The Battle for Malta

Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Aaron Young

as well as the rest of the world.

The Italians are not geared up

to fight any kind of a war

in any shape or form.

In the First World War, Italy

had lost a huge number of men.

It had completely destroyed the

nation's love of war-making,

any kind of enthusiasm

for military adventures.

While Mussolini waited for

the British surrender,

his bombers still flew over.

Anne Agius Ferrante was 16 in 1940

and remembers those early attacks well.

At first we were frightened.

We got very used to the bombing,

because for the first

few months of the war,

when the Italians were bombing us,

they had absolutely no idea where to bomb.

They were much happier to...

to put the bombs in the sea and go home.

As a matter of fact,

there was a caricature in the paper

saying, "Corraggio, fuggiamo. "

"Courage, let's run away. "

By the autumn, the island

was still in British hands.

Il Duce's gamble had failed.

Italy's bombing campaign had

been spectacularly ineffective,

even though in June 1940 Malta

had been left under-defended.

Mussolini had assumed the

British would roll over,

but they'd fought on,

winning the Battle of Britain

in their own shores.

Now, with every week, more guns

and more aircraft were arriving.

For Italy, the opportunity to take

the island quickly had slipped away.

Mussolini had missed his chance.

Italy's inability to take Malta quickly

had allowed the British to rearm.

Mussolini also overreached in Africa.

The situation had reversed.

Italy now faced defeat and

had only one place to turn.

One man's blunder had brought a

new player to the Mediterranean -


In December 1940, Hitler sent

Fliegerkorps X to Sicily.

Their impact was immediate.

When the Italians used to come,

they used to drop the bombs

and then go away, but not the Germans.

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