* Genuinely revelatory account of a famous military victory, fully updated for the 20th anniversary of the conflict in April 2002.
First published on the 15th anniversary of the Falklands War in 1982, THE SECRET WAR FOR THE FALKLANDS is nothing less than the secret history of the conflict, the first time the Royal Navy had been engaged by an enemy since 1945. In terms of hardware it was a test of the world's latest air and defence systems and a unique opportunity to push competing fighters to their limits in an environment that stretched men and aircraft alike. This book focuses on OPERATION CORPORATE, the task force assigned to retake the Falklands, and on the clandestine efforts to deny General Galtieri the one weapon that could have turned Corporate into a humilating defeat for Britain - the French-manufactured Exocet missile.
'fascinating a great cauldron of stories' NEW STATESMAN
'a readable, plausible and intriguing addition to the Falklands literature.' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Nigel West's book is enjoyable.' THE TIMES
'West once again shows his ability to master the jargon and distorted information of spookery.' FINANCIAL TIMES
'extremely well-written brilliantly researched and important book.' SCOTSMAN
'A fascinating account.' NORTHERN ECHO
'This book will doubtless become an invaluable source for future researchers and historians.' CARDIFF WESTERN MAIL
'An immaculately researched and highly-incisve myth-buster of a book full of intriguing might-have-beens. The hidden war is no longer hidden.' HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER