TOO FEW TOO FAR 

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Seen through the eyes of Section Commander George Thomsen, this inspiring first-hand account, tells of the tension-packed lead up, and the heroic stand, by a tiny band of brothers on one of the most inhospitable islands on the planet - South Georgia - 800 miles South West of the Falklands. They fought alone - besieged, isolated, and against an overwhelming invasion force - and yet had the enemy reeling on the ropes. This is a story of true British grit, sheer bloody-mindedness, professionalism and ingenuity, when world events of 1982 literally took TOO FEW TOO FAR.

'Revealed: the untold story of 22 brave Marines in the run up to the Falkland's War' The Daily Mail

'No Surrender: how 22 Marines saw off Argentine Invaders'
The Daily Telegraph. Now in Paperback

'A wonderfully exciting book, elegantly written by Angel, whose taught, descriptive prose does justice to a tale of braver
y' Bournemouth Echo

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The story begins with George's arrival on the Falkland Islands nearly twelve months before the start of hostilities, and ends eight hundred miles south-west in an extraordinary contest between 22 lightly armed British Royal Marines against the might of an air and water-borne Argentine invasion force.
The battle that ensued was fought with such grit and ingenuity that it resulted in the invaders getting far more than a bloody nose, and resulted in an action unique in British military history.
TOO FEW TOO FAR is George Thomsen's true story
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IN SEARCH OF ISAAC GULLIVER

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From the latter half of the eighteenth century, until the year of his death in 1822, Isaac Gulliver rose to become the most notorious and successful smuggler on the south coast of England. A figure of legend and mystery and a hero of romance, Gulliver and his army of moonrakers harried the Kings preventative officers along the coast of Hampshire and Dorset, from Christchurch in the east to Lyme Regis in the west.
The smuggling of goods from across the channel was at its peak in this period, and Dorsets coastline, with its wooded creeks around the Bournemouth area and wide sweeps of deserted shingle and sand further west, made it ideal for clandestine moonlit landings. Behind the beachheads, running for many miles inland, the broad wild sweep of Dorset heath-land - some of which is still visible today - was the smugglers route to the towns, hamlets, farms and coach houses within.

Stories tell of entire communities supplementing their meagre farm wages with earnings from the illegal contraband trade. Cheating the taxmanwas seen as fair game, after all most of the monies collected went purely to finance a succession of foreign wars, and the Dorset agricultural worker - kept poor by wealthy landowners - had their own war to fight.
For the peasant it was a constant struggle against disease and malnutrition.

It was during Gulliver’s time that the Dorset labourer became enclosed in poverty when, in 1770, the rural landscape of the English countryside began to change forever. From this date, and into the next decade, the landowners - greedy for even greater wealth - proceeded to annex vast acreages of land. After these land enclosures the peasants no longer had the commons on which to graze their sheep or single cow for milking, even their plots to grow vegetables had been taken from them. As a result the peasant’s basic diet became one of potatoes and bread, leaving them with a mean and undernourished existence.

Smugglers such as Gulliver were revered in such society, their trade in cut price black market goods, payment for handling, and employment in their gangs, made the difference to many lives, and in so doing bought them fame and, above all, great loyalty.     ISBN 9780956071507 £12.99 in all good bookshops