A friend of mine, Craig Reed, has written one of the first authoritative perspectives of the first part of ‘Putin’s War’ in Ukraine — The Russia-Ukraine War Factbook. It reminds me of GDW’s Gulf War Fact Book that was so wildly successful decades ago. From exerts, the book doesn’t do so much of a deep dive into the war, but rather sifts through to the facts. In a war where the media was part of the propaganda, a book dealing with just the facts, gleaned from the most official of sources, is a godsend.
The book is a bit controversial, but not for its content. The publisher Military Miniature Press, has struggled to get word out about this book. Social media platforms have blocked their marketing attempts with the book…a book that isn’t even out yet! Their reasoning…it might be ‘Russian propaganda.’ Can you believe that? Some bot tags it because it has the word, ‘factbook’ in it and they can’t communicate to the public about it over their paid social media channels. Worse yet, there is no due process with Facebook and Twitter. There’s no one to make an appeal to, no way to contact these social media giants. Those of you that know me, know that I loathe censorship in almost any form.
So I decided to write about it – and I hope you will share this to help get the word out!
So who might be interested in this war? Military historians for sure. I would think that anyone out there playing modern military miniatures games, such as Team Yankee or Fist Full of TOWs, might benefit from having a book like this to craft some scenarios.
The book covers the first part of the invasion. It gets past the hype and deals with the realities of the conflict in Ukraine. I myself am looking forward to the background and history before the war section to get a better understanding of why this invasion happened, beyond the hype the media pushes. I’m also looking forward to some useful maps of the conflict.
The Russia-Ukraine War Factbook is available for preorder digitally and paperback from Military Miniature Press right now. Amazon.com has the Kindle version available for preorder as well.
If you are a modern military junkie or gamer, this might just be the fix you are looking for. Please check it out and spread the word.