1st ed., 1968. Xii + 83 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. D.j., chipped with small repaired scuff to front o/w V.G. Presentation Copy inscribed: For Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Slessor with the Author's Most Respectful Regards, March 1968. This lucid study, based on a series of lectures given by the author who had been an infantry platoon commander in the Italian campaign and who was involved in writing the volume of official history of British grand strategy which gave him access to official records unavailable to the public, finally disposes of certain misconceptions about Allied strategy in the Second World War. The author's clear explanation of how the Mediterranean strategy evolved shows how British strategy developed during the early years of the war; how, with the advent of America into the war at the end of 1941, the strategy for what happened in the Mediterranean evolved. The study concludes with a look at what happened during the hard-fought bitter campaign in southern Europe during 1943-4, and the conclusions to be drawn. This is an important First Edition copy inscribed by the author and presented to SIR JOHN SLESSOR, MARSHAL OF THE RAF ; HIS COPY.