HISTORY buffs are invited to attended an illustrated talk about Malta during World War Two this autumn.

The Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, will be hosting the talk which will focus on Malta's historic defence against the Italian and German air forces from 1940 to 1943.

Broadcaster and historian, Paul Beaver, will tell the story of the fight back under Air Chief Marshal Keith Park and will look at the island’s defence, featuring army gunners and naval submarines as well as other warships.

Paul said: “When viewed from the centre of the island, using the former officers’ mess at Mosta, Malta seems so small.

“Yet in 1942, it was the most bombed place on Earth.

“The brave defenders should be remembered and those who took the fight on, helping to defeat Rommel in the Western Desert also need their place in history.”

‘Malta 190-43 – some surprising facts’ will take place on October 3 and, according to Paul, is described as a second Battle of Britain ‘with Hurricanes and Spitfires climbing into the burning blue several times a day, outnumbered and out gunned".

There will also be a curry supper served from the Apache Cafe at 6pm.

The talk will run from 7pm to 9pm.

Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www.armyflying.com/events or call 01264 781086.