Donald Lee Ravey - 22 July 1929 - 22 August 2014

Valletta, Malta

The War Museum and Lascaris War Rooms

February/March 2004

Also see my Malta blog here

During World War II (referred to locally as 'The Second Siege of Malta') Malta was strategic to the control of the Mediterranean Sea and was subjected to some of the heaviest bombing of anyplace in Europe. As the central Allied command point of the three ports, Gibraltar, Malta and Alexandria, its defense was critical to the conduct of the war in North Africa. Two museums in Valletta commemorate and recreate those terrible times: the War Museum at Fort St. Elmo and the Lascaris War Rooms, near the City Gate.

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In the War Museum at Fort St. Elmo,
a Bofors AA gun:
"Faith", a Gloucester Gladiator, which together with "Hope" and "Charity" provided the only air defense of Malta in the early weeks of WW II: The original George Cross awarded the Maltese people by Great Britain, and the original, handwritten letter from King George:
Bofors AA Gloucester Gladiator George Cross

The Lascaris War Rooms are deep within the limestone walls of the city of Valletta and were used as headquarters and operations planning rooms for the Mediterranean theater by the Allies in World War II. In 1942 Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, USA, Supreme Commander of Allied Mediterranean Forces and Adm. Sir Andrew Cunningham, RN, C-in-C of Allied Naval Forces in the Mediterranean, used these rooms to conduct the war in the Mediterranean. The entrance to this complex is through this tunnel. The plaque below commemorates the restoration of the War Rooms in 1986. Tunnel to Lascaris War Rooms Tunnel to Lascaris War Rooms
Plaque Plotting map Plotting map
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