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The Falkland Islands sprang to fame in 1982, when Argentine Forces invaded and occupied them. British rule was re-established following an intensely violent war. But, as the 30th anniversary of that conflict approaches, the causes of conflict in the Falklands have not been resolved. Simmering tensions means that a powerful military machine remains on the islands, and its guard is never relaxed.

The UK has some of its most modern and powerful defense assets there, and on permanent standby. These include Eurofighter Typhoon interceptors; ground to air missiles; mountaintop radar sites, and destroyers and frigates. In addition, the islanders themselves have a potent infantry defense force. Graham Bound’s book Fortress Falklands examines the defenses of the islands today and the ongoing need for vigilance.

Relations with Argentina have deteriorated since the discovery of oil in Falklands waters and a boom in the Falklands economy. In response, Buenos Aires has established a ban on shipping links between South America and the islands, and they exploit every opportunity to press their case for sovereignty. Islanders believe they are under economic siege.


About Graham Bound

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Frederick Forsyth was born in Ashford, England, in 1938. At age seventeen, Forsyth decided he was ready to start experiencing life for himself, so he left school and traveled to Spain. There he briefly attended the University of Granada before returning to England and joining the Royal Air Force. He served with the RAF from 1956 to 1958, earning his wings when he was just nineteen years old. Forsyth's dream, however, was to be a foreign correspondent, and he eventually left the RAF to become a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press, Reuters News Agency, which sent him to France and Germany, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). While with the BBC, Forsyth was sent to Nigeria to cover an uprising in the Biafra region. As he learned more about the conflict, Forsyth became sympathetic to the rebel cause; however, he was pulled from Nigeria and reassigned to London when he reported this viewpoint. Furious, he resigned and returned to Nigeria as a freelance reporter, eventually writing The Biafra Story and later, Emeka, a biography of the rebel leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Upon his return to England in 1970, Forsyth began writing fiction. His first novel, The Day of the Jackal, was inspired by rumors he'd heard while in France in the early 1960s of a plot to assassinate President Charles DeGaulle. The book won an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. In his next two books, Forsyth again made use of his own travels and experiences in choosing the setting: The Odessa File follows a German reporter's search for a Nazi war criminal, while The Dogs of War is about a mercenary who orchestrates a military coup in Africa. Other bestsellers include The Fourth Protocol, Devil's Alternative, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, and Icon. These books are suspenseful, tightly written, and creatively plotted, and many of them have been made into films.
Published June 19, 2012 by Pen & Sword. 224 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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