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WATCH: Rare footage from 1942 George Cross ceremony will take you back in time
It was incorporated into the Maltese flag the following year

Caroline Curmi

Malta's suffering during the Second World War reached its peak during the Siege of Malta, a period spanning from June 1940 to November 1942 where 6,700 tonnes of bombs were dropped on Valletta's Great Harbour alone. News of the Maltese people's stoicism and courage reached King George V and he bestowed the islands with the ultimate symbol of bravery and courage: The George Cross.

The award was presented to Malta by Lord Gort, almost a month after the arrival of the Santa Maria Convoy, and its icon was incorporated into the Maltese flag the following year.

Check out video excerpts from the ceremony below:

7th January 2023


Caroline Curmi
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Caroline Curmi
When she’s not having a quarter-life crisis, Caroline is either drawing in a café, frittering her salary on sushi or swearing at traffic in full-on Gozitan. There is also the occasional daytime drink somewhere in the equation. Or two. A creative must be allowed at least one vice.

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