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Siege: Malta 1940-1943 (Military Classics)

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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 Africa Korps. The three-year siege of Malta was one of the longest in history. In this thrilling acc ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 28th 2003 by Pen & Sword (first published December 30th 1985)
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Are the Maltese the descendants of ancient Carthage? If they are, then Carthage finally had its revenge upon the descendants of ancient Rome. But not until the Italians, along with the Germans, did their best to destroy Malta from 1940-1943. In Siege: Malta 1940-1943, the author tells the story of this little island 60 miles south of Sicily that became the most heavily bombed spot on earth. What makes this a 4 Star read is the excellent placement of this strategic island outpost into the entire ...more
Liz Polding
Comprehensive account of an incredible period in the history of the island where I grew up and good to see that the major Maltese figures get a mention here as well. A bit of a 'Boys' Own' style for my tastes, but an interesting account none the less. For a fictionalised, but very good account of the first siege, Tim Willocks 'The Religion' is one of the best that I have read. Also, James Holland's outstanding 'Fortress Malta' is well worth reading.

Also, can I be horribly pedantic and point out
Paul Docking
Bradford wrote many books about historical events around the Mediterranean and lived in Malta for a number of years. This depth of knowledge is evident in his writing. This book is a short and well-paced account of the siege of Malta between 1940 and 1943. He describes the siege of Malta during the Second World War with a local’s eye and a local’s understanding. This depth of knowledge is further enhanced by the fact that he had written on the first siege of Malta during the Sixteenth Century. T ...more
Frances Fuller
Malta is my favorite place in the whole world, the history of Malta is one of my favorite things to read about, imagine reading a book that is so boring and full of pontifications that it is almost unreadable, about a subject one loves. Ugh, ugh, ugh. The only reason I gave it one star is that there is nothing lower.
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Ernle Dusgate Selby Bradford. British writer who specialised in mediterranean and military history.
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