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For nearly two and a half years, from June 1940 until late 1942, Malta was subjected to one Axis air raid after another.
The Mediterranean island was effectively beleaguered, reliant for defence on anti-aircraft guns and often-outnumbered fighter aircraft and dependent for survival on naval supply convoys.
The Axis attempted to bomb and starve Malta into submission, attacking ports, military and industrial areas, leading to Malta becoming one of the most intensively bombed areas of the Second World War, with well over 3000 alerts before the end of hostilities.
But against the odds, and at heavy cost, Malta was held. Malta was vital to Allied success in North Africa, dominating Axis supply routes to the region. It was a remarkable, intense campaign, a crucial turning point in the Second World War, and one of the Allies’ greatest tactical and strategic victories.
This is an account of that desperate time, as witnessed by those who were there and illustrated with their wartime photographs, together with colour images of Malta today.
By: Tom Docherty
Battle of the Bulge
By: Andrew Rawson
Blitzkrieg in the Balkans
By: Bob Carruthers
Wellington's Worst Scrape
By: Carole Divall
Northamptonshire at War 1939-45
By: Kevin Turton
The Guinea Pig Club
By: E R Mayhew
Foreword by: HRH Prince Harry
Foreword by: HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
Sink the French
By: David Wragg
Men Behind the Medals
By: Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork
Mister Brownrigg's Boys
By: David Bebbington
By: George E Jaycock
The German Army on the Western Front 1917-1918
By: David Bilton
My Father Joachim von Ribbentrop
By: Rudolf von Ribbentrop
By: Alan Cooper
Dover & Folkestone During the Great War
By: Michael & Christine George
SAS: With the Maquis in Action with the French Resistance
By: Ian Wellsted