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Malta Convoy

Peter Shankland & Anthony Hunter

This is the vivid and definitive story of the "bravest and most fateful of all the convoys that was ever sailed to relieve Malta." The need for supplies on Malta was so great during the desperate summer of 1942 that without them surrender was inevitable. Operation Pedestal is of special interest to Americans since the spotlight was on the S.S. Ohio, a fast United States tanker made available to the British by the United States Government. This modern armada consisted of two battleships, four aircraft carriers, twelve cruisers, and forty destroyers deployed to escort and protect fourteen merchant ships. Ranged against them were twenty-one enemy submarines, twenty-three E-boats, and 540 aircraft.The core of this faithful and gripping account of one of the greatest triumphs of unflinching courage and physical endurance of World War II is the dogged resolution of the men who sailed and fought in the Ohio through every peril an enemy could devise, refusing to consider defeat; and the story of the tanker itself, which, broken-backed and sinking, still carried the oil that was not only Malta's sole hope for survival but also the means of destroying Rommel's chance of reaching Suez, and so affecting the outcome of the Middle East campaign, if not of the war itself.

207 pages b/w photos
180mm x 110mm
Fontana Books(1989)

good condition
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