TWO MONTHS IN ’42

ANTHONY ROGERS DETAILS THE FRANTIC DEFENCE OF MALTA IN MARCH AND APRIL 1942 AS THE LUFTWAFFE TRIED TO BREAK THE ISLAND’S SPIRIT

WW2 MALTA

The burning wreckage of Ju 88 8680 ‘3Z+JP’ can be seen at Hal Far on March 9, 1942.

Malta provided British forces with the perfect base from which to operate against Axis supply routes between Italy and North Africa. Accordingly, Italian and German aerial units were tasked with neutralising the “unsinkable aircraft carrier”. By early 1942, the island had been subjected to nearly two years of air attacks and the battle had reached a critical phase.

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