Valletta - At War



Bombed-out homes
Bombed-out homes
Maltese families search through the rubble of their bombed-out homes in Valletta in 1942 and carry out anything that can be salvaged. Photo courtesy of Frank Bowman and Bay Retro.
Australian servicemen in Malta
Australian servicemen in Malta
Australian servicemen in Malta to participate in the invasion of Sicily, point to the destruction of the Auberge de France by bombs during Nazi air raids in Valletta in 1943.
What was left of the Auberge de France
What was left of the Auberge de France
This used to occupy a whole block on South Street, between Old Bakery and Old Mint streets. Today instead one finds the Head Quarters of the Maltese trade union the General Workers Union. Photo courtesy of Philip Camilleri.
 A barber's shop defies the bombs
A barber's shop defies the bombs
This even though St John's Street Valletta, by the ta' Giesu Church is choked by fallen masonry. Photo courtesy of J J Meli. 
 A packed aircraft carrier
A packed aircraft carrier
Steamed past the bombed bastions of the entrance to Valletta's Grand Harbour during the war. Photo courtesy of Bay Retro.
Street blocked by rubble
Street blocked by rubble
A street in Valletta blocked by rubble after the bombing of the city in April 1942
Living in caves under Valletta
Living in caves under Valletta
 An airman watches children at play on wash day when they lived in the caves under Valletta to protect them from bombing in 1943. Photo courtesy of Bay Retro.
A family sit against a wall in Marsamxett Street
A family sit against a wall in Marsamxett Street
Despite the wartime suffering, a family sit against a wall in Marsamxett Street near the harbour in Valletta in 1943. Photo courtesy of Bay Retro.
Touring bombed Valletta
Touring bombed Valletta
Field Marshal Viscount Gort - 1886 - 1946, Governor and Commander in Chief Malta, touring bombed Valletta with his staff.