Operation Pedestal

Download or Read eBook Operation Pedestal PDF written by Max Hastings and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 2021-06-01 with total page 464 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Operation Pedestal

Book Synopsis Operation Pedestal by : Max Hastings

Renowned historian Max Hastings recreates one of the most thrilling events of World War II: Operation Pedestal, the British action to save its troops from starvation on Malta—an action-packed tale of courage, fortitude, loss, and triumph against all odds. In 1940, Hitler had two choices when it came to the Mediterranean region: stay out, or commit sufficient forces to expel the British from the Middle East. Against his generals’ advice, the Fuhrer committed a major strategic blunder. He ordered the Wehrmacht to seize Crete, allowing the longtime British bastion of Malta to remain in Allied hands. Over the fall of 1941, the Royal Navy and RAF, aided by British intelligence, used the island to launch a punishing campaign against the Germans, sinking more than 75 percent of their supply ships destined for North Africa. But by spring 1942, the British lost their advantage. In April and May, the Luftwaffe dropped more bombs on Malta than London received in the blitz. A succession of British attempts to supply and reinforce the island by convoy during the spring and summer of 1942 failed. British submarines and surface warships were withdrawn, and the remaining forces were on the brink of starvation. Operation Pedestal chronicles the ensuing British mission to save those troops. Over twelve days in August, German and Italian forces faced off against British air and naval fleets in one of the fiercest battles of the war, while ships packed with supplies were painstakingly divided and dispersed. In the end only a handful of the Allied ships made it, most important among them the SS Ohio, carrying the much-needed fuel to the men on Malta. As Hastings makes clear, while the Germans claimed victory, it was the British who ultimately prevailed, for Malta remained a crucial asset that helped lead to the Nazis’ eventual defeat. While the Royal Navy never again attempted an operation on such scale, Hasting argues that without that August convoy the British on Malta would not have survived. In the cruel accountancy of war, the price was worth paying.

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  • Total Pages – 464
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780062980168
  • ISBN-13 – 0062980165

Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942

Download or Read eBook Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942 PDF written by Max Hastings and published by HarperCollins UK. This book was released on 2021-05-13 with total page 435 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942

Book Synopsis Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942 by : Max Hastings

The Sunday Times bestseller ‘One of the most dramatic forgotten chapters of the war, as told in a new book by the incomparable Max Hastings’ DAILY MAIL

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  • Total Pages – 435
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780008364960
  • ISBN-13 – 0008364966

Malta's Savior

Download or Read eBook Malta's Savior PDF written by John Henshaw and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2024-02-16 with total page 332 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Malta's Savior

Book Synopsis Malta's Savior by : John Henshaw

Holding the small island of Malta, the British Empire's strategic centerpiece in the Mediterranean Sea, was critical to the Allied cause in World War II--and taking it was essential for Axis victory. German forces laid siege to the island beginning in June 1940, and it soon became the most bombed place on Earth. By August 1942, with supplies running out, Malta was in dire need of relief. In what was then the largest Royal Navy force yet assembled in the war, two battleships, three aircraft carriers, seven light cruisers, 32 destroyers and a fleet of transports were mustered from far-flung theaters. This day-by-day account of Operation Pedestal chronicles the planning, execution and climactic battle that saw only five of 14 merchant ships make it to Valletta, all but one heavily damaged.

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  • Total Pages – 332
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781476648538
  • ISBN-13 – 1476648530

Der Schild Europas

Download or Read eBook Der Schild Europas PDF written by Ernle Dusgate Selby Bradford and published by . This book was released on 1965 with total page 309 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Der Schild Europas

Book Synopsis Der Schild Europas by : Ernle Dusgate Selby Bradford

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  • Total Pages – 309
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Malta Convoys 1940-42

Download or Read eBook Malta Convoys 1940-42 PDF written by David A. Thomas and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 1999-12-31 with total page 257 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Malta Convoys 1940-42

Book Synopsis Malta Convoys 1940-42 by : David A. Thomas

In Malta Convoys David Thomas, the distinguished naval historian, gives a fascinating account of the vital battles fought by sea and air to ensure that essential supplies got through. He vividly describes the appalling cost in men and ships. Here is an important contribution to naval history in the Second World War and, at the same time, a rattling good read.

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  • Total Pages – 257
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780850526639
  • ISBN-13 – 0850526639