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A History Of The Mediterranean Air War 1940 1945

Author : Giovanni Massimello
ISBN : 9781910690673
Genre : History
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The third volume in the epic military aviation series focuses on the Allied invasion of North Africa during World War II. This work of WWII history takes us to November 1942 to explain the background of the first major Anglo-American venture: Operation Torch, the invasion of French North Africa. Describing the fratricidal combat that followed the initial landings in Morocco and Algeria, it then considers the unsuccessful efforts to reach northern Tunisia before the Germans and Italians could get there to forestall the possibility of an attack from the west on the rear of the Afrika Korps forces, then beginning their retreat from El Alamein. The six months of hard fighting that followed, as the Allies built up the strength of their joint air forces and gradually wrested control of the skies from the Axis, are recounted in detail. The continuing story of the Western Desert Air Force is told, as it advanced from the east to join hands with the units in the west. Also covered are the arrivals over the front of American pilots and crew, the P-38 Lightning, the Spitfire IX, and the B-17 Flying Fortress—and of the much-feared Focke-Wulf Fw 190. The aerial activities over Tunisia became one of the focal turning points of World War II, yet are frequently overlooked by historians. Here, the air-sea activities, the reconnaissance flights, and the growing day and night bomber offensives are examined in detail.
Category: History

A History Of The Mediterranean Air War 1940 1945 Volume 4

Author : Russell Guest
ISBN : 9781911621782
Genre : History
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The fourth volume in this momentous series commences with the attacks on the Italian island fortress of Pantellaria which led to its surrender and occupation achieved almost by air attack alone. The account continues with the ultimately successful, but at times very hard fought, invasions of Sicily and southern Italy as burgeoning Allied air power, now with full US involvement, increasingly dominated the skies overhead. The successive occupations of Sardinia and Corsica are also covered in detail. This volume, then, is essentially the story of the tactical air forces up to the point when Rome was occupied, just at the same time as the Normandy landings were occurring in north-west France. In its pages are found what can justifiably be considered the story of ‘the soldiers’ air force’. Frequently overlooked by more immediate newsworthy events elsewhere, their struggle was often of an equally Homeric nature. With regards to the long-range tactical role of the Allied heavy bombers, only the period from May to October is examined herein, while they remained based in North Africa. Thus the period from November 1943 when the US 15th Air Force was formed to pursue the strategic air offensive against the Reich, together with the RAF’s 205 Group of night bombers, will be covered in a future (sixth) volume. Volume Five will deal with the rest of the tactical war in Italy and Greece, over the Adriatic and Aegean, and with the entry into the South of France to join forces advancing southwards from Normandy.
Category: History

The Western European And Mediterranean Theaters In World War Ii

Author : Donal Sexton
ISBN : 9781135906870
Genre : History
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The Western European and Mediterranean Theaters in World War II is a concise, comprehensive guide for students, teachers, and history buffs of the Second World War. With an emphasis on the American forces in these theaters, each entry is accompanied by a brief annotation that will allow researchers to navigate through the vast amount of literature on the campaigns fought in these regions with ease. Focusing on all aspects surrounding the U.S. involvement in the Western European and Mediterranean theaters, including politics, religion, biography, strategy, intelligence, and operations, this bibliography will be a welcome addition to the collection of any academic or research library. Routledge Research Guides to American Military Studies provide concise, annotated bibliographies to the major areas and events in American military history. With the inclusion of brief critical annotations after each entry, the student and researcher can easily assess the utility of each bibliographic source and evaluate the abundance of resources available with ease and efficiency. Comprehensive, concise, and current—Routledge Research Guides to American Military Studies are an essential research tool for any historian.
Category: History

