The Santa Marija Convoy

The Santa Marija Convoy : Faith and Endurance in Wartime Malta, 1940--1942

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During World War II, Malta played a key role in the Mediterranean campaign, its submarines, light surface forces, and aircrafts destroying supplies desperately needed by Rommel's forces in North Africa. The price the Maltese paid for this effort was the most sustained and intensive bombing campaign in the war, enduring over 130 tons of bombs per square mile. This, compounded by the Axis blockade that attempted to starve Malta into surrender, set the stage for numerous convoy battles, the most dramatic being Operation Pedestal, remembered on Malta to this day as the Santa Marija Convoy. In this book, Dennis Castillo uses published histories as well as interviews and oral histories to explore the experiences of the Maltese and how their faith sustained them through this dark period of Malta's more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 580.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739128957
  • 9780739128954

Review quote

Using lively details and vignettes, balanced by historical background, Castillo's fast-paced work opens our eyes to the spiritual strengths and physical challenges behind the Maltese peoples' endurance during World War II, demonstrating this story's importance not just to the nation's existence but to the Allied cause in World War II. -- Marion Girard, University of New Hampshire Exploring a subject far broader and more comprehensive than the Santa Marija convoy alone, Castillo provides a fascinating look at the untold story of Malta and the Maltese people at war. -- David R. Stone, Pickett Professor of Military History, Kansas State Universityshow more

About Dennis Castillo

Dennis Castillo is professor of church history at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One: The Maltese Islands Chapter Two: The Faith Chapter Three: Malta and Britain Chapter Four: The War Begins Chapter Five: The First Raids Chapter 6: The Italian Phase Chapter Seven: Doom's Day Chapter Eight: Defying the "Phooey" Chapter Nine: The Angels of Doom Chapter Ten: The Summer of 1942 Chapter Eleven: The Santa Marija Convoy Chapter Twelve: "...we got there at last" Chapter Thirteen: Dona Nobis Pacem Bibliographyshow more