Fortress Malta

This is a fine first book from a promising young historian' John Crossland, Sunday Times 'Fortress Malta turns out to be an excellent example of an almost abandoned form – steadily patriotic narrative history, balanced and fair .

Author: James Holland

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780225975

Category: History

Page: 464

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The extraordinary drama of Malta's WWII victory against impossible odds told through the eyes of the people who were there. In March and April 1942, more explosives were dropped on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta - smaller than the Isle of Wight - than on the whole of Britain during the first year of the Blitz. Malta had become one of the most strategically important places in the world. From there, the Allies could attack Axis supply lines to North Africa; without it, Rommel would be able to march unchecked into Egypt, Suez and the Middle East. For the Allies this would have been catastrophic. As Churchill said, Malta had to be held 'at all costs'. FORTRESS MALTA follows the story through the eyes of those who were there: young men such as twenty-year-old fighter pilot Raoul Daddo-Langlois, anti-aircraft gunner Ken Griffiths, American Art Roscoe and submariner Tubby Crawford - who served on the most successful Allied submarine of the Second World War; cabaret dancer-turned RAF plotter Christina Ratcliffe, and her lover, the brilliant and irrepressible reconnaissance pilot, Adrian Warburton. Their stories and others provide extraordinary first-hand accounts of heroism, resilience, love, and loss, highlighting one of the most remarkable stories of World War II.

Fortress Malta

A riveting account of one of the great, little-known stories of World War II--the siege of Malta. 16-page photo insert.

Author: James Holland

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304366544

Category: Malta

Page: 485

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A riveting account of one of the great, little-known stories of World War II--the siege of Malta. 16-page photo insert.

Malta

An introductory video starts off a chronological journey through the creation of Fortress Malta. Information boards, touch-screens, 3D virtual modelling and actual physical models show how defence changed through the ages and how ...

Author: Juliet Rix

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 9781784770709

Category: Travel

Page: 372

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This new, thoroughly updated fourth edition of Bradt's Malta - written by an expert who has been visiting for more than a decade - remains the most comprehensive guide available and has built a reputation for being the essential guide for getting beneath the surface of this island nation and discovering what lies beyond the beaches. Sun, sand and sea there may be, but Malta boasts so much more, and this new edition is packed with historical and archaeological insights, from the Stone Age to the Romans, the Knights Hospitaller to World War II. It also showcases the islands' wildlife and bird-watching opportunities, summer festas, and the less commercialised islands of Gozo and Comino. Malta has been changing at the rate of knots, with Valletta's year as European Capital of Culture accelerating restoration and renovation. Copious openings - of historic sights, key fortresses, a new national gallery and boutique accommodation, particularly in Valletta - are covered, while the culinary scene continues to thrive, with notably greater choice for vegetarians and vegans. Malta has recently become much more socially accepting and is now considered one of the top places for LGBT travellers, while the offering for younger travellers has expanded, too. The Isle of MTV festival is going strong, Annie Mac now has a spring festival in Malta and a host of bars and clubs has sprung up. There is also lots on offer culturally, with festivals, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and opera all contributing to a full programme. Bradt's Malta contains all the information needed for a successful trip. Whatever your budget, it is the ideal guide for everyone from culture aficionados to history and archaeology buffs, foodies, war veterans, families and couples escaping for a romantic break.

Malta and Gozo

Although the name 'Fortress Malta' came to prominence only during World War II, it applies equally well from the late 16th century onwards. Malta has four dramatically defended historic capitals: Valletta, a small, fully fortified ...

Author: Juliet Rix

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 9781841624525

Category: Travel

Page: 372

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Malta has long been known for package holidays but this island nation has 7,000 years of fascinating and visible history. Updated throughout, this new edition delves into Malta's temples and archaeology more comprehensively than any other guidebook. Packed with historical and archaeological facts it also showcases bird-watching and wildlife opportunities, summer festas, and the less commercialised islands of Gozo and Comino. With new hotels opening in Birgu and across the islands the guide includes greater coverage of accommodation and restaurants. There is more to the island than sun and sea and this guide will help readers to discover the Malta beyond the tourist resorts.

