The Royal Navy in The Cod Wars: Britain and Iceland in Conflict 1958-1976 Audible –

Ignoring the anti British rant of Jon E Duggan which has nothing to do with this book maybe you should read it sometime Jon , I would have to say that for anyone wishing to learn about the three disputes fought between Iceland and the UK, they could do no better than read this.Starting with a brief history of cod fishing, it then proceeds to lay out the position of both sides, and events leading up the the First Cod War.After a settlement in that conflict, the Icelandic Coast Guard introduced the warp cutter, and this changed the dynamics for the next two rounds that were to be fought over fishing rights and unilateral and illegal extensions of the Icelandic Economic Exclusion Zone EEZ.Andrew Welch goes into some detail about how rhe British tried negotiating with their Icelandic counterparts, and how Reykjavik s approach to these talks was disingenious and intransigent at best.Back at sea we see how the Royal Navy countered the threat the ICG posed to the trawlers by placing their vessels between the Icelandic gun boats and the fishing fleet, riding them off and shepherding them safely away from their intended targets Time and again we read how the ICG stage managed rammings for the press, firing on unarmed fishing boats when there was no RN presence to protect them, and using the warp cutter to cut the nets of the fishing fleet.And we are also present when the RN is finally gaining the upperhand in the dispute and the moral of the ICG is starting to crumble as they realise they are not going to be able to force the British fishermen away from the illegal EEZ Iceland had declared It was at this time that the London government pulled the mat from under the men at sea, agreed to Icelandic demands, at the same time surrendering the fishing rights around their own coasts to the European Community, and decimated their own fishing industry in the process.The book is written in a fast pace which I found hard to put down, and asks a very pertinent question of why the men who were involved in this disput didn t get a campaign medal, when others have for much less.I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about these disputes, to learn of the very real hardships that had to be endured by our people at sea, and to be able to counter the rubbish some believe about the Cod Wars being nothing than a storm in a teacup. Andrew Welch has well documented the Cod Wars between the Royal Navy and the Iceland Coastguard into a very readable book.One would hope that Britain and her NATO ally never reach this situation again where politicians commit vessels of the Royal Navy to interfere with vessels of the Icelandic Coastguard attempting to police that country s Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ that was being pillaged by British commercial fishing fleets that had over fished their own EEZ years before.Well worth a read. Biased naturally towards the English which portrays a view vastly different than the Icelandic one Still a great read and a valuable resource on this conflict, from someone who witnessed it firsthand Despite everything, the author is aware that the combatants were in fact allies and friends after all Highly recommended but to realize all sides of this dispute you have to get the Icelandic account as well. As a Chief Petty Officer who served in H M S Exmouth during the final weeks of the third phase of the cod wars I found this book most interesting, not only for its account of the conflict between the various R N ships and the Icelandic fishery protection vessels, but also for its frank words on the behavior of our fishing trawler skippers, which I witnessed first hand.I was also impressed by the research which went into explaining the many aspects that led up to the confrontation, not all about fish.I found this book to be good value, not only for the reasons already mentioned, but also for the excellent photographs, many taken from the Icelandic boats. 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