The Images of War series is deservedly popular with its outstanding photo selections at remarkably low prices This new addition covers one part of the North African campaigns, where the USAAF were a critical part in the landings in the western area of North Africa – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, Air War Over North Africa, USAAF Ascendant, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R3067 AUTHOR: David Mitchelhill Green PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, North Africa, tactical air force, heavy bombers, medium bombers, light bombers, fighters, fighter- bombers, USAAF
PAGES: 224 IMAGE: B3067.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yjnecrmo LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series is deservedly popular with its outstanding photo selections at remarkably low prices This new addition covers one part of the North African campaigns, where the USAAF were a critical part in the landings in the western area of North Africa – Most Highly Recommended. The North African Theatre of War fell into three parts. Part One saw the British and Commonwealth forces resisting and overcoming a numerically superior Italian army and making very effective use of obsolescent aircraft at a time when Britain was battling for survival. In driving the Italians back, the British maintained their control of the essential Suez Canal that was the lifeline of Empire, but also forced Hitler to send in German troops to prop up his Italian Allies. The Second Part saw the Afrika Korps initially successful in driving the British back to Egypt but failing to reach the Suez Canal. As British lines of communications shortened and modern equipment started to arrive in volume, particularly in terms of armoured vehicles from the US and aircraft from Britain, Malta held out, serving as a base for aircraft, fast patrol boats and submarines, cutting the Germans supply lines by sea from Italy to North Africa. This enabled British and Commonwealth troops to drive the Germans back westward. RAF bombers and fighters caused significant damage to the retreating Germans. Part Three saw the Anglo-American landings in Tunisia and the arrival of a USAAF air fleet that included long range heavy bombers. These proved essential during the drive eastward to link up with the rapidly advancing British and Commonwealth troops and their air cover. The North African Campaign was concluded with the surrender of surviving German and Italian forces, but then became a base from which to launch air raids against Sicily and Italy, prior to invasion. This book tells the story of the USAAF contribution to success in North Africa and then to taking the battle into Southern Europe from their North African bases.