Fight for Falklands Freedom: Reporting Live from Argentina and the Islands (Paperback)
The world was told about the Falkland Islands invasion by radio, the shocking news sweeping across the globe. Historian and war correspondent Sir Max Hastings, reporting from the Falkland Islands front-line, called it ‘the Radio Man’s War’ because it had a wider and quicker global reach. Harold Briley was the BBC ‘radio man’ in Buenos Aires. He broke the story on the BBC World Service and brought the Falklands saga to life. Previously the Falkland Islands were virtually unknown, but after Argentina invaded, and Britain reacted sending a Task Force 8,000 miles to liberate the Islanders, they made the front pages overnight. Harold Briley recounts the tumultuous events of the time, from his unique eyewitness standpoint, as the man on the ground in Argentina. This gripping book both recounts events and explains the attitude of the Falkland Islands before and since the conflict, and the activities of the Argentine dictatorship intent on getting sovereignty.
About the Author
Harold Briley was a BBC political, defence and foreign correspondent for 30 years, making 12,000 broadcasts, and filing the Falklands conflict for the US, Canada and South Africa. He also covered the Indo Pakistan Bangladesh War from Kashmir; Iran, Nicaragua and Uganda revolutions; the Cold War; and the Arab Israeli conflict. Awarded an OBE for services to journalism and broadcasting, after retiring he spent 20 years as a member of the Falkland Islands Association, editing their News Magazine and publications, as well as being involved in press and charity work all over the globe. He lives in East Sussex.