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“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.com, a complete daily chronicle of the war in Malta from June 1940 to the end of the siege in December 1942.  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 unit War Diaries, photographs and other official documents as well as journals and memories of those who were there, maltaGC70.com tracks the course of enemy bombing raids as they increased in frequency and ferocity, until the tiny Island became 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.
ABOUT US

Maltagc70 was established to enable present and future generations to appreciate the outstanding contribution of the Island to the Allied victory in World War 2 and the remarkable resilience of its people in the face of extreme bombardment and near starvation.  People from 185 countries worldwide have visited the website to date.  Maltagc70 is an entirely voluntary project. 

HOW TO USE THIS WEBSITE
To read the Malta War Diary in chronological order: go to the tab marked ‘DIARIES’ on the right of this page and select the month you want from the drop-down menu.  The Diary begins in June 1940, on the date that Mussolini declared war on the Allies.
To search for a particular person, unit or event:  use your usual internet search engine; type in the name of the person, unit or event, then maltagc70.com – links will appear to the pages which feature that information.

To keep up to date with new additions to the Malta War Diary: click on the Follow tab to the right of this page and enter your email address – you’ll receive any new published material direct to your inbox.  NB Your contact details are not used for any other purpose. 

BE PART OF MALTA’S HISTORY

Do you or members of your family have memories of Malta in World War Two? If so, MaltaGC70 would like hear from you.  Send us an email at bdmalta@btinternet.com.

SEE FOR YOURSELF

A visit to Malta’s many historic sites is the best way to appreciate fully the impact of World War 2 on the Island.  To find out more click on the links below:

Visit Malta

Malta Aviation Museum

National War Museum

Malta at War Museum

Lascaris War Rooms

Fort St Angelo

Saluting Battery

Malta Maritime Museum

Fortress Builders

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Posted by on October 18, 2018 in Malta: War Diary

 

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.
Valletta, April 1942 (NWMA Malta)
 
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.

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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Malta: War Diary

 

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