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The Air Battle for Malta: The Diaries of a Spitfire Pilot

The Air Battle for Malta: The Diaries of a Spitfire Pilot
Autor: James Douglas-Hamilton
Data publikacji: 2009-10
ISBN: 9781844153312
Wydawca: PEN & SWORD
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 14.8 x 1 x 23.2 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 260
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This book provides an intriguing and realistic account of the struggle for the possession of Malta during World War II. The air battle raged for two and a half years during which time 14,000 tons of bombs were dropped on a defiant population. The history is based on the diaries of Lord David Douglas-Hamilton, the author's uncle, who was the leader of a Spitfire squadron that defended the island during the worst of the crisis.

Based on the diaries of his uncle - Lord David Douglas-Hamilton, author James Douglas-Hamilton provides the most realistic account of what life was really like for an RAF Squadron Leader at a time when over 14,000 tons of bombs were dropped onto such a relatively small area. Carefully and painstakingly researched, this is the private and not-so-private account of one pilot who flew alongside such famous names as ‘Screwball’ Beurling and ‘Laddie’ Lucas who, with others, combined to provide one of the greatest defensive and strategic campaigns of all time. Only through such personal accounts (i.e. those diaries) do we learn the truth of the ups and downs of such grim times when even the most optimistic of heroic figures must have occasionally harboured personal doubts about ultimate success…

The book opens with an illuminating introduction by ‘Laddie’ Lucas CBE, DSO, DFC which commences with; The Battle for Malta in the Second World War…, will rank in history as one of the greatest defensive and strategic operations of all time. Yet, even now, little is known about it.” How true that is!

The main text is then divided into 13 chapters which, as the reader will quickly appreciate, provide a full and detailed background and history to support the diaries in question. In short, this account is much more than just the publication of one man’s diaries and that makes it more worth reading. Chapter; (1) The Struggle for Survival, (2) Hitler, Operation Hercules and Churchill, (3) The Squadron Commander and his Diary, (4) The first USS Wasp Malta Relief Force, (5) The Fighter Pilot’s Paradise, (6) The Victory of 10 May, (7) Ferocious Encounters, (8) The June Convoy - Invasion postponed, (9) July Battles, (10) The Convoy Life line, (11) The Breaking of the Luftwaffe - October 1942, (12) The Raising of the Siege and the Call of Duty and (13) The Fighter Pilots and the Victory of Malta. The book then concludes with; Sources, Select Bibliography and Index.

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