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Fortifications of Malta 1530-1945 : Fortress - Noon

Fortifications of Malta 1530-1945


By: Noon


Published: 1st January 2004
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The Island of Malta occupies a pivotal position in the Mediterranean, forming an outpost between North Africa and the soft underbelly of Europe. Such has been its strategic importance throughout the years that it has become one of the most fortified places in the world. Following the successful defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights Hospitaller built new walls and fortifications. These defences failed when Napoleon occupied Malta in 1798, and the island was retaken by the British in 1800. From this point onwards, Malta's defences were modernised throughout the 19th century and the island's final test came during World War II. This book examines all these different styles of fortification from the 16th to the 20th century.

Introductionp. 4
Chronologyp. 5
Malta under the Knights Hospitaller--1530-1798
British Imperial Malta--1800-1939
World War II and beyond--1939-2003
Malta under the Knights Hospitaller--1530-1798p. 7
The Knights under siege
New construction, reconstruction, and the decline of the Ottoman threat
Entrenchment and overstretch
The outer ring
Design and development of the Hospitaller fortifications
The bastioned trace
The fall of the Knights
British Imperial Malta--1800-1939p. 29
The British entrench
Design and development of the British fortifications--the polygonal trace
The demise of formal fortification
World War II and the second siege--1939-45p. 50
Operation Herkules
Air power and the demise of fortification as a military science
Malta todayp. 59
Glossaryp. 61
Bibliographyp. 62
Indexp. 64
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ISBN: 9781841766935
ISBN-10: 1841766933
Series: Fortress
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 18.5  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1