By John Weal
This quantity follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined Wunderbomber southwards to explain its deployment in North Africa and the Mediterranean Theater in the course of global conflict II (1939-1945), from the Straits of Gibraltar within the west, through the beleaguered island of Malta, to the Aegean and the Suez Canal within the east. it's a tale of 2 distinctive components - the preliminary lightning successes, after which the lengthy, sluggish means of retreat and defeat. it all started early in 1941 with the 1st sporadic air raids on Malta, within the spring through the crusade within the Balkans which led to the conquests of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete. After helping land operations in North Africa through the latter half 1941, the Ju 88s resumed their attack on Malta.
Such used to be their decline, in spite of the fact that, that through the ultimate month of the struggle there has been only one computer left within the Mediterranean - a better version Ju 188, which was once used to drop Axis brokers at the back of the Allied traces in Italy. Bringing the tale to lifestyles are own debts of a few of the extra recognized activities - the bombing of the evacuation transport off the coast of Greece and the sinking of 3 Royal military destroyers south of Crete by way of the well known 'Helbig Flyers' of LG 1, all illustrated with infrequent photos and whole colour profiles.
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The momenr Rommel sensed rhar his opponencs were running oue of momencum he immediarely began prepararions For a couneeranack. The supply sicuarion ar Tripoli CO his immediare rear had improved considerably. Now ir was rhe Brirish who were having co operare ar rhe end of a long and vulnerable supply line. The easrern Medirerranean Cn-tppen of LG 1 had been harassing rhe enemy's lengrhening lines of communications rhroughoue rhe recene German reo'ear, hirting nor only ar road and rail rransporr, bur also rhe pons of Bardia and Tobruk, as well as rhe coasral supply convoys.
MALTA RELIEF 60 Two reasons have been given For rhe easing of rhe heavy air raids on Malra. One is rhar many of rhe aircraFr sene co rhe Medirerranean were needed back in Russia in readiness For rhe 1942 summer campaign on rhe easrern Frone. The orher was rhar rhe renewed offensive by Rommel was making such rremendous gains in irs advance on Egypr rhar rhe ulcimare Fall of Cairo, and subsequenc Axis conquesr of rhe Nile Oelra, were now regarded very much as Forgone conclusions. This in curn meane rhar an airborne invasion of Malra was no longer a necessilY· For rhe second year in a row rhe bombing of Malra had been premacurely called oFF - or ar lease allowed co wirher on rhe vine.
KG 77 aircraft wings its way across the Mediterranean. Note the coloured spinner rings Above .. /lG 1's 'l1+NH', being inspected by members of an unidentified Hurricane squadron at Gazala landing Strip 3, appears to be intact (note the 'last two' again repeated in white on the rudderl ... Right 74 ... and no, this is not the Russian steppe, but another desert landing ground. The hammer-and-sickle flag fluttering behind the sad remains of 'l1 +EK' is the unofficial standard of an RAF fighter unit (possibly No 134 Sqn, which had spent two months stationed at Vaenga, in the Soviet Union, in late 1941) 75 a:: ::::l o u...