James Holland - Fortress Malta (An Island Under Siege) (2nd Hand Paperback)
The extraordinary drama of Malta's WWII victory against impossible odds told through the eyes of the people who were there.
In March and April 1942, more explosives were dropped on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta - smaller than the Isle of Wight - than on the whole of Britain during the first year of the Blitz. Malta had become one of the most strategically important places in the world. From there, the Allies could attack Axis supply lines to North Africa; without it, Rommel would be able to march unchecked into Egypt, Suez and the Middle East. For the Allies this would have been catastrophic.
As Churchill said, Malta had to be held 'at all costs'.
Fortress Malta follows the story through the eyes of those who were there: young men such as twenty-year-old fighter pilot Raoul Daddo-Langlois, anti-aircraft gunner Ken Griffiths, American Art Roscoe and submariner Tubby Crawford - who served on the most successful Allied submarine of the Second World War; cabaret dancer-turned RAF plotter Christina Ratcliffe, and her lover, the brilliant and irrepressible reconnaissance pilot, Adrian Warburton.
Their stories and others provide extraordinary first-hand accounts of heroism, resilience, love, and loss, highlighting one of the most remarkable stories of World War II.
- Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2004
- ISBN : 9780304366545
- SKU : B001603
- PPC : SP450gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Combines painstaking research with effortless prose, a brilliant debut." - The Telegraph.
"Fortress Malta turns out to be an excellent example of an almost abandoned form - steadily patriotic narrative history, balanced and fair. Holland not only pays tribute to the skill of the German pilots who made Malta, at the height of its siege, the most bombed place on earth; more unusually, he illustrates how important was the contribution of the Italian air and naval forces to the Axis effort on the Mediterranean. James Holland was given a grand old tale to tell - beyond carp, beyond satire, beyond revisionism." - New Statesman.
James Holland FRHistS is an English author and broadcaster who specializes in the history of World War II.