The Second World War provided an ideal opportunity to liberate Malta from the British – at least, so thought Maltese student Borg Pisani, 27. He joined the Italian fascist party and became the first spy on the island, living in a cave. When bad weather forced him out of his rough shelter he was arrested and accused of high treason. He was condemned to death on November 19th, 1942, and hanged nine days later, on Saturday, November 28th.

To this day there are Maltese who regard him as a Maltese nationalist, others who think he was an Italian fascist, and still others who describe him as a traitor to the Crown.