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Storming the Falklands

My War and After
Narrated by: David Monteath
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Tony Banks and his comrades of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment were highly trained, but nothing could prepare them for the intensity and ferocity of fighting to liberate the Falkland Islands.

Plunged into a war of night attacks and vicious close-quarters combat, Banks and his fellow soldiers' fierce bravery and determination saw them through the bloodiest conflict British troops had faced in decades. Seventeen men died at Goose Green, a hard-fought battle the paras came close to losing.

After the Falklands, Banks suffered years of debilitating combat stress, a battle only recently won when he met his former enemies and laid the demons to rest.

©2012 Tony Banks (P)2013 Hachette Digital

Critic reviews

"[A] visceral, fast-paced, no-holds-barred autobiography . . . Strongly recommended" (Neil Faulkner, Military History Monthly)
"A vivid, thoughtful book" ( Herald magazine)
"A harrowing first-hand account" ( Daily Mirror)

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Appreciation for a enthralling true account.

Every interesting account of the authors time during the Falklands War and I thought the emphasis on PTSD and Combat Stress was excellent. As a veteran of the Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts I have experienced these effects on many of my fellow veterans. I live near Aldershot and continue to be appalled by how many ex-servicemen are living homeless and lonely lives...

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Fantastic

I really enjoyed this book...fascinating on many levels. This chap has had quite a journey!

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  • 24-04-20

Awesome

Brilliant story of both sides of the conflict.. honestly I was really moved by this emotive description of what was a brutal episode in English and Argentina history.

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Excellent

A really good book about a subject that doesn’t get much attention. PTSD and falklands vets. Well done

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Life story.

More of a life story about a boy made good and about horrors of war and wether the war was justified in the end.

Decent book would recommend

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Good but egocentric

Very good book giving an great insight but very ego centric at the start. Also can’t get over some of the readers mispronunciations of GPMG lol

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Poorly Written<br />

Small amount of history on the actual war. More about an individuals upbringing and family. Bad use of English language lots of repetitive words. Overall poor

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Fantastic Book

Probably this is the best book I have listened to, as the reference to Dundee so accurated for the time. Such an eye opener for both sides. I hope Tony Banks writes more books

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Wonderful.

I was gripped by this journey of how the boy became a man and the man grew to accept seeing and doing things that are too much for many human minds to cope with properly. Banks’ effectively brings into focus the national disgrace of how this country sends young boys to do the bidding of rich middle aged men who then turn their backs when there is an inevitable price to pay. An important work, skilfully narrated.

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Poignant

An extremely poignant story, well rounded, greatly narrated.
A great source a patriotic stimulation.
A good tribute to the task force and the Falklanders

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  • Steve Adams
  • 08-08-18

Compelling memoir of the Falklands

Tony Banks goes into great detail describing his life as a sometimes troubled youth in Dundee, Scotland who makes the decision to join the elite 2 Para in the Royal Army. He goes into graphic description of the cold, wet conditions of fighting in the 1982 Falklands War, along with the terror of battle and the pain of losing mates during the war and some of the horrific sights he witnessed.

A good chunk of the book details his post Army life of battling the bottle, anger, and PTSD, all while becoming a very successful businessman. Over time, through the British TV series Secret Millionaire, he is confronted with facing the ghosts of his past, as well as a journey of redemption to go back to the Falklands and even to go to Argentina to meet Argentine veterans of the conflict.

It is a very, very compelling book.