This volume deals with the first 15 months of the Mediterranean Campaign including the preparations for war, the effect of the entry of Italy into the war in June, 1940, the tragic actions against the French Fleet, and the achievement of British command of the sea, which was the defining factor for all subsequent Mediterranean operations. It ends with the first Mediterranean convoy battle to run supplies from Gibraltar to Alexandria - Operation Hat.

chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Uneasy Calm

(September 1939 to May 1940)

chapter 3|16 pages

Challenge to ‘Mare Nostrum'

(June 1940)

chapter 4|19 pages

Sighting Shots

(July, August 1940)

chapter 5|13 pages

Reinforcements, Air and Submarine Activities

(September 1940)

chapter 6|19 pages

British Command of the Sea Established

(October 1940)