Sea Harrier Over the Falklands : A Maverick at War, Paperback

Sea Harrier Over the Falklands : A Maverick at War Paperback

Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The controversial account of what really happened in the south Atlantic skies Sharkey Ward commanded 801 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Invincible, was senior Sea Harrier adviser to the Command, flew over sixty missions and was awarded DSC.

Yet had he followed all his instructions to the letter, Britain might well have lost the Falklands War. His dramatic first-hand story of the air war in the South Atlantic is also an extraordinary, outspoken account of inter-Service rivalries, bureaucratic interference, and dangerous ignorance of the realities of air combat among many senior commanders.

As Sharkey Ward reveals, the 801 pilots were fighting not just the enemy, exhaustion, and the hostile weather, but also the prejudice and ignorance of their own side.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, 16
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780304355426



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First review by a "girl" perhaps! - although the author told me he had (perhaps still has) a 95-year-old female fan. I am currently working with him on a project entirely unrelated to his flying career. This is not the sort of book I would normally read, but a copy was handed to me on a BA flight, when I was due to meet Sharkey on arrival at our destination. I read about a third of it on the flight (the rest later), and found it fascinating. I confess I skipped one or two pages (but only two maximum) where he goes into detail about what happens when you "pickle" this or that button on the controls, but the rest - the psychology of it, the politics between the various factions, the whoosh of speed in the sky, the vast distances covered, the thrilling action and the unexpected events and setbacks - had me hooked.Then on arrival I had the rather surreal experience of having the same person speaking to me in the flesh as had been speaking to me through his book on the flight. He writes very well. It's one of those serendipitous meetings of an articulate individual with a rare story to tell. I give it four stars only because I did stumble over some of the heavily technical bits, and there's rumour that it doesn't represent an entirely balanced view. However, Sharkey's view is an excellent read and highly recommended - even for girls.

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