The Battle for Malta

History / James Holland / WW2
ABOUT

Caught in a struggle between Britain and Germany to control the Mediterranean, Malta became the most bombed place on Earth. Beyond unimaginable austerity, the island was close to starvation by the summer of 1942, and the magnitude of the attacks reflected the importance of its strategic position. Like ants, the Maltese were forced to move by their thousands into man made caves and tunnels carved in island’s limestone. Historian James Holland presents a fresh analysis of this vicious battle and argues that Malta’s offensive role has been underplayed.

COMMISSION AND CREW

1 X 60 mins for BBC 2. Director Producer: Aaron Young

TRANSMISSION AND AVAILABILITY

BBC2 7th Jan 2013. Video download available from Vimeo

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