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Behind the scenes with the military in Malta

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Malta was one of Britain’s most important military bases during the darkest days of the Cold War. 

This previously unseen archive footage shows members of the Army, Royal Navy and RAF at work in Malta in 1969.

The film, which was restored and re-edited by the team at Malta Audio Visual Memories, shows servicemen are seen taking part in search and rescue training exercises at Ghajn Tuffieha and Pembroke.

We then switch to RAF Luqa, now the Armed Forces of Malta’s headquarters at Luqa Barracks, for a passing out parade.

Proud family members watch as their loved ones take part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion of their training.

One talented Maltese serviceman is presented with an award for excellence.

The cameras then move to the coast off Bahar ic-Caghaq, where spectators gather next to St Mark’s Tower to watch paratroopers taking part in an impressive training exercise.

Do you have memories of the British services or military life in Malta? We’d love to hear from you.

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