Fortress Malta : An Island Under Siege 1940-1943
by James Holland
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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The extraordinary drama of Malta, of the Second World War victory against impossible odds told through the eyes of the people who were thereIn March and April 1942, more explosives were dropped on the small Mediterranean island of Malta – smaller than the Isle of Wight – than on the whole of Great Britain during the first year of the campaign.Malta had become one of the most strategically important countries in the world.From there, the Allies could attack the Axis of North Africa’s supply lines; without it, Rommel would be capable of March unchecked in Egypt, Suez and the Middle EastFor the Allies, it would have been catastrophicAs Churchill said, Malta had to be held’at all costs’.MALTA FORTRESS follows the story through the eyes of those who were there: the twenty-year-old fighter pilot of Raoul Daddo-Langlois, anti-gunner Ken Griffiths, American Art Roscoe and submariner Tubby Crawford – who served to the most successful underwater Allies of the Second World War; the cabaret dancerTheir stories and others offer extraordinary first-hand accounts of heroism, resilience, love, and loss, highlighting one of the most remarkable stories of World War II
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