Academic journal article Military Review

WITH UTMOST SPIRIT: Allied Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, 1942-1945

Academic journal article Military Review

WITH UTMOST SPIRIT: Allied Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, 1942-1945

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WITH UTMOST SPIRIT: Allied Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, 1942-1945, Barbara Brooks Tomblin, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2004, 578 pages, $39.95.

In With Utmost Spirit, Barbara Brooks Tomblin, noted military historian and author, offers a detailed account of the Allied Naval forces' struggle in the Mediterranean during World War II. This is not a well-known subject and its study is long overdue.

Tomblin uses personal dairies, after-actions reports, and ships' histories to develop the history of the Mediterranean Theater. More than a narrative of events, the book describes invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, and Southern France. With Utmost Spirit integrates personal triumphs and tragedies of individual sailors, soldiers, airman, and their leaders as they struggle to learn how to defeat the Axis forces. Allied leaders (especially Americans) considered the Mediterranean Theater a "sideshow" and a drain on resources for the big event-the invasion of Normandy. The fighting men and women of the Mediterranean Theater never received the tribute they richly deserved for the war they fought. …

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