The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II

The Path to Victory The Mediterranean Theater in World War II The Mediterranean theater in World War II has long been overlooked by historians who believe it was little than a string of small scale battles sideshows that were of minor importance in a war whose o

  • Title: The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II
  • Author: Douglas Porch
  • ISBN: 9780374205188
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Mediterranean theater in World War II has long been overlooked by historians who believe it was little than a string of small scale battles sideshows that were of minor importance in a war whose outcome was decided in the clashes of mammoth tank armies in northern Europe But in this ground breaking new book, one of our finest military historians argues that the MThe Mediterranean theater in World War II has long been overlooked by historians who believe it was little than a string of small scale battles sideshows that were of minor importance in a war whose outcome was decided in the clashes of mammoth tank armies in northern Europe But in this ground breaking new book, one of our finest military historians argues that the Mediterranean was World War II s pivotal theater Douglas Porch examines the Mediterranean as an integrated arena, one in which events in Syria and Suez influenced the survival of Gibraltar The Middle Sea constituted a strategic piece of a global war where crucial military decisions were made it was a passage that linked far flung theaters saved scarce Allied shipping became an essential conduit for lend lease aid to the USSR offered France a testing ground for its rehabilitation as a military power and provided an entry point into southern Germany for two Allied armies Without a Mediterranean alternative, the Western Allies would probably have committed to a premature cross Channel invasion in 1943 that might well have cost them the war.Brilliantly argued, with vivid portraits of Churchill, Montgomery, FDR, Rommel, and Mussolini, this original, accessible, and compelling account of a little known theater emphasizes the importance of the Mediterranean in the ultimate Allied victory in Europe in World War II.

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      Douglas Porch

    About Author

    1. Douglas Porch is an American historian, academic and a Professor and former Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs for the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1967 and a Ph D from Cambridge University in 1972 He has been a professor of strategy at the Naval War College, a guest lecturer at the Marine Corps University, a post doctoral research fellow at the cole Normale Sup rieure in Paris and the Mark W Clark Professor of History at The Citadel.

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    1. I found this book to have multi personalities Parts were quite well done and I found them easy to read and informative At other times, I could barely make it through a few pages It took much longer to read than I anticipated as it was quite detailed, but it wasn t just that Perhaps I just didn t find some aspects of the story as interesting, but that could be my fault for false assumptions I do think Porch made a good case for his assertions about the importance of the Mediterranean, and I certa [...]


    2. Professor Douglas Porch is always a solid and reliable historian His focus is French military history and ,in particular, the French experience in North Africa and the Mediterranean He brings the academics eye to the subject matter with tons of documentation, in depth analysis and an avoidance of hyperbole The Path to Victory looks at the North African and Italian Campaigns and makes an argument that it was there that the allies won WWII Now while I don t know if the Allies won the war against t [...]


    3. A good overview of World War II in the Mediterranean Porch argues that the Med theater was the pivotal theater of the war, an argument which deserves further thought Porch argues, for example, that Operation Sledgehammer Overlord s predecessor would have been a disaster in 1943 The book establishes that Hitler s decisions in the theater were ill advised and damaged the Axis war effort, tying up Axis men and material that could have turned the tide on the Eastern front or in Normandy Many of the [...]


    4. As a result of my habit of reading multiple books at once this one took a while but I found it well worth the time it took This is the first book I have read which surveys the entire Mediterranean Theater of World War Two Very eye opening Changed my opinion of some personalities involved, some in a negative way Confirmed my opinion of some other leaders involved.


    5. Porch does a good job of blending narrative history politics with military strategy tactics His thesis is that the Mediterranean as a theater was, contrary to the conventional wisdom, a key theater for the Allies It was a classic strategic diversion luring Germany into getting bogged down and spreading its resources across a very large southern flank, while giving the Allies a chance to practice against German tactics and modern weaponry utilizing Allied strengths air and sea power over long har [...]


    6. This was a dense historical tome which thoroughly covers the Mediterranean Theater of WWII It argues convincingly that it was an important strategic theater which contributed to the Allied victory over the Axis It took me several years to read, but in the end, i believe it was worth the effort I have a greater understanding of WWII and why the Allies spent so much time, men and material in a seemingly, at least on the surface, peripheral side theater I agree that when Hitler decided to shore up [...]


    7. The Mediterranean theater was an important place during World War 2 It comprised a significant amount of forces although never as much as the east and gave experience to those who would command operation overlord From the shores of Tripoli to the peaks of Italy s mountains battles were waged for control of this strategic lake Both the Italians and the British saw the Mediterranean as a lake that they would command Each side fought to make this a reality The British were able to convince the Unit [...]


    8. Reviews glow with kind words for Porch, a professor of national security at the Naval Postgraduate School The author presents his case in clear, convincing prose and a careful eye to historical detail Most importantly, he upends the idea of the Mediterranean campaign as a costly sideshow Washington Post He both successfully brings historic characters to life__including Mussolini, Churchill, and FDR__and combs through the finer points of military strategy Whether his central hypothesis about the [...]


    9. An excellent study of the political, strategic, and theater operational tensions at play in the Med Porch gives due consideration to contrasting arguments, but he is rarely neutral, and is frequently critical of decisions and decision makers in a manner which provokes the reader to consider new perspectives Read as part of the SAMS curriculum.


    10. Seemed a good overview of the topic and I didn t have trouble getting through it But it is BRUTUALLY critical especially of Italy and loaded with unneccesarily fancy dictionary words and LONG paragraphs.


    11. A very good analysis of some strategic options to the Allies in WWII Porch does a good job of sticking to his thesis, and not burying it under observations or data I felt like I was savoring this book by reading it in short sessions.




    12. This book gives a very convincing argument about why the Mediterranean was a pivotal theater for Allied victory in WW2.



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