The convoy that saved Malta
In the summer of 1942 one of the main
issues in the balance was the fate of Malta.
The island was still a bastion of the Royal
Navy in the Mediterranean and a constant
threat to the supply route for the enemy
land forces in North Africa.
It bravely resisted every onslaught of the
Axis powers, but food supplies were
desperately short and fuel oil running low.
In August of that year Operation Pedestal
was launched – a last attempt to relieve
Malta. Fourteen merchant ships were
allocated to it and the Royal Navy provided
the most powerful force ever to escort a
convoy including four aircraft carriers.
Operating from Sardinia and Sicily, the
Germans and Italians let fly with their
shore-based aircraft on an unprecedented
scale. The losses on the British side were
appalling, but the objective was achieved
and the blockade of Malta was finally lifted.
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