Nine Battles to Stanley is a soldiers account of the ground fighting on South Georgia and the Falklands.
What makes this book unique is the fascinating and objective way the author describes the experiences, view points and comparative qualities of both sides to the conflict.
Fresh light is shed on the whole campaign even the best known battles at Goose Green (where Col.
H. Jones won his VC) and the night attack on Mount Tumbledown.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 12/08/1998
- Category: Australasian & Pacific history
- ISBN: 9780850526196
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Review by Shrike58
What's valuble about this book is that the author was apparently the senior operational intelligence officer with the British ground forces that retook the Falklands, and is thus in a position to relate what was known at the time and to offer critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the two sides. Adding to the book's entertainment value is how Van der Bijl laces his writing with a certain dry sarcasm when it's required. If nothing else there seems to be no love lost between the British Intelligence Corps and the SAS; you will learn a great deal about intra-tribal wars in the British army. One also gets the sense that the Argentinians, with a little bit of luck and bit more drive, might have made matters much more unpleasant for the British.