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More interesting facts on Malta
- in 1942 survivors of the British submarine P36 were shipwrecked again less than six weeks later when the submarine HMS Olympus hit a mine off Malta?
- future Maltese diplomat Arvid Pardo was successively detained by Fascist Italian, Nazi German, and Soviet authorities between 1940 and 1945?
- eight Kaba class destroyers (destroyer pictured) of the Imperial Japanese Navy were based in Malta in World War I?
- the Battle of the Espero Convoy during the Mediterranean Campaign in World War II resulted in such a shortage of ammunition that planned Allied convoys to Malta had to be postponed for two weeks?
- the Hal Far Fighter Flight, a British fighter unit formed during the siege of Malta, is the source of the myth that only three aircraft formed the entire fighter cover for Malta in June 1940?
- the song "Vodka" will represent Malta at Eurovision Song Contest 2008?
- the Tarxien Temples (pictured) in Malta were discovered when the owner of a field figured that the large stones his workers kept hitting while ploughing may have some archaeological significance?
- although Ernest Wild developed scurvy during the Ross Sea Party Antarctic expedition, and lost part of a toe and part of an ear to frostbite, he survived - but died of typhoid the next year in Malta?
- Popeye Village, where the 1980 film Popeye was filmed, is now one of Malta's most popular tourist attractions?
- Ira Losco, who led Malta to a second place finish in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, sang the official anthem at the opening ceremonies of the 2003 Games of the Small States of Europe?
- Australian Second World War flying ace Virgil Brennan shot down 10 Axis aircraft over Malta in a five month period during 1942?
- Maltese-born Anthony Perici, a veteran of the British Royal Navy, served as the first full-time mayor of Twinsburg, Ohio?
- British Major-General Eric Cole, who helped plan the invasion of Normandy, was born in Malta and once played cricket with the Egypt national cricket team?
- Japanese cruiser Izumo was dispatched to Malta as the flagship of an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer unit in World War I, as part of Japan's contribution to the Allied war effort under the Anglo-Japanese Alliance?
- Maltese Jews were forced to pay for the financial damages caused by their absence in the country, after they were expelled from Malta by the 1492 Alhambra decree?
- Australian Second World War flying ace Adrian Goldsmith was credited with shooting down 12¼ Axis aircraft over Malta between the months of February and July 1942?
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