Using stunning full colour artwork, this fascinating book explains why the attempt by the Axis powers to take the British colony of Malta ultimately failed.
Author: Ryan K. Noppen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
In 1940, the strategically vital island of Malta was Britain's last toehold in the central Mediterranean, wreaking havoc among Axis shipping. Launching an air campaign to knock Malta out of the war, first Italy and then Germany sought to force a surrender or reduce the defences enough to allow an invasion. Drawing on original documents, multilingual aviation analyst Ryan Noppen explains how technical and tactical problems caused the original Italian air campaign of 1940–41 to fail, and then how the German intervention came close to knocking Malta out of the war. Using stunning full colour artwork, this fascinating book explains why the attempt by the Axis powers to take the British colony of Malta ultimately failed.
This is an account of that desperate time, as witnessed by those who were there and illustrated with their wartime photographs, together with colour images of Malta today.
Author: Anthony Rogers
Publisher: Greenhill Books
For nearly two and a half years, from June 1940 until late 1942, Malta was subjected to one Axis air raid after another. The Mediterranean island was effectively beleaguered, reliant for defence on anti-aircraft guns and often-outnumbered fighter aircraft and dependent for survival on naval supply convoys. The Axis attempted to bomb and starve Malta into submission, attacking ports, military and industrial areas, leading to Malta becoming one of the most intensively bombed areas of the Second World War, with well over 3000 alerts before the end of hostilities. But against the odds, and at heavy cost, Malta was held. Malta was vital to Allied success in North Africa, dominating Axis supply routes to the region. It was a remarkable, intense campaign, a crucial turning point in the Second World War, and one of the Allies’ greatest tactical and strategic victories. This is an account of that desperate time, as witnessed by those who were there and illustrated with their wartime photographs, together with colour images of Malta today.
Boffa, C., The Illustrious Blitz: Malta in Wartime, 1940–41, Progress Press, 1995
Bradford, E., Siege: Malta 1940–43, Hamish Hamilton, 1985 Chaplin, H., The
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 1920–1950, Michael Joseph, 1954 ...
Author: David G. Williamson
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
The heroic defense of Malta against the Axis powers is one of the most famous episodes of the Second World War. For over two years this tiny island was the key to control of the Mediterranean and it was critical to the outcome of the North African campaign. A legend has grown up around the story that has perhaps obscured the truth and the time is right, 60 years on, to look again at this traumatic period in Malta's history. David Williamson, in this thought-provoking reassessment, examines the strategy underpinning British determination to hold on to the island. He sheds new light on the motives for persisting with such a costly defense against huge odds and he explores the question of the depth of the islanders' loyalty to the British crown. His clear-sighted analysis of events takes account of the tactics employed by both sides, the political thinking and decision-making at the highest levels and the grim reality of the destruction and suffering on the ground.
SUMMARY OF PHASES OF MALTA CONVOYS CAMPAIGN The Battle of the Malta Convoys 1940-42 conveniently falls into a number of phases which can be
summarized as follows: I II III ITALIAN PHASE (JUNE TO DECEMBER, 1940)
Author: David A. Thomas
Publisher: Pen and Sword
In Malta Convoys David Thomas, the distinguished naval historian, gives a fascinating account of the vital battles fought by sea and air to ensure that essential supplies got through. He vividly describes the appalling cost in men and ships. Here is an important contribution to naval history in the Second World War and, at the same time, a rattling good read.
Although the exploits of three RAF Gloster Gladiator biplane fighters named Faith, Hope and Charity came to epitomize this epic struggle, the reality is that many more aircraft fought - and were lost - in the battle over Malta.
Author: Anthony Rogers
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
From 1940 to 1942, supremacy of the skies above Malta was bitterly fought over by aircraft of the RAF, Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica. The RAF eventaully gained the upper hand, but not before the loss of hundreds of aircraft on all sides. The desperate air battles have since passed into legend - not only on the island itself, but further afield. Although the exploits of three RAF Gloster Gladiator biplane fighters named Faith, Hope and Charity came to epitomize this epic struggle, the reality is that many more aircraft fought - and were lost - in the battle over Malta.
In the Second World War, Malta was besieged for nearly two and a half years, during which time a decisive air war was waged between Britain, Italy and Germany.This is part of that story, from the early days in June 1940, when only a few ...
