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REGULAR SUPPLY RUNS NEEDED, SAYS VICE ADMIRAL MALTA
The Island is running low