Phoenix Squadron: HMS "Ark Royal", Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission

Phoenix Squadron: HMS "Ark Royal", Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission

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By (author) Rowland White

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  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 38mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552152900
  • ISBN 13: 9780552152907
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 128,675

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January 1972: the tiny outpost of British Honduras is threatened with imminent invasion by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops. Britain's response must be immediate and decisive. But there is only one deterrent the government can offer: HMS Ark Royal, once the Navy's most powerful warship, now a white elephant on the verge of being scrapped. To save the small colony, she must launch a pair of Buccaneer fighter bombers on an unprecedented long-range mission. But first the old carrier must make a high-speed, 1,500 mile dash across the Atlantic towards the Gulf of Mexico. The odds of arriving in time are very slim indeed...Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts and previously unseen, classified documents, Rowland White has pieced together one of the most audacious and thrilling missions of post-war British military history.

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Rowland White lives in London with his wife and two children, and works in publishing.

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"Aircraft carriers, jet fighters and a crisis on the other side of the world. Who could ask for more? It takes an obscure corner of British military history and weaves a story as gripping as any Tom Clancy thriller. It's completely riveting" -- Jeremy Clarkson "From the cockpit of a fighter jet to the violently pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at night, Rowland White combines pulse-pounding tension with riveting detail. If only all military history was written like this..." -- Andy McNab "[A] page-turning thriller of a book... White's obvious passion infuses every page and is highly infectious, while the level of detail should send any budding Tom Clancy rushing to the bookshops" -- James Holland Daily Telegraph "Reads like a Patrick Robinson or Tom Clancy novel...This is a cracking read" Navy News "A gutsy, you-are-there true story that throbs with the sound and fury of carrier operations. Military history as it ought to be told" -- Robert Gant