Max Hastings

Sat 17 July 2021

Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta in 1942

Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta in 1942

In 1942, the Luftwaffe had a stranglehold on Malta. In the months of April and May, they dropped more bombs on the island than on London in the entire Blitz. British attempts to bring in supplies and reinforcements were failing with heavy losses, and the people on Malta were close to starvation. Operation Pedestal saw an armada of fifty British ships, painstakingly loaded with food and medical supplies, ammunition and fuel, attempt to fight its way in convoy to the island. Max Hastings brings to life in his trademark thrilling narrative this little-known yet epic and pivotal naval battle.

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