Artic Convoys 1942 - The Luftwaffe Cuts Russia's Lifeline

By: Osprey

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Air Campaign Series

MSRP $24.00


Product Info

Title
Artic Convoys 1942 - The Luftwaffe Cuts Russia's Lifeline
Publisher
Product Line
Category
Publish Year
2022
Pages
96
Dimensions
7x9x.25"
NKG Part #
2148003807
MFG. Part #
OSPACM036
Type
Softcover
Series
ACM036

Description

Between spring and autumn 1942, Germany was winning the battle of the Arctic Convoys. Half of PQ-15 was sunk in May, PQ-17 was virtually obliterated in July, and in September 30 percent of PQ-18 was sunk. The Allies were forced to suspend the convoys until December, when the long Arctic nights would shield them.

Mark Lardas argues that in 1942, it was Luftwaffe air power that made the difference. With convoys sailing in endless daylight, German strike aircraft now equipped and trained for torpedo attacks, and bases in northern Norway available, the Luftwaffe could wreak havoc. Three-quarters of the losses of PQ-18 were due to air attacks. But in November, the Luftwaffe was redeployed south to challenge the Allied landings in North Africa, and the advantage was lost. Despite that, the Allies never again sailed an Arctic convoy in the summer months.

Fully illustrated with archive photos, striking new artwork, maps and diagrams, this is the remarkable history of the Luftwaffe's last strategic victory of World War II.

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