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British/Commonwealth Cruiser vs Italian Cruiser - The Mediterranean 1940-43

English · Paperback / Softback

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This illustrated history explores the cruiser forces of the Italian and British Royal navies, the jack-of-all trades warships of the Mediterranean Naval War. In 1941, when Italy entered World War II, the Royal Navy was badly overstretched, and its Mediterranean Fleet had to face both the Italian Navy and the German and Italian Air Forces in a battle for supremacy. Although the British and Italian battle fleets squared off against each other, they were both often held in reserve, in case the enemy fleet put to sea. So, it was left to the cruisers to wage their own naval war in the Mediterranean. This involved a range of missions, from escorting convoys and hunting enemy ones, to fighting for control of the sea around key locations such as the waters off Malta and Crete. This superbly illustrated study, written by renowned naval expert Angus Konstam, compares and contrasts the design, weapon technologies and combat performance of the opposing cruiser forces. It also documents several major clashes between British, Commonwealth and Italian cruisers, including spirited actions fought off Cape Spada in 1940, a string of actions in the Gulf of Sirte throughout 1941, battles against Axis convoys in 1941-42, and the Battle of Pantellaria in 1942. Among the subjects of the specially commissioned colour artworks are HMAS Sydney , HMS Naiad , RM Trento and RM Raimondo Montecuccoli .>

Product details

Authors Angus Konstam
Assisted by Ian Palmer (Illustration)
Publisher Osprey Publishers
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 30.09.2022
EAN 9781472849687
ISBN 978-1-4728-4968-7
No. of pages 80
Dimensions 183 mm x 247 mm x 5 mm
Series The Duel
Subjects Non-fiction book

HISTORY / Military / World War II, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Marine & Naval, Italy, Mediterranean Sea, Naval forces & warfare, Fascism & Nazism, United Kingdom, Great Britain, c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), Military & Naval Ships, The Commonwealth

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