Flashback to wartime days to mark George Cross anniversary
The Malta At War Museum, in Vittoriosa, will be open to the public on Sunday on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to Malta and its people in 1942.
Guided tours, talks on wartime Malta, re-enactment of aspects of the daily life at the time and the screening of the Malta GC. documentary film will be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The guided tours, in both Maltese and English, and the film shows will run on the half hour. The event is organised by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna.
Special hands-on sessions will be held for children and will include the handling of original artefacts from the time such as gas masks, ration coupons, uniforms and other related items, along with an introduction to crafts from the period.
A group of wartime veterans will be in attendance to share their personal experiences with the public while members of the Malta Military Vehicles Club will be exhibiting some of their restored wartime vehicles.
The Malta GC documentary was produced by the Crown Film Unit (CFU) in 1942 on the specific wish of King George VI who wanted documented on film the heroism and bravery shown by the Maltese and their defenders.
DVD copies of the film can be obtained from Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna heritage sites at Lm4.99 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected].