In Passage Perilous: Malta And The Convoy Battles Of June 1942

Hardcover | November 5, 2012

byVincent P. O'Hara, Ted ZuberIllustratorTed Zuber

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By mid-1942 the Allies were losing the Mediterranean war: Malta was isolated and its civilian population faced starvation. In June 1942 the British Royal Navy made a stupendous effort to break the Axis stranglehold. The British dispatched armed convoys from Gibraltar and Egypt toward Malta. In a complex battle lasting more than a week, Italian and German forces defeated Operation Vigorous, the larger eastern effort, and ravaged the western convoy, Operation Harpoon, in a series of air, submarine, and surface attacks culminating in the Battle of Pantelleria. Just two of seventeen merchant ships that set out for Malta reached their destination. In Passage Perilous presents a detailed description of the operations and assesses the actual impact Malta had on the fight to deny supplies to Rommel's army in North Africa. The book's discussion of the battle's operational aspects highlights the complex relationships between air and naval power and the influence of geography on littoral operations.

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By mid-1942 the Allies were losing the Mediterranean war: Malta was isolated and its civilian population faced starvation. In June 1942 the British Royal Navy made a stupendous effort to break the Axis stranglehold. The British dispatched armed convoys from Gibraltar and Egypt toward Malta. In a complex battle lasting more than a week,...

Vincent P. O'Hara is a naval historian and the author of five books including Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater 1940-1945 (2009). He serves on the editorial review board of Global War Studies and is a Collaboratori for Storia MILITARE magazine. Mr. O'Hara contributed introductions to two ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:November 5, 2012Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253006031

ISBN - 13:9780253006035

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. The Vital Sea
2. Malta and the Mediterranean War to 1942
3. The Mediterranean War January to May 1942
4. Global Snapshot--June 1942
5. Operation Vigorous
6. Operation Harpoon
7. The Battle of Pantelleria
8. The August Convoy
9. Torch to the End of the War
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A very readable account of the convoy battles fought inside the Mediterranean in 1942. Drawing heavily on Italian sources, In Passage Perilous is carefully researched, objective, balanced and well written. It is likely to become the standard account of the critical phase of the Mediterranean conflict." -H. P. Willmott, author of The Last Century of Sea Power