Hotspots in the Falklands (and Elsewhere)

Falklands war
ISBN 1-84683-069-9
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by Major Philip Thompson MBE
A British Soldier's experiences 1965-2003 include Aden, MalayaNorthern Ireland and the Falklands War

Thermal imaging is now commonplace technology but when the author first used it during the Falklands war in the 1980s it was an emergent technology that had never been used in action before by the British Armed Forces. His memories of this and much more besides make this a compelling and readable military memoir and a source of useful information to historians and researchers.

In this entertaining military memoir, Phil Thompson looks back on an eventful 38-year career as a soldier in the British Army, beginning in 1965 as a raw recruit and retiring in 2003 with the rank of major and an MBE for services rendered to Queen and Country in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, the Light Infantry and the Small Arms School Corps.

His years of military service took him to many hotspots of one kind or another ~ including Aden, Malaya, Northern Ireland and the Middle East ~ but it was hotspots of a very particular kind with which he was concerned during the Falklands War in the early 1980s when, as an expert in the use of thermal imaging equipment ~ at the time a new and highly-classified military technology ~ he was deployed to assist the efforts of the SAS and their RN sister squadron the SBS.

Thermal imaging turned out to be a very useful technology and gave British forces in the Falklands a distinct advantage in a number of situations, which Phil describes in detail in the chapters devoted to his Falklands War experiences.

Delivered in the no-nonsense language of a soldier who has ‘been there, done that and got the T-shirt’, Phil’s straight-talking memoir will be appreciated by any former military personnel ~ and especially those who, like him, served in the UK land forces during the era he describes.