Fortress Malta

Fortress Malta : An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943

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Malta remains the most bombed place on earth. In March and April 1942, more explosives were dropped on this tiny Mediterranean island, smaller than the Isle of Wight, than on the whole of Britain in the first year of the Blitz. Malta was 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. The battle that ensued stretched the civilian population and their defenders to the limits of human endurance. Slowly but surely they fought back, taking the fight back to the enemy. Without Malta, El Alamein could not have been won. As Churchill said, Malta had to be held "at all costs". FORTRESS MALTA follows the story through the eyes of those who were there; twenty-year-old fighter pilot Raoul Daddo-Langlois, anti-aircraft gunner Ken Griffiths; American Art Roscoe and submariner Tubby Crawford; 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 more

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  • CD-Audio
  • 129 x 143 x 25mm | 232g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752860011
  • 9780752860015
  • 2,134,694

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 more

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'Joss Ackland's rich, gritty voice adds compelling urgency to this dramatic tale.' THE INDEPENDENT 'With a novelist's eye for the human stories, a sure grip of the stern facts of war and a lucid understanding of Malta's place in the scheme of the war, James Holland has written a first-class account of the island's heroic, unbelievably lucky resistance' -- Toby Clements THE TELEGRAPHshow more