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War in the Mediterranean, 1940-1943 (Paperback)

WWII Maritime Military

By Bernard Ireland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526797018
Published: 4th June 2021



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For 1,000 days the Allied and Axis armies fought for the domination of the North African shores knowing that defeat would bring disastrous consequences. Much has been written about the conduct of the land battles and the commanders who faced each other yet, as the main protagonists realised at the time, success or failure rested on the effectiveness of their seaborne supply chain. Control of the Mediterranean was therefore absolutely crucial. In the final analysis it was the Allies' ability to dominate the Mediterranean that bought them victory but there is no denying that it was a 'damned close run thing'. In this authoritative study, Bernard Ireland brings a fresh clarity to the complexities and factors at play during this critical period.

This book is in my humble opinion one of the best, if not the best, book I have read on this subject.

The subject matter makes it inevitable that the contents are predominantly with regard to the Royal Navy and the army though the contribution made by the RAF isn’t forgotten.

The author makes it clear that without a consistent supply chain to the allies and the denial of one to the Axis the battle for North Africa may not have been won. Additionally, the defence of the island of Malta played a crucial part.

However the book isn’t just about battles and supplies as the author details the strategy deployed by the military leaders of both sides and their strengths & weaknesses. He shows that many Generals under Montgomery and Rommel played significant roles that maybe hasn’t been given the prominence deserved in other publication.

Bernard Ireland has written the book in a style which almost made the story read like a day by day, blow by blow record of the way to victory in the Mediterranean.

Superbly researched, a must read for all who are interested in this section of WWII.

The Ton Class Association

This highly recommended work is valuable reminder that co-operation with each fighting and support arm is vital if war fighting is to be ultimately successful.

Martin Willoughby, Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association

As reviewed in

Canadian Army Journal

As reviewed in

Greenwich Maritime Institute
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