Call For Stories From Malta During The World Wars

Bomb damage in Valletta, Malta (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a crowdsourcing project called 'Stories from Malta'.

Nicknamed the 'nurse of the Mediterranean', the island nation and former British colony was where a large number of British soldiers were sent for medical care during the First World War.

During the Second World War, it became the most bombed place on Earth as the Allies and Axis powers fought for control of the Mediterranean.

1,500 civilians were killed during the Siege of Malta and the end of the Siege in 1942 is still celebrated annually.

For her bravery, King George VI awarded the George Cross to Malta on April 15, 1942, and in his message to the island's governor, he wrote:

"To honour her brave people I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta, to bear witness to a heroism and a devotion that will long be famous in history."

Maltese flag
The image of the George Cross is still woven into Malta's flag on the upper left-hand corner nowadays.

‘Stories of Malta’ aims to ensure that the experiences of the Maltese and the soldiers who defended her are not forgotten.

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