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Max Hastings, in his signature brilliant style, presents his thrilling account of Operation Pedestal, the gripping story of a critical sea battle and a pivotal moment in WWII, when, in the cruel accountancy of war, the price was worth paying: in 1942 an armada of fifty British ships, painstakingly loaded with food, medical supplies, ammunition and fuel, attempted to fight its way in convoy to Malta the “island fortress” where its 300,000 people could no longer be fed as the Axis attempted to force their surrender. Britain scraped a victory and ensured Malta’s survival – though at the loss of a horrifying number of ships and lives. As always, Max blends the “big picture” of statesmen and admirals with human stories of German U boat men, Italian torpedo-plane crews, Hurricane pilots, destroyer and merchant-ship captains, ordinary but extraordinary seamen.
Max Hastings FRSL, Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London, was knighted in 2002. He was foreign correspondent for the BBC, between 1986 and 2002 he served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph, then editor of The Evening Standard, and has presented BBC historical documentaries. His twenty-seven books include Bomber Command (Somerset Maugham Award) and All Hell Let Loose (RUSI’s
Westminster Medal and Chicago Pritzker Library’s Literary Award for his contribution to military History), Catastrophe and The Secret War, bestsellers translated around the world.
This event is sponsored by Anthony and Mary Stone