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Posted by Dustonian (U14406009) on Monday, 14th January 2013
The programme repeated last night and previously shown a week ago contained much most interesting material on the experiences of the Maltese people and lower rank Servicemen, but let itself down with a rather mean bit of Brass Bashing in its treatment of the RAF Commanders. Having established that Malta was seen by the British Command -prop W S Churchill- as a base for attacking AXIS LoC it rather unfairly blamed the local Commander for following the mission assigned to him in early 1942, and gave no credit whatever to Sir Keith Park under whose direct command from July 1942 the defences first reprised Park's handling of 11 Group in 1940 ( as opposed to trying the discredited Leigh-Mallory Operational concept) when he had first bested Kesselring, and then maintained a close grip on the air battles of 1943 that first strangled the Afrika Korps and then controlled Sicilian air space during the invasion of that island.
Contrary to the presenter's stance, the poor showing in early 1942 did not just put itself right, nor did the defenders just fall lucky with lapses by the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica, but required the presence of a well trained, highly competent and morally courageous leader in the person of Park, without whose personal effort the Island might well have been lost despite the courage of the Maltese, the defending forces and the efforts of the Royal and Merchant Navies. it would be rather nice if Park now received his due from the presenter, who, in my view and I suspect many others, owes an apology to his memory.
Posted by ladylindapinda (U6599432) on Monday, 14th January 2013
I'm always interested in programmes about Malta,as my father was stationed there in 1943 after the siege. When I watched the show,it certainly came across as if it was pure luck that the island survived,and I actually remarked to my husband,that it was similar to the Battle of Britain,when Germany changed their concentration to Russia. It's a real shame then,that the actual true account was ignored.I wouldn't be expecting any type of apology though,because the BBC are not known for admitting they got anything in a programme wrong.Watch any Points of View to confirm that !
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