Book Launch – Gurkhas, Falklands and Leadership by Mike Seear
Join us for the launch of Mike Seear’s book Gurkhas, Falklands and Leadership.
The evening will begin with a welcome drink and a chance to look around The Gurkha Museum. Guests are then seated to a two course Nepalese curry buffet, followed by Mike Seear’s lecture; With the Gurkhas in the Falklands. Following the evening’s event there will be a chance to purchase a signed copy of the book and meet the author.
Tickets are priced at £40.00 and include welcome drinks, a two course curry dinner and the after dinner lecture.
About the author
Mike Seear served for twenty-one years in the British Army, retiring in 1988 with the rank of Major. He served with The Light Infantry in the UK (including an accumulated twenty-one months from 1971-80 in Northern Ireland during which he deployed for a total of fifteen months on six Operation Banner emergency tours of duty), Malaysia, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany. In March 1982 he was seconded to 1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles in the UK to become the Operations and Training Officer with a secondary role as the Public Information Officer. Two months later he deployed on Operation Corporate with 1st/7th Gurkha Rifles to the South Atlantic Theatre of Operations. On return he was appointed Company Commander and, from 1983-84, served in the USA, Hong Kong and Malaysia. His final appointment was as a NATO Grade 2 Staff Officer working in Logistics Plans at HQ Allied Forces Northern Europe near Oslo, Norway. After his Army retirement, Mike became the Security and Emergency Response Manager for Scandinavian Airlines (Norway) during the next nine years. He then specialised as a crisis management consultant working both in Norway and as a Senior Associate of Kenyon International Emergency Services, the world’s largest full-service disaster management company.
Also the author of a trilogy of books on the 1982 Falklands-Malvinas War, his first, With the Gurkhas in the Falklands: A War Journal (2003), was a personal account of the Gurkhas’ training for war prior to and during deployment to the South Atlantic, and then of his experiences in the Battalion Tactical HQ at Goose Green and in the Battle of Tumbledown. His second was Return to Tumbledown: The Falklands-Malvinas War Revisited (2012). Drawing on many eye-witness combatants’ accounts of both sides, it provided the first in-depth analysis of the war’s final battle and explored combat veteran peer support, the therapeutic effect of confronting trauma’s reality on return to the battlefield, the short and long-term effects of traumatic stress, and post-conflict cultures. His third, Gurkhas, Falklands and Leadership (2022), was published forty years after Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands.
About the book
Perhaps the most up-to-date book on the Falklands[-Malvinas] War, published on 29 March 2022, a voluminous and forensic account, meticulously researched, and the last volume in Mike Seear’s historical trilogy. The book is an incredibly gripping account of the war. His attention to time and the specific details of individual moments is striking. This is very much a ‘what was happening on the ground to individuals in real time’ narrative of the war, not a lofty ‘strategic overview’ version. The result is, for long passages, that you are carried, often moment by moment, alternating between both sides, through the details of key battlefield confrontations, and made to feel the ebb and flow of the war, with all the emotive rollercoaster for the participants implied. I can’t help but think that anyone who was actually there and who played any part in the war will appreciate the rich texture of Mike’s lengthy and meticulous narrative, especially as it is rooted in his extensive and painstaking correspondence with combatants of both sides.
The fact that the volume concludes with his accounts of many later visits to Argentina and his personal and persistent efforts to extend goodwill to Argentine veterans make this book seem to me unique – Macdonald Daly, Director Jetstone Publishers Ltd., former Associate Professor, Lecturer in Modern Literature in the School of English Studies, Director of the Post-Graduate School of Critical Theory, and Head of Department of Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham.