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National War Museum

Listed under Military Museums in Malta.

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The building this museum now stands in within Fort St. Elmo used to be a powder magazine, the size of which proves how important Malta has been from a military perspective. As well as being fought over by the Turks and the Knights of St. John, and come under the domain of Britain and France, Malta played a key role in the Second World War and this museum mainly concerns itself with events from 1800 on.

One of the main exhibition covers the WWII period when Maltese life was pretty harsh and the island was regularly bombarded by bombing raids. It was siege like conditions again, similar to those in the Great Siege in 1565, which is when Fort Elmo played such a key role as a fortress, and again the Maltese retreated underground while at the same time making a huge contribution as a civilian population. It wasn’t just the army who performed acts of daring so – so did the Police, the Air Raid Precautions Organisation, the Home Guard, the Special Constabulary and the Boy Scouts.

There’s no point having a war museum without some serious hardware and this museum delivers with an Italian E-Boat, a Willis Jeep, a Bofors anti aircraft gun and a Gloster Gladiator, but one of the highlights, as far as a single exhibit goes, must be the George Cross medal awarded to the entire island. There’s also a scroll presented by Roosevelt and other awards and gifts given to the people of Malta in recognition of their extreme bravery and sacrifice between 1940 and 43.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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hm submarine united

My wifes father leslie w clark(nobby) served in the 10th flotila malta

during the war.

we have his photos of malta during the war along with a medal board

and documents of his service in malta g c

he allways talked of malta and the comradship of the malt people ,during the hard times.

les died this year,and the family would like to pesent the museum

with his memories and decoration.

we would bring these items when we visit you on holiday

do we need permision from your goverment to bring the items

and would you like to display these momories in your museum

kind regards

Keith Thompson

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Hi Keith,

That's a really lovely idea, and I'm sure the Museum will be grateful to receive his the historic mementos. However we're not able to represent the museum, we're just recommending people visit it on their travels. I'd suggest you get in touch with the Malta Tourist Authority: who might be able to give you some more practical help. Good luck. Let us know how you go.

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