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Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 1(1952)1(33-49)

[p.33] Malta and the Second World War: a bibliography

Joseph Galea, M.B.E., M.D., D.P.H.

           For two anxious years in 1941 and 1942 the fate of the Second World War hinged on the defence of Malta. This little Island situated in the centre of the Middle Sea possesses strategic value of the highest importance, and the Power that controls it dominates the flow of men and material between three continents. The defence of Malta thwarted the Southern thrust of the Axis powers and barred their way to India and the Far East thus frustrating the eventual link up between the Japanese forces and their European allies, on which depended the ultimate success of the Axis powers.

           During those two long and weary years the world wondered at the outcome of the battle of Malta; all peoples, friends and foes alike, were filled with admiration for the heroic stand of this little Island. The immediate effect of that admiration was a surge of enthusiasm which engendered a flood of publications in various languages and in many lands. Some of these publications were lost in the confusion of those hectic times, others have since been forgotten, but all of them possess a certain intrinsic value, being contemporary to the events which they describe, and therefore have the importance of actuality. Many other publications were written after some time by persons who had played their part in, or were witnesses to those events.

           Those publications therefore may be considered as useful documents, and at some future date they may serve as valuable sources of information to the historian engaged in relating the story of those stirring times. With this aim in view I have given here a short list of publications related to that eventful period in the history of Malta.

           The greater part of the list was prepared from a private collection of books and other publications, and represents a comprehensive idea of the multiplicity of angles from which war circumstances in Malta were viewed. Some of the publications are not, strictly speaking, records of war conditions in Malta, but they were actuated by such conditions. The fame acquired by this Island created universal interest; the reading public throughout the world became Malta-conscious and wanted to know everything about the Island and its people; hence the great variety of publications that ensued.

           The purpose of this list is to help not only the historian but also those who take an intelligent interest in the affairs of Malta. With this object in view a classification has been formulated suitable for easy reference. The publications have been grouped under four headings: narrative, descriptive, political and miscellaneous. [p.34] The line of distinction, especially between the two first groups, is not well defined but an attempt has been made to sort out as much as possible the various publications in their relative groups.

           Generally speaking descriptive and narrative works appeared in allied countries, whilst political publications were more prevalent in enemy countries: miscellaneous publications originated from various sources. Narrative works included war novels which give a good picture of life in wartime Malta.

           The four main groups have been further subdivided into books, pamphlets, sections in books, articles in periodicals and press references. This distinction has been made for the benefit of the reader and to facilitate reference. All publications with more than 100 pages have been classified as books, those with 100 pages. or less have been entered as pamphlets; this classification has been adopted merely for the sake of convenience, Nearly all the books and pamphlets are fully documented and profusely illustrated. There were innumerable articles in periodicals and newspapers the value of which is chiefly pictorial. Whenever possible the name of the author or the editor is given; in press references however only the title of the relative organ is mentioned.

          It has been thought proper to add to this collection a list of periodicals and newspapers that were issued in Malta and abroad exclusively as wartime publications. These were quite different from and independent of the ordinary daily or periodical local press such as the “Times of Malta,” “Il-Berqa,” “Leħen Is-Sewwa,” “Il-Malti,” “Leħen il-Malti,” that continued to appear uninterruptedly throughout the war and contain very interesting material about war conditions in Malta.

           The world-wide impression made by Malta during the war did not end with the cessation of hostilities. In fact the Island maintained its hold on the imagination of writers as well as on the attention of the public. This explains the post-war publications, which contain interesting chapters or sections about Malta. Some of these publications are of the nature of personal memoirs or reminiscences, others deal with the aftermath of war in Malta such as reconstruction, political developments, social problems etc. In order to make this list as comprehensive as possible the period covered extends from 1939 to 1950 i. e. from the first year of the War to five years after its conclusion.

          The following list of publications is by no means complete; admittedly there are many other publications on the subject which have escaped my attention. My primary aim in the compilation of this list has been to encourage and induce others to publish additional lists so that a complete bibliography of war publications about Malta may be available.



1.         MALTA AT BAY: An eye-witness account, by R. Leslie Oliver. London, Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 1942. 108 p. illus.
2.         MALTA MAGNIFICENT, by Francis Gerard. London, Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1943 1943. 192 p. illus.


3.         THE UNCONQUERED ISLE: The Story of Malta G.C., by Ian Hay. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 208 p. illus.
4.         TATTERED BATTLEMENTS: A Malta Diary, by A Fighter Pilot. London, Peter Davies, 1943. [iv], 134 p. illus.
5.         GRACE UNDER MALTA, by Sybil Dobbie. London, Lindsay-Drummond, 1943, vi, 157 p.
6.         MALTA SPITFIRE: The Story of a Fighter-Pilot, by Flying-Officer George F. Beurling and Leslie Roberts. London, Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 1943 112 p. illus.
7.         WOMAN IN MALTA, by Tamara Marks. Cairo, R. Schindler, 1943 [viii], 107 p.
8.         MALTA BESIEGED, by R. Leslie Oliver. London, Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 1944. 176 p. illus.
9.         MALTA STRIKES BACK: The Story of 231 Infantry Brigade, by Major R.T. Gilchrist. Aldershot, Gale & Polden Ltd., 1945. [viii], 136 p. illus.
10.       DRAMA IN MALTA: A personal Flash-Back, by Lt. Col. H.E.C. Weldon [1946 ]. [vii], 133 p., illus.
Printed by Printing & Stationery Service, British Army of the Rhine.
11.       AN ISLAND BELEAGUERED, by F.S. Dedomenico. Malta, Giov. Muscat, 1946. [viii], 187 p.
12.       BRIEFED TO ATTACK: Malta’s part in African Victory, by Air Marshal Sir Hugh, Lloyd. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1949. 231 p. illus.
13.       TAĦ T IN-NAR: Djarju ta’ Ġ. Ellul Mercer, 1940-41. Malta. Giov. Muscat, 1949. 174 p.