Author: Anthony Rogers
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
In the Second World War, Malta was besieged for nearly two and a half years, during which time a decisive air war was waged between Britain, Italy and Germany.This is part of that story, from the early days in June 1940, when only a few Gladiator biplanes were available to combat Italian bombers and fighters, to the intervention of the Luftwaffe and the tenuous defense by outclassed Hurricanes, culminating in the desperate months of fighting following the arrival on Malta of the Spitfire in March 1942.What became of the many aircraft destroyed over the Maltese Islands, and what was the fate of their pilots and crews?More than a thousand aircraft were lost. Many crashed into the Mediterranean; others came down on Malta and the neighboring island of Gozo. This book focuses on the latter some 200 British, Italian and German machines, and the fate of their pilots and crews. It reveals where those airplanes fell, thus providing a record that will continue to be valued by future generations.This comprehensive volume documents all known aircraft crash sites in and around the Maltese Islands and provides the circumstances of each loss are related in detail with accounts from both sides.In Germany especially there are many still unaware of the fate of family members who never returned after the Second World War. This book reveals what happened to some who even today are still officially listed as missing.
April. '42. To effect the passage of three ships out of four to Malta at that time was
in itself a supreme achievement. To lose the three ships under the island's
protection — two of them in Grand Harbour itself — was intolerable. Any claim
that the ...
Author: Ernie Bradford
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Situated midway between Europe and Africa, Malta played a central role in the battles for the mastery of North Africa. The island was the vital supply base for British and Imperial troops in the to-and-fro desert campaigns against, first, Italy and then Germany and Rommels Afrika Korps. The three-year siege of Malta was one of the longest in history. In this thrilling account the author, who first came to know and love Malta whilst serving with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, paints a vivid picture of the suffering of the island and its population. He draws on personal accounts and reminiscences of the participants; he tells of the occasional despair that turned to joy when the convoys got through with much-needed supplies and of the bravery of both the civilians and the armed forces stationed there that uniquely won for Malta the George Cross. 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 of small 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.
Malta. from. Aircraft. Carriers,. 1940–1942. DATE OPERATION CARRIER(S)
AIRCRAFT AIRCRAFT FERRIED REACHING MALTA 2 Aug 1940 Hurry Argus 12
Hurricanes 12 Hurricanes 17 Nov 1940 White Argus 12 Hurricanes 4 Hurricanes
Author: Norman Polmar
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
Aircraft Carriers is the definitive history of world aircraft carrier development and operations. Norman Polmar’s revised and updated, two-volume classic describes the political and technological factors that influenced aircraft carrier design and construction, meticulously records their operations, and explains their impact on modern warfare. Volume I provides a comprehensive analysis of carrier developments and warfare in the first half of the twentieth century, and examines the advances that allowed the carrier to replace the battleship as the dominant naval weapons system. Polmar gives particular emphasis to carrier operations from World War I, through the Japanese strikes against China in the 1930s, to World War II in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, and Pacific theaters. It begins with French inventor Clément Ader’s remarkably prescient 1909 description of an aircraft carrier. The book then explains how Britain led the world in the development of aircraft-carrying ships, soon to be followed by the United States and Japan. While ship-based aircraft operations in World War I had limited impact, they foreshadowed the aircraft carriers built in the 1920s and 1930s. The volume also describes the aircraft operating from those ships as well as the commanders who pioneered carrier aviation. Aircraft Carriers has benefited from the technical collaboration of senior carrier experts Captain Eric M. Brown and General Minoru Genda as well as noted historians Robert M. Langdon and Peter B. Mersky. Aircraft Carriers is heavily illustrated with more than 400 photographs—some never before published—and maps. Volume II, which is forthcoming from Potomac Books in the winter 2006-2007 (ISBN 978-1-57488-665-8), will cover the period 1946 to the present.
42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. Ibid., 27–31. IWM, Italian Series, Box 25, 'Relazione
statistica sull'attività operativa', 12; Box 14, E2547, Corpo Aereo Italiano, report
on ... situazione della base di Malta da giugno 1940 all'ottobre 1942', 31 Oct 1942, 1–2.
Author: Richard Overy
Publisher: Penguin UK
The ultimate history of the Blitz and bombing in the Second World War, from Wolfson Prize-winning historian and author Richard Overy The use of massive fleets of bombers to kill and terrorize civilians was an aspect of the Second World War which continues to challenge the idea that Allies specifically fought a 'moral' war. For Britain, bombing became perhaps its principal contribution to the fighting as, night after night, exceptionally brave men flew over occupied Europe destroying its cities. The Bombing War radically overhauls our understanding of the War. It is the first book to examine seriously not just the most well-known parts of the campaign, but the significance of bombing on many other fronts - the German use of bombers on the Eastern Front for example (as well as much newly discovered material on the more familiar 'Blitz' on Britain), or the Allied campaigns against Italian cities. The result is the author's masterpiece - a rich, gripping, picture of the Second World War and the terrible military, technological and ethical issues that relentlessly drove all its participants into an abyss. Reviews: 'Magnificent ... must now be regarded as the standard work on the bombing war ... It is probably the most important book published on the history of he second world war this century' Richard J Evans, Guardian 'Monumental ... this is a major contribution to one of the most controversial aspects of the Second World War ... full of new detail and perspectives ... hugely impressive' James Holland, Literary Review 'This tremendous book does what the war it describes signally failed to do. With a well-thought-out strategy and precision, it delivers maximum force on its objectives ... The result is a masterpiece of the historian's art' The Times 'It is unlikely that a work of this scale, scope and merit will be surpassed' Times Higher Education 'What distinguishes Mr Overy's account of the bombing war from lesser efforts is the wealth of narrative detail and analytical rigour that he brings to bear' Economist 'Excellent ... Overy is never less than an erudite and clear-eyed guide whose research is impeccable and whose conclusions appear sensible and convincing even when they run against the established trends' Financial Times 'Hard to surpass. If you want to know how bombing worked, what it did and what it meant, this is the book to read' Times Literary Supplement About the author: Richard Overy is the author of a series of remarkable books on the Second World War and the wider disasters of the twentieth century. The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia won both the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize. He is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Penguin publishes 1939: Countdown to War, The Morbid Age, Russia's War, Interrogations, The Battle of Britain and The Dictators. He lives in London.
