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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


Air Raid Shelter 1942

Probably Valletta Railway Station, later the Yellow Garage.

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OldBat   [Dec 27, 2011 at 03:59 PM]
Those planks look a bit hard to sleep on! Any idea where this tunnel was?
Prefect   [Dec 28, 2011 at 12:44 AM]
No, the source didn't say. Could be the old Valletta railway station?
phillrose   [Dec 28, 2011 at 09:10 AM]
Strange this, I found the identical picture a few days ago, in a set of fairley modern WW2 magazines, post decimal anyway. There were no further details in the article, but believe the magazine was from the IWM.
Prefect   [Dec 28, 2011 at 09:17 AM]
This copy was attributed to the US Library of Congress.
phillrose   [Dec 28, 2011 at 09:25 AM]
Just had a delve in the recycle bin, my copy taken from "Images of War" by Marshall Cavendish in association with the IWM. Title, "The interior of a civilian shelter on Malta, blasted out of the rock to provide shelter from the Axis raids", not much help as far as location I'm affraid.
OldBat   [Dec 28, 2011 at 03:50 PM]
Thanks Phill. But do you think it looks a bit too well finished and weathered to have been blasted out specially for a shelter? More likely the old station I'd say (for what it's worth!)
Prefect   [Dec 29, 2011 at 02:33 AM]
Someone whose father was in the Lancashire Fusiliers agrees with our theory! Click here & scroll down. And so does this site.
phillrose   [Dec 29, 2011 at 09:10 AM]
Have no doubt you are correct Liz, I just gave the title as it was given in the article, "blasted out" does sound more dramatic than hewn out by hand. Reckon the railway tunnel theory is more or less confirmed by the other two sites.

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