14.       MALTA STORY, by W.L. River. New York, Dutton & Co., Inc., 1943. 222 p.
War Novel. Based, on the diary and experiences of Lt. Howard M. Coffin, USAAF, formerly Flying Officer of the RAF.
15.       THE SHIP, by C.S. Forester. London, Michael Joseph Ltd., 1943. 128 p.
War Novel.
16.       SPITFIRES OVER MALTA, by Rowland Walker. London, A. & C. Black Ltd., 1944. viii, 183 p. illus.
War Novel.
17.       GRAND BARRAGE, by Gun Buster. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 186 p.
War Novel.
18.       TARGET ISLAND, by John Brophy. London, Collins, 1944. 159 p.
War Novel.
19.       ĠRAJJA TAL-GWERRA, by Ġuzè Galea. Malta, Giov. Muscat, 1948. 153 p.
Short Stories of the War.



20.       SEHEM MALTA FL-AKBAR GWERRA: Storja tal-Gwerra, ta’ Ġużè Belli. Valletta, Popular Printing Press, 1941. Serial, incomplete.
21.       MALTE PASSE A L’ATTAQUE. [1943]. [12 p.].
22.       THIS IS MALTA, by Capt. E. Bonello. London, Normal Press Ltd., 1943. 27 p.
23.       MALTA INVICTA, by Bartimeus. London, Chatto & Windus, 1943. 32 p. illus.
24.      MALTA AND HER SONS, by Ivo Muscat Azzopardi, published by “Xirka Tixrid Qari Malti u Propaganda,” Alexandria, Egypt, 1943. 31 p.
25.       SPITFIRES OVER MALTA, by Pilot Officer Paul Brennan, Pilot Officer Ray Hesselyn and Henry Bateson. London, Jarrolds Publishers Ltd., [1943]. 96 p. illus.
26.       THE AIR BATTLE OF MALTA: The Official Account of the R.A.F. in Malta, June, 1940 to November, 1942. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1944 95 p. illus.
27.       X’ĠARRBET MALTA: Ġrajja tat-Tieni Assedju Kbir ta’ Malta, by Salv. Mifsud. Malta, A.C. Aquilina & Co., 1949. 67 p. illus.

Fiction (including Drama):

28.       IL-ĠABRA TAL-QAMĦ , ta’ Ġorġ Pisani. Malta, A. C., Aquilina & Co., [1942] 17 p.
Radio Play.
29.       IL-BARRAKKA TA’ KATRIN, ta’ P. Pawl Tabone, O.F.M. Malta, Empire Press, 1943. 15 p.
Short story. Offprint from “Il-Malti.”
30.       L-IBLEH TAŻ-ŻENQA T-TWILA: Tifkira tal-Milied żmien il-Gwerra (1941-1942), ta’ A. Cremona. Malta, Empire Press, 1943, 15 p.
Short story. Offprint from “Il-Malti.”
31.       IL-MINA TAL-IMĦ ABBA: Novella ta’ A. Cremona. Malta, Tip. S. Ġużepp. 1945. 15 p.
Short story. Offprint from “Leħ en il-Malti.”
32.        INKWIET FID-DAR, by Ġużè Galea. Malta, Stamperija ta’ S. Ġużepp, 1945. 40 p.
War Play.
33.       DAWL U DLAM, by Ivo Muscat Azzopardi. Malta, Giov. Muscat, 1946, 32 p.
War Play.
34.       MALTA: A KITTEN, by Mary F. Moore. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd. s.d. 64 p. illus.
Juvenile fiction.


35.       RULE BRITANNIA, by Cecil King. London, 1941. xii, 280 p. illus.


36.       NO SPAGHETTI FOR BREAKFAST, by Alfred Wagg and David Brown. London, Nicholson and Watson, 1943. 231 p.
37.       FLEET AIR ARM: The Admiralty account of naval air operations. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1943. 127 p. illus.
38.       THE FLEET AIR ARM: A short account of its History and Achievements, by John Moore. London, Chapman, & Hall Ltd., 1943. 140 p. illus.
39.       HIS MAJESTY’S MINESWEEPERS: Prepared for the Admiralty by the Ministry of Information. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1943. 62 p. illus.
40.        EASTERN MED, by B.J. Hurren. London, Frederick Muller Ltd., 1943. 160 p.
41.       EAST OF MALTA WEST OF SUEZ: the Admiralty Account of the Naval War in the Eastern Mediterranean, September 1939 to March 1941. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1943. 63 p. illus.
Appeared in French in 1943 under the title “De Malte a Suez.”
42.       OUR PENELOPE, by Her Company, (Guild Books No. 117). London, British Publishers Guild, 1943. 94 p. illus.
43.       THE BEGINNING OF THINGS, by Flying Officer “X.” In “How Sleep the Brave and Other Stories,” (Guild Book No. 17). London, British Publishers Guild, 1943. pp. 54-59.
Short story of the War.
44.       THE MEDITERRANEAN FLEET — GREECE TO TRIPOLI: The Admiralty account of Naval Operations, April 1941 to January 1943. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1944. 95 p. illus.
45.       BEFORE THE TIDE TURNED, by Lt. Commander Hugh Hodgkinson. London, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1944.    242 p. illus.
The Mediterranean experiences of a British Destroyer Officer in 1941.

