The World War II shelter found in Mgarr, Malta, is one of the largest underground shelters of its kind, (12m deep and an overall length of 255m), which was used by the Maltese during the Siege of Malta.  Due to Malta’s vitally important strategic location, during the war it was used by the British, and held several airfields, thus becoming a target.  In 1942, Malta received the George Cross for its citizens’ bravery during this period. Today, the Mgarr Second World War Shelter is open to the public, who can tour its underground passageways and learn about the Maltese experience during the war.