Book Review-‘Six Victories: North Africa, Malta and the Mediterranean Convoy War November 1941– March 1942’ by V. P. O’Hara

By Derek Law, published October 2020


From 1940 to 1943 the Mediterranean was a key theatre of operations where two conflicting logistical needs intersected. For the Axis the capacity of their land forces to operate in North Africa depended on their ability to run supply convoys from Italy to Libya. For the Allies, the ability to sustain Malta as an offensive base and run men and materials past Gibraltar and Malta and on to Suez and Alexandria was equally essential. This work critically examines how the balance of power swung both ways in the winter of 1941–2 and in particular considers how tactical victory, or at least stalemate, in sea battles could be followed by the loss of strategic initiative…

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Filed under: WW2 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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