Updated version, 7th Edition [5/3/13] The first of a series of books that cover World War Three, from July 1945 through to its close in September 1947. From the cold waters of the Baltic to a coffee shop in Turkey, a Chateau in Alsace to paddy fields in China, a foxhole in Northern Germany to the Kremlin's private offices, the Red Gambit series will carry you through the events that lead up to and continue through what became known as World War Three. Told from the point of view of the soldiers in the frontline, aircraft pilots, submarine and tank commanders and on to the Supreme Commanders on either side of the divide. Ride with Colonel of Tanks Arkady Yarishlov of the Red Army, fight alongside Major John Ramsey VC of the Black Watch, learn about leadership and honour from ex-SS Standartenfuher Ernst-August Knocke and follow Major Marion J Crisp to glory with the 101st US Airborne Division. Soldiers who had been fighting for years could look up at the summer sky and know that death would not visit them that day. It was the pause but they didn't know it. [The ‘Red Gambit Series’ novels are works of fiction, and deal with fictional events. Most of the characters therein are a figment of the author’s imagination. Without exception, those characters that are historical figures of fact or based upon historical figures of fact are used fictitiously, and their actions, demeanour, conversations, and characters are similarly all figments of the author’s imagination.]
Hi there! I was born in 1957 and had what could be described as an interesting childhood. Maybe there's a book there?
I managed to secure my dream job at age eighteen and proudly wore the uniform of the Fire Service until I retired at the rank of Sub-Officer/Watch Commander in May 2007. Those 32 years left an indelible mark on me, both good and bad in nature, but I would not change a thing. I am one up on any cat, for by most rumours, they only get nine lives :-)
My interest in conflict came about because of the stories of yesteryear I heard from my grandad and his friends.
I started to wargame and continue to do so to this day, having a shared collection of 20mm WW2 figures and vehicles second to none in private hands that I am aware of.
As a result of that interest I became a student of History, and absorbed as much about WW2 as was possible, partially to create an effective set of wargame rules and partially because of thirst for knowledge about man's 'greatest' game.
I initially intended to write a book about my service years but retirement and the distancing involved in making a successful break undermined my commitment.
Many years ago I toyed with the possibility of a book on a subject close to my heart and researched it but failed to follow through.
Now I have created that book and it has grown into a series of five, with number two half written already.
I have met a number of WW2 veterans, from both sides of the divide and, with one notable exception, I have always been struck by what ordinary and decent men they were.
In my book I wrote that there are no bad peoples, just bad people, and I truly believe that.
I set out to write books to illustrate that, albeit fictionally. Hopefully, in the doing, I will entertain and possibly even inform, for fact rears its ugly head on more than one occasion.
Part of my wish is to give the reader a fuller experience, which is why I have created biographies and a web site where we can be interactive, discussing things that the reader brings to the forum, and maybe even steering later books in some way.
I hope you enjoy the books and the story I present, taking you on a journey from June 1945 through to October 1947.