46.46.       D DAY, by John Gunter. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1944. 200 p.
47.       MIDDLE EAST, 1940-1942, by Philip Guedalla. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 237 p. illus.
Story of the Air War in the Middle East.
48.       THE ROYAL MARINES: The Admiralty account of their achievement 1939-43. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1944. 80 p. illus.
49.       AFRICAN TRILOGY. by Alan Moorehead. London, Hamish Hamilton. 1944. 592 p. maps.
A personal account of the three years struggle against the Axis in the Middle East and North Africa, 1940-43.
50.       MERCHANTMEN AT WAR: the official story of the Merchant Navy 1939-1944. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1944. 143 p. illus.
51.       A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ROYAL MALTA ARTILLERY, compiled by a committee of R.M.A. officers. In “History of the Royal Malta Artillery. Malta, Criterion Press, 1944. pp. 1-18.
52.       THE SILVER PHANTOM: H.M.S. Aurora, by Her Company. London, Frederick Muller Ltd., 1945. 94 p. illus.
53.       A VERY PRESENT HELP, by Lt. General Sir William Dobbie. Michigan, Zondervan Publishing House, 1945. 135 p. illus.
54.        ADVENTURE IS NEVER DONE, by Douglas Dixon. London, John Gifford Ltd., 1945. 213 p.
55.       FIND, FIX AND STRIKE, by Terence Horsley. London; Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1945. vi, 144 p.
The work of the Fleet Air Arm.
56.       LA GUERRA CHE NON SI DOVEVA FARE, Giugno 1940-Settembre 1943, by Amedeo Tosti. Roma, Editrice Faro, 1945. 243 p. maps.
57.       R.A.F. MIDDLE EAST: the official story of air operations February 1942-January 1943. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1945. 143 p. illus.
58.       I WAS ROOSEVELT’S SHADOW, by Michael F. Reilly. London, W. Foulsham. & Co. Ltd., [1945]. 128 p. illus.
59.       LOWER DECK, by Lieutenant John Davies. London, Macmillan & Co., 1946. x, 173 p.
60.       DIARIO, by Galeazzo Ciano. Vol. Primo 1939-40; Vol. Secondo 1941-43; Milano, Rizzoli Editore, 1946. illus. “La Seconda Guerra Mondiale — Collezione di Memorie, Diarii e Studi,” series.
See also No. 69.
61.       MERCHANT AIRMEN: The Air Ministry account of British civil aviation, 1939-44. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1946. 208 p. illus.
62.       PRIMA DI ANDARE A MALTA, by Arnaldo Cappellini. Milano, Edizioni Europee, 1947. 271 p. Serie Storico Militare — Vol. I.
63.       STORIA DI 10 MILA AEROPLANI, by Franco Pagliano. Milano, Edizioni Europee, 1947.  271 p.            Serie Storico Militare — Vol. III.
64.       TORPEDINI UMANE CONTRO LA FLOTTA INGLESE, by Arnaldo Cappellini. Milano, Edizioni Europee, 1947. 175 p. illus. Serie Storico Militare — Vol. IV.
65.       AIR POWER IN WAR, by Lord Tedder. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1947 124 p. maps, diagrs.
The Lees Knowles Lectures at Cambridge University in 1947.
66.       DOWN RAMPS, by L. Burn. London, Carroll & Nicholson, 1947. x, 262 p. illus.
67.       LE MIE VICENDE: note autobiografiche di Arturo Mercieca. Malta, Tip. S. Giuseppe, 1947 [v], 364 [28] p. illus.
68.       ERREJDS and DEBRIS, two war plays by A.M. Cassola. In “Għadu Kemm Jibda” Malta, Lux Press, 1947.
69.       DIARIO 1937-1938, by Galeazzo Ciano. Bologna, Cappelli Editore, 1948. xvii, 333 p. illus. “Testimoni per la Storia del ‘tempo nostro.’ Collana di Memorie, Diarii e Documenti.” series.
See also No . 60.
70.       THE SECOND WORLD WAR, by Winston S. Churchill. London, Cassell, 1948. In progress.


71.       LA GUERRA SUI MARI (1939-1945), by Admiral R. Bernotti. Livorno, 1948.
72.       LA CAMPAGNE DE MEDITERRANEE 1940-1943. by C.F. George Stitt. Paris, 1948.
French translation.
73.       LA GUERRE AERONAVALE EN MEDITERRANEE, by Contre-Amiral De Belot. Paris, 1949.
74.       CRUSADE IN EUROPE, by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. London, Heinemann, 1949. 582 p. illus.
75.       SURVEY BY STARLIGHT, by Ralph Neville. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1949. xii, 207 p.
A true story of reconnaissance work in the Mediterranean.
76.       CHE HA FATTO LA MARINA (1940-1945), by Marc’Antonio Bragadin. Milano, Garzanti, 1949. xii, 643 p. illus. “Memorie e Documenti” Series.
77.       DECIMA FLOTTIGLIA MAS, DALLE ORIGINI ALL’ARMISTIZIO, by J. Valerio Borghese. Milano, Garzanti, 1950. [iv], 367 p. illus. “Memorie e Documenti” Series.
Contains an interesting account of the E Boat attack on Malta.
78.       HITLER E I SUOI AMMIRAGLI, by Anthony Martienssen, translated into Italian by Oreste Rizzini from the original in English. Milano, Garzanti, 1950. xii, 390 p. illus. “Memorie e Documenti” series.
79.         I WAS THERE, by William D. Leahy. London, Gollancz, 1950. 592 p.
With a foreword by President Truman.
80.       ROMMEL, by Desmond Young. London, Collins, 1950. 288 p. illus.


81.       THE WAR WEEKLY: London, November 1940.
82.       THE WAR WEEKLY: London, 7 February 1941
83.       ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS:      15 March 1941.
84.       ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS: 19 July 1941.
85.        THE SPHERE: London, 4 April 1942.
86.        ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS: 4 April 1942.
87.        ILLUSTRATED: London, 30 January 1943.
88.        IMAGES: No. 703. Le Caire, Egypt. 28 Fevrier 1943.
Attaque Navale contre Malte.
89.       IMAGES: No. 705. Le Caire, Egypt, 14 Mars 1943.
90.       THE SPHINX: Egypt, 10 April 1943.
91.       PARADE: Middle East Weekly. Vol. II, No. 143, Palestine, 8 May 1943.
92.       AIR FORCE NEWS: 18 May 1943.
93.       THE WIDE WORLD: London, Dec. 1944. “Malta Day Off,” by B.A. White.
Short Story.


