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International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0752860380 (PB. System Control Number . Geographic Name: Malta History Siege, 1940-1943. Rubrics: World War, 1939-1945 Malta.
Fortress Malta by James Holland tells the story of the battle for Malta from 1940 thru 1943. Mr. Holland nicely merges personal remembrances with the historical events around the siege. Italian aircraft raiding the island and the defenders trying to cope with the attacks
During the siege of Malta between 1940-43, this labour was often carried out on a diet of three boiled sweets, half a sardine and a spoonful of jam a day. The longest such action in British history resulted in the entire island being awarded the George Cross: the highest award for civilian gallantry. Stories grow well in ruins.
James holland makes you live IT as well!!! His book is a true encounter, so real, the reader will feel the action taking place before him/her. most of all, you will never forget malta. I Have been there several times in tyhe past, but my next visit will mean so much more. I Salute james holland, and am looking forward to reading his other books. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 14 years ago. An amazing book (most especially for a first timer)about a little known part of the second world war.
The siege of 1940-43 was by no means the first. The Romans, the Norman kings of Sicily and the Spanish all grasped Malta's importance in struggles with the east. In 1530 Charles V of Spain handed Malta to the Knights of St John, to counteract Turkish ambitions and influence. After the great siege of 1565 the Knights ruled for centuries, erecting the massive fortifications that still surround Valletta. That said, Fortress Malta succeeds brilliantly in showing war's human position. James Holland deftly interweaves the personal histories of pilots, soldiers, submariners, sailors, nurses, office clerks and other civilians. All are brought compellingly to life in a brisk, tightly constructed narrative that has the impetus of first-hand experience. Ranging through the military and civilian communities, Holland shows the war's destruction of everyday life as food, water, fuel, electricity, transport and buildings gradually disappeared.
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It is the first of more than three thousand raids that the island will suffer as it becomes the most bombed place on earth. The day before, Mussolini had declared war on Britain, and in that moment, the tiny island of Malta?slightly larger than Cape Cod?became one of the most important strategic pieces of land in the world. Lying between Italy and Libya,.
June 11, 1940. Italian aircraft pummel the idyllic Mediterranean island of Malta. It is the first of more than three thousand raids that the island will suffer as it becomes the most bombed place on earth.
The day before, Mussolini had declared war on Britain, and in that moment, the tiny island of Malta'slightly larger than Cape Codbecame one of the most important strategic pieces of land in the world.
Today, this valiant story is largely forgotten, but James Holland offers a riveting portrait of the siege that helped determine victory or defeat in World War II. For nearly three years, Malta held the key to dominance in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Lying between Italy and Libya, Malta was the ideal place from which to attack shipping lines supplying Italian and German forces in North Africa. To save Egypt, the Suez Canal, and the Middle East oil fields from Nazi control, it was essential that the island be held at all costs.
The Axis powers were equally determined to annihilate Malta. In two months aloneMarch and April 1942more bombs fell on Malta than on London during the entire Blitz. A small band of fighter pilots facing the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica; a garrison of British and American troops; and a stubborn local population refused to surrender to vastly superior forces. Despite starvation and disease, the Maltese bravely held out. Not only did they hang on, their torpedo bombers and submariners continued to sink critical amounts of Rommel's supplies. In honor of this tenacity and bravery, George VI bestowed the George Cross, the highest civilian award for valor, upon the entire island.
Fortress Malta follows the story through the eyes of individuals who were there: the pilots, submariners, soldiers, and civilians who provide the tales of heroism, resilience, love, and loss. Using interviews with survivors, letters, and diaries never-before-published, James Holland brings to life this extraordinary real-life David-and-Goliath battle in a moving, astonishing narrative.