The Fortress Malta

The Fortress Malta : An Island Under Siege 1940-1943

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Malta remains the most bombed place on earth. In just two months in 1942 - March and April - more explosives were dropped on this 17 x 9-mile Mediterranean island than on the whole of Britain during the entire first year of the Blitz. In 1942 Malta was the most important strategic piece of land in the world. The Axis forces had to occupy it to consolidate Rommel's position in North Africa and the Allies had to hold it to prevent them. Fortress Malta follows the story through the eyes of those who were there, young men such as 20-year-old Spitfire pilot Raoul Daddo-Langlois from the Channel Islands and anti-aircraft gunner Ken Griffiths from Wales; Lance Corporal Frank Rixon, an orphan from Berkshire who'd joined the Royal West Kents as a boy soldier; and merchant seaman Joe McCarthy from Wigan; and Maltese nurses Carmela Ferra, and Suzanne Parlby. Through these and a cast of many more James Holland has woven a true story of heroism, resilience, love and loss - a largely forgotten, but critical episode of the Second World War.show more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 106 x 141 x 35mm | 253g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752856782
  • 9780752856780

About James Holland

James Holland studied history at Durham University. He has published two novels and is working on a third for Heinemann set during the Battle of Britain and the war in North Africa. James writes articles and reviews for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, The Times, Sunday Express and New Statesman on 20th century social history and WWII. He has also worked in the publicity departments of major publishing houses (most recently responsible for the publicity on Jamie Oliver's books). He has superb contacts and counts Anthony Beever in his circle of friends. James is also testing to present a new BBC TV history strand. Joss Ackland has had a distinguished acting career on stage, film and in television. Stage successes include Falstaff in Henry IV, both Captain Hook and Mr Darling in Peter Pan, Jorrocks in Jorrocks, Peron in Evita and Frederick in A Little Night Music. His films include White Mischief, The Sicillian and Lethal Weapon. His hundreds of television appearances include most famously CS Lewis in Shadowlands and Alan Holly in First And Last, both of which won Emmy and BAFTA awards. He has been a subject of This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs.show more

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