94.       PICTURE POST: London, 16 July 1949.
95.       THE WAR ILLUSTRATED: Nos. 38, 44, 47, 56, 62, 86, 96, 98, 159, 171, 235 etc. Edited by Sir John Hammerton. London.


96.       THE SUNDAY GRAPHIC: London, 5 April 1942.
Contains also a poem by Will H. Ogilvie.
97.       THE SUNDAY GRAPHIC: London, 19 April 1942.
98.       THE DAILY MAIL: London, 27 June 1942.
99.       EVENING DISPATCH: Edinburgh edition, 15 July 1942.
100.     THE PALESTINE POST: 27 August 1942.
101.      LA BOURSE EGYPTIENNE : 11 June 1943.



102.     COLORE DI MALTA, by Umberto Biscottini. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1941. 148 p.
20 drawings by P. Consiglio.
103.     THE EPIC OF MALTA, by Captain Lewis Ritchie (Bartimeus) and others. London, Odhams Press Ltd., [1943]. 128 p. illus.
104.     MALTA THE JEWEL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN: Malta, Government Tourist Bureau, 1950. 144 p. illus.


105.     WORKS OF ART IN MALTA: Losses and Survivals in the War, compiled by Hugh Braun. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1946. [vi], 48 p. illus.
106.     MALTA CONVOY: A Souvenir published by C.H. Bernard & Son Ltd. of Malta & Harwich, [1948 ]. 12 p. illus.
107.     GIBRALTAR & MALTA: Printed in England. s.d. Folder, illus.
108.     THE ISLAND HOME (MALTA), by Cecily M. Rutley. Leeds, E.J. Arnold & Son Ltd., s.d. 32 p. “Little People in Far Off Lands” Series.


109.     THE STORY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: Editor Clarence Winchester. London, 1940.
Serial, incomplete.
110.     MIDDLE EAST, by Raymond A. Cook, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Andrew Reid & Co. Ltd., 1943. 48 p.


111.     WHO ONLY ENGLAND KNOW, by John Pudney. London, John Lane, 1943. 160 p. illus.
112.     WAR THROUGH ARTISTS’ EYES: Paintings and Drawings by British War Artists selected and introduced by Eric Newton. London, John Murray, 1945. 96 p.
Seven pictures of Malta by Leslie Cole.
113.     THE WAR IN PICTURES: London, Odhams Press Ltd., [1940-45 ]
114.     HUTCHINSON’S PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR. London, Hutchinsons & Co. Ltd., [1940- 46 ].
115.     THE MIDDLE SEA, by L.G. Pine. London, Edward Stamford, 1950. xiv, 222 p. illus.


116.     PICTORIAL EDUCATION: Vol. XV No. 1. London, Evans Bros. January, 1941.
117.     THE TRIDENT: Vol. 3 No. 22. London, February, 1941. “Gozo: Life in Malta’s little known Companion Isle” by L. Roling.
118.     THE WAR WEEKLY: London. 14 March 1941.
119.     THE WAR WEEKLY: London, 4 July 1941.
120.     THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS : 2 August 1941. (E Boat attack on Malta).
121.     WORLD DIGEST: London, August 1941. “Malta — Key to the Mediterranean” by Harold J. Shepstone.
122.     PARADE: Middle East Weekly. Vol. 5 No. 65. Egypt, 8th November 1941.
123.      THE SPHERE: London, 10 January 1942.
124.     RELIGIONS: No. 39. London, April 1942. “Malta and the Maltese in the light of History,” by the Rev. C.L. Dessoulavy, Ph.D.
125.     WORLD REVIEW: London, April 1942. “Inside Malta,” by the Hon. Constance Strickland.
127.     ILLUSTRATED: London, 9 May 1942.
128.     THE CROWN COLONIST: London, June 1942.
129.     COUNTRY LIFE: London, 19 June 1942. “San Antonio, Malta: the Gardens of the Governor’s Palace,” by General Sir John Du Cane (Governor of Malta, 1927-31).
130.     EVERYBODY’S WEEKLY: London, 4 July 1942.
131.      PARADE: Vol. 8, No. 101. Egypt, 18 July 1942.
132.      PICTURE POST: London, 15 August 1942.
133.      NEPTUNE. The Continental Publishers & Distributors Ltd., London.


October 1943. Pictorial only.
134.     WAR: Army Bureau of Current Affairs, No. 55, 25 February 1944. Printing & Stationery Services. Middle East Forces. (E Boat attack on Valletta).
135.      AIM: No. 15, March 1944. Army Illustrated Magazine, Middle East Command.
136.      PARADE: Vol. 22, No. 279. Egypt, 15 December 1945.
137.      FLIGHT AND AIR CRAFT ENGINEER: London, 14 February 1946.
139.     THE CROWN COLONIST: London, December 1946. “Historic Treasures of the Royal Malta Library,” by Averil Mackenzie-Grieve.
140.     EGYPTIAN RADIO: 4 September 1947.
141.     COUNTRY LIFE: London, 20 February 1948. “Library of the Knights of St. John” by Averil Mackenzie-Grieve.
142.      THE SPHERE: London, 24 April 1948.
143.     EMPIRE DIGEST: Vol. 5, No. 8. London, May 1948. “Maltese Farmer” by J. Cassar Pullicino. illus.
144.      UNITY: Vol. I, No. 1, 1948-49. Lothian, Scotland.
145.     THE GEOGRAPHICAL MAGAZINE: London, January 1949. “The Malta Background,” by Paul Redmayne.
146.     WORLD DIGEST: Vol. 21, No. 121. London, April 1949. “Malta Revisited” by Henry Baerlein.
147.      ILLUSTRATED: London, 9 April 1949.
148.     THE SPHERE: London, 13 August 1949.
149.     TODAY: No. 15, published for the Colonial Office by the Central Office of Information, London.
150.     TODAY: No. 32, published for the Colonial Office by the Central Office of Information, London.


