This autumn marks 75 years since the end of the Siege of Malta when this tiny island became the scene of a fierce battle between the Allies and the German and Italian military from 1940-1942. Royal Navy ships and the RAF used the island as a base to attack Axis convoys trying to supply their forces in North Africa. Learn more about the Siege.
Seventy-five years ago, Malta stood firm resisting attacks from the air and sea during the Second World War. German and Italian forces lay siege to the Mediterranean island but they did not plan for the resilient Maltese people or the brilliant commander Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park.
Fighter pilots from the Royal Air Force played a critical role in the defence of Malta during its siege 75 years ago. One of the most renowned pilots was Canadian George Beurling, known to many as 'Screwball'.
Last week His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended a special event in Malta to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the nation being honoured with the George Cross for its heroism during the Second World War.