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25 June 1940: Malta Regiment to Increase in Strength

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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES RE-ORGANISATION OF KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT

The Governor and Commander in Chief Malta today proposed an urgent reorganization of the Kings Own Malta Regiment, and a strengthening of numbers.  Under the plans, the 2nd Battalion is to be divided into two, providing a new 2nd Battalion with 759 personnel plus a 3rd Battalion numbering 596.  The additional personnel are needed to cover a significant increase in anti-parachute patrols and guards for vulnerable points across the Island, in case of enemy invasion. 

Verdala Palace - scene of mystery signals

Verdala Palace – scene of mystery signals

AIR RAIDS DAWN 25 JUNE TO DAWN 26 JUNE 1940

Weather  Gale at night.  Misty in the morning, then fine and very warm. 

2203 hrs  A defence post of 2nd Bn Royal West Kent Regiment reports signalling in the form of red and white flashes from one degree east of Verdala Palace and from the direction of Rabat.

2200 hrs  Definite signalling is reported coming from the area of the Castille.  Sentries are ordered to train a rifle on the light.  20 minutes later, lamp signalling is reported coming from Wardia Hill.  Both incidents will be further investigated in daylight.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 25 JUNE 1940

ROYAL NAVY  The Commander in Chief Mediterranean instructed Vice Admiral Malta to sail Masirah from Bizerta to Malta at his discretion. 

KALAFRANA  Sgt Baker and Cpl Barlow admitted Military Hospital, Imtarfa.  W/Cdr Palmer-Jones attached Kalafrana from HQ Mediterranean for duties as SMO.  A/S/L Soper relinquishes acting rank of S/Ldr.  F/O Moore attached to RAF Station Luqa for medical duties.  AC Debono and AC F Pollacco admitted Military Hospital, Imtarfa.  11 recruits medically examined.

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