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The Mediterranean War – Part 1 – Hitler’s Directive no. 18

Malta

Hitler’s Directive no. 18 was issued on November 12th 1940. It mainly concerned eventual future German participation in the support of the Italian operations in and around the Mediterranean. The Hitlerite directives were a mixture of general information, warning of eventual future actions and orders for planning and preparations. Several dozen directives were issued during […]

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Operazione C.3/Operation Hercules

Bombing destruction on Malta

Mid 1942 was the perfect opportunity to implement Operation Hercules. The threat of RN aircraft carriers was not that strong. The British did not have the luxury to send that many carriers into the Mediterranean, and the British did not want to risk sending such a large force, when at that time, the Axis had complete superiority in the skies near Malta.