The Amphibious Side of The Falklands Campaign

  • J. A. Thompson


The events of last year have to many of us who were there, the quality of a fairy story — in the Anglo-Saxon rather than transatlantic meaning of the word fairy. There are many analogies and many of the characters and situations that one would expect to find in a good story:
  1. (1)

    The small and helpless victim.

  2. (2)

    Wicked uncles, or claimants, heading the bad guys.

  3. (3)

    The outnumbered good guys who win in the end.

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    Wizards, in this case usually in the form of British industry, or other friends, producing weapons or equipment in spectacularly short time, that help to even the odds (thank heavens for a strong, indigenous British defence industry!)

  5. (5)

    The Fairy Godmother in ultimate control — there are few marks for guessing who plays that part and none at all for putting a name to that particular character — so I will not.

Before I get into deep water, I had better stop pursuing this theme and the matters that I will touch on in this chapter will be those connected with the amphibious part of the campaign. The amphibious problem exercised my mind for the first seven weeks of the campaign — the pre D-Day period — where to land, how to land and how best to develop operations subsequent to the landing. Once ashore of course my main preoccupation was the conduct of the land battle, the end to which the amphibious operation, and indeed all other operations at sea or in the air were the means.


Fire Power British Industry Helpless Victim Land Campaign Fairy Godmother 
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© Geoffrey Till 1984

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