Operation Magic Carpet
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Submarines help to carry supplies to the besieged island of Malta during World War Two
During World War Two Malta lay under siege from German and Italian aircraft meaning that British surface ships were unable to deliver vital supplies to the island. As a result, the authorities cut rations to an extremely low level and the morale of civilians and members of the services living in Malta declined. The British Government directed Royal Navy submarines to ferry cargo to Malta and as underwater freighters they created the ‘Magic Carpet’ operation. The supply runs took place roughly once every twelve days and it is undeniable that without the ‘Magic Carpet’ the occupants of Malta would not have survived.
How submarines transported the stores
The role of HMS Rorqual
HMS Clyde, the mail carrier