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Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

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The Operational Legacy of the Falklands War

The Operational Legacy of the Falklands War

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(p.169) 10 The Operational Legacy of the Falklands War
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The Art of Creating Power
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Julian Thompson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851163.003.0011

This chapter explores the operational legacy of the Falklands War through the lens of organizational and operational innovations. It takes Freedman’s official history of the conflict, and its assessment of the legacy of the conflict, as the point of departure. Based on the premise that the conflict was the first British naval operation in decades, it identifies a range of innovations – the establishment of a war cabinet, the appointment of an overall in-theatre commander, the requirement for an amphibious capability amongst them – that can be linked to the success of the Falklands campaign. But, the legacy of the Falklands has been lost. However, very little of the operational legacy of the Falklands War remains.

Keywords:   Freedman, Naval Operations, War Cabinet, Falklands, Falkland’s Campaign

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