151.     THE SUNDAY GRAPHIC: London, 29 January 1942.
152.      DAILY SKETCH : Manchester Edition, 9 June 1942.
153.      EVENING NEWS: London, 15 July 1942.
154.      EVENING STANDARD: London, 15 July 1942.
155.      THE EGYPTIAN MAIL: 24 October 1942.
156.      THE DAILY MAIL: London, 29 October 1942.
157.     THE SUNDAY GRAPHIC: London, 17 & 25 October and 1 November 1942.
Three articles by “Bartimeus.”
158.     TIMES WEEKLY EDITION: London, 17 February 1943.




159.     STORIA DELLE CONSTITUZIONI MALTESI SOTTO LA DOMINAZIONE INGLESE, by Giov. Sammut. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, [1939]. x, 175 p.
160.     CINQUE ANNI DI LOTTA POLITICA A MALTA, by Enrico Mizzi. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1939. 191 p.
161.     IL CENTAURO MALTESE, OVVERO MOSTRUOSITÀ LINGUISTICHE NELL’ISOLA DEI CAVALIERI, by Pietro Silvio Rivetta (Toddi). Milano, Casa Editrice Ceschina, 1940. 183 p. illus.
162.     LA FINE DEL PRINCIPATO DI MALTA, by Cav. Galileo Sevastano. Milano, Casa Editrice Oberdan Zucchi, 1940. 309 p. illus.
163.      CIVILTÀ MALTESE, Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940. [vi], 298 p.
Contributions by various authors.
164.      MALTA: by W. Arntz. Leipzig: 1941, 115 p.
165.     LA QUESTIONE DI MALTA (1798-1814), by Dino Dinacci. Napoli, Luigi Loffredo, Ed., 1942. 115 p.
166.     MALTA, REPORT OF CONSTITUTIONAL COMMISSIONER: by Sir Harold Mac- Michael. His Majesty’s Stationery office, 1947. iv, 104 p.


167.     ITALIANITÀ DI MALTA, by Annibale Scicluna Sorge. Roma, “Dante Alighieri,” 1940. 31 p.
168.     FORME E COLORI DELLA TRADIZIONE MALTESE, by Amy A. Bernardy. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940.
169.     MALTA: 10 caricature di Paolo Consiglio. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940.
170.     NUOVI DOCUMENTI SULLA LOTTA ITALIANA A MALTA: raccolti e ordinati da A. Fianceschini. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940. 60 p.
171.     MALTA OPPRESSA:  Otto articoli di Antonio Cini, raccolti e ordinati by I.G. Calò. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940. 63 p.
172.      MALTA ITALIANISSIMA, by Guido Puccio. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940, 14 p.
173.     COME L’INGHILTERRA BARÒ NELLA PARTITA DI MALTA, by A. Savelli. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940. 36 p.
Offprint from “Giornale di Politica e di Letteratura” A. XVI, — Fasc. VIII-IX — Agosto — Settembre 1940.
174.     IL PROBLEMA DI MALTA, by Francesco Ercole. Roma, Edizioni Maltesi, 1940. 14 p.
175.     L’INGHILTERRA AL BANDO DEL MONDO: Roma, Edizioni “La Volontà d’Italia,” [1940]. 14 p.
176.     MIN HU HITLER — IL-BHIMA TAL-EWROPA, MEĦUD MINN FUQ IL-“MEIN KAMPF.” Valletta, Popular Printing Press [1940 ]. 16 p.
Edition: Kollezzjnni Safra No. 1.
177.     X’IRIDU JISIRQU HITLER U MUSSOLINI, JEW GĦALFEJN JIĠĠIELDU L-ĠNUS. Valletta, Popular Printing Press [1940 ]. 16 p.
Edition: Kollezzjoni Safra No. 2.
178.     MIN HU BENITU MUSSOLINI, IL-QATTIEL TAN-NISA U TRABI MALTIN. Valletta, Popular Printing Press [1940 ]. 16 p.
Edition: Kollezzjoni Safra No. 3.
179.      MUSSOLINI U MALTA. Valletta, Popular Printing Press, [1940 ]. 16 p.
Edition: Kollezzjoni Safra No. 4.
180.     HITLER U MUSSOLINI JAGĦŻ QU FL-ILMA. Valletta, Popular Printing Press, [1940 ]. 16 p.
Edition: Kollezzjoni Safra No. 5.
181.    L-ISTORJA FAĦ XIJA TAL-ĠERMANJA: IL-ĠERMANIŻI FL-IMGĦ ODDI U FIŻ-ŻMIEN TAL-LUM: Written by The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Vansittart, translated into Maltese by G. Zarb Adami and S. Gatt. Ħamrun, Dar ta’ S. Ġużepp, [1941]. IX, 75 p.
Published by the Information Office, Malta.
182.     MALTA: Edited by “Società Nazionale Dante Alighieri.” Roma, 2a. Edizione, 1941. 31 p.
183.      MALTA, by Vincenzo Eduardo Gasdia, 1941. 18 p.
Offprint from “Giornale di Bassano del Grappa” Nos. 1654-56.
184.      SEHEM L-INGILTERRA FIL-GWERRA: Dar ta’ S. Ġużepp, [1942 ], 24 p.
Published by the “Information Office,” Malta.
185.     MALTA STATEMENT OF POLICY ON CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM: Presented by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to Parliament, January 1947. His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1947. 11 p.


