The Band That Went To War By Brian Short Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Falklands War  HMS Hermes

The Band That Went To War By Brian Short

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The Royal Marines are renowned for their military skill and also for having one of the finest military bands in the world. These highly trained and talented musicians are equally at home parading at Buckingham Palace, playing at the Royal Albert Hall, or on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in a foreign port. Why then when the Argentines invaded the Falklands in April 1982 did these superb musicians get involved in what became a serious and deadly military campaign? The answer is that, in addition to their musical expertise, the RM Band Service members are trained for military service and fully qualified in a multitude of military and medical skills, providing support to their comrades, the fighting commandos. The Band That Went to War is a graphic first-hand account of the Falklands War as it has never been told before. It describes the roles played by Royal Marine musicians in the conflict; unloading the wounded from helicopters, moving tons of stores and ammunition, burying their dead at sea and guarding and repatriating Argentine prisoners of war. These and other unseen tasks were achieved while still ready to provide morale boosting music to their commando brethren and other frontline troops. These men are not just musicians; they are Royal Marines.


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    Barry H.
    Fantastic Read!

    Honest, an interesting account of the work, Royal Marines musicians undertook during the Falklands war.

    Bryan H.
    An interesting, exciting, sad and surprisingly funny read!

    A side to the Falklands War that I haven't really been aware of, the Royal Marine Band Service is well served by this book. Written with some appropriate humour, but never losing sight of the human cost of the war, the author reflects an important event in British history.

    Very much front and centre was the waste of lives caused by diplomacy being unsuccessful, war and conflict were never glorified and were almost incidental to the telling of the RMBS service. There are useful references to other reading matter that covers the war in more details, but this one concentrates on the support delivered by the musicians.

    I found it really moving, informative and humorous, never maudlin.

    You don't have to be a fan of military tales to find something in this book to enjoy