World Battlefronts, THE MEDITERRANEAN: Tiger for Old Dob Dob

In bomb-blasted Malta last week, beefy, pink-faced Lieut. Gen. Sir William George Shedden ("Old Dob Dob") Dobbie, gave his farewell message to the people. The 63-year-old Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta, who had survived nearly 2,300 Axis air attacks, was going home to England for a rest.

To Malta's people—the first to be decorated en masse by a British king (TIME, April 27)—Old Dob Dob had shown two qualities that made him a blood brother: imperturbability in the face of danger, and simple piety. During the hottest raids on Malta, air-raid...