The fascinating story of the Germans' and Italians' great aerial siege of the British colony of Malta, one of the longest air campaigns of World War II. Using stunning, specially commissioned artwork, it examines the commanders, the make-up of the attacking force and why the onslaught eventually failed.
Ryan K. Noppen is a military author and analyst originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan and holds a Master of Arts degree in European History from Purdue University. He has worked as a naval and aviation subject matter expert on projects for the US Navy, taught college courses in military history, and presently serves as the headmaster of a Christian Classical school. A scholar of Dutch, German, and Central European military history, he has published a major history of Dutch air power and has written several titles for Osprey. He lives in Virginia, USA. Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specializing in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th-century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire, UK.
"This book is highly recommended. Factors in this recommendation are the extensive knowledge of the author, the author's ability to clearly express the issues involved in the conflict, a superior bibliography, a clear and well stated "Analysis," excellent diagrams, color illustrations, and black & white images that support the "story line." - IPMS / USA"...provides useful bases for further study of the campaign - and, obliquely, of Malta's significance to WWII history. ...Recommended!" - Cybermodeler Online