|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 9, 2018 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
I'm very excited to announce that The Fire Islands, the first book in my Legionnaire series, has now sold more than 500 copies. And it's all thanks to you--my wonderful readers! Thank you!
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 9, 2018 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June 9) in 1934 Donald Duck appeared for the first time. It was in a seven minute piece called The Wise Little Hen in which Donald and Peter Pig fake being ill to get out of work, but Mrs. Hen teaches them the error of their ways. Donald looked a lot different in this skit, but he still wears his famous sailor suit. You can see an image of the early Donald on my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/GilbertStackAuthor/" target="_blank">here.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 8, 2018 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June Eight) in 1042, Edward the Confessor became King of England. He took an unusual route to the throne. The son of Aethelred the Unready who lost England to Cnut, Edward was brought back to take the crown after Cnut’s sons died. He had no power base in England and was unable to take real power from the Earl Godwin and his sons. Godwin had been responsible for the murder of Edward’s brother and he never forgave the man. There is a theory that his “Confessor” nickname developed in part from his unwillingness to have sexual relations with his wife, who was the daughter of Godwin (thus preventing Godwin from having a grandson become King of England).
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 7, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Legionnaire 4 The Battle for Amatista is now available for purchase.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 7, 2018 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June 7) in 1942 the U.S. won the Battle of Midway. Midway was a trap laid by the Japanese in which they intended to inflict another substantial demoralizing defeat on the United States and drive them out of the war in the Pacific. But the U.S. turned the tables on the Japanese sinking four of their Fleet Carriers while losing only one air craft carrier and a destroyer. The battle was a turning point in the Pacific War. Japan could no longer keep up with the material losses of the war and lost the initiative in the larger conflict.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 6, 2018 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
Looking for a great military sf series? Check out Fierce Girls at War by Mike Adams. You can find my review of the series at http://www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 6, 2018 at 4:55 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June 6) in 1944, the Allies launched Operation Overlord and invaded Nazi held Europe through Normandy. The landings on D-Day put 155,000 troops onto four Normandy beaches. There is a wonderfully detailed account of the invasion in Stephen Ambrose’s book, D-Day.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 5, 2018 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June 5) in 1968, Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Robert F. Kennedy over his support for Israel. RFK’s death undoubtedly helped Richard Nixon win the presidency later that year. RFK’s son has recently made news asking for the investigation into his father’s death to be reopened as he believes that Sirhan Sirhan could not have acted alone.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 4, 2018 at 4:55 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June 4) in 1940, the great evacuation of British and French forces from Dunkirk was completed. Some 338,000 soldiers were rescued and they formed the core of British forces that would let them build the army with which they fought World War II. After the evacuation, Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous speeches to the House of Commons. It reads in part: “You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime… We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 3, 2018 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (June 3) in 1937, the former Edward VIII married Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom he had given up the throne of the United Kingdom. Simpson had been twice divorced and was not considered fit to be queen, and Parliament was not interested in permitting her to marry the king without becoming queen. So Edward abdicated for love and he and his wife were never permitted back into the royal family’s good graces.