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Siege of Malta 1940-42 (Images of War)

Anthony Rogers

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.

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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 by their wartime photographs. Included is a special colour section focusing on reminders of the battle in a series of more recent images.

ISBN: 9781784384593
Format: Paperback
Author(s): Anthony Rogers
First Publishment Date: 13 January 2020

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  1. very poignant, thought provoking collection of images review by Warship World reader PB on 25/11/2020


    Today Malta is a holiday hotspot in the middle of the Mediterranean providing a warm welcome and fantastic holiday accommodation but for over two years from 11 June 1940 to the end of 1942 it was quite literally hell on earth.

    Many matelots will recall adventures ashore from Sliema Creek in the 1950s and 60s with locals recounting tales of the hardships the island nation endured at the hands of the German Luftwaffe and Italian warplane. They also told of the heroic defence of Malta by the British military that sometimes seemed futile when faced with the overwhelming superiority of Axis air power. Daily air raids on airfields, docks and military installations led to people lobbing in air raid shelters. Dive bomb attacks on ships bringing in fresh supplies of food, water, ammunition, oil and aircraft sapped the islands resolve to survive the onslaught. Hungry and desperate the Maltese however persisted and endured one of the war’s longest, most determined, and all- encompassing series of aerial bombardments. This was why the island received the George Cross for its collective heroism and their sacrifice. The battle to retain Malta was of paramount importance to the Allies had the island fallen to the Axis powers the Mediterranean would have been lost as would have Northern Africa. Malta was a vital component in the plans to fight back against Nazi fascism.

    This excellent new book published by Green Hill Books and written by Anthony Rogers brings together a large collection of rare photographs mostly from veterans’ collections who alongside the native Maltese endured the daily, almost inevitable, air raids. The photographs depict life continuing with weddings, parties and social gatherings continuing in defiance against the Nazi aggression. Others show the devastation wrought on the tiny island nation and the defences put in place to defend it.

    This is a very poignant, thought provoking collection of images with superb, concise and appropriate captions.

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