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  • #16
    "Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940-1945"

    The Mediterranean Sea is the maritime crossroads where Europe, Asia and Africa meet. It was the most intensely contested body of water in World War II. More major naval actions were fought in the Mediterranean than in the Atlantic or Pacific. Its waters witnessed carrier strikes, battle-line shootouts, cruiser-destroyer engagements, convoy attacks, coastal actions, amphibious assaults, and bitter submarine campaigns. Despite the importance of the Mediterranean war, however, its recent literature is remarkably sparse and largely one-sided. The Struggle in the Middle Sea is a fresh study of the Mediterranean naval war. It analyses the actions and performances of each of the five major navies, the British, Italian, French, German, and American within a chronological, operational narrative of the entire five year campaign, and examines, without partisanship, the national imperatives that drove much of the action. The Struggle in the Middle Sea sidesteps the myths that haunt this campaign, like Great Britain enjoyed a moral advantage over Italy, or the French were Germans puppets, or the North African campaign contributed to the eventual Allied victory. The book documents how the British Royal Navy, despite brilliant victories, was bled white in a campaign with questionable strategic goals; how Italy followed its own coherent naval strategy, much to the frustration of its German ally; how the Marine National was the strength of the independent French state and how it fought the Allies–and rejected the Axis–to maintain that independence. Finally, while the book concentrates on the 1940 to 1943 period, it also covers Germany's improvised and remarkably successful fighting withdrawal at sea from 1943-1945.
    "Eighth Army in Italy 1943-45: The Long Hard Slog"

    Eighth Army, Britain's most famous field army of the twentieth century, landed in Italy in September 1943 and fought continously until the defeat of the Germans in early-May 1945. This book studies the experience of Eighth Army in the Italian campaign, examining how a force accustomed to the open spaces of North Africa adjusted to the difficult terrain of Italy where fighting became much more a matter for the infantry than for the armour. It also compares the qualities of the commanders of Eighth Army in Italy: Montgomery; Leese and, finally, McCreery. The book uses official records at various levels, personal accounts - some never before published - and published material to present a picture of an army that, although defined as British, was one of the war's most cosmopolitan formations. Its soldiers came from the UK, Canada, India, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa as well as from Palestine - the Jewish Brigade - and from Italy itself.


    • #17
      'Take These Men' is a great book written by a young tank officer about his experiences in North Africa-


      • #18
        Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily.

        Fatal Decision: The Battle for Anzio and Rome.

        WW2 in the Mediterranean.

        All by Carlo D'Este.

        Also 'The Allies fight back' the second part of John Hollands WW2 trilogy.


        • #19
          Originally posted by Poor Old Spike View Post
          'Take These Men' is a great book written by a young tank officer about his experiences in North Africa-

          Yup I already recommended it some posts in this thread ago
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)


          • #20
            Originally posted by MarkV View Post
            Yup I already recommended it some posts in this thread ago
            Sorry mate I missed your post..

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