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Mildenhall. Multi-mission job strength КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Osprey Publishing LtdСерия: Superbase 5Автор(ы): David Davies, Mike VinesЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 1989Количество страниц: 130ISBN: 0-85045-894-3Формат: pdfРазмер: 5.99 mb swift IFOLDER zero 1 2 three four five

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It would prove ro be the turning point of the war in the west - 'The Stalingrad of the Desert', as one German hisrorian later described it. Hitler's inability ro decide whether ro invade Malta or ro capture Cairo had resulted in his forces' achieving neither objective. It was a fatal error. When the Battle of EI Alamein opened at 2200 hrs on 23 Ocrober ro the thunder of 1000 Allied guns, it marked the beginning of the end of the war in the Mediterranean. And for the]u 88 Gruppen in-theatre it heralded the start of almost 20 months of near constant retreats, growing losses and eventual withdrawal.

Close on their heels came aircraft from KGI' 606, who more than made up for rheir poor performance on the previous day by quickly sending both the Burdwrlrl and rhe Kentucky ro rhe borrom. Wirh anorher of the convoy's vessels having already been sunk by Italian torpedo-bombers, only rwo of rhe original six remained to make the final dash for Malta. This they succeeded in doing, despire one la t attempt to stop rhem by about a dozen machines from KGI' 806. 806 While Harpoon was battling its way towards Malra from the wesr, an even larger convoy - I I vessels in all - had sailed from ports in the eastern Medirerranean.

Or was it just those units based on Sardinia and Sicily that were now feeling the weight of AJlied air superiority. Gruppen in ItaJy that were ostensibly still undergoing retraining and re-equipment were thrown into the fray and suffered the inevitable consequences. 1LG 1 were aJso moved fOlward from rete to Sicily to play their part in the final act of the African drama, only to lose twO crews over Tunisia (aJthough another of the Gmppe'sJu88s based on Sicily was credited with sinking the submarine HMS Sahib off the northeastern tip of the island on 24 pril).

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