World War: Test Assault?

In World War I, the island of Malta was used as a vast hospital for wounded Allies. But this forbidding rock offers thin hospitality in this war. Angry are its forts, its schools of mines crowding ten miles out to sea, its anti-aircraft guns, its airdromes with hangars sheltered by bombproof rock quarries, its harbor-mouths teethed with 10-, 14-, 16-inch guns, its dockyard, its seaplane and sub marine bases.

Last week both ends of the Axis openly acknowledged interest in this porcupine of a place. Berlin correspondents cabled that German military circles boasted...

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