NAME: Malta Strikes Back, The Role of Malta in the Mediterranean Theatre 1940-1942

The only community to ever receive the George Cross has inevitably built up a few myths and legends. From 1940 to 1942, the island withstood heavy enemy air attack, not only survived but made a significant contribution to the defeat of the Axis in North Africa and supported the invasion and surrender of Italy – Very Highly recommended.


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NAME: Malta Strikes Back, The Role of Malta in the Mediterranean 
Theatre 1940-1942
FILE: R2622
AUTHOR: Ken Delve
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING:hard back
PAGES:  261
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, German 
attacks, Italian attacks, island fortress, air war, aerial bombing, 
fast patrol craft, fighters, Faith, Hope, Charity, Sea Gladiator, 
convoys, Beaufort, Beaufighter, Blenheim, Hurricane, Spitfire

ISBN: 1-47389-244-9

IMAGE: B2622.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The only community to ever receive the George Cross 
has inevitably built up a few myths and legends. From 1940 to 1942, 
the island withstood heavy enemy air attack, not only survived but 
made a significant contribution to the defeat of the Axis in North 
Africa and supported the invasion and surrender of Italy  – 
Very Highly recommended.

The author has produced a very readable account that is also one 
of the most comprehensive to appear in print. His review is very 
fair and dispels some of the inevitable myths that have circulated.

In the early days, the Sea Gladiator biplanes that were found in 
crates on the island were pressed into service and were flown 
effectively and with great determination against massive enemy 
air formations. Their military achievement may not have been 
significant but it was an enormous boost to morale. It also 
demonstrated to the enemy that the island would fight on to the 
end against all odds, seriously denting the enemy morale. As 
Hurricanes and Spitfires were delivered to the island by the 
determined Malta convoys that sailed under virtually continual 
submarine, surface ship and aircraft attack, the defences 
increased and accounted for a mounting tally of enemy aircraft. 
However, Malta did not just defend, but attacked with increasing 
effectiveness.

The RN surface vessel numbers based in Malta varied with the 
intensity of enemy air attack, but there was a continuing presence 
of fast attack craft and submarines that interdicted the supply 
convoys from Italy and Sicily to North Africa. The air attack 
force also increased and the Beaufort and Beaufighter attack 
planes made life very dangerous and costly for the ships in 
convoy to North Africa. Some have said that the victory in North 
Africa would not have been possible without Malta's attack force.

The main body of the book provides a descriptive review with 
images embedded in the body of the book, including photographs 
and maps. There are also some very informative appendices, making 
this work comprehensive and impressive.