By Pierre Kosmidis
All photos © www.ww2wrecks.com
Visitors at Fort St Elmo can experience the impressive grounds of the fort, including the splendid architecture of the two chapels dedicated to St Anne.
The National War Museum, is divided into seven sections and covers 7,000 years of Maltese Military History from the Bronze Age until Malta’s accession in the EU.
Notable artefacts include military armour of the Order of St John and the Ottoman Turks. However, the Second World War is the most represented conflict in the museum.
Since its renovation in 2015, the museum contains artifacts relating to the military history of Malta ranging from the Bronze Age to Malta’s entry into the European Union in 2004.
The museum’s most important collection relates to World War 2.
There are various photographic panels showing life in Malta during the war, especially the hardships of civilian life and damage from aerial bombardment.
One of the highlights includes the fuselage of a Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520, the only survivor from the Hal Far Fighter Flight.
The museum also contains a Willys Jeep ‘Husky’ used by Dwight D. Eisenhower before the invasion of Sicily and also by Roosevelt while visiting Malta.
The George Cross that was awarded to Malta by King George VI in April 1942 is also on display at the museum.
The collection also contains wreckage from crashed aircraft, captured German machine guns, a torpedo, trench mortars and other weapons.