PEDESTAL - the convoy that saved Malta


First published in 1970, with three new editions and new printings, this is perhaps the best naval operations book I have read, being detailed, but very readable, and fair to all sides involved.

Pedestal was the name given to the convoy that set out from Gibraltar in August 1942 in a last desperate attempt to relieve Malta. Comprising fourteen merchant ships, with the most powerful Royal Navy force ever to escort a convoy, including four aircraft carriers.

Subject to prolonged attack from the Italian and German air forces, plus submarines and surface craft, the Allied losses were appalling, but enough supplies did get to Malta to enable it to survive, and to reduce the Axis reinforcements to their North African forces.

Highly recommended. 280 page paperback, plus 24 pages of B&W photographs.