#42 - Under Blue Skies - The Gazala Battles - June-August 1942
The summer of 1942 saw the German Army at its high water mark on all fronts. Rommel was about to launch his second great offensive and hoped for not only a return to the frontier but the ultimate prize of Cairo and the Suez Canal. The British had to divert away some of their best ground units to restore the situation east of Cairo and their line was made up of several untried units. The Africa Corps after their defeat in Crusader was ready for a re-match and had recieved new tanks for their battle-hardened soldiers. The newest 109s and MC202s were going to make life difficult for the Western Desert Air Force which still was only being sent aircraft deemed unsuitable for ETO operations. But some hope was being held forth for the hard-pressed Hurricane and Tomahawk pilots, a few squadrons of the latest Spitfires had finally been sent to give them some top cover.
UBS is a tactical event representing the last time both sides were almost even in air strength and Rommel launched his last great offensive that would almost win him Egypt. Each side must attempt to disrupt ground forces, supply lines and air bases while keeping sight of the fact that they have limited aircraft in which to accomplish all of this mayhem.