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Malta Convoys, 1940-1943
From the day Mussolini's Italy declared war on Britain in June 1940, the island of Malta was under siege. Its strategic importance was obvious to both sides, blocking as it did the supply route across the Mediterranean from Italy to the Axis armies in North Africa. It had to be bombed out of existence by the Axis powers and preserved at all costs by the British.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by John Murray Publishers
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Novels set in the Maltese Islands ( Malta, Gozo, Comino)
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This is the definitive history of the ships that supplied Malta during the second world war. It is well researched and thoroughly readable. These were the forgotten convoys and as I have a personal interest in one of the Blue funnel ships, MV Ajax I was gripped. Woodman has an impressive grasp of all the details and provides footnotes and references if you want to find out more.
Richard Woodman was born in London in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at 16 and has sailed in a variety of ships, serving from apprentice to captain. He remains a professional sailor and in 1978 won the Marine Society's Harmer Award.More about Richard Woodman...