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Siege: Malta 1940-1943 (Military Classics)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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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Jan 05, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vikas Datta
Dec 29, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite very interesting..
Liz Polding
Jun 03, 2014 Liz Polding rated it liked it
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
Jan 31, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent history. The last 3 chapters are particularily graphic - I felt like I was in a movie set but better because the author gave us the time to know the shps and to understand the contribution they were making. It was riveting. This is a WWII history that is not generally known by regular folk like me. I read this book because we were planning a trip to Malta and I wanted to know more about its history. I agree that the air battles fought over Malta were as - or more - important than the B ...more
Paul Docking
Aug 15, 2013 Paul Docking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story about the bravery and endurance of the people of Malta and her defenders during one of the worst sieges in history. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force played their parts, but the courage of the Maltese people sealed the victory.
Mar 15, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Though not quite as good as Bradford's other book on that other siege of Malta, this was still very good. The narrative is well paced and told in an exciting, entertaining manner. The author uses a variety of sources and covers both sides of the conflict well (although concentrating on the British side). Bradford's passion for Malta and the Maltese really comes through, and the struggle of the Maltese civilians and military units that fought along side the British receive their due.
Greg Morrison
Jul 01, 2015 Greg Morrison rated it liked it
The book deserves 4 stars, but the kindle edition was so full of typos that it became difficult to read!
May 31, 2012 Frances rated it did not like it
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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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