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Second World War, The (4) - The Mediterranean 1940-1945

Second World War, The (4) - The Mediterranean 1940-1945
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Second World War, The (4) - The Mediterranean 1940-1945
by Osprey
Author: Paul Collier
Publish Date: 2003
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 7x10x.3"
Restockable: No
NKG part #: 2148388630
Mfg. part #: OSPESS048
Type: Softcover


This book explores the idea that the Mediterranean theater of the Second World War was the first truly modern war. It was a highly mobile conflict, in which logistics were a critical and often deciding factor, and from the very beginning a close relationship between the land, sea, and air elements was vital. Victory could not be achieved by either side unless the three services worked in intimate cooperation. Each side advanced and withdrew across 1,000 miles of desert until the Axis forces were decisively defeated at El Alamein in 1942.


Background to war: Italian imperialism
Warring sides: Italian propaganda, German professionalism and Allied industrialization
Outbreak: A parallel war
The fighting: In all directions at once
Portrait of a soldier: A modest hero
The world around war: Politics and war
Portrait of a civilian: A child in the siege of annihilation malta 1940–43
How the war ended: Not necessarily in peace
Conclusion and consequences: The end of empire
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