Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Some sick bay reading

Covid has sunk its nasty claws into my wife and me yet again. I feel like ten miles of rocky road. Thankfully I have a couple of books to cheer me up while I get over this crap.

The first is A Strange Campaign: The Battle for Madagascar. Detailing the move by the Allies to occupy the French colony to prevent it being used as an advanced base by the Japanese, it saw heavy fighting against Vichy French forces. It served as a test bed for seaborne assault techniques, which stood the Allies in good stead during the Normandy landings.

The second book is Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze

This covers the long drawn out battle for the city between Chinese and Japanese forces during the 1937-1945 war that led to the rise in Chinese nationalism against the Colonial powers. An excellent and epic movie was made about the defiant defense of the Sihang warehouse by eight hundred men of the Chinese army against relentless Japanese attacks, all under the astonished gaze of the Westerners across the canal. 

Certainly worth a look.



Matt Crump said...

Sorry to hear that…..some reading to keep you going 👍

tradgardmastare said...

Hope you both feel better very soon.


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