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The Siege of Malta

  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park
    How Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park helped to save Malta

    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.

  • George 'Screwball' Beurling
    'The Falcon of Malta'

    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'.

  • Allan Scott speaking to HRH The Prince of Wales
    Remembering the Siege of Malta, 75 years on

    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.

  • George Cross awarded to the island of Malta
    George Cross awarded to the island of Malta

    Malta is also known as the George Cross Island, holding the distinction of being the only entire population to receive the bravery award. 

  • Bombed street in Malta
    "By the time we arrived the island had suffered massively and was practically on its knees"

    During the Siege of Malta, the island had been at the mercy of the German and Italian bombers until Allied ships and aircraft arrived to reinforce their defences.

  • Enemy raid over Malta
    Dogfight over Malta

    When Malta came under attack midway through the Second World War, the battle to protect it was waged in the skies.

  • Operation Pedestal
    75th anniversary of Operation Pedestal

    It's 1942, the Second World War rages on and Malta is under siege. The small Mediterranean island had been bombarded for almost two years by enemy forces keen to control this strategic post.

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