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79 years ago, Malta experienced one of the heaviest air raids ever
It is said that the capital was a direct target.

Jillian Mallia

It was quite the month for Malta during World War II. Today happens to be the 79th anniversary since Malta experienced one of the craziest air raids in its history.

On 7th April 1942, Field Marshal Albert Kesselring had a plan to neutralise Malta, it being an important naval base for the British.

“Malta experienced the heaviest attack ever yet made from the air,” said VIP Tours Malta on Facebook. “Tons of heavy high explosives dropped on tiny Valletta that afternoon were not stray bombs intended for Grand Harbour. Axis reports reveal a deliberate intention to target civilians and bomb the Governor’s Palace and residential quarters in the city.” Now that’s not very nice, is it?!

“Many of the Valletta’s iconic buildings were badly hit. The Royal Opera House and Auberge de France were reduced to rubble, Grand Master’s Palace and the Market received direct hits. Auberge de Castille, Auberge d’Aragon and Auberge d’Italie suffered damage. Several buildings in Old Bakery Street, St John’s Street and South Street were destroyed or damaged.”

A total of 17 raid alerts in 24 hours with 273 bomber attacks took place. We can only imagine what it must have been like to live through such times.

7th April 2021


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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