Public Lecture – Bomb Disposal in Malta 1940-44 by S.A.M Hudson

Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna is pleased to invite the public to a free illustrated public lecture ‘Bomb Disposal in Malta 1940-44 – the most bombed place on earth by S.A.M Hudson author of ‘UXB Malta’ and the online Malta WW2 journal This event is taking place at the Malta at War Museum, Couvre’ Porte, Vittoriosa on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 6.30pm.

As the Regia Aeronautica and the Luftwaffe unleashed their full might against the island of Malta, the civilian population was in the eye of the storm. Faced with the terror of the unexploded bomb, the Maltese people looked for help to the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Section, who dealt with all unexploded bombs, outside of airfields and the RN dockyard, across an area the size of Greater London. Based on official wartime records and personal memoirs, the extraordinary tale unfolds of the challenges they faced—as the enemy employed every possible weapon in a relentless bombing campaign: 3,000 raids in two years. Through violent winter storms and blazing summer heat, despite interrupted sleep and meagre rations, they battled to reach, excavate, and render safe thousands of unexploded bombs. Day after day, and in 1942 hour after hour—through constant air raids—they approached live bomb after live bomb, mindful that it could explode at any moment. In the words of one of their number they were "just doing a job." The author has interviewed survivors, made use of contemporary diaries, and researched hundreds of previously unpublished wartime documents.

Susan Hudson is a specialist in local history and folklore. She has worked in communications for the heritage industry, including work as a guide-lecturer and writing short publications for historic sites such as the City of Rochester and Chatham Historic Dockyard. She also compiled and presented two local radio series on heritage attractions. Her book ‘UXB Malta’ is the first book to reveal what it is like to work in Army bomb disposal in the most bombed place on Earth. A book signing of this book will take place at the end of the lecture. Owners of this book are welcome to bring their own or purchase one from the museum shop. Museum coffee shop will stay open before and after the lecture.

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