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on 15 August 2013
Bradford wrote many books about historical events around the Mediterranean and lived in Malta for a number of years. This depth of knowledge is evident in his writing. This book is a short and well-paced account of the siege of Malta between 1940 and 1943. He describes the siege of Malta during the Second World War with a local's eye and a local's understanding. This depth of knowledge is further enhanced by the fact that he had written on the first siege of Malta during the Sixteenth Century. This invites comparison and Bradford is well placed to bring this out. He also does not neglect activities in the wider Mediterranean, which bring historical context to events on Malta. Overall, a good book that brings out the facts behind some of the pivotal events in the Mediterranean during the Second World War.

Endeavour Press has released this version on Kindle, so it's perfect for accompanying you on your travels.
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on 21 September 2013
A refreshingly detailed, empathetic, and involving narrative, remarkably evocative and atmospheric. This thorough and dedicated work takes the reader through the historical and real-time events in a way that combines a constant understanding of the overall picture with a remarkable moment-by-moment feel of unfolding events. Revealing so many perspectives of major players in the day-to-day decision-making and the long-term strategies, this work effortlessly bears re-reading as the story becomes clear in the mind. To read this work is to significantly gain in understanding how and why we live in a liberal democracy. Despite all the imperfections of geo-politics today, this work is a stark reminder of why we should be ever-vigilant to preserve the liberty so hard-won by so many, from Generals and politicians to ordinary people, in the forces, and striving to survive in civilian life.
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on 25 July 2013
Having read and re-read Bradford's excellent book on the first siege, it was a pleasure to discover this work. It sets the story of Malta at war in the wider context of Europe-wide events, and carries the air of a writer with first hand knowledge (Bradford served in the navy here, later in the war).

Very vivid, drawing the reader in, skilfully conveying the sense of isolation, the dust and noise, and the determination of the independent people to see it all through. Altogether a portrait of an extraordinary time, well told by a fine writer. This is a recommendation without reserve,
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on 9 July 2013
An outstanding history book which captures the sense of endurance and bravery of those who fought off the Germans in Malta during WW2. Downloaded on promotion, but was glad I read something out of my comfort zone. Well researched and well written. Recommended.
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on 9 February 2015
Simply one of the best books written about Malta's heroics in world war 2. Well researched and written, Bradford takes you back to the desperate plight of the Maltese people and the British effort in securing this strategic island. Highly recommended.
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on 13 January 2014
This is a very well written book. I simply could not put it done. Full marks for the standard of research.
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VINE VOICEon 20 September 2005
Four hundred years after the Great Siege of 1565, Malta was revisited by a remarkably similar set of circumstances as the Axis forces of Hitler and Mussolini swept through Europe and North Africa in the early 1940's. This time instead of being besieged by an invading army of Turks, the Maltese had to face a prolonged and ferocious two year siege by air and sea from the Italians and Germans. Bradford's book, unlike his account of the 1565 siege, is much more of a factual military history of the period and for that reason it is not as entertaining or intense a read. Most of the book catalogues in detail the heavy bombing of the island (the Nazi attacks in 1942 made the blitzes of London and Coventry pale in comparison) and the constant harassment of and attacks on British convoys of ships which provided the food, fuel and armaments required to keep the islanders alive and able to maintain their vital war effort. Malta was effectively turned into a British aircraft carrier and the damage to the Axis war effort in North Africa caused by planes, ships and submarines operating out of the island was as big a thorn in the flesh to Hitler and Rommel as the piracy of the Knights of St John was to Sultan Soleyman in the 1560's. As in 1565, the full force of the enemy's anger and frustration was brought to bear on Malta and the book is full of statistics and detail about the many maritime and airborne encounters between the British and Axis combatants. "Siege:Malta" is not as immersive as Bradford's account of the 1565 siege ,but it highlights well the terrible privations that the Maltese suffered for years; 24:7 air raids by swarms of German bombers which continued for months, perpetual fear of invasion and severe rationing of food,fuel and ammunition. Bradford also points out the highly significant role of the Bletchley Park "Enigma" code breakers and how their clandestine activities helped to give the British and Maltese the "heads up" on planned Axis activities as well as the crucial advantages provided by British radar developments. The British victory at El Alamein would not have been possible if Malta had have been lost and if Hitler had got access to the Middle Eastern oilfields and Suez then the Second World War may have had a different outcome. As in 1565, Malta played a pivotal role in preventing a different geo-political landscape from emerging. Bradford's book tells the story of the siege well,but it is definitely a lot drier and more impersonal than his 1565 book.
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on 4 March 2015
I bought this excellent book on KINDLE, only to suffer from the constant mistakes, masses of them, almost making me want to hurl the wretched machine across the room. What a sad, sorry, shame that I had to plough my way through this atrociously compiled technical failure (AND having to pay for the privilege) purely because Kindle cannot be bothered to proof-read. Doesn't say much for Kindle, does it, and it's not the first time that it has happened to me. For those thinking of investing in a Kindle, think twice and carefully. I would have a look in your local book shop, where it is possibly cheaper anyway, and by a hard-copy if I were you. The printed book will be well worth reading.
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on 8 January 2016
Still not had time yo read it yet very happy with kindle price
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on 4 March 2016
Enjoyed this book, would re moment if you are interested in this period of our history.
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