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The Eyes of Malta - The Crucial Role of Aerial Reconnaissance and Ultra Intelligence, 1940-1943

Salvo Fagone

Aerial reconnaissance during the Second World War in the Mediterranean has never been covered in this detail. The reconnaissance aircraft used throughout the Mediterranean during the war were, early on, a mixed bunch of odd types often doing a job they weren’t designed for. As the war progressed, the aircraft became more specialised. The same can be said for the men who flew them, many of whom are quoted at length. The many photographs, maps, diagrams and tables will appeal to all readers as they put faces to names while also keeping abreast of the bigger picture at the campaign level (and aerial reconnaissance’s part in it).
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During the Second World War, aerial reconnaissance in all its aspects – photographic, strategic, tactical and armed – played a leading role. The British, French, Americans, Germans and Italians all used this exceptional means of observation to try to understand the enemy’s strategies in advance. This volume describes how things really went; it brings to light new details, revealing the way the war in Sicily, and in the Mediterranean in general, was influenced by aerial reconnaissance. Sicily was a proving ground for many reconnaissance techniques before, during and after its eventual invasion. The highly secret Ultra intelligence service also played a decisive role, anticipating the enemy’s aerial and nautical activities. Finally, the strategic position of the island of Malta supported and facilitated the Allies. Heavily bombed throughout the first few years of the war, this tenacious island resisted admirably and became a thorn in the enemy’s side as its reconnaissance aircraft repeatedly revealed Italian and German activities in North Africa, the Mediterranean, Sicily and greater Italy. Aerial reconnaissance during the Second World War in the Mediterranean has never been covered in this detail. The reconnaissance aircraft used throughout the Mediterranean during the war were, early on, a mixed bunch of odd types often doing a job they weren’t designed for. As the war progressed, the aircraft became more specialised. The same can be said for the men who flew them, many of whom are quoted at length. The many photographs, maps, diagrams and tables will appeal to all readers as they put faces to names while also keeping abreast of the bigger picture at the campaign level (and aerial reconnaissance’s part in it).

ISBN: 9781804512418
Format: Paperback
Author(s): Salvo Fagone
First Publishment Date: 15 May 2023
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