Blue Water War

Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940–1945

Brian E Walter

A complete history of the maritime struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East during World War II.
Date Published :
June 2022
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32 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241081
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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A complete history of the prolonged and colossal conflict waged by the British and their subsequent American partners against the combined forces of Italy, Germany and Vichy France in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

For three millennia the Mediterranean Sea served as the center of western civilization and the scene of many colossal wars and naval battles. In the early summer of 1940, this ancient body of water again played host to a new and extensive conflict as the Kingdom of Italy challenged Britain for dominance within the region. With France on the verge of collapse and Britain facing the prospect of imminent invasion, the Italians hoped to re-establish control over the Mediterranean. The only thing standing in their way was the heavily outnumbered British Mediterranean Fleet and the equally outnumbered British ground and air forces present in the region. Together, these forces would determine whether the Mediterranean reverted back to Italian control or whether the Allies would prevail and retain supremacy over this great body of water for themselves.

This book tells the story of this epic struggle. This was a prolonged and colossal conflict waged at differing times against the combined forces of Italy, Germany and Vichy France over a wide area stretching from the coastal waters of Southern Europe in the north to Madagascar in the south and Africa’s Atlantic coast in the west to the Persian Gulf in the east. Utilizing a variety of weapons including surface warships, submarines, and aircraft along with sizable merchant fleets, the British and their subsequent American partners maintained vital seaborne lines of communication, conducted numerous amphibious landings, interdicted Axis supply activities and eventually eliminated all semblances of Axis maritime power within the theater. In turn, these actions facilitated multiple Allied victories that helped secure the defeat of the European Axis.

About The Author

Brian E. Walter is a retired Army officer from a combat arms branch with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Relations. He has been a student of the British military during the Second World War for more than 30 years. In researching this book, he did thousands of hours of research and analysis over a 25-year period during which time he reviewed and took inputs from hundreds of primary and secondary sources including substantial online and in-person research at the British National Archives and Imperial War Museum.



Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
Chapter 2: The Opening Moves
Chapter 3: Germany Enters the Fray
Chapter 4: Stabilizing the Middle East
Chapter 5: Malta under Siege
Chapter 6: Turning Point
Chapter 7: Masters of the North African Shores
Chapter 8: Italy Subdued
Chapter 9: Supporting the Southern Flank
Chapter 10: Victory on the Peripheries
Chapter 11: Britannia’s Sea, Victory in the Mediterranean
Chapter 12: The Triumph of British Maritime Power


"This is an excellent volume that shines a searchlight on a part of World War II that is often overlooked."

- A Wargamers Needful Things

"...provides a complete, balanced and detailed account of the epic maritime struggle in the Mediterranean throughout World War II and analyzes the role the maritime effort played in facilitating the eventual Allied victory. Well written, it is an excellent narrative history."


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