Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The island of Malta has a long military history because of its strategic location in the Mediterranean. Valetta, the capital city, is heavily fortified, the walls having been upgraded by the Knights of Malta beginning in 1533. In 2000, while standing on the walls with a wonderful view of the city before us, we listened to a very interesting presentation by a local history teacher that brought the history of Malta to life. The military museum is also well worth a visit. It covers in detail the critical role the island played in Britain's war effort during the Second World War and the suffering caused by Nazi bombing. In 1942 the people of Malta received Britain's highest military award for civilians, the George Cross.

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