Acknowledged experts Shores & Cull have produced a first-rate book on the contributions made by the Spitfire in the defence of Malta against a determined Axis assault. From 1940 to 1942, Malta served as a linchpin in Britain’s efforts to retain a presence in North Africa and the Mediterranean against the Axis Powers. From Malta, British air and sea vessels would harry German and Italian ships sending supplies to Rommel in the Western Desert during the height of the fighting there in 1941-42. Ship sinkings became almost prohibitive to the Axis, so both the Germans and Italians resolved to destroy Malta through air assault.
With over 250 photographs (some very rare indeed) and meticulous research based on official war records and eyewitness accounts, this book is a fitting tribute to the participants of all nationalities – Maltese, British, Canadian, American, Australian, New Zealander, South African, Italian and German – who gave such courageous service and in many cases their lives.
MALTA The Spitfire Year, 1942
The first Spitfires arrived in Malta in February 1942 to supplement and replace the few remaining Hurricane fighters who had helped defend Malta since 1940. The Spitfire Year now takes up where The Hurricane Years left off, and concludes in enormous detail day-by-day the history of the struggle for the island, and the final success of the Allies and islanders themselves in raising the siege. This book reads almost like a daily diary of the war in, around, and over Malta throughout 1942. The reader gets a keen appreciation for the sacrifices made by the pilots, soldiers, and civilians in Malta who stood up to the Axis, and won.