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The Mediterranean air war : airpower and Allied victory in World War II, Robert S. Ehlers, Jr

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The Mediterranean air war : airpower and Allied victory in World War II
Title
The Mediterranean air war
Title remainder
airpower and Allied victory in World War II
Statement of responsibility
Robert S. Ehlers, Jr
Title variation
Airpower and Allied victory in World War II
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eng
Summary
Without what the Allies learned in the Mediterranean air war in 1942-1944, the Normandy landings{u2014}and so, perhaps, the Second World War II{u2014}would have ended differently. This is one of many lessons of The Mediterranean Air War, the first one-volume history of the vital role of airpower during the three-year struggle for control of the Mediterranean Basin in World War II{u2014}and of its significance for the Allied successes in the war's last two years. Airpower historian Robert S. Ehlers opens his account with an assessment of the pre-war Mediterranean theater, highlighting the ways in which the players' strategic choices, strengths, and shortcomings set the stage for and ultimately shaped the air campaigns over the Middle Sea. Beginning with the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, Ehlers reprises the developing international crisis{u2014}initially between Britain and Italy, and finally encompassing France, Germany, the US, other members of the British Commonwealth, and the Balkan countries. He then explores the Mediterranean air war in detail, with close attention to turning points, joint and combined operations, and the campaign's contribution to the larger Allied effort. In particular, his analysis shows how and why the success of Allied airpower in the Mediterranean laid the groundwork for combined-arms victories in the Middle East, the Indian Ocean area, North Africa, and the Atlantic, northwest Europe. Of grand-strategic importance from the days of Ancient Rome to the Great-Power rivalries of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Middle Sea was no less crucial to the Allied forces and their foes. Here, in the successful offensives in North Africa in 1942 and 1943, the US and the British learned to conduct a coalition air and combined-arms war. Here, in Sicily and Italy in 1943 and 1944, the Allies mastered the logistics of providing air support for huge naval landings and opened a vital second aerial front against the Third Reich, bombing critical oil and transportation targets with great effectiveness. The first full examination of the Mediterranean theater in these critical roles{u2014}as a strategic and tactical testing ground for the Allies and as a vital theater of operations in its own right{u2014}The Mediterranean Air War fills in a long-missing but vital dimension of the history of World War II. --Provided by publisher
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Ehlers, Robert
Dewey number
940.54/21
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D785
LC item number
.E54 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern war studies
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Air power
  • Combined operations (Military science)
  • Mediterranean Region
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Air power
  • Combined operations (Military science)
  • Military campaigns
  • Military operations, Aerial
  • Mediterranean Region
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The Mediterranean air war : airpower and Allied victory in World War II, Robert S. Ehlers, Jr
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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text
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Contents
Part I: Prelude -- The approach to war -- Part II: Contest -- War comes to the Mediterranean -- Triumph and tragedy: Operation compass and the German attack on Greece -- The RAF holds - and learns -- The back door secured and the front door strengthened -- Preparations for and the conduct of Operation Crusader -- Rommel strikes again -- Axis high tide -- The tide turns -- El Alamein and operation torch -- Building a new air command and clearing North Africa -- Part III: Exploitation -- Operations Husky, Avalance, and Baytown -- the Italian campaign and the invasion of Southern France -- The second Aerial front -- The Balkan Air Force -- Part IV: Retrospective -- Taking stock
Control code
892804171
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 520 pages
Isbn
9780700620753
Lccn
2014040567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892804171
Label
The Mediterranean air war : airpower and Allied victory in World War II, Robert S. Ehlers, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Part I: Prelude -- The approach to war -- Part II: Contest -- War comes to the Mediterranean -- Triumph and tragedy: Operation compass and the German attack on Greece -- The RAF holds - and learns -- The back door secured and the front door strengthened -- Preparations for and the conduct of Operation Crusader -- Rommel strikes again -- Axis high tide -- The tide turns -- El Alamein and operation torch -- Building a new air command and clearing North Africa -- Part III: Exploitation -- Operations Husky, Avalance, and Baytown -- the Italian campaign and the invasion of Southern France -- The second Aerial front -- The Balkan Air Force -- Part IV: Retrospective -- Taking stock
Control code
892804171
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 520 pages
Isbn
9780700620753
Lccn
2014040567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892804171

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