This is the third volume in the comprehensive ten-volume Germany and the Second World War. It explores the conduct of the war in the Mediterranean region and examines the dramatic military events of this period. The authors show how German policy in this area was largely determined by the attitude of the German leadership, especially Hitler, towards Mussolini's Italy, and they shed important new light on the alliance policy of the Third Reich. The comprehensive analysis, based on detailed scholarly research, is underpinned by a full apparatus of maps, diagrams, and tables. Intensively researched and documented, Germany and the Second World War is an undertaking of 4nparalleled scope and authority. It will prove indispensable to all historians of the twentieth century.