186.     MEDITERRANEAN PROBLEMS, by Gordon East. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 1940. x, 227 p. maps. (Discussion Books No. 55).
187.     “DER KAMF UMS MITTELMEER” by Philip Hiltebrandt. Stuttgart, 1940. xiv, 517 p. maps.
188.      “DAS DRAMA DES MITTELMEERS” by Ulrich von Hassel. Berlin, 1940. 177 p.
189.     BRITAIN AND THE MEDITERRANEAN, by Kermett Williams. London, George Newnes Ltd., [1940 ], x, 174 p.
190.     STORIA DI MALTA DAI PRIMORDI AI GIORNI NOSTRI, by Agostino Savelli. Milano, Istituto per gli studi di Politica Internazione, 1943. xv, 538 p.
191.     THE MEDITERRANEAN IN WAR AND PEACE, by Raymond A. Cook. Newcastle-on-Tyne, Andrew Reid & Co. Ltd., 1943. 80 p. illus.


192.     IL MEDITERRANEO CENTRO STRATEGICO DEL MONDO: by Admiral Fioravanzano. Roma, 1943.
193.      VUE GENERALE DE LA MEDITERRANEE: by A. Siegfried. Paris.
194.     ATLANTIC CHARTER, by Cecil King. Studio Publications. London & New York. 1943. xi, 232 p. illus.
195.     SEA POWER IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, by Lord Strabolgi. London, Hutchinson, 1943, 136 p. illus.
196.     ORIGINS AND PURPOSE: A handbook on the British Commonwealth and Empire, edited by Vincent Harlow. [1944]. 127 p. maps.
197.    BRITAIN’S CONQUEST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, prepared from official records and first hand reports. London, Burke Publishing Co. Ltd., [1944 ] 82 p. maps.
Foreword by Lt. General Sir William Dobbie.
198.      “L’UNITÀ MEDITERRANEA,” by Felice Vinci. Milano, 1946.
199.     “LA MEDITERRANEE, DESTINEES D’UN MER” by Emil Ludwi, French translation. New York, Edit. de la Maison Française, 1947, 2 vol. 345, 346 p.


200.     PICTURE POST: London, 4 May 1940. “Propaganda in the Mediterranean,” by Edward Hulton.
201.     IL MATTINO ILLUSTRATO, Anno XVII, No. 19. Napoli, 13 Maggio, 1940. “Un uomo, una donna e una terra,” by Pasquale Pennisi.
202.     ILLUSTRATED: London, 8 February 1941. “The Siege of Malta” by Major E.W. Sheppard and Bernard Ackworth.
203.      WORLD DIGEST: Vol. 5, No. 28, London, August 1941.
204.     ILLUSTRATED: London, 25 May 1946. “New Deal for G.C. Island” by Victor Thompson.
205.     THE SPECTATOR: London, 26 July 1946. “George Cross Island” by Eva M. Hubback.
206.     THE COLONIAL REVIEW: December 1946. Colonial Department, University of London Institute of Education.
207.      IMPERIAL REVIEW: London, March 1947. “Malta,” by the Hon. Mabel Strickland.
208.      ILLUSTRATED: London, 9 April 1949. “Uneasy Fortress” by Robert Jackson.
209.     PICTURE POST: London, 17 September 1949. “Malta: Garrison or Playground ” by Fyfe Robertson.
210.     L’EUROPEO: Milan, 18 September 1949. “Malta si arrendeva — Aveva rissato la data” by Max David.
211.     EVERYBODY: London, 3 December 1949. “Gratitude is not enough,” by Commander R.T. Bower; R.N. (Retd.).


212.     PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University, Canada. Summer 1950. “'Malta, Key to the Mediterranean” by. M. Strickland.


213.     THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: London, 18 February 1947.
214.     THE ST. CATHERINE STANDARD: Ontario, Canada, 10 September 1949.



215.     VALLETTA and the Three Cities, by Austen St.B. Harrison and R. Pearce S. Hubbard, Valletta, Government of Malta, 1945. xii, 109 p., [xiii] - xxvi.
Plan for reconstruction after war devastation.


        Literature - Poetry

216.     IL-ĠOSTRA, by Salvu Agius. Valletta, Ant. Bonnici Press [1940 ]. 4 p. illus.
217.     IT-TRADITURI MALTIN LI HEMM ĠO RUMA. Anonymous. Valletta, Lupi Press, s.d. 8 p.
218.     IL-GĦ ANJA TAL-GWERRA TAGĦ NA, by Salvu Agius. Valletta, Giov. Muscat, s.d. 8 p.
219.     MALTA CALLING: The first Anthology of Maltese Writers. Edited by Miron Grindea. London, Practical Press Ltd., 1942. 64. p. (Todays Booklets Series).
220.      SOUTH OF FORTY, by John Pudney. London, John Lane, 1943. pp. 25-31.
221.     THE SONG OF THE BOFORS, by John Littler. Malta, St. Joseph’s Institute, [1944]. 34 p. illus.
222.      MALTA: THE ISLAND’S MARTYDOM, by W.M. Durban, South Africa, 1944 12 p.
223.      MELITA INVICTA, by Ġużè Chetcuti. Malta, Lux Press, 1945. 135 p.
224.     MUSINGS IN MALTA, by Rev. C. Victor A. Mac Echern. Scotland, Galloway Gazette Ltd., 1946. 20 p.
225.     CANTI DELL’ESILIO, by Arturo Mercieca. Hamrun (Malta), Tip. S. Giuseppe, [1946 ]. 66 p.
226.     THE SIEGE OF MALTA 1940-1943, by J.M. Debono. Malta, Lux Press, [1950]. 21 p.


