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Lascaris War Rooms

Listed under Military Museums in Malta.

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These chambers, cut out of Malta’s rocky core were a command centre for the Allied Forces during the Second World War and this is where all the Operation Husky drama unfolded as the invasion of Sicily was planned in 1943, and the British organised the submarine attacks that disrupted Axis supplies.

There are slightly wax naff dummies dressed up and playing their parts around the Triangulation table where locations were obtained, the Plot table – where women are shown moving the ships around – the wall map used in Husky and around the squadron rooms.

The tunnels you’ll wander though were originally hacked out in the 17th Century by the local Knights who used them to house their slaves – in not very nice conditions.

It’s a little tricky to find the entrance to the War Rooms, but that’s rather the point isn’t it, they’re off the Pjazza Kastilja past St. James’ Bastion. Go with a guide who’ll help set the scene of crackling radios, Morse code beeps and hushed anticipation or get an audio commentary to do the same.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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We understand that the Lascaris War rooms are due to be reopened again at Easter 2010. My father was there during the war and it is well worth a visit.

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They're hoping to re-open in April 2010, but they'll not confirm the dates yet.

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Were all Allied actions in Malta controlled from here? My late father was with ASR/MCS Units 204 and 205 as a WOM wireless operator mechanic & had to call in for signal strength testing. Would all of his call-outs be coordinated from here?

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The history sites seem to suggest so, but please let me know if you find anything different.

The photo shows part of what was the Lazarretto or Quarantine Hospital on Manoel Island. The War Rooms are in Valletta on the side of the Grand Harbour. They are currently closed and being restored and rehabilitated by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna.

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