Malta Timeline – Second World War.

This page tells the story of the Mediterranean island country of Malta during the Second World War, through facts and illustrated by stories from the Victor and Hornet comics.

This is a work in progress page.

left - a map of Malta and right - the George Cross won by its people during World War Two.

A brief modern history of the island of Malta.

The country of Malta consists of three islands, the main one Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Treaty of Paris in 1814 saw Malta become a part of the British Empire. The British used the islands as a shipping way-station and fleet headquarters. Malta was of strategic value to the British as it was situated between the Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal in Egypt which allowed ships to travel onto the Far East. This route being regarded as an important trade route and the centrepiece of Britain’s strategic naval position in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Maltese people benefited from this route by the introduction of several new products examples of which include wheat (for bread making) and bacon. Relations between the British and the Maltese people were not always harmonious. A riot in 1919 over new taxes left four Maltese men dead. This day is commemorated every year in Malta. The country gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 21st September 1964 and became a republic on the 13th December 1974. Malta remains apart of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Captial - Valletta.

Population approximately 408,330 (as of July 2011).

The people of Malta speak their official national language of Maltese and as a second language, English. The islands today are internationally known as a tourist resort with several historical monuments and including nine UNESCO World Heritage sites. The islands are also a freight transshipment point and financial centre.