Pocket Rough Guide Malta Gozo Travel Guide eBook

Today, the Rampart is open to the public for free and is the access point for the restored fortress. Malta's marvellous National War Museum, perhaps the best museum in Malta and an essential part of any visit to Valletta, is set within ...

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 9781789196597

Category: Travel

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Pocket Rough Guide Malta & Gozo Make the most of your time on Earth with the ultimate travel guides. Entertaining, informative and stylish pocket guide. Discover the best of Malta and Gozo with this compact and entertaining pocket travel guide. This slim, trim treasure trove of trustworthy travel information is ideal for short-trip travellers and covers all the key sights (The Blue Grotto, St John's Co-Cathedral, The Marsaxlokk fish market, Gozo's Citadel), restaurants, shops, cafés and bars, plus inspired ideas for day-trips, with honest and independent recommendations from our experts. Features of this travel guide to Malta and Gozo: - Compact format: packed with practical information, this is the perfect travel companion when you're out and about exploring Malta - Honest and independent reviews: written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, our writers will help you make the most of your trip - Incisive area-by-area overviews: covering Valetta, Birgu, Mdina, Dwejra, Sliema, St Julian's, The Three Cities and more, the practical 'Places' section provides all you need to know about must-see sights and the best places to eat, drink and shop - Handy pull-out map: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the pull-out map makes on-the-ground navigation easy - Time-saving itineraries: carefully planned routes will help inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences - Travel tips and info: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting around, health, tourist information, festivals and events, plus an A-Z directory and handy language section and glossary - Attractive user-friendly design: features fresh magazine-style layout, inspirational colour photography and colour-coded maps throughout - Covers: Valletta; The Three Cities; Sliema; St Julian's; Mdrina; Rabat; central Malta; the north; the south; Gozo; Comino Looking for a comprehensive travel guide to Spain? Try the Rough Guide to Spain for an informative and entertaining look at all the country has to offer. About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.

The Monthly Army List

85th Co. .Ehorncliffe ( Field ) ( Sheerness 80th Co. ( Submarine Miners ) N.S. S Halifax , ( Submarine Miners ) Head Quarters and half Company , Ceylon ; half Company , Singapore . ( Fortress ) Malta 42nd Co. Detachment , Lydd , A Co .

Author: Great Britain. Army

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105211520718

Category: Retired military personnel

Page: 1106

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Siege Malta 1940 1943

The closing months of the year had shown the other besieged fortress, Malta, at the peak of its capacity for disrupting the enemy's supply lines, and able to view the success of the British forces in the desert to some extent as the ...

Author: Ernie Bradford

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781848845848

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 263

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Situated midway between Europe and Africa, Malta played a central role in the battles for the mastery of North Africa. The island was the vital supply base for British and Imperial troops in the to-and-fro desert campaigns against, first, Italy and then Germany and Rommel’s Afrika Korps. The three-year siege of Malta was one of the longest in history. In this thrilling account the author, who first came to know and love Malta whilst serving with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, paints a vivid picture of the suffering of the island and its population. He draws on personal accounts and reminiscences of the participants; he tells of the occasional despair that turned to joy when the convoys got through with much-needed supplies and of the bravery of both the civilians and the armed forces stationed there that uniquely won for Malta the George Cross. Ernle Bradford was born in Norfolk in 1922 and joined the Royal Navy at eighteen. He served with distinction throughout the Second World War. After the war he based himself in Malta, sailing the Mediterranean in a number of small boats and writing prolifically about its history. Among his other books are The Great Siege: Malta 1565, Ulysses Found, Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea, Cleopatra, Hannibal, The Shield and the Sword and Christopher Columbus. He died in 1986.

