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A History of Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945 Vol II (HB) - Grub Street Books - CBL6612
A History of Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945 Vol II (HB) - Grub Street Books - CBL6612

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A History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945 Vol. II. North African Desert, February 1942 - March 1943. Book by Christopher Shores and Giovanni Massimello, with Russell Guest, Frank Olynyk, and Winfried Bock. Grub Street Books. This volume picks up the story as the 8th Army, following its hard-fought success in Operation Crusader, was forced back to the Ghazala area, not far from Libya's border with Egypt. The volume covers the lull prior to the disastrous defeat of the 8th Army in June 1942 and the loss of the important port and fortress of Tobruk. The costly efforts of the Allied air forces to protect the retreating British and Commonwealth troops and prevent this turning into a rout is examined in depth. So too is the heavy fighting which followed in the El Alamein region as the line was stabilized. This period was ameliorated somewhat for the Western Desert Air Force by the arrival – at last – of the first Spitfires. The buildup of both the army and air force which followed, coupled with new commanders on the ground, meant that Rommel’s Deutsche Afrika Korps was defeated at Alam el Halfa at the start of September, and then again, comprehensively, at the climactic battle of El Alamein in October. 736 pages.

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