During the dark days of WW2 Malta became the lynchpin of the Allied campaign in the Mediterranean and North African theatres and a vital base from which to attack Axis convoys supplying Rommel's Panzer Armee in Libya. Malta was, however, extremely difficult to keep supplied, (particularly with oil), and by the summer of 1942 the Island was close to surrender; the Pedestal convoy of august that year was literally the last chance.
On entering the Mediterranean the convoy was subjected to prolonged ferocious air and submarine attacks and suffered terrific losses both in warship escorts and merchantmen. OHIO, being the only tanker, was marked for particular attention, and during the course of her voyage suffered a direct hit from a torpedo, direct bomb hits, any number of near-misses, and was struck by two Luftwaffe aircraft shot down while attacking her. Despite her engines being dead and her hull practically broken in two, she was towed into Grand Harbour by three destroyers and a minesweeper with her vital cargo virtually intact.
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So outstanding is this book in the telling of one of the most 'iconic' actions of Second World War that it cannot be overlooked.Briatin at War
It would be safe to describe this book as a real page-turner, the story brought to life through accounts of those involved as well as drawing on official archives. Well illustrated, the book also includes diagrams, charts, maps and appendices. It is a 'must read' for those interested in the story of the Ohio's incredible part in Malta's wartime history.
A true tale of heroism and ingenuity.World Ship Review - September 2011
THis is an excellent read and I would highly recommend this book to our readers.Shipping Toyday & Yesterday
This book tells the tale of a single ship. In bringing Operation Pedestal to life in a thrilling and readable style, Michael Pearson skillfully draws the reader into the events aboard other ships at key moments in the voyage.WW2 Re-enactors magazine
He also includes just about each and every man who played a key role at various times. All the facts and figures are there including brief technical details of every ship.
For those who wish to study many pages of bibliography, his account is also exceedingly well researched and I congratulate him on a job well done!
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It is an impressive number, this book is well written and well researched testimonial to their courage.