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Aug 1, 2017

Shadows of history in Malta’s war tunnels

Shadows of history in Malta’s war tunnels

In a vast network of tunnels carved into the rocks under the Maltese capital Valletta, faded maps of the Mediterranean hint at the place's role in directing key battles in World War Two.

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A rotary dial telephone set and clock are seen in the NATO tunnels dating back to the Cold War in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Bed cots are seen in a corridor at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, January 26, 2009. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A bathroom sink is seen in the War Headquarters tunnels, parts of which date back to World War Two, beneath Valletta, Malta, January 26, 2009. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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The NATO tunnels, dating back to the Cold War, are seen in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A rust-covered electric socket is seen at the NATO tunnels dating back to the Cold War in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A staircase leads upwards at the NATO tunnels, dating back to the Cold War, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A detail of a map of the Mediterranean is seen in the map room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, January 23, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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An electricity fuse board is seen in the NATO tunnels dating back to the Cold War, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Labelled map fragments are seen in the map room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Graffiti left by vandals covers the walls in the Briefing Room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A reel of cine film is seen in the NATO tunnels dating back to the Cold War in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A lantern is seen in the NATO tunnels, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 28, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Bed cots are seen in a restored area of the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, January 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A detail on a map is seen in the map room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Pigeon feathers lie on broken pieces of a wall map in the Briefing Room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Part of a map showing the central Mediterranean is seen in the map room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Electricity conduits and cables are plied onto a chair in the Filter Room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, January 24, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Details on a door leading to the map room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War Two, are seen in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, January 23, 2017. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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