Second World War 205 The siege within the walls : Malta 1940 - 43 . Stewart
Perowne . London : Hodder ... This valuable study provides a balanced picture of
the Malta convoy operations of 1940 - 42 . The Mediterranean was the scene of ...
This remains one of the best accounts of the critical sea war centred on Malta and
the ways in which supplies were ... illustrated from contemporary photographs , of
various aspects of Malta ' s experience of the Battle for Malta , 1940 - 42 ...
Author: David M. Boswell
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
Malta is an archipelago consisting of three islands (Gozo, Comino and Malta itself) located in the central Mediterranean. The strategic location of the islands has meant that they have long enjoyed an importance out of all proportion to their small size. Malta has a history of control by colonial powers and this is reflected in the ethnic background of its population, which comprises Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, English, Spanish and Italians. Occupied at various periods by the Thoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Knights of St. John and the French, Malta became a crown colony of Britain in 1814. During the Second World War, the islands played a crucial role for the Allies, and the bravery shown by the people prompted King George VI to award the entire colony the George Cross, Britain's highest honour for valour. The nation achieved full independence in 1964 and became a republic in 1974. This revised bibliography fully updates the first edition, published in 1985, and pays particular attention to Malta's chequered history and strategic position.
Britain's overseas history has never been well supplied with comprehensive bibliographical aids, and, despite extensive public interest in the subject, the position has steadily worsened. Following the recent Oxford History of the British Empire, this volume is therefore designed to provide a general source of reference and bibliographical guidance, at once wide-ranging, up-to-date, and accessible.
... 73 shooting migrating birds 218 shopping 205 , 208 , 301 - 2 shrines 119 , 260
- 61 Sicily 278 – 9 invasion of 73 Siege Bell ( World War II ) 152 Siege of Malta (
1565 ) , see Great Siege Siege of Malta ( 1940 - 42 ) see World War II Siggiewi ...
Author: Paul Murphy
Publisher: Insight Guides
Highlights the history and culture of the region while exploring lodging, dining, and shopping options
1 Dobbie ( Sir William G . S . ) ' The Siege of Malta 1940 - 42 ' in Royal Engineers
Journal , Volume 57 ( 1943 ) , pages 1 - 8 . 2 Dobbie ( Sir William G . S . ) “ The
Defence of Malta ' in Journal of the Royal United Service Institution . Volume 87 ...
These are : ' Malta : The Hurricane Years 1940 - 41 ' and ' Malta : The Spitfire
Year 1942 ' , both written with ... Malizia and myself as co - authors and the most
recent publication ' Hurricanes Over Malta ( 1940 - 42 ) ' with myself as co -
... internal bomb load of 2646 lb (1200 kg) Attacking Malta The Z.1007 was widely
used by the Regia Aeronautica throughout the Balkans and the Mediterranean. It
saw extensive use in the air attacks on the island of Malta, from 1940-42.
Author: Robert Jackson
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Traces the history of bombers, from World War II to the present.
The Official Story of the Conquest of Italian East Africa. (1942) The Air Battle of Malta. The Official Account of the R.A.F. in Malta, 1940 to Nov., 1942. (1944)
Aircraft Builders. An Account of British Aircraft Production 1935-1945. 25c Air of
Category: Military history
Includes scholarly articles and book reviews on topics in military history.
Battle Honours 1940 – 1944 . Malta , Middle and Far East Malta 1940 - 42 Malta
1940 Malta 1941 - 42 Malta 1942 Middle East 1941 Madagascar Adriatic Leros
Canea 3rd King ' s Own Hussars Buffs King ' s Own Royal Northumberland ...
Author: Hugh C. B. Cook
Publisher: Leo Cooper Books
A unique reference work that shows what units were at what battles through Britain's military history.