Over seventy merchant ships sailed in the Task force sent by Britain to recapture the Falkland islands in 1982. Some were Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, but the majority were STUFT-ships taken up from trade-and the officers and crew of these merchant vessels, all volunteers, suddenly found themselves thrust into a war zone in the South Atlantic. Remarkably little has been written about the part played by the Merchant navy, summarised by the official history of the campaign as 'an impenetrable mystery, girt about by seasickness' This book lifts the curtain on that mystery, to reveal something of the experiences of the merchant seamen and women who made possible the retaking of the Falkland islands. John Johnson-Allen, maritime historian and former merchant naval officer, combines personal accounts, documents and comment to bring to life the events of the Falklands War, as seen from the merchant ships that played such a vital role in that conflict.
John Johnson-Allen went to sea in 1961 as an apprentice with the BP Tanker Company and leaving as Second Mate with a First Mate's certificate in 1969. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He was awarded a Master's degree in Maritime History at the Greenwich Maritime Institute in 2008. He co-authored Voices From the Bridge with David Smith in 2010 and this is his second book.
Fills a big gap in the role of the Merchant Navy in the Falklands War Highlights current vulnerability with diminished merchant fleet under British flag Highly interesting account covering all types of vessels involved Vivid accounts from all ranks giving great understanding