April 2nd 1982 – the day that the Falklands War erupted.
Just sixty Royal Marines stood in the way of an armada of Thousands, 8,000 miles from home and with no support. The story that followed was one of a shameful defeat and ignominious surrender. A story which has lasted for 35 years.
Now, with first-hand accounts from the Royal Marines themselves, from the Argentine Marines who fought against them and from the people of Stanley who watched the battle rage on their very doorsteps, a new history has emerged. It is the story of an epic and heroic defence on a scale with Rorke’s Drift; a story which neither the British nor the Argentine governments wanted told. It is a battle denied; the battle of Stanley, a battle which, we are told, never happened.
In 2017, history is about to change.
The First Casualty is now available on pre-order for delivery in April 2017.
It has been decided by both the author and the men concerned to launch this through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. We want YOU to be a part of changing this history as much as we all are and have been, and we want this story to carry far and wide.
Kickstarter provides the perfect medium for not just pre-order, but for a number of other special deals and exclusive offers as well as well-wishers and supporters who can even donate anonymously to ensuring the greatest coverage of this story around the world.
From our first exclusive print run, provided by YOU, we aim to take this story back and make it what it should be. Not the story of cowardice and defeat, but the true story of the battle and the heroism you were not meant to know about. Order your copy of The First Casualty HERE and be a part of a movement which is changing history.
Hailing from London and calling Edinburgh home, Ricky D. Phillips is fast becoming one of the most recognisable names in the military history world today. Specialising in overturning the myths or investigating the unknown, from breaking hidden codes to discovering lost battlefields.
With a typically fast-paced, action-packed, punchy style, he is known for bringing history to life through the eyes of those who were there. This makes his history easily accessible to the layman, expert and academic alike, whilst taking the reader on a voyage of discovery and laying the evidence bare.
A popular name on the lecture circuit in both civilian and military circles, as well as the top military history forums, his decade-long career has been spent in research and investigation and the preparation of nine previously unpublished works, prior to The First Casualty. Now author of the book being termed the most eagerly anticipated and most controversial book of 2017, Ricky D. Phillips is opening the secrets of the Falklands War. A battle which, like Jadotville in 1961, has been omitted from the history books; "The Battle of Stanley, the Rorke's Drift of the South Atlantic".
KICKSTARTER TARGET REACHED IN UNDER 48 HOURS
We are *SO* pleased to announce our Kickstarter Campaign has been FULLY FUNDED in Under 48 Hours! We are amazed at everyone's support and generosity, although not surprised as this is a story that needs to be told.
STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Stretch Goal 1 : Book Launch Party, 28th March 2017 at The Royal Marines Museum, Portsmouth + £1,000
£6,000 Target - Allows us to Launch the Book with an AWESOME Party*
Stretch Goal 2 : First Edition PAPERBACK Print Run + £1,500
£7,500 Target - Allows us to Print a 1st Edition of THE FIRST CASUALTY in Paperback AND have our AWESOME PARTY as well!
* We have already booked the venue for this event and it WILL go ahead regardless as to whether or not we raise the values stated. It will just be THAT much better if we do hit the updated Target value!
Risks and challenges
The book is complete, along with cover artwork, photographs and maps. Layouts are finalised and ready for printing. The website and social media accounts are also activate, so our only risk is in not reaching our funding target.
If we are not able to meet the £5,000 target to fund printing of the First Edition, there are other 'Self-Print' options we may be able to look into, however the costs and quality of the book would be greatly compromised in doing so.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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