van der Bijl, Nick. & Aldea, David.


Barnsley, 1st ed., 2003. Xxii + 233 pp., 34 photo-plates + 9 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This is the first book to cover the role played by the British 5th Infantry Brigade in the Falklands War. The decision to send 5 Brigade was taken some time after 3 Commando Brigade had been despatched with, as bad luck would have it, many of 5 Brigade's own units. This in itself caused tensions within and without the Brigade and these were exacerbated by its hasty reconstitution and all too brief training. With the military and media spotlight firmly fixed on 3 Commando Brigade, the 'other brigade' made up principally of two Guards battalions, fresh from ceremonial duties, and a battalion of Gurkhas inevitably felt neglected. Yet their moment was to come in both glorious and tragic circumstances and, by the close of hostilities, the Brigade had certainly made its mark, despite the many handicaps under which it had to operate. Yet the drama and controversy were not over. For reasons that have long mystified many observers, the Brigade Commander was conspicuously overlooked in the post-war distribution of medals and awards.

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