Falklands War Heroes
Published 09 November 2021.
Falklands War Heroes is the latest book in the best-selling “Heroes” series by Lord Ashcroft. It is his seventh book on bravery and is full of action-packed, true stories of great courage during the 1982 war.
The book tells the extraordinary stories behind Lord Ashcroft’s collection of Falklands War gallantry and service medals – the most important of its kind in the world. Nearly 40 servicemen/women feature in the book with wonderful tales of valour displayed by soldiers, sailors, airmen, medical staff and others.
The book was published in November 2021 – shortly ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, which took place in the South Atlantic for ten weeks during April, May and June 1982.
The book uses exclusive interviews with war veterans, newly-uncovered documents, eyewitness accounts, diaries, gallantry medal citations and other sources to tell stories of great bravery in the South Atlantic.
The “undeclared” war was fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina and resulted in Margaret Thatcher sending a Task Force of to reclaim a cluster of islands more than 8,000 miles away that were home to some 1,800 people – and 400,000 sheep.
The conflict, which may be the last “colonial war” that Britain ever fights, was won by the UK but with heavy losses: more than 250 British servicemen were killed and more than 750 were wounded.
Simon Weston, a Falklands War veteran who received horrific burns when his ship RFA Sir Galahad was bombed off the Falklands, has written the Foreword to the book. All author’s royalties from the book are being donated to military charities.
Michael Ashcroft has had a life-long interest in bravery, in general, and gallantry medals, in particular. He has built the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs) that are on display at a gallery bearing his name at the Imperial War Museum, London.