"Go Find Him and Bring Me Back His Hat"

The Royal Navy's Anti-Submarine campaign in the Falklands/Malvinas War

Mariano Sciaroni, Andy Smith

An exclusive and thrilling story of the crews of 22 warships, submarines, anti-submarine-warfare helicopters, and Nimrod submarine-hunter aircraft involved on both sides of the Falklands/Malvinas War, their intensive and advanced training, and their dramatic combat experiences.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
94 b/w photos, 7 color & 3 b/w maps, 7 color profiles, 8 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336394
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : Available


When the Task Force of the Royal Navy started its southbound voyage, as the second major act during the Falklands/Malvinas War of 1982, its commanders assessed the Argentine submarines as the biggest threat. Even if limited in total size and scope, this threat was so conditioning that the conclusion was that it had to be neutralized at the earliest possible moment in time, otherwise no victory would have been possible.

The British believed that the Argentines would wait for them in the waters of the war zone with two modern and dangerous German-made Type-209 submarines, and a modified US-made submarine from the times of the Second World War. To their good luck, this threat was quickly reduced to two, because during the first naval combat of the conflict, the old ARA Santa Fe was knocked out and captured by the Royal Navy at South Georgia.

Further anti-submarine operations followed on 1 May 1982, when ARA San Luis attacked Royal Navy warships, and, in turn, was counterattacked, resulting in scenes reminiscent of those from the movie Das Boot. Avoiding its pursuers, the boat distanced before re-attacking a few days later – when multiple factors conspired to prevent it from becoming successful. Despite systematic pursuit by warships and helicopters of the Royal Navy, the submarine eventually returned to its home port in one piece.

Because the other Argentinean Type-209, ARA Salta, was non-operational, the withdrawal of the ARA San Luis also prompted the withdrawal of all the major units of the Argentine Navy into shallow waters off the coast of South America.

Although the undersea battlefield was thus actually empty of Argentine submarines, elements of the Royal Navy’s task force continued detecting and tracking multiple sonar contacts over the following days and weeks. Indeed, they ultimately fired no fewer than 31 torpedoes, 49 depth-charges and 21 mortar salvoes at these.

"Go Find Him and Bring Me Back His Hat" is the story of the crews of 22 warships, submarines, anti-submarine-warfare helicopters, and Nimrod submarine-hunter aircraft, their intensive and advanced training, and combat experiences – a richly illustrated story that has never been told before.

About The Author

Mariano Sciaroni graduated as a lawyer and currently works as a specialist in insurance and commercial law. He also lecturers in procedural law in the law faculty of the Universidad Catolica Argentina. In addition, he has a Masters Degree in Strategy and Geopolitics and a postgraduate course in Contemporary Military History, both from the Argentine Army’s Military Academy. He has written two books and has also had many articles about military history published in Argentina, United States, Germany and Russia and is a member of the Argentine Institute of Military History. He is a Sub-Lieutenant in the Argentine Army Reserve. Mr. Sciaroni lives with his wife and three children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Andy Smith is from the United Kingdom, and has spent the last ten years in intensive research about naval operations during the Falklands War. Amongst others, he has helped multiple Argentine historians of this conflict, organised a highly successful reunion of veterans from both sides, and also put in touch individual veterans with their former enemy. After working and studying in Spain, and graduating in Business and Spanish at a university in the UK, he entered a career in marketing, and is currently living in Budapest in Hungary, teaching English. He is working on multiple projects about the Falklands War, and this is his first instalment for Helion’s @War series.


"The range of images and the attention to detail they exhibit will prove valuable not only for naval history buffs but also modelers."

- Naval Historical Foundation

"This is an absorbing analysis of what it was like to serve during the most intense series of operations since the Second World War. […] It is an insightful review of the cultural shifts, the impact of almost continuous overseas deployment and the disruption created by ever-changing policies.”

- Baird Maritime

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