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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK ON THE ROLE OF THE SPITFIRE IN THE DEFENCE OF MALTA, 12 Jan. 2004
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KOMET (WASHINGTON, DC - U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Malta: The Spitfire Year, 1942 (Hardcover)
Christopher Shores et al. have produced a first-rate book on the contributions made by the Spitfire in the defense of Malta against a determined Axis assault.
From 1940 to 1942, Malta served as a linchpin in Britain's efforts to retain a presence in North Africa and the Mediterranean against the Axis Powers. From Malta, British air and naval vessels would harry German and Italian ships sending supplies to Rommel in the Western Desert during the height of the fighting there in 1941-42. Ship sinkings became almost prohibitive to the Axis, so both the Germans and Italians resolved to destroy Malta through air assault.
The first Spitfires arrived in Malta in February 1942 to supplement and replace the few remaining Hurricane fighters who had helped defend Malta since 1940.
This book reads almost like a daily diary of the war in, around, and over Malta throughout 1942. The reader gets a keen appreciation for the sacrifices made by the pilots, soldiers, and civilians in Malta who stood up to the Axis, and won. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK ON THE SPITFIRE'S ROLE IN THE DEFENCE OF MALTA, 12 Jan. 2004
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KOMET (WASHINGTON, DC - U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Malta: The Spitfire Year, 1942 (Hardcover)
Christopher Shores et al. have produced a first-rate book on the contributions made by the Spitfire in the defense of Malta against a determined Axis assault.
From 1940 to 1942, Malta served as a linchpin in Britain's efforts to retain a presence in North Africa and the Mediterranean against the Axis Powers. From Malta, British air and sea vessels would harry German and Italian ships sending supplies to Rommel in the Western Desert during the height of the fighting there in 1941-42. Ship sinkings became almost prohibitive to the Axis, so both the Germans and Italians resolved to destroy Malta through air assault.
The first Spitfires arrived in Malta in February 1942 to supplement and replace the few remaining Hurricane fighters who had helped defend Malta since 1940.
This book reads almost like a daily diary of the war in, around, and over Malta throughout 1942. The reader gets a keen appreciation for the sacrifices made by the pilots, soldiers, and civilians in Malta who stood up to the Axis, and won. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone interested in Malta's WWII history, with 700+ ..., 1 Sept. 2014
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For anyone interested in Malta's WWII history, with 700+ pages, this is a goldmine of information; of course, others might be irritated by it being written in diary format, so it's really down to individual choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable help., 28 July 2014
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An excellent book, a great help in researching a particular pilot who was a family member.
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