Title:    ORDEAL BY EXOCET: HMS Glamorgan and the Falklands War 1982
Author:    Commander lan Inskip, RN
Publication:   March 2002
Price:    12.99
Classification:   Military History
ISBN:  9781848321311
Extent:    32Opp
Format:   198mm x 128mm paperback
Jacket:    4-colour
Illustrations:   24 halftones, 2 maps
Closed markets: None

 

SUMMARY:

The harrowing tale of HMS Glamorgan, the only ship to survive a hit by Exocet during the Falklands War in 1982, told by her Navigating Officer.

 BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

HMS Glamorgan, Admiral Woodward's Flagship until Hermes' arrival in Ascension, was in the thick of the fighting throughout the war.  Her role for most of the time was that of an expendable escort, and she was to face the full wrath of the enemy - and the elements - in the South Atlantic.

    Incorporating vivid firsthand accounts written at the time, and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, the book also portrays the daily life of an escort under wartime conditions and describes only too clearly the tension, fear, storm, cold, disaster and sorrow which were so close at hand, though incidents of humor and moments of elation were certainly not uncommon.

New light is shed on the Belgrano affair and startling new facts are revealed about other incidents including the high level conduct of the war.  There is a detailed account of the successful deception plan, Operation Tornado, and, unusually, the impact of the war on the families left at home.  

While attacking the enemy, Glamorgan faced missiles, bombs, shells and rockets.  Personal accounts recall these attacks, and other operations including the Pebble Island raid.  All the Exocet attacks on the Battle Group are included, culminating with the desperate fight to save the ship, which came perilously close to sinking.  The aftermath and the traumatic stress experienced by those who lost shipmates brings home the gruesome reality of war. 

Written by one who experienced at first hand that reality, Ordeal by Exocet vividly  recalls the war in the South Atlantic twenty years on and brings to light many aspects which were then unknown to an unsuspecting public.  A gripping read for historian, enthusiast and general reader alike.

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Commander lan lnskip, Royal Navy, joined HMS Glamorgan as Navigating Officer in 1980, leaving the ship after the war to become Staff Navigating Officer to the Flag Officer Sea Training.  Promoted to Commander in 1983, he served as Fleet Plans Officer at Northwood. His final two appointments were with Naval Security. This is his first book.

 AUTHOR LOCATION: Truro, Cornwall.

SELLING POINTS:

Remarkable account of a terrifying ordeal.

Published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the war.

Brings to light many fascinating aspects of the war for the first time.