Lascaris War Rooms, Valletta, Malta
 

Lascaris War Rooms, Valletta, Malta

The entrance to the war room complex.

The entrance to the war room complex.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:13

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

Going through the entrance tunnel.

Going through the entrance tunnel.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:12

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

Soon we stumble upon a secret weapon.

Soon we stumble upon a secret weapon.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:16

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

A typical office. There weren't that many people in the war rooms when they were used. Front commanders would come here for quick briefings and orders, but would not remain here.

A typical office. There weren't that many people in the war rooms when they were used. Front commanders would come here for quick briefings and orders, but would not remain here.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:25

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

In 1942, this was high-tech communications equipment. Thanks to the telephone switch, the air commanders could stay in constant contact with all the airfields on Malta and guide their planes away from threatened positions.

In 1942, this was high-tech communications equipment. Thanks to the telephone switch, the air commanders could stay in constant contact with all the airfields on Malta and guide their planes away from threatened positions.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:29

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

This is how the air component of a global war is managed. The commanders would use little clips that would attach to the board to mark the status of each squadron. I must say I am a bit surprised at this. Given the size of World War II - huge - I somehow expect everything to be to the same scale. This is a global armed conflict, for Christ's sake, you can't fight it in a tiny office with pen and paper!

This is how the air component of a global war is managed. The commanders would use little clips that would attach to the board to mark the status of each squadron. I must say I am a bit surprised at this. Given the size of World War II - huge - I somehow expect everything to be to the same scale. This is a global armed conflict, for Christ's sake, you can't fight it in a tiny office with pen and paper!

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:33

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

The plotting table, over which the commander presided. Pieces representing flights were pushed across the table by assistants.

The plotting table, over which the commander presided. Pieces representing flights were pushed across the table by assistants.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:38

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

The flight clock. Squadrons didn't spend much time in the air. From takeoff to battle to back was on the order of seven to twelve minutes (although it probably felt longer for the person in the plane). A flight would be color-coded with the triangle closest to the minute hand when it took off. So, for example, a plane taking off now would be "yellow".

The flight clock. Squadrons didn't spend much time in the air. From takeoff to battle to back was on the order of seven to twelve minutes (although it probably felt longer for the person in the plane). A flight would be color-coded with the triangle closest to the minute hand when it took off. So, for example, a plane taking off now would be "yellow".

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:40

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

The commander's view of the room.

The commander's view of the room.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:40

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

Ammunition.

Ammunition.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:42

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

Pilot's equipment and a flag.

Pilot's equipment and a flag.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:42

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012

The clips used to track the status of squadrons.

The clips used to track the status of squadrons.

Lascaris War Rooms

2012-07-30 13:43

Lascaris War Rooms
Valletta, Malta

Malta 2012