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Strangling the Axis: The Fight for Control of the Mediterranean During the Second World War

9781108478212
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This is a major reassessment of the causes of Allied victory in the Second World War in the Mediterranean region. Drawing on a unique range of multinational source material, Richard Hammond demonstrates how the Allies' ability to gain control of the key routes across the sea and sink large quantities of enemy shipping denied the Axis forces in North Africa crucial supplies and proved vital to securing ultimate victory there. Furthermore, the sheer scale of attrition to Axis shipping outstripped their industrial capacity to compensate, leading to the collapse of the Axis position across key territories maintained by seaborne supply, such as Sardinia, Corsica and the Aegean islands. As such, Hammond demonstrates how the anti-shipping campaign in the Mediterranean was the fulcrum about which strategy in the theatre pivoted, and the vital enabling factor ultimately leading to Allied victory in the region.

Reassesses the contribution of Allied anti-shipping operations in the Mediterranean towards Allied victory in the Second World War

Helps to understand how both the Allied and Axis powers perceived the relationship between the war on land and the war at sea

Includes a wide range of new multinational, multilingual source material

Cover:
Hardback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9781108478212
Pages:
290
Author:
Hammond Richard
Publisher:
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Release Year:
2020

Richard Hammond is a Lecturer at Brunel University and is Vice-President of the Second World War Research Group. He is the recipient of the Society for Military History's Moncado Prize and the Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History (Proxime Accessit).

Introduction
1. The descent to war in the Mediterranean
2. Resisting Mare Nostrum: the early anti-shipping
3. Enter Germany: January–July 1941
4. Progress: August–December 1941
5. Axis ascendency, January–August 1942
6. The end of the beginning, Alam Halfa and El Alamein
7. The end in North Africa and the shipping
8. After North Africa
Conclusion.
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