MALTAGC70 VISITS TOTAL REACHES 300,000 – November 2016
“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, which was set up to mark the 70th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to the Island of Malta. For the first time since the war, day by day and hour by hour, you can follow the ordeal faced by this tiny Island and its people as the second siege of Malta unfolded. The news media of the time could never reveal the true intensity of the bombing or the suffering of the Island’s civilians and defenders.
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 as well as their military defenders earned Malta the George Cross on 15 April 1942.
75 YEARS ON – NEW DIARY ENTRIES
MaltaGC70 now looks forward to 75th anniversary of that well-deserved award in 2017.
A project is now underway to complete the war diary from the outset to the end of the second siege of Malta. Started in June 2015, the diary is now following events from June 1940 to the end of October 1941, so that the chronicle of events will be complete in time for 75th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to the Island, in April 2017.
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MORE ABOUT MALTA
Click on the links below to discover more about Malta and World War 2
Malta Aviation Museum
National War Museum
Malta at War Museum
Lascaris War Rooms
Malta Maritime Museum