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By mid-1942 the Allies were losing the Mediterranean war: Malta was isolated and its civilian population faced starvation. In June 1942 the British Royal Navy made a stupendous effort to break the Axis stranglehold. The British dispatched armed convoys from Gibraltar and Egypt toward Malta. In a complex battle lasting more than a week, Italian and German forces defeated Operation Vigorous, the larger eastern effort, and ravaged the western convoy, Operation Harpoon, in a series of air, submarine, and surface attacks culminating in the Battle of Pantelleria. Just two of seventeen merchant ships that set out for Malta reached their destination. In Passage Perilous presents a detailed description of the operations and assesses the actual impact Malta had on the fight to deny supplies to Rommel's army in North Africa. The book's discussion of the battle's operational aspects highlights the complex relationships between air and naval power and the influence of geography on littoral operations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables / Maps
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. 1. The Vital Sea
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. Malta and the Mediterranean War to 1942
  2. pp. 11-38
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  1. 3. The Mediterranean War January to May 1942
  2. pp. 39-61
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  1. 4. Global Snapshot—June 1942
  2. pp. 62-86
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  1. 5. Operation Vigorous
  2. pp. 87-122
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  1. 6. Operation Harpoon
  2. pp. 123-142
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  1. 7. The Battle of Pantelleria
  2. pp. 143-174
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  1. 8. The August Convoy
  2. pp. 175-199
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  1. 9. Torch to the End of the War
  2. pp. 200-209
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 210-217
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 219-223
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-240
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-265
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253006059
Related ISBN
9780253006035
MARC Record
OCLC
816562973
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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