The Siege of Malta was a significant Military campaign in the Mediterranean Theatre of World War II that occurred between 1940 - 1942 on the island of Malta. The siege was conducted by the Air Forces and Navies and of Italy and Nazi Germany, the Axis powers, while the Allied forces protecting Matla consisted of the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Malta was one of the most intensively-bombed areas during the war – The Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica flew a total of 3,000 bombing raids occurred during the two years of the siege. The island of Malta was pivotal to the North African Campaign due to its strategic position. Control of Malta enabled control of the centeral Mediterranean sea. Axis control of this strip of sea would enable the Axis to ship uninterrupted flows of supplies to Axis forces in North Africa. Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel said, "Without Malta the Axis will end by losing control of North Africa".
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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