A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945: Volume One: North Africa, June 1940-January 1942

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It is now more than 40 years since Fighters over the Desert was published, and nearly as long since this was followed by Fighters over Tunisia. Both volumes have long been out of print and collectors’ items, but, despite much prompting, Christopher Shores has resolutely refused to permit their reprinting until he amassed so much more information. He has also long nursed a desire to expand the coverage to encompass the operations of the other types of aircraft involved in this interesting and important theater of ...
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A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945: Volume One: North Africa, June 1940-January 1942

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Overview

It is now more than 40 years since Fighters over the Desert was published, and nearly as long since this was followed by Fighters over Tunisia. Both volumes have long been out of print and collectors’ items, but, despite much prompting, Christopher Shores has resolutely refused to permit their reprinting until he amassed so much more information. He has also long nursed a desire to expand the coverage to encompass the operations of the other types of aircraft involved in this interesting and important theater of war – the bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and maritime units. Further, it is his intention to extend the period covered to include the later operations over Sicily, Italy, the Aegean area, the Balkans and Southern Europe.

This then represents the first volume of a seminal series dealing with all these aspects and areas, which will also tie in with the earlier Grub Street volumes which he and his collaborators have produced. Thus a full coverage of all aspects of aerial operations throughout the whole of the Mediterranean area will be the ultimate result. Further, these volumes will link appropriately and directly with his other works of this nature, dealing both with the Far East and the war in Europe.

Readers will then be able to follow the wartime careers of units and personnel involved from volume to volume throughout the war. Operations directly over the main battlefronts will be dealt with as previously, on a daily basis. However, to allow a clearer view to be obtained of operations elsewhere in the theater, or of a different nature, separate chapters will deal specifically with the night bombers, the air defense of the base areas, and the naval co-operation activities. Wide use of maps will be made throughout this and subsequent volumes together with a considerable number of photographs integrated into the text. Long awaited by many, if any work can be said to be comprehensive and definitive, this is it.

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“Anyone with an interest in the campaigns in the Mediterranean theater, especially air operations, will want to acquire this volume, and will surely be counting the days until the next volume in the series becomes available. Furthermore, it's unlikely that forty years from today anyone will be able to offer a significantly improved history of these events.
Highly recommended and quite likely to be nominated as one of the best new books of the year.”
Stone and Stone

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908117076
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 982,906
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Background 11

Chapter 2 The Opening Rounds 15

Chapter 3 Graziani Makes a Move 51

Chapter 4 Operation Compass 80

Chapter 5 Enter the Luftwaffe 121

Chapter 6 Reverses and Reinforcements 161

Chapter 7 Cretan Diversion 194

Chapter 8 Midsummer Crisis 208

Chapter 9 Operation Battleaxe 218

Chapter 10 Operation Crusader 289

Chapter 11 A New Year Dawns - Darkly 419

Chapter 12 The RAF's Night Bombing Offensive 448

Chapter 13 Blitz on Egypt 471

Chapter 14 In Defence of Tripoli 489

Chapter 15 In Support of the Royal Navy 507

Bibliography 524

Indices 527

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