My grandfather was also in Malta but on one of the submarines based there. It was the submarine Unbroken and as a kid he would tell us of all the things that happened, they were so far out I really didn't believe much of it. Later I was working offshore and ran out of books to read but found one laying around called "Go in and sink". I started reading it and it was like I had read it before, when I next saw Oliver he said that his captain had written it. Also it was featured in a film about the siege of Malta. So much respect for those who were there.Great pics, My grandfather was one of the 1st out with the BEF in WW2, was over the age of conscription at the time but volunteered, never spoke about it when alive, many years after he died a diary was found when my Nan passed away, very interesting reading and very sad - and I could see why he hated the Germans from a few bits he wrote about the dive bombing and strafing fleeing refugees.
Near the end of the retreat he heard a baby crying in a bombed out house, everyone else dead, all he could do was force it into the arms of a fleeing refugee and ask them to take care of it.
The rest of the war he spent being bombed daily in Malta, by this time his writing in the diary had stopped, my guess is being bombed all night and burying bodies all day was probably too much for him to want to write down.
Now can everyone stay the fuck away from gatherings this weekend please, not much to ask is it?