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Invasion of Malta: 1942

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We fought on the beaches, we fought on the landing grounds, we fought in the fields and in the streets, we fought in the hills; we never surrendered.

Opening position

The Germans came by air into the Western Command and subsequently through the beaches. The Italians also landed paratroopers in the Northern Command area. They landed on headquarters and overran air defence units but took casualties while doing so. The British had taken the precaution of putting battalions on each of the airfields so there would be no quick victory.

Invaders arrive

The defenders consolidated around the central area to protect the airfields. Throughout the first day the German paratroops hurled themselves at the airfields but the defenders hung on tenaciously there, as well as on the surrounding hills.

Day two

On the second day the invaders finally were able to overrun an airfield but a prompt counter-attack from Southern Command retook the airfield, while Central Command troops bit into the paratroop defences. By the afternoon of the second day the defenders had a solid front across the island and had denied the attackers any landing ground. It was looking grim for the invaders.

Afternoon day two

A game played by Guildford Wargames Club on an enlarged map using 6mm miniatures.
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