Blue Water Empire

Holland, Fortress Malta, 92. Perowne, Siege within the Walls, 64–6. R. Leslie Oliver, Malta Besieged (1944), 16–17. Jellison, Besieged, 25, 40, 78. Ibid., 61. Oliver, Malta Besieged, 24. Porch, Hitler's Mediterranean Gamble, 283.

Author: Robert Holland

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9781846145551

Category: History

Page: 464

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Blue-Water Empire is Robert Holland's magnificent narrative of Britain's military and cultural ties with the Mediterranean Sea, in the style of the epic naval histories of N. A. M. Rodger. Britain has been a major presence in the Mediterranean from the Battle of the Nile to the end of empire, as both a military and a colonising force on the islands and coastlines of the sea. Robert Holland traces the fascinating story of that presence, from its legacies in culture, language and law to the Mediterranean's own influence on Britain. Evoking the conflicts and contrasts between British and local societies caught up in dramatic events, as well as their mutual resilience under pressure, Blue Water Empire charts with vigour, flair and clarity the British experience in the Mediterranean in the age of empire. Reviews: 'An important corrective to current historical amnesia ... the definitive account of Anglo-Mediterranean history for years to come' Amanda Foreman, New Statesman 'A rich and readable account of the British in the Middle Sea ... As Holland's learned, lucid and enjoyable work makes clear, many British politicians saw the Mediterranean as the pre-eminent global strategic arena, representing the key to victory in Europe and Asia' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times 'This is an important subject, and it has never before been drawn together into a single coherent narrative ... Blue-Water Empire puts the land, not the sea, at the heart of the story' Literary Review 'Robert Holland's masterly history of the Mediterranean is a pleasure to read. Blue-Water Empire shows how Britain's mastery of the Middle Sea shaped the modern world, whilst reminding us how profoundly the Mediterranean has influenced the British' Simon Ball (author of The Bitter Sea: The Struggle for Mastery in the Mediterranean, 1935-1949) 'Lively and absorbing' Philip Mansel, Spectator About the author: Robert Holland is one of the world's leading historians of the Mediterranean and the author of Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-59, and (with Diana Markides) The British and the Hellenes: Struggles for Mastery in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1850-1960. He holds professorial positions at the Centre for Hellenic Studies in King's College London and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the same University.

Malta s Greater Siege Adrian Warburton DSO DFC DFC USA

Books: Agius, John, and Galea, Frederick, Lest We Forget, (Progress Press, Malta, 1999) Austin, Douglas, Churchill and ... Malta, 2006) Gibbs, Patrick, Torpedo Leader on Malta, (Grub Street, London, 2002) Holland, James, Fortress Malta, ...

Author: Paul McDonald

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473860087

Category: History

Page: 386

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This is a true historical account of war in the air, at sea and on land in the battle for Malta's survival in the Second World War. It was a battle which decided the outcome of the war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Adrian Warburton, the airman described in the subtitle by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Tedder, went missing in 1944 in a single-seat American aircraft. He had flown at least 395 operational missions mostly from Malta. Unusually for a reconnaissance pilot, 'Warby' as he was known was credited with nine aircraft shot down. He lay undiscovered for sixty years. He is the RAF's most highly decorated photo-recce pilot. In Malta, Adrian met Christina, a stranded dancer turned aircraft plotter in the secret world deep beneath Valletta's fortress walls. She too was decorated for heroism. Together, they became part of the island's folklore. How important was Malta and the girl from Cheshire to the man behind the medals? This tale takes the form of a quest opening in a cemetery in Bavaria and closing in another in Malta. In between, the reader is immersed within the tension and drama surrounding Malta's Greater Siege retracing the steps of the main characters over the forever changed face of the island following its heroic victory.

Italy Malta and San Marino

Holland , James . Fortress Malta : An Island under Siege , 1940–43 . New York : Miramax , 2003 . Johnston , Shirley . Splendor of Malta . New York : Rizzoli , 2001 . Stephenson , Charles . The Fortifications of Malta , 1530-1945 .

Author: Rachel Bean

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 0761478930

Category: Italy

Page: 152

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