CVHF2021 talks by Max Hastings

20. OPERATION PEDESTAL: THE FLEET THAT BATTLED TO MALTA 1942

Max Hastings, one of the world’s most acclaimed historians of war, will tell the gripping story of an epic battle at sea. In August 1942, beleaguered Malta was within weeks of surrender to the Axis, because its 300,000 people could no longer be fed. Churchill made a personal decision that at all costs, the ‘island fortress’ must be saved. Sir Max will blend the ‘big picture’ of statesmen and admirals with human stories of German U-boat men, Italian torpedo-plane crews, Hurricane pilots, destroyer and merchant-ship captains, ordinary but extraordinary seamen.

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