Today on Far Future Horizons to commemorate the seventy-fourth anniversary of Operation Pedestal we present the BBC Two documentary The Battle for Malta.
Historian James Holland presents a fresh analysis of the World War Two battle for the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta.
In this documentary, Holland argues that the real importance of Malta's position was its offensive role, which has been largely undervalued.
Caught in the crosshairs of a massive struggle between Britain and Germany to control the shipping waters of the Mediterranean, by 1942 Malta had become the most bombed place on Earth. Whilst the level of brutal attacks may seem out of all proportion to the islands size it actually only serves to underline its importance - for Malta held the key to the entire war in the Mediterranean and North Africa.The Battle for Malta