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This Tiny Island Was Key for Allied Forces to Secure North Africa

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During WWII, Nazi forces were preparing to take the coastal city of Tobruk and tighten their grip on North Africa. In response, the Allies turned their attention to another key strategic location: the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta.

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It's 1941 and Erwin Rommel and his armies hope to take Egypt, gain control of the Suez Canal, and prevent Britain from receiving vital supplies from the colony of India and the Middle East. The Allies' last line of defense is a fleet of small, British U-class subs stationed on the tiny island of Malta. Despite unpredictable weather and a broken gyrocompass, HMS Upholder and its Lieutenant-Commander Malcolm Wanklyn battle to hold the line against the Axis powers and turn the tide of the North African Campaign.

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