Eagles over Husky

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

Alexander Fitzgerald-Black

Eagles over Husky is an account of the Allied air forces' crucial role the Battle of Sicily, an important step to victory in the Second World War.
Publication date:
February 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Wolverhampton Military Studies
Illustration :
32 b/w images, 4 b/w maps, 10 tables
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781912174942

Dimensions : 234 X 156 cm
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£25.00

Overview
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• The book challenges the traditional narrative that the Allied militaries bungled total victory in Sicily through failures of interservice cooperation
• The book assesses one of the greatest air battles of the Second World War, a topic that has been relatively unexamined by historians of the campaign, who tend to focus on army matters
• The book tells the full, integrated story of the air war waged during the Battle of Sicily
• Most works on the subject are either exclusively tactical in nature or only give readers a high-level pass at the topic
• The book captures the international nature of the air war
• It features airmen from Britain, its Commonwealth, and the United States while drawing upon perspectives and sources from the Axis camp

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.

REVIEWS

…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

The author draws upon experiences and sources from both sides to produce a fascinating narrative and is an all-round exceptional book.
Britain at War Magazine

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

For anyone doing an in-depth study of air operations over Sicily or with an intertest in air warfare this is a must have book, laid out in a format that is easy to read and understand. A great read with lots of credits from Alexanders research work.
Italy Star Association 1943-1945