MALTA: Our Sad Adieu

The British go home

During World War II, the rocky little (122 sq. mi.) island became known as "the unsinkable aircraft carrier" of the Mediterranean. After one siege of Axis bombing raids, Britain bestowed the George Cross—its highest civilian award for valor—on the entire island. Last week Malta formally ended its participation in the defense of the West. At Malta's Grand Harbor, British and Maltese officials unveiled a monument symbolically depicting the departure of British forces. Next day Britain's last military commander on the island, Rear Admiral Oswald Cecil, boarded the guided-missile destroyer H.M.S. London, and set sail for home.


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