Book review: Falklands: Voyage to War

Falklands: Voyage to War is a diary written by a naval officer onboard HMS Illustrious. After Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, HMS Illustrious completes sea trials and heads to the South Atlantic to patrol the area after the conflict. The officer, who is not named, shows what life is like on board, covering major events on the ship and how morale is kept up, especially as the ship is heading to a recent war zone and it is not known what will happen next.

On the way back to Britain following HMS Illustrious’ tour, it docks a couple of times and the officer recounts what happens during this time as well. The book provided a good insight into the sea trials that a warship goes through, but has no actual conflict in it due to the ship arriving at the Falkland Islands following the conflict. It gives a good insight into life onboard a warship heading to a conflict zone.

Rating (out of 5): ****


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