Malta 1940-42 -

Malta 1940-42

The Axis' air battle for Mediterranean supremacy



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In 1940, the strategically vital island of Malta was Britain's last toehold in the central Mediterranean, wreaking havoc among Axis shipping. Launching an air campaign to knock Malta out of the war, first Italy and then Germany sought to force a surrender or reduce the defences enough to allow an invasion. Drawing on original documents, multilingual aviation analyst Ryan Noppen explains how technical and tactical problems caused the original Italian air campaign of 1940-41 to fail, and then how the German intervention came close to knocking Malta out of the war. Using stunning full colour artwork, this fascinating book explains why the attempt by the Axis powers to take the British colony of Malta ultimately failed.

Product code: 9781472820600

ISBN 9781472820600
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H248xW184xS8
On Sale Date 22/02/2018
Series Air Campaign
No. Of Pages 96
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Illustrated By Graham Turner
The fascinating story of the Germans' and Italians' great aerial siege of the British colony of Malta, one of the longest air campaigns of World War II. Using stunning, specially commissioned artwork, it examines the commanders, the make-up of the attacking force, and why the onslaught eventually failed.