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A History of the Mediterranean Air War Volume Five : Volume Five: From the fall of Rome to the end of the war 1944-1945

By: Bock, Winifred Guest, Russell Massimello, Giovanni Olynyk, Frank Shores, Christopher Thomas, Andy(With)

1911621971 / 9781911621973
Hardback
940.5423
30/09/2020
Published 30/09/2020
United Kingdom
170 x 240 mm 600 pages
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During the final year of World War II, the defending Axis forces were steadily driven from southern skies by burgeoning Anglo-American power.

This was despite the steady withdrawal of units to more demanding areas.

In this fifth volume of the series the activities of the Allied tactical air forces in support of the armies on the ground - as their opponents were steadily extracted from northern Italy and the Balkans for the final defence of the central European homeland - are described in detail. The book commences with coverage of the final fierce air-sea battles over the Aegean which preceded the advance northwards to Rome and the ill-conceived British attempt to secure the Dodecanese islands following the armistice with Italy. The authors also deal fully and comprehensively with the advance northwards following the occupation of Rome, and the departure of forces to support the invasion of France from the Riviera coast, coupled with the formation of a new Balkan Air Force in eastern Italy to pursue the German armies withdrawing from Yugoslavia and take possession of newly freed Greece. The effect of the creation within the same area of the US and RAF strategic forces to join the Allied Combined Bombing Offensive is discussed.

The final volume in the series will be concerned most especially with this latter campaign.

BIC:

1DST Italy, HBW Military history, HBWQ Second World War, JWMV3 Military aircraft

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