A Strange Campaign available for pre-order

A Strange Campaign: The Battle for Madagascar, will be published on 5th May next year. This coincides with the anniversary of Operation Ironclad, which marked the start of the campaign.

It will be available in hardback, paperback, ebook, large print, and possibly audio book. All formats should be available on 5th May, but the hardback, paperback, and ebook are available for pre-order now.

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Book Description

Madagascar provided the stunning backdrop for one of the strangest conflicts of the Second World War — when Britain went head to head against one of its closest allies.

When British forces landed on the island in 1942, the enemy they faced wasn’t German, Japanese or even Italian, this time the opposing forces were French.

Concerned that Japan might use Madagascar as a strategic base to disrupt the supply line to India, Britain was keen to take control of the island. However, the Vichy forces were keen to defend the French colony and prevent it becoming part of the British Empire.

A Strange Campaign: The Battle for Madagascar gives a detailed account of this fascinating but little-known period of military history. Even at the time, the conflict was a controversial one, pitting two colonial empires against each other.

However, it was also ground-breaking as it was the first time Allied forces had staged a major amphibious invasion. The lessons learned on the shores of Madagascar would prove to be invaluable two years later during the D-day landings in Normandy.

Military historian Russell Phillips examines the tactics used in the battle for Madagascar which included secret agents, dummy paratroopers and attempted bribery.

But just how did the British finally break down months of resistance by the French? And how did a tug-of-war over an island in the middle of the Indian ocean influence the rest of the Second World War?

Christmas Countdown Sale

Russell Phillips is running a “Christmas Countdown” sale. Every day for ten days on the run-up to Christmas, one ebook will be discounted to £0.99/$0.99 everywhere except Amazon (it’s not feasible to do it at Amazon).

This page will update every day with a new link.

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I couldn't create a discount for Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact on Wargame Vault, so on Christmas Eve, The Bear's Claws will be discounted instead.

Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact now in paperback and hardback

After some difficulties and delays, we’re pleased to finally announce a compendium paper edition of the first three books in the Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series.

It is now available in paperback and hardback (with or without dust jacket), in addition to the existing ebook. The new edition has all the content of the first three books in the series, in a single, 458-page volume.

Full details, including buy links, on the book page.

Artillery of the Warsaw Pact now available

Shilka Publishing is happy to announce that Artillery of the Warsaw Pact, the third book in their Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series, has been released.

Artillery of the Warsaw Pact coverArtillery of the Warsaw Pact provides a compelling and detailed account of the artillery used by Warsaw Pact countries and the important role it played during this period of suspicion, tension and unease. The powerful weapons created at this time had the potential to destroy significant enemy resources, posing a very real threat to NATO forces.

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If you’d like us to use instant messenger or a similar service to tell you about new books, discounts, etc, please let us know. Once we know what people prefer, we’ll look into setting something up.

Combat Engineering Equipment of the Warsaw Pact now available

On this, the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, we are proud to announce that the second book in the Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series has been released.

Combat Engineering Equipment of the Warsaw Pact

The ability to advance rapidly over sometimes difficult terrain was a key part of the Warsaw Pact’s strategy. The Eastern European nations which formed this historic alliance wanted to be able to move quickly and effectively so they didn’t give their enemies an advantage.

The vital tools which helped the Warsaw Pact overcome the challenges it faced included a whole range of combat engineering equipment. This book is a factual reference of the equipment which was used throughout the Cold War period and the important roles each piece played.

With obstacles including rivers and minefields to negotiate, combat units could have faced costly delays if it hadn’t been for the diligent work of the Warsaw Pact’s engineers. Refusing to allow troops to be slowed down by the landscape, these combat engineers worked in sometimes challenging conditions to find safe routes to their destination.

From building bridges and clearing safe lanes through minefields to repairing and recovering broken down vehicles and creating field fortifications, the work of these engineers played an essential part in the Warsaw Pact’s military strategy.

But the work of this effective force would have been impossible without the specialist engineering equipment they used. Rugged, simplistic compared to their Western equivalents, these items would play a crucial part in both peacetime military exercises and combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact now available

We’re proud to announce that the first book in the new Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series has been released, and the second book is available for pre-order.

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact details more than 100 military vehicles from the 2P26 “Baby Carriage” – a compact Soviet off-road vehicle mounted with anti-tank missiles – to the T-80U main battle tank, in service from 1985 onwards.

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Combat Engineering Equipment of the Warsaw Pact

Combat Engineering Equipment of the Warsaw Pact is a factual reference of the combat engineering equipment which was used throughout the Cold War period and the important roles each piece played.

Pre-order the ebook or paperback now.

A Ray of Light is a finalist in the Arnold Bennett Book Prize

A Ray Of Light - coverWe’re pleased to announce that A Ray of Light is one of five finalists in the 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize.

The five finalists are Sitting Ducks by Lisa Blower; Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster; A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice and the North Staffordshire Miners by Russell Phillips; Arnold Bennett’s Grand Babylon Hotel edited by Rando Saloman and What Must Happen by Jeffrey Wainwright.

Broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed will present the winner with a £500 cheque at a ceremony at Keele University on 1st September. Following the prize presentation, Samira will deliver a lecture entitled “What Arnold Bennett can tell us about Brexit Britain”, as part of a two-day celebration of the author.

Pre-Order Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw PactWe are proud to announce that the first book in our new Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series is now available for pre-order.

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact will be released on 22nd August. It details more than 100 military vehicles from the 2P26 “Baby Carriage” – a compact Soviet off-road vehicle mounted with anti-tank missiles – to the T-80U main battle tank, in service from 1985 onwards.

Pre-order the ebook or paperback now.