            Medicine and Health

227.     AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS: Circular No. 1. In English and in Maltese. Malta, Lux Printing Press, 1939. 19 p.
228.     L-EWWEL GĦAJNUNA LIL MIN IKORRI FI ŻMIEN IL-GWERRA, by Ġuzè Galea, M.D., D.P.H. Malta, Progress Press, [1940]. 21 p.
Excerpt from “The Journal of the Royal Medical Corps” Vol LXXIX No. 3. Sept. 1942. 8 p.
230.     ACUTE ANTERIOR POLIOMYELITIS, by Prof. J.E. Debono, Prof. P.P. Debono, Dr. C. Coleiro, Dr. E. Agius. British Medical Association, Malta Branch. The Allied Malta Newspapers Ltd., 1943. 15 p.
231.     THE TYPHOID EPIDEMIC OF 1943 IN MALTA, by Jos. Galea, M.D., D.P.H. Malta, Lux Press, 1944. 12 p.
Offprint from the “Journal of the Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene.” London, s.d., 6 p.
233.     THE POLIOMYELITIS EPIDEMIC IN MALTA 1942-43, by H.J. Seddon, Thomas Agius, H.G.G. Bernstein and R.E. Tunbridge.
Offprint from the “Quarterly Journal of Medicine” London, January 1945. 26 p.
Offprint from “Scientia” Vol. XI, The Allied Malta Newspapers Ltd., 1945 9 p.
Offprint from the “Journal of Hygiene,” London, 1 March 1948. 10 p.
236.     WAR DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS AND GOODS: A Short Explanatory Pamphlet (Pamphlet A). Malta, Government Printing Press, s.d. 18 p., iv.
In the form of question and answer.
237.     WAR DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS AND GOODS: A Short Explanatory Pamphlet (Pamphlet B). Malta, Government Printing Press, s.d. 6 p.
238.     NOTES ON WAR DAMAGE ORDINANCE No. III of 1943, compiled by Prof. Gius. E. De Giorgio LL.D., and Godwin H. Galizia Esq., A. & C.E. (Pamphlet C). Malta, Government Printing Press, 1943, 12 p.
239.     WAR DAMAGE COMMISSION MALTA: Private Chattels Scheme (Pamphlet D). In English and in Maltese. Malta, Government Printing Press. s.d. 10 p.
240.     AN ANALYTICAL INDEX TO THE WAR DAMAGE ORDINANCE: Compiled by J. Anastasi Pace, B.Sc. Malta, St. Joseph’s Press, 1943 63 p.


241.     REPORT ON COST-OF-LIVING CONDITIONS IN MALTA. Malta, Government Printing Press. 1944. 36 p.
242.     REPORT ON THE FINANCES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MALTA: by Sir Wilfred Woods. London, His Majesty Stationery Office, 1946. 87 p.
243.     MALTA: RECENT REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE. Colonial Office publication. London, His Majesty Stationery Office, 1949. 15 p.
244.     INTERIM REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURE OF THE MALTESE ISLANDS, by Sir George E. Schuster. Malta, Government Printing Office, 1950. xxviii p.


245.     INTER-ALLIED CONFERENCES ON WAR MEDICINE CONVENED BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE 1942-1945: Hon. Editor Major-General Sir Henry Letheby Tidy. London, Staples Press Ltd. 1947. pp. 293-298.
246.     “THE BOOK OF NEEDS in Education, Science and Culture of War-Devastated Countries.” Paris, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 1949. pp. 80-89.


247.     THE BUILDER: London, 6 August, 1943.
248.    THE ARCHITECT AND BUILDING NEWS: London, 13 August, 1943 “Maltese Architecture,” Lecture by Professor Patrick Abercrombie.
249.     WELDON’S LADIES’ JOURNAL: London, May 1943. “We Thank You, Malta” by Julia Cairns.
250.     THE MARINER’S MIRROR: Vol. 32, No. 2, London, April 1946. “Some Letters from the Archives of the Knights of St. John preserved at Valletta, Malta,” by Gavin B. Henderson.
251.     THE SANITARIAN: London, August, 1946. “Activities of Sanitary Inspectors in War-time Malta” by P. Stivala.
252.      SHIP BUILDING AND SHIPPING RECORD: London, 2 January, 1947.
253.      THE RODENT MAIL: October 1948.
Issue by the Infestation Division, Ministry of Food, London.
255.      THE NURSING TIMES: London, 2 April 1949.
256.      THE AMATEUR STAGE: London, April 1949.
257.     ANNUAL DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS during and after the war years [p.49] contain useful information about Malta and Government activities connected with them.

            The following periodicals and newspapers were issued exclusively as war-time publications:—

1.         MALTA. Quindicinale. Esce per la durata della Guerra. Roma, 1940-42. In Italian.
2.         INFORMATION OFFICE CIRCULAR LETTERS, in English. Malta, 1940.
3.         INFORMATION OFFICE DAILY NEWS BULLETIN, in English and in Maltese. Malta, 1940.
4.         INFORMATION SERVICE BULLETIN, in English and in Maltese. Malta, 1940-42.
5.         QARI MALTI: Alexandria, Egypt, 1941-46.
6.         MALTA REVIEW: Issued by the Information Office. In English and in Maltese. Malta, 1942-46.
7.         MALTA CATHOLIC REVIEW. Issued by the Information Office. In English. Malta, 1943-44.
8.         YOUNG. MALTA. Issued by the Information Office. In English and in Maltese. Malta, 1943-46.
9.         THE MALTA CALENDAR: Alexandria, Egypt, 1944, 1945.

            I wish to express my sense of gratitude to my friend Mr. J. Cassar Pullicino, the well known scholar of local folklore and history, for his unremitting help and advice which were of inestimable value to me in the compilation of this list. Thanks are also due to Mr. Jos. Galea and Mr. E.R. Leopardi of the Royal Malta Library for their assistance during my research at that library.