United States Army In Wwii The Mediterranean Salerno To Cassino

Author : Martin Blumenson
ISBN : 9781782894100
Genre : History
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[Includes 16 maps and 94 illustrations] The focus of the American and British war effort in 1943 was on the ancient lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea where in May victory came at last in Tunisia and where in July Allied armies began a five-week campaign to conquer Sicily. The invasion of Italy in September sharpened that focus as Allied troops for the first time since 1940 confronted the German Army in a sustained campaign on the mainland of Europe. The fighting that followed over the next eight months was replete with controversial actions and decisions. These included apparent American peril during the early hours in the Salerno beachhead; a British advance from the toe of the peninsula that failed to ease the pressure at Salerno; the fight to cross a flooded Rapido River; the bombing of the Benedictine abbey on Monte Cassino; and the stalemated landings at Anzio. The author addresses these subjects objectively and candidly as he sets in perspective the campaign in Italy and its accomplishments. It was a grueling struggle for Allied and German soldier alike, a war of small units and individuals dictated in large measure by inhospitable terrain and wet and cold that soon immersed the battlefield. The methods commanders and men employed to defeat the terrain and a resourceful enemy are instructive now and will continue to be in the future, for the harsh conditions that were prevalent in Italy know no boundary in time. Nor do the problems and accomplishments of Allied command and co-ordination anywhere stand out in greater relief than in the campaign in Italy.
Category: History

The Publisher

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ISBN : UCAL:$B230680
Genre : Bibliography
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The English Catalogue Of Books Annual

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ISBN : UOM:39015036924465
Genre : English literature
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Vols. for 1898-1968 include a directory of publishers.
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Yanks Over Europe

Author : Jerome Klinkowitz
ISBN : 9780813161570
Genre : History
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Contrasts between fighter combat and the bombers' war support Klinkowitz's belief that notions of the air war were determined by one's position in it. He extends his thesis by showing the vastly different style of air war described by veterans of the North African and Mediterranean campaigns and concludes by studying the effects of such combat on adversaries and victims. Air combat, Klinkowitz writes, offers a unique perspective on the nature of war. The experience of combat has inspired authors to combine exquisite descriptions with probing thoughtfulness, covering the full range of human expression from exultation to heartbreak. Here is a tightly drawn, highly readable account of the European air war.
Category: History

Air War Europa

Author : Eric M. Hammel
ISBN : WISC:89058511056
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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Category: World War, 1939-1945

P 40 Warhawk In Action

Author : Richard Dann
ISBN : 0897478045
Genre : History
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Expanded edition with more photos, updated content, and 20 more pages. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, a US single-engine single-seat all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft, first took to the air in 1939. In service throughout WWII and used by most Allied powers, the P-40 was the third most-produced US pursuit plane. A total of 13,738 of the aircraft were produced by the time output ceased in November 1944. The P-40 first saw combat with British Commonwealth forces in June 1941, even before the US entered the conflict. It was in the Pacific, however, that the aircraft became an icon. Decorated with menacing shark mouths, P-40s served as workhorse fighters of the American Volunteer Group better known as the Flying Tigers who came to China in late 1941, following the withdrawal of the Soviet Volunteer Group earlier that year, as the USSR struggled to maintain a precarious neutrality with Japan and avoid a two-front war. Meanwhile, the P-40 was the first Allied fighter supplied to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease for use against the Germans. After Pearl Harbor, the US Army Air Force flew the P-40 extensively in the Mediterranean Theater and during Operation Torch and the subsequent advance northward into Europe. This volume traces the development of the various modifications of the P-40 throughout the war years and includes contemporary photos of surviving P-40s going through their paces at airshows today.
Category: History

Air Aces

Author : Christopher F. Shores
ISBN : STANFORD:36105081560166
Genre : Air warfare
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Describes the careers of famous fighter pilots from World War I through the air war over the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Category: Air warfare

Black Knights

Author : Homan, Lynn
ISBN : 145560125X
Genre : History
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The story of the men and women who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field from 1941 to 1946.
Category: History

What Hollywood Got Right And Wrong About The Tuskegee Airmen In The Great New Movie Red Tails

Author : Daniel Haulman
ISBN : 9781603061605
Genre : History
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The new George Lucas movie called Red Tails focuses attention on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II and their combat operations overseas. Loaded with special effects and a great cast, the movie is thrilling and inspiring, but how accurate is it historically? Military historian Daniel Haulman takes an appreciative look at Red Tails, comparing it to the actual missions of the Tuskegee Airmen and offering places where interested viewers could study the events further.
Category: History

Air War For Burma

Author : Christopher F. Shores
ISBN : NWU:35556036277960
Genre : History
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This is the story of the Allied air campaign across Australia, Sumatra, Java, the Philippines, Burma and Ceylon during World War II. It documents the Allied underestimation of Japanese ability, and ends with the Japanese at the extremities of their advance.
Category: History