Book review: Siege: Malta 1940-1943

Siege: Malta 1940-1943 examines the role played by the island during World War II. Malta endured siege conditions between 1940 and 1943, with Axis forces controlling countries to the North of Malta, whilst North Africa to the South was being fought over. Malta came under severe air attack and supplies became more and more difficult to get through as the Axis forces recognised that they could easily target sea convoys by making use of their air supremacy.

Most histories of World War II focus on Europe, the Eastern Front, North Africa or the Pacific campaign, so I found this to be something different and interesting. The book looks at life on the island as well as the wider Mediterranean conflict. Whilst examining the wider conflict, Malta’s role within the conflict (disrupting Axis shipping from Europe to North Africa) is explained. An excellent book.

Rating (out of 5): *****

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