Malta awarded the George Cross 75 years ago
It was the darkest moment in Malta’s history. In 1942, the island was potholed with bombs dropped by German and Italian aircraft in an attempt to neutralise the British bases in Malta.
By then Malta was believed to be the most bombed place in the world per square mile during what was known as the darkest period for the Allies in the fight against the Nazis.
Food rations in Malta were practically finished, and the population was on the brink of starvation. Fuel was restricted to military action and even ammunition was running out, so much that anti-aircraft guns could only fire a few rounds per day.