True up to point Ulrich. However, on 13th February 1942,Raeder managed to attract a receptive Hitler to NA and possibility of attacking through Libya and Egypt to the British controlled Persian Oilfields and then on to link up with the japanese. Breifly known as the "the Great Plan". The Luftwaffe in considerable force was relocated to assist Rommel, who having run out of supplies during Operation Crusader and retreated to El Algehila, had turned, benefitting the problem of Japan's entry in the War had created (plus chaos on the British side) and advanced to a stalemate at Gazala. Rommel now for once received loads of supplies and extra Panzers. Operation Herkules (the taking of Malta by you G dad) and Operation Aida were rolled out and agreed by the Dictators - the aim being the elimination of Malta in July and Egypt taken in December 1942. And away we go again - but soon richer opportunities in Russia looked more juicy to Hitler, who lost interest again in NA.