Images Of War, Siege Of Malta 1940-42, Rare Photographs From Veterans’ Collections

This ‘Images Of War series book under the Greenhill books imprint features rare photographs from veterans collections rather than official war archives and its a great collection of images. The proven format of concise text, supporting a large image collection, is followed, concluding with full colour images from recent photography. – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Images Of War, Siege Of Malta 1940-42, Rare Photographs From Veterans'
 Collections
FILE: R3121
AUTHOR: Anthony Rogers
PUBLISHER: Greenhill Books, Pen & Sword 
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £14.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Mediterranean, 
Malta, Gibraltar, Malta Convoys, air war, bombing campaign, fighters, 'Faith', 'Hope', 
'Charity', Spitfire, Hurricane, Me109, Ju87, Luftwaffe, Italian Air Force, RAF, FAA, 
coastal forces, submarines, warships, shipyard, Grand Harbour, George Cross Island

ISBN: 1-78438-459-3

PAGES: 161
IMAGE: B3121.jpg
BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/uxstm8p
DESCRIPTION: This 'Images Of War series book under the Greenhill books imprint 
features rare photographs from veterans collections rather than official war archives 
and its a great collection of images. The proven format of concise text, supporting
a large image collection, is followed, concluding with full colour images from 
recent photography. – Very Highly Recommended.

The Island of Malta is in a unique category. During WWII it was vital to Britain in the 
Mediterranean campaigns. That made it a prime target for Italian and German aircraft 
and its waters for Axis warships and submarines. It was a small target area and by 
many views at the time, it should have quickly fallen to the enemy, cutting Gibraltar 
off from the RN fleet based in the Eastern Mediterranean at Alexandria. It would also 
have cut the British supply line through the Suez Canal and would have led to British 
defeat. That it survived and hosted aircraft, coastal craft and submarines attacking 
German and Italian supply lines between Italy/Sicily and North Africa was a major 
triumph.

The Maltese civilian population was in a difficult position. Although many loyally 
supported the British, some had strong connections with Sicily and Italy, leaving them 
open to pressure from the Fascists via relatives in Axis territory, divided loyalties and 
in some cases strongly anti-British attitudes. All faced the daily heavy bombardment 
from the air and a severe shortage of rations and supplies. For the military personnel 
there was a chronic shortage of everything.

The equipment shortages were so serious that every store was searched intensively for 
anything of use. In this desperate scavenging, three crated Fleet Air Arm Sea 
Gladiator biplanes were discovered and pressed into service as fighters defending 
against massed Italian bomber formations. These biplane fighters were named 'Faith', 
'Hope', 'Charity' and for a time were THE air defenders of Malta. Equally desperate 
efforts were made to force convoys through from Gibraltar and Alexandria at great 
cost, bringing fuel, food, ammunition, military aircraft and supplies. From 1940 to 
1942, Malta stood defiant.

Uniquely the Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in addition to the many 
individual decorations awarded to those serving in Malta.

This book is a visual recognition of courage against impossible odds, when Malta 
became the most bombed place on Earth.

Not only did Malta stand against this bombardment, but it became host to aircraft, 
mosquito craft and submarines that interdicted the vital supply lines to the Afrika 
Korps and its Italian allies. By sinking supplies of fuel, ammunition and 
reinforcements to Rommel, the British were able to chase the Axis forces West and 
then to land an Anglo-American force to trap the Axis troops in a pincer that gave 
total victory to the Allies in North Africa and began the process of rolling back the 
Nazis to final defeat.