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    DescriptionIn 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 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.

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    Fortress Malta
    An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Holland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    ISBN 13: 9780304366545
    ISBN 10: 0304366544

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    DC22: 940.534585
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWLF
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DSM
    Illustrations note
    84, 9 maps
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Cassell Military
    Publication date
    20 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    James Holland studied history at Durham University. He has published two novels and is working on a third. James writes articles and reviews for the DAILY TELEGRAPH, the SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS, NEW STATESMAN and BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE, mostly about 20th century social history and the Second World War.
    Review quote
    'Holland's stirring account pays fitting tribute to the heroism of the island's defenders and its civil population ... the book teems with memorable characters.' MAIL ON SUNDAY