Ernle Bradford Siege Malta 1940-1943

ISBN 13: 9785553667115

Siege Malta 1940-1943

 
9785553667115: Siege Malta 1940-1943

The siege of Malta began in June 1940 and lasted until the end of 1942, making it the longest in the history of warfare. Day and night the tiny island of Malta (21 miles long, 12 miles wide) was the most heavily bombed place on earth.

Malta's importance was its location. Strategically placed between Sicily and North Africa, the island dominated supply routes between occupied Europe and the forces under Rommel in North Africa. Malta remained what Churchill called "an unsinkable aircraft carrier."

"This remarkable book is a fitting sequel to Bradford's THE GREAT SIEGE, an earlier story of Malta's siege by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1565. The two can be read separately or together, but one thread of continuity shines out: the absolutely invincible courage of the Maltese people." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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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 ofsmall 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.

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