            (All references in this list are to the numbered entries of the bibliography)

Abercrombie, Professor Patrick. 248
Ackworth, Captain Bernard. 202
Agius, Dr. E. 230
Agius, Salv. 216, 218
Agius, Dr. Thomas. 233
Anastasi Pace, J. 240
Arntz, W. 164

Baerlein, Henry. 146
Baerlein, Henry. 146
Barnett, S.A. 235
"Bartimeus" (Ritchie, Capt. Lewis). 103, 157
Bateson, Henry. 25
Belli, Guzè'. 20
Bernardy, Amy. 168
Bernotti, Admiral R. 71
Bernstein, Dr. H.G.G. 233
Beurling, George F. 6
Biscottini, Umberto. 102
Bonello, Capt. E. 22
Borghese, Valerio. J. 77
Bower, Cdr. R.T. 211
Bragadin, Marc'Antonio. 76
Braun, Hugh. 10
Brennan, Paul. 25
Brophy, John. 18
Brown, David. 36
Burn, L. 66

Cairns, Julia, 249
Calò, I.G. 171
Cappellini, Arnaldo. 62, 64
Cassar Pullicino, J. 143
Cassola, A. 68
Chetcuti, Guzè. 223
Churchill, Winston S. 70
Ciano, Gaelazzo. 60, 69
Cini, Antonio. 171
Coffin, Howard M. 14
Cole, Leslie. 112
Coleiro, Dr. C. 230
Consiglio, Paolo. 102, 169
Cook, Raymond A. 110, 191
Cremona, A. 30, 31

David, Max. 210
Davies, John. 59
De Belot, Contre-Amliral. 73
Debono, Prof. J.E. 230
Debono, J.M. 226
Debono, Prof. P.P. 230
Dedomenicu, F.S. 11
Degiorgio, Prof. Gius. E. 238

Dessoulavy, Rev. C.L. 124
Dinacci, Dino. 165
Dixon, Douglas. 54
Dixon, Col. H.B.F. 229
Dobbie, Sybil. 5
Dobbie, General Sir William. 53, 197
Du Cane, General Sir John. 129

East, Gordon. 186
Eisenhouwer, Dwight D. 74
Ellul Mercer, 13
Ercole, Francesco. 174
"Fighter Pilot." 4.
Fioravanzano, Admiral. 192
Forester, C.S. 15
Franceschini, A. 170

Galea, Dr. Joseph (Galea Guzè). 19, 32, 228, 231, 234
Galizia, Godwin H. 238
Gasdia, Vincenzo Eduardo. 183
Gatt, S. 181
Gerard, Francis. 2
Gilchrist, Major A.T. 9
Grindea, Miron. 219
Guedalla, Philip. 47
"Gun Buster," 17
Gunter, John. 46

Harlow, Vincent. 196
Harrison, St. B. Austen. 215
Hassel, Ulrich von, 188
Hay, Ian. 3
Henderson, Giavin B. 250
"Her Company." 42, 52
Hesselyn, Ray. 25
Hiltebrandt, Philip. 187
Hodgkinson, Lt. Cdr. Hugh. 45
Horsely, Terence. 55
Hubback, Eva M. 205
Hubbard, R. Pearce S. 215
Hulton, Edward. 200
Hurren, B.J. 40

Jackson, Robert. 208

King, Cecil. 35, 194

Leahy, William D. 79
Littler, John. 221
Lloyd, Air Marshal Sir Hugh. 12
Ludwig, Emil. 199


Mac Echern, Rev. C. Victor A. 224
Mac Michael, Sir Harold. 166
Mackenzie-Grieve, Averil. 139, 141
Marks, Tamara 7
Martienssen, Anthony. 78
Mercieca, Arturo. 67, 225
Mifsud, Salv. 27
Mizzi, Enrico. 160
Moore, John. 38
Moore, Mary F. 34
Moorehead, Alan. 49
Morana, Dr. J. 232
Muscat Azzopardi, Ivo. 24, 33

Neville, Ralph. 75
Newton, Eric. 112

Ogilvie, Will. H. 96
Olivier, R. Leslie. 1, 8

Pagliano, Franco. 63
Pennisi, Pasquale. 201
Pine, L.G. 115
Pisani, Gorg. 28
Puccio, Guido. 172
Pudney, John. 111, 220

Redmayne, Paul. 145
Reilly, Michael F. 58
Ritchie, Capt. Lewis (Bartimeus). 23, 103, 157
River, W.L. 14
Rivetta, Pietro Silvio (Toddi). 161
Rizzini, Oreste. 78
Roberts, Leslie. 6
Robertson, Fyfe. 209
Roling, L. 117
Rutley, Cecily M. 108

Sammut, Giov. 159

Savelli, A. 173, 190
Schuster, Sir George E. 244
Scicluna Sorge, Annibale. 167
Seddon, Prof. H.J. 233
Sevastano, Cav. Galileo. 162
Sheppard, Major E.W. 202
Shepstone, Harold J. 121
Siegfried, A. 193
Stitt, George C.F. 72
Stivala, P. 251
Strabolgi, Lord. 195
Strickland, Hon. Constance. 125
Strickland, Hon. Mabel. 207, 212

Tabone, Rev. P. 29
Tedder, Lord. 65
Thompson, Victor. 204
Tidy, sir Henry Letheby. 245
"Toddi" (Rivetta, Pietro Silvio). 161
Tosti, Amedeo. 56
Tunbridge, Dr. R.E. 233

Vansittart, Sir Robert. 181
Vinci Felice. 198

W.M. 222
Wagg, Alfred. 36
Walker, Rowland, 16
Weldon, Lt. Col. H.E.C. 10
White, B.A. 93
Williams, Kermett. 189
Winchester, Clarence. 109
Woods, Sir Wilfred. 242

"X." 43

Young, Desmond. 80

Zarb Adami, Godfrey. 181