Abandon Ship

The Real Story of the Sinkings in the Falklands War

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Abandon Ship

The Real Story of the Sinkings in the Falklands War

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This fascinating title offers a new study of the loss of six British ships during the Falklands War of 1982. Based on new evidence released following freedom of information requests, it will tell the full story of these dramatic events for the first time.

The Falklands War was a pivotal event in 20th century British history, and is within living memory of many. The war came as a surprise to most and was to test the British forces – who were mainly trained for a war with the USSR – to their limits, in very different circumstances to those envisaged during the Cold War era. The emphatic British victory was not without costs or mistakes, but the courageous exploits of the men and ships of the Royal Navy were instrumental in facilitating the amphibious landings which recaptured the islands from the Argentine invaders. The drama of events and the heroism of those involved makes for compelling reading.

Taking advantage of the latest available British and Argentinian sources, including documents recently released following freedom of information requests by the author himself, Dr Paul Brown describes the dramatic events leading up to the loss of six British ships; HMS Antelope, Ardent, Coventry and Sheffield, RFA Sir Galahad and SS Atlantic Conveyor, as well as the controversial sinking of the Argentinian cruiser ARA General Belgrano by HMS Conqueror.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
1. Going to War
2. The Sinking of ARA General Belgrano
3. The Loss of HMS Sheffield
4. The Loss of HMS Ardent
5. The Loss of HMS Antelope
6. The Sinking of HMS Coventry
7. The Loss of SS Atlantic Conveyor
8. The Loss of RFA Sir Galahad
9. Lessons from the Conflict
Addendum: After the Conflict
Appendix: Honours and Awards
Select Bibliography

Product details

Published Apr 06 2021
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781472846433
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16pp plate section in b&w
Dimensions 9 x 6 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Paul Brown

Dr Paul Brown is a maritime history author and spe…


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