What do Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, 17th-century grand masters of the Knights of Malta, and Cold War Soviet submarines have in common? The answer lies embedded under the sun-splashed bastions of Valletta, the Lilliputian capital of the European nation of Malta. Here, tucked away in an easy-to-miss corner of the city’s imposing perimeter fortifications, is one of the Mediterranean’s most intriguing martial museums: the Lascaris War Rooms. Originally excavated by British forces during the Axis siege of Malta early in World War II, the rooms were named because of their proximity to a terraced garden, formerly the private domain of Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris.
Museum Report - Plotting Beneath the Gardens of Valletta
By Commander Karsten E. Spies, U.S. Navy