THE MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST HISTORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR: UNITED KINGDOM MILITARY SERIES: OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN HISTORY The Full Eight Volume MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST Set

£160.00

The Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre was a major theatre of operations during the Second World War. The vast size of the theatre saw interconnected naval, land, and air campaigns fought for control of the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. The fighting in this theatre lasted from 10 June 1940, when Italy entered the war on the side of Germany, until 2 May 1945 when all Axis forces in Italy surrendered. However, fighting would continue in Greece – where British troops had been dispatched to aid the Greek government – during the early stages of the Greek Civil War.

This theatre of war had the longest duration of the Second World War, resulted in the destruction of the Italian Empire and altered the strategic position of Germany, resulting in German divisions being deployed to Africa and Italy and total German losses, including those captured upon final surrender, being over two million. Italian losses amounted to around 177,000 men with a further several hundred thousand captured during the process of the various campaigns. British losses amount to over 300,000 men killed, wounded, or captured, and total American losses in the region amounted to 130,000.

VOLUME I: The Early Successes against Italy (to May 1941)
N&M Press reprint (original pub 1954). SB. xxv + 506pp with 30 maps and diagrams and numerous contemporary photos.
Britain defeats Italy on land and sea in Africa and the Mediterranean in 1940.
VOLUME II: “The Germans Come to the Help of their Ally” (1941):
N&M Press reprint (original pub 1956). SB. xiv + 392pp with 29 maps and diagrams and numerous contemporary photos.
Rommel rides to Italy’s rescue, Malta is bombarded, Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete are lost, and Iraq and Syria are secured for the Allies.
VOLUME III (September 1941 to September 1942) British Fortunes reach their Lowest Ebb September 1941 to September 1942)
N&M Press reprint (original pub 1954). SB. xxii + 664pp with 43 maps and diagrams and numerous contemporary photos.
Britain’s’ darkest hour in North Africa and the Mediterranean, 1941-42.
VOLUME IV: The Destruction of the Axis Forces in Africa
N&M Press reprint (original pub 1966). SB. xviii + 556pp with 40 maps and diagrams numerous contemporary photos
The battle of El Alamein and ‘Operation Torch’ bring the Allies victory in North Africa, 1942-43.
VOLUME V: THE CAMPAIGN IN SICILY 1943 AND THE CAMPAIGN IN ITALY 3rd Sepember 1943 TO 31st March 1944:
N&M Press reprint (original pub 1954). SB. xxii + 664pp with 43 maps and diagrams and numerous contemporary photos.
The Allies invade Sicily and Italy, but encounter determined German defence in 1943-44.
VOLUME VI; Victory in the Mediterranean PART I 1st April to 4th June1944
N&M Press reprint (of original pub). SB. xi + 520pp with 20 maps and diagrams and numerous contemporary photos.
The Allies breach the Gustav, Hitler and Caesar Lines and occupy Rome.
VOLUME VI; Victory in the Mediterranean Part II June to October 1944
N&M Press reprint (of original pub). SB. xiv + 536pp with 29 maps and diagrams. and numerous contemporary photos.
The 1944 Italian summer campaign breaches the Gothic Line but then bogs down again.
VOLUME VI: Victory in the Mediterranean Part III November 1944 to May 1945
N&M Press reprint (of original pub). SB. xii + 492pp with 20 maps and diagrams. and numerous contemporary photos.
The messy end of the war in Italy, Greece, and Yugoslavia.