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By Peter Grose

ISBN-10: 1741752191

ISBN-13: 9781741752199

In might of 1942, the warfare appeared very distant to so much Sydneysiders - until eventually the evening the 3 eastern midget submarines crept into the harbour and prompted an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine probably the most striking tales of Australia at warfare.

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The Italian response demonstrated three crucial short- 16 I n Pa ssage Per i l ous GERMANY ROMANIA FRANCE FRANCE ITALY CROATIA To ulo n SERBIA  Black Sea ran to   Ionian Sea Malta Crete Cyprus ran  Jan - Feb 42   May - Jun 42         Suez Dec 40 - Feb 41 Nov - Dec 41  EGYPT Nov 42 - Feb 43 Mar 43 - May 43 a        Se Mediterranean 1941-42      d Re Nov Nov 42 42 -- May May 43 43   Sep 40    Mar - May 41  Beirut Hafia        TRIPOLITANIA                  TUNISIA TUNISIA Be ng ha zi Trip oli MOROCCO MOROCCO   Eastern Mediterranean ALGERIA ALGERIA nd ria O        Tu nis Gib  ier s TURKEY TURKEY Ale xa ralt ar   Alg  Tyrrhenian Sea  Sardinia BULGARIA NI A Western Mediterranean SPAIN SPAIN Ad ri a tic Se a Ta Na ple s      AL BA ATLANTIC OCEAN SOVIET UNION HUNGARY SWITZ.

In 1936 Iachino commanded Italian naval forces in Spain. In June 1940 he led the 2nd Fleet and was sec­ond in command to Admiral Inigo Campioni at the Battle of Cape Spartivento. On 9 De­ cem­ber 1940 Mussolini named Iachino, considered a rising star and a superb tactician as well as a strict disciplinarian who did not tolerate independent subordinates, to replace Campioni as battle fleet (1st Fleet) commander. In this capacity, Iachino led the Italian battle­ships in all of their major sorties, earning a reputation for caution and hard luck.

Others followed on 12 and 24 Feb­r u­ary and 1, 3, 8, 9, and 12 March. On 1 Feb­r u­ary there were thirteen operational British submarines in the Mediterranean of which seven were Malta-­based. From this traffic Allied submarines sank just two merchant ships and the light cruiser Diaz and damaged several others. One problem was a shortage of torpedoes. Ordered to economize, submarines of­ten fired just one torpedo against a target. The RAF bombers flying from Malta concentrated on raiding enemy ports, and only an FAA Swordfish squadron went after shipping.

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