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Eagles over Husky

The Allied Air Forces in the Sicilian Campaign, 14 May to 17 August 1943

Author : Alexander Fitzgerald-Black

Eagles over Husky : The Allied Air Forces in the Sicilian Campaign, 14 May to 17 August 1943

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General - Pages : 192 | Images : 32 b/w images, 4 b/w maps, 10 tables

Hardback - Date of Publication : February 2018 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781912174942 | Helion Book Code : HEL0887

In the summer of 1943, the United Nations began Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily. The Eagles over HUSKY – the airmen of the Allied air forces – played a crucial role in the assault. The Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica provided a significant part of the Axis force meant to defend the island and throw the Allies back into the sea. The Allied air forces foiled this effort and inflicted losses on a German Air Force badly needed on other fronts. Raids on mainland Italian railway transport crippled Axis resupply efforts. The same strikes brought pressure on the Italian state to denounce Fascism and join the Allied side. Army commanders relied heavily on tactical air power to destroy Axis forces in Sicily. The result was a strategic victory which forced Nazi Germany to stand alone in defence of southern Europe. Most histories of the campaign focus on the escape of German forces across the Strait of Messina. Eagles over Husky challenges the notion that the Allied militaries bungled total victory in Sicily. It assesses one of the greatest air battles of the Second World War. This is a topic that has been relatively unexamined by historians of the campaign, who tend to focus on army matters. Eagles over Husky tells the integrated story of the air war waged during the Battle of Sicily. The author draws upon experiences, perspectives, and sources from both Allied and Axis camps to inform the analysis and enhance the narrative.

 

“ … provides a detailed look at the planning and the execution of the Sicilian campaign, with the author having had the benefit of both Allied and Axis documentation.” Aeroplane Magazine

 

“ … It's an excellent book covering a critical period in the Allied campaign in the Mediterranean theatre and its strategic aims and direction. 5 stars.” Army Rumour Service

 

"... this book is a good read. It presents a somewhat different and clear view of the Sicily invasion and its importance to the Allied European war strategy." Air Power History

 

"This new history has rectified the historical shortfall and, in some style, covering the fierce air battle over Sicily from strategic down to tactical level and back up again. The narrative is well-balanced, viewing the fighting from both sides and importantly from a guide’s perspective, linking the battle to events on the ground and at sea. The chapters on Tactical Air Support during Operation Hardgate and the failure to interdict against Operation Lehrgang are particularly informative.  5/5." Despatches

 

"In the end, Fitzgerald-Black has done an outstanding job of refocusing attention on the air war over Sicily and has contributed to the study of air power history." From Balloons to Drones

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