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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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Where does Storming the Falklands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook is one of my favourite to date! Great to listen too on a long drive!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Storming the Falklands?

I enjoyed the various viewpoints from both sides of the conflict.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The battle for Goose Green!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Very interesting listening to the effects of post traumatic stress disorder!

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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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Fantastic

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

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Account from the sharp end

A very interesting account of the war from the perspective of a young Para, the author has done well to preserve and recount his experiences and feelings without allowing these to be influenced through the passage of time. The author’s views evolve as he describes his experiences and feelings after the conflict in a way the very realistically reflects how we change as people over time.

For the historians there is detail here which I have found nowhere else, who knew, other than those on the ground at the time, that 2 Para tabbed to Goose Green twice? Having served in the Army in the late 80’s and 90’s that sounds about right - ‘Get on the bus.........get off the bus........’

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A very honest and interesting story. Detailed account of the war and interesting life story too.

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This book for me was a brilliant listen' didn't want it to Finnish' it was just a shame it ended in all out war' well done to the author in highlighting the issues with ptsd

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

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

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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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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.