The 40s of the 20th Century were years that completely changed the lives of the Maltese with air raids, destruction of buildings, people in shelters and thousands of Maltese who experienced hunger and suffering.
75 years after the end of World War Two, Television Malta will be presenting in the coming weeks a new documentary: ‘Malta fil-Gwerra: Miti, Fatti u Propaganda’ (Malta during the War: Myths, Facts and Propaganda). The documentary is a recollection of experiences of persons who lived the War and researched through historical documents, reports and newspapers of the time. It also includes exclusive footage which will be transmitted for the first time.
The footage was filmed by Stan Fraser, a British gunner stationed in Malta with his regiment between 1941 and 1943. It portrays the air raids, Malta’s defence with guns and other war moments. Fraser also filmed scenes of the Maltese and Gozitan way of living during the siege: from children playing outside among the towns’ rubble near the Grand Harbour to Gozitan farmers who continued with their harvesting of wheat, which was then distributed in Malta through the intervention of Bishop Mikiel Gonzi. The film footage is part of The Stan Fraser Film Collection (Cine Footage 1940-1945) with the courtesy of Veronica Galea.
Other film footage was provided by the Wirt Artna Foundation collection and by the PBS Audio-Visual Memories project.
The TV series is produced by TVM journalist Mario Xuereb and researcher Martin Debattista, with the collective work of PBS crew.
“Malta fil-Gwerra” will be transmitted from the 31st March and continues every Tuesday at 10.05pm on Television Malta.