Luqa British Army in Malta
Leave your feedback
LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK

Video ID: 992

Submitting Feedback

Behind the scenes with the military in Malta

Description

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.

More places from Luqa

Meet the residents at St Vincent de Paul Hospital
Luqa
St Vincent de Paul Hospital is Malta’s largest state-owned residence home ...
Behind the scenes with the military in Malta
Luqa British Army in Malta
Malta was one of Britain’s most important military bases during the darkes...
How Father Christmas arrived in Malta in the 1960s
Luqa Father Christmas christmas in malta
Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its relig...
All set for take off? A look back at Malta’s former air terminal
Luqa Dom Mintoff air malta
Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta and occupies the locati...

Places Nearby

Malta pays tribute to Sir Winston Churchill
Valletta, Malta churchill in malta churchill death
This archive footage shows how Malta mourned the death of Sir Winston Churchill....
Celebrating almost 60 years of television in Malta
Gwardamanġa broadcasting in malta
Television in Malta was first introduced in 1957 but the only programmes that co...
A look back at Malta’s postal service in the 1970s
Malta
This fascinating film from our archives showcases the work of the Malta Post Off...
The history of the ‘Great Wall’ of Malta
Bingemma Queen Victoria Victoria Lines
Malta’s answer to the Great Wall of China, the Victoria Lines are a networ...
Hunting in Malta in the 1970s
Mellieha spring hunting malta
Hunting has been a hugely controversial subject in Malta for decades. Back in th...
Looking back at one of Malta’s oldest feasts
Rabat imnarja
The feast of St Peter and St Paul on June 29 marks an important event in the Mal...
A look back at the history of the Royal Malta Artillery
Grand Harbour Sir Maurice Dorman Battle of Malta
The Royal Malta Artillery was a unit of the British Army and was formed in 1889,...
A look back at Malta’s love of water polo
Malta
Water polo is one of the most popular sports in Malta. It was already a well-con...
Remembering Malta’s iconic vintage lorries
vintage malta
When people mention vintage vehicles in Malta, most immediately think of the bus...
Valletta prepares for Carnival in the 1950s
Valletta, Malta carnival in malta
Carnival in Malta falls right before Lent, usually at the end of February. The f...
Remembering a Maltese radio and TV legend
Charles Arrigo television malta
Charles Arrigo was one of Malta’s best-known broadcasters. His distinctive...
Maltese TV meets the wives of Apollo 13
Gloria Mizzi
‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’ is the now famous phrase radioe...