Vladimir Putin

Dobbie, Lieut.-General Sir William G.S.

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The siege of Malta. How Malta came into association with the British Empire. Why Malta had to be held during the war. Malta's strategic geographical location. Malta as an effective military base. Consequences if Malta had not been held. Military facilities. The declaration of war on the British Empire and the beginning of the siege of Malta June 10, 1940. The lack of invasion. A description of Malta. The people of Malta and their defence of the island. Some personal reminiscences of the speaker. A detailed description of the siege. Difficulties encountered. The daily raids. The King's awarding to Malta of the George Cross at a crucial time. Lessons to be learned from the siege of Malta. The effectiveness of co-operation. Signs of God's aid.

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