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On The Table Read, “The Best Book Reader Magazine in the UK“, war veteran Paul Cardin takes a journalist stance as he questions the political and military decisions made by the British and Argentine governments during the Falklands Conflict. Included is a daily diary which forms a timeline of events, written by Paul on location in the war zone in 1982.

Paul Cardin’s Return to Bomb Alley 1982 offers a probing and alternative account of the 74-day Falklands War as he revisits and analyses the political and military decisions made by both the British and Argentine governments of the time.

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With his diary written whilst a Royal Navy radio-operator based on HMS Yarmouth in San Carlos Bay (aka Bomb Alley) providing a useful and ‘up close and personal’ timeline to events as they unfolded, Cardin’s journalistic style of questioning, providing evidence and his neutral stance when sharing his misgivings makes for compelling reading.

An impressive read which offers an alternative perspective to the general view on the conflict, Return to Bomb Alley 1982 feels all the more pertinent as the conflict’s 40th anniversary is marked, and the horrific situation in Ukraine reawakens our consciousness to the questionable motivations of war.

Return To Bomb Alley 1982 by Paul Cardin on The Table Read
Return To Bomb Alley 1982

Forty years on from the Falklands Conflict, veteran Paul Cardin reflects on his own experiences while asking probing questions about what really went on before, during and after those 74 days of hostility.

As a 22-year-old radio operator in the Royal Navy, Paul was stationed on HMS Yarmouth when it was in San Carlos Bay, known colloquially as Bomb Alley. During his time there, he saw ships being bombed, sunk, and watched his friends and comrades being injured and killed.

Return To Bomb Alley 1982

Return to Bomb Alley 1982 is part memoir, part critical account of the way in which the Falklands Conflict was handled. Although often referred to as a war, neither Britain nor Argentina ever made a formal declaration but the days which followed the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands saw more than 900 people lose their lives and many others left with lasting physical and mental injuries.

This book is a gripping read for anyone who wants to know more about the Falklands Conflict. As well as telling his own story through diary extracts and a timeline, the author takes a thorough and journalistic approach to this period of history, asking tough questions about why and how certain decisions were made, what was really going on in the background.

Just what was the role played by the British Government and Margaret Thatcher? What were their main motivations and how did they use the conflict to their advantage in the years which followed?

About Paul Cardin

“I should state from the outset, here I am with a book out, one that’s stuffed with facts and opinions.  Much of the content here isn’t so hard and fast and will be questionable – which goes with the territory – and it won’t be easy for readers to discern truth. 

Paul Cardin on The Table Read
Paul Cardin

“Upon completing the book, please feel free to go with your own gut feeling and to reach your own verdict on the authenticity of the content.

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“My book differs from the usual war memoir. It is journalistic in style, and I’ve written it from a neutral perspective, favouring neither country. The book expresses misgivings about the political leadership of both nations and the West in the 21stcentury, I’ve also provided evidence and links to support my findings.”

Aged 22, author Paul Cardin served in the Falklands Conflict onboard HMS Yarmouth. Right from the outset, Paul was uncomfortable with Margaret Thatcher’s decision to raise a task force to reclaim the islands, which had a population of just 1,800 people. Paul is a political activist and runs the www.wirralinittogether.blog

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