Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege 1940-1943 Hardcover – 31 Mar 2003
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'At least three books have recently been published on Malta's war years. The best of them all is James Holland's Fortress Malta....highly recommended' (GUARDS MAGAZINE )
'A most useful item in the book is the postscript which details what happended to the individuals after the siege ended. To generations who come later this book amply illustrates the dangers, difficulties and in some cases sheer terror when in combat' (RTR PUBLICATIONS )
The extraordinary drama of Malta's WWII victory against impossible odds told through the eyes of the people who were there.See all Product Description
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It tells the story of Malta's war from the moment Italy entered the war in the summer of 1940 to the summer of 1943 by which time Rommell had been defeated in North Africa and the Allies were preparing to invade Sicily.
Throughout the book the reader is kept informed of the events in Malta and their relationship to the rest of the War. But the thing that makes this book outstanding is the way the author introduces a wide range of characters : civilian workers, fighter pilots, nurses, sub-mariners etc. and tells the story of their lives.
I found "Fortress Malta" fascinating and each evening when I got home from work I couldn't wait to pick up the book and find out a bit more about Frank Rixon, Nat Gold, Meme Cortes, John Agius, Ken Griffiths et al.
Many colourful and forgotten characters spring to life within the pages. Holland paints a clear and vivid picture of the likes of Adrian 'Warby' Warburton, George 'Screwball' Beurling and George 'Shrimp' Simpson to name but a few.
Malta within three years became the most bombed place in the world, and within the pages of Fortress Malta you get a feel for the emotions expreienced by members of the RAF, the Navy and the citizens of Malta.
The most important aspect of the book is that Holland maintains the fact that there was always hope in this island of heroes and heroins.
If I could i would give this book more than 5 out of 5.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best 2nd World War book I've read! Well researched, well written and totally engrosing (particularly as I read this whilst in holiday in Malta). Outstanding!Published 1 month ago by Steve Brailey
Just visited Malta for first time and was stirred by the momentous events described in the book. Very well written with most interesting personal stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle
The first 80 pages were a little difficult to get into but thereafter this book gripped me and brought me to tears on a number of occasions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. M. Cannon
A superb book. I read this whilst on holiday in Malta. It gave me a real appreciation of what the people of Malta went through I even saw Warby's old uniform in military museum in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Avram Grant's B & W A