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Malta: Courage and the George Cross
“To honour her brave people I award the George Cross to the Island fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history.” King George VI, 15 April 1942.
Welcome to MaltaGC70, set up to mark the 70th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to the Island of Malta.
From 1 November 2011 day by day, hour by hour, you can follow the ordeal faced by this tiny Island and its people 70 years ago, as the siege of Malta unfolded.
Taken from original War Diaries, photographs and other official documents as well as journals and memories of those who were there, MaltaGC70 tracks the course of enemy bombing raids as they increase in frequency and ferocity, until the tiny Island becomes the most bombed place on earth. RAF and Royal Navy logs show Malta on the offensive, as this island fortress plays its central role in the Allied victory in the Mediterranean.
Personal recollections show how the courage and resilience of the Maltese civilians and their military defenders earned Malta the George Cross on 15 April 1942. MaltaGC70 celebrates the 70th anniversary of that well-deserved award in 2012.