The Path to Victory

The Path to Victory

The Mediterranean Theater in World War II

Book - 2004
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The Mediterranean theatre in World War II has long been over looked by historians who believe it was little more than a string of small-scale battles - sideshows that were of minor importance in a war whose outcome was decided in the clashes of mammoth tank armies in northern Europe. But in this ground-breaking new book, one of the finest military historians argues that the Mediterranean was World War II's pivotal theatre. Douglas Porch examines the Mediterranean as an integrated arena, one in which events in Syria and Suez influenced the survival of Gibraltar. The Middle Sea constituted a strategic piece of a global war where crucial military decisions were made: it was a passage that linked far-flung theatres; saved scarce Allied shipping; became an essential conduit for lend-lease aid to the USSR; offered France a testing ground for its rehabilitation as a military power; and provided an entry point into southern Germany for two Allied armies. Without a Mediterranean alternative, the Western Allies would probably have committed to a premature cross-Channel invasion in 1943 that might well have cost them the war. Brilliantly argued, with vivid portraits of Churchill, Montgomery,
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374205188
0374205183
Branch Call Number: 940.531 Porch
940.531 Porch
Characteristics: xiv, 796 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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Chiefs1970
Jul 03, 2018

The author provides both a historical narrative of the action that took place in the Mediterean and the high level strategy invoked by the Allies and Axis in this area. The book is really action packed and at the same time presents so many actions that take place in adjacent areas which further enforces that this was truly a World War. In order for American planes to reach the Egyptian frontier, many were flown to Brazil and across central Africa which was an arduous task itself.
The books was so interesting that I purchased it myself when I was half-way through it.

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