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The Air Battle for Malta (ePub)

Aviation Aviation Memoirs Spitfires & Hurricanes

By James Douglas-Hamilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 8.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 254
ISBN: 9781781597880
eBook Released: 1st August 2007

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This book provides an intriguing and realistic account of the struggle for the possession of Malta during World War II. The air battle raged for two and a half years during which time 14,000 tons of bombs were dropped on a defiant population. The history is based on the diaries of Lord David Douglas-Hamilton, the author's uncle, who was the leader of a Spitfire squadron that defended the island during the worst of the crisis.

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About James Douglas-Hamilton

James Douglas-Hamilton read history at Balliol College, was a Boxing Blue and President of the Oxford Union. After a spell in the legal profession, he became the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West, and later a Scottish Office Minister. From 1999 to 2007 he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament and now sits as a Life Peer in the House of Lords as Lord Selkirk of Douglas.

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