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Memorial to ''the fallen heroes of World War II''

By Edcat55
Every day at noon, the largest bell in Malta rings gravely, its boom resonating over the peaceful waters of Grand Harbour. Once a theatre of war, the harbourís tranquillity today belies its turbulent past.

During World War II, Malta was subjected to incessant bombing raids, particularly between 1940 and 1943. They brought the island to its knees - its spirit crushed, but never defeated. My generation grew up listening to our parents and grandparents recounting stories of everyday hardship and heroism during those distant days of unimaginable horrors: a relative grandmother gave birth in an air raid shelter, and my mother remembers queuing at victory kitchens for food.

"More than 7,000 civilians and servicemen and women died during the three year siege."

Between February and June 1942, the Siege of Malta (as it was known), intensified to such an extent that only two out of 24 merchant vessels arrived and successfully unloaded their cargo, bringing much needed supplies to the island. During the first half of 1942, Malta endured 154 days and nights of continuous bombing.

The siege was finally broken with the arrival in August of 1942 of 14 Merchant Navy ships, escorted by the largest and most powerful escort the British fleet had ever assembled in what became known as Operation Pedestal. Only five of these ships eventually limped into Grand Harbour, rescuing Malta from starvation. As many as 400 Allied troops lost their lives in that operation. More than 7,000 civilians and servicemen and women died during the three year siege.

Tags: Photo journalism EDWIN CATANIA

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27 Aug 2021 6:21AM
A lovely tribute in mono. A great tribute in reminding the world of the people of Malta GC.

Mike
RonDM Plus
6 211 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2021 6:23AM
A great tribute

Ron
27 Aug 2021 6:46AM
Great mono, great tribute.
Tony
jacomes Plus
6 28 41 Portugal
27 Aug 2021 11:57AM
Lovely tribute and an excellent photo. I was aware of the siege of Malta but not of the horrific details, possibly relatively worse than the blitz on London.
James
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2021 12:27PM
Beautifully toned B/W Ed and a fitting tribute to your beautiful country's sacrifice in WW2. Excellent narrative too.

Kath
KingArthur 15 8 Malta
27 Aug 2021 2:46PM
Brilliant monochrome Ed, beautiful rich tones, tons of detail in that crisp memorial ..... lovely spine chilling narrative too, definitely a fitting tribute the way you portrayed it, bravo! Worthy of my humble award .....

Joe Smile
Wonderful mono Ed - composition, light & tones tal-masters !
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2021 7:08PM
Beautiful memorial sculpture. Great view !!
Good informative write-up. Isabel GrinGrinGrin
Thanks for the interesting history lesson!
Lovely picture..
Viola
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
31 Aug 2021 7:38AM
And of course the island received the George Cross for collective bravery during the siege - the highest civilian honour. Malta's strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean made it militarily significant to European nations fighting in Africa. Caught in history - unenviable, but nobody could doubt that spirit and endurance of Malta and its people.
13 Oct 2021 8:15PM
Just discovered this Wonderful upload Ed ....a stellar tribute to your fellow citizens and fallen heroes.
Best regards
Walt

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