immersive military publishing. 

Combined with rare access to the Battalion's records and radio logs, the resulting book is the last word on Mount Longdon, and, voiced by a full cast of actors, might be the most harrowingly realistic description of modern warfare you will ever hear.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Maureen O'Connell (P)2021 Octopus Publishing Group
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"An extraordinarily detailed account of the bloodiest battle of the Falklands war." (Major General Jonathan Shaw CB CBE)

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When I was young and stupid I always wanted to be tested in combat. This book audio and written tells how stupid I was to wish for it. I just can't imagine how I would feel slowly advancing, up Longdon, seeing my brothers killed in the most violent way. Thanks for writing this book James O 'Connol. Thanks for your service.

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A war book like no other!

A war book like no other I have ever read. The mullti-dimensional way the book is written and narrated really transports the listener into the thick of the battle action, which oftentimes is very moving and harrowing. I recommend first reading Max Hastings excellent book on the Falklands war to give you a wider overview of the whole conflict and then Three Days in June as its companion. One definitely not to be missed for war buffs.

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Interesting first hard accounts

Good first hand accounts but didn't seem in much of a logical order and the narrator's got half the pronunciation wrong when using callsigns. Sometimes used phonetic alphabet and sometimes didn't, main thing that bothered me was they said 42 (forty two) commando rather than 4 2 ( four two) commando and similar....

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Awesome.

Never had the opportunity to deploy to the Falklands when I was serving in the British Infantry, but I would like to visit to pay my respects as a veteran. Scouse, this is the best and most informative book I've ever read on the Falklands war, and I applaud you and everyone who fought there and I salute the men who made the ultimate sacrifice and who never came home. They will never be forgotten.

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Paras in action.

Great accont of their efforts in the Falklands. Very detailed story and accounts from many combatants.

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The best Falkland book I have read or heard.

A fantastic listen. Brilliantly read, written and researched. Everyone involved deserves great credit especially the author. Nothing I say can convey the emotion I felt listening to this book. Being ex forces I can relate to the camaraderie which you can feel through the words of this book.
If you only listen to one book of the Falklands war make it this. You won’t be disappointed. Again a brilliant listen. Thank you.

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Highly Detailed With Multiple Perspectives

This book provides a very detailed account of the assault on mount Longdon and the subsequent march into Port Stanley of the third Parachute regiment during the Falklands war of 1982. In a way, the book provides more detail than is really required for the average reader. In fact, as I recall, the author of this book originally wrote it to provide as much information on the battle for Longdon with the target audience originally intended to be those involved and their families. For example, we are read reports that include grid references and radio call signs, which for most non military readers, will be of little use.

The book is ably read by a multitude of narrators, used to portray the different men from which we see the battle unfold. Of course, given the number of accounts, many of the narrators have to double up and read multiple parts. While on the subject of narrators, I have to say that I found the general narrative voice, used to read the aforementioned reports, was somewhat jarring to listen to at first, It rather reminded me of a twelve year old boy whose voice hadn't broken yet. However, to be fair, this does provide a clear distinction between his voice and those of the soldiers.

What's also very welcome, is the contribution of some surviving Argentinians regarding the battle as they saw it. This provides some much needed information to help clarify the confusion in the fog of war. I found it nice to hear how the former enemies had met many years later on the same battlefield and shook hands and chatted. Old foes became new friends, and that's how it should be after hostilities have ended.

The overall format of the book is interesting in how the multiple angles of the same battle are told. It somewhat reminded me of a kind of a 'Ground Hog Day' format, where we hear the story of the battle for Longdon from one group of men, then we reset back to the beginning of the assault and then hear the account as told from other men in other companies. This return to the start and retelling from the point of view of others occurs several times and does result in some repetition and overlap of stories. I did find it a little difficult sometimes to tie together related events that were seen from different points of view. For me, I think I would've opted for the parallel and linear format. In other words, I would've told the story in a single iteration, but moving from company to company during the course of events.

The book does a sterling job of giving the reader an insight into the brutal conditions the soldiers faced during the freezing nights as well as the food and water factors at times. It was a brutal campaign, fought in the harshest of environments against an enemy, surprisingly for me, that often had better equipment than the British. One case in point, was the fact that the Argentinians had access to U.S night vision equipment and the British were limited to the occasional night scope on a weapon. This imbalance was indeed a revelation to me, countered perhaps by the heavy use of poorly trained conscripts by the Argentinian forces. Had the British faced a totally professional force, along with the advantages of the night visions system so desperately needed in the pitch black environment, one might wonder if the British might have fared rather worse in the land battles.

Although we see a glimpse of how the lives of some of those were after the Falklands, including the author after his horrific injuries. I'd have liked to hear more of the post conflict difficulties faced by many involved in order to paint a fuller picture of how combat affects soldiers over the longer term.

Three Days in June provides incredible levels of detail and should be a must read for those interested in the various battles for the Falklands. There are many more great books available, so may I recommend Goose Green by Nigel Ely, which tells the story of two Para's fight for Goose Green.

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Too hard to follow as an audio presentation

I would *read* this one - content is excellent. But as a listening thing... very hard to follow - needs to be reworked / reshaped into more of a continuous narrative for audiobook I would suggest i.e.needs the Damien Lewis treatment.

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A must read for anyone who remembers the Falklands War

I couldn’t stop listening to it. I felt like I was there. I’ve read so many ex-forces books and this one is different. It’s a diary & catalogue of events in order, explained by each platoon/company’s experiences. Excellent. I want to buy them all a beer and thank them for their service. They should all be proud. Thank you to them all.

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Great Statistical Analysis from many views

I enjoyed this eye witness account of the battle. it is put into a very logical sequence and tells the full story as if you're on the battlefield & in the thick of it.
some people may find the personal accounts repetitive & The military call signs & communications difficult to follow.
personally I enjoyed this audiobook.

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