Personal accounts of the siege of Malta
Peter C Brown, Essex writer of Local and Military History is looking for help with his next project Voices from the Siege of Malta and is looking for ex-servicemen and civilians to come on board with their stories.
Voices from the Siege of Malta
The opening of a new front in North Africa in mid-1940 increased Malta's already considerable value, and the fight for the control of the strategically important island pitted the air forces and navies of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany against the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy which could attack Axis ships transporting vital supplies and reinforcements from Europe. The Malta Convoys, which were strongly opposed by Italian and German forces during the "Battle of the Mediterranean", were a series of Allied supply convoys that sustained the besieged island with military reinforcements, food for the military garrison and the civilian population, and fuel for the air and naval forces.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, in command of Axis forces in North Africa, quickly realised the importance of the island. In May 1941, he warned that, 'Without Malta, the Axis will end by losing control of North Africa.'
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