With Utmost Spirit: Allied Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, 1942-1945

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University Press of Kentucky, 8. lis 2004. - Broj stranica: 608
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" Nineteen months before the D-day invasion of Normandy, Allied assault forces landed in North Africa in Operation TORCH, the first major amphibious operation of the war in Europe. Under the direction of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, AUS, Adm. Andrew B. Cunningham, RN, Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, USN, and others, the Allies kept pressure on the Axis by attacking what Winston Churchill dubbed “the soft underbelly of Europe.” The Allies seized the island of Sicily, landed at Salerno and Anzio, and established a presence along the coast of southern France. With Utmost Spirit takes a fresh look at this crucial naval theater of the Second World War. Barbara Brooks Tomblin tells of the U.S. Navy’s and the Royal Navy’s struggles to wrest control of the Mediterranean Sea from Axis submarines and aircraft, to lift the siege of Malta, and to open a through convoy route to Suez while providing ships, carrier air support, and landing craft for five successful amphibious operations. Examining official action reports, diaries, interviews, and oral histories, Tomblin describes each of these operations in terms of ship to shore movements, air and naval gunfire support, logistics, countermine measures, antisubmarine warfare, and the establishment of ports and training bases in the Mediterranean. Firsthand accounts from the young officers and men who manned the ships provide essential details about Mediterranean operations and draw a vivid picture of the war at sea and off the beaches. Barbara Brooks Tomblin taught military history at Rutgers University and is the author of several articles and G.I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corps in World War II. She lives in California.
  

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1 A New Chapter in the Struggle for the Mediterranean
1
The Landings in French Morocco
23
Map
25
The Mediterranean Landings
55
Maps
57
4 The Race to Tunis
81
5 The Tunisian Campaign
101
6 Gearing Up for Operation Husky
125
12 Supporting the Italian Campaign
295
13 Operation Shingle
315
14 The Anzio Campaign
339
Maps
341
15 Breakout
359
16 Preliminaries to Operation Dragoon
379
Photo insert
400
17 Operation Dragoon
401

Map
129
7 Operation Husky
147
Map
150
Map
167
8 The Sicilian Campaign
195
9 The Race to Messina
217
10 Operation Avalanche
241
11 The Battle for Salerno
269
Maps
271
Maps
403
Final Phase
429
19 Mopping Up in the Med
447
Conclusion
469
Notes
491
Bibliography
545
Index
557
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Barbara Brooks Tomblin taught military history at Rutgers University and is the author of several articles and G.I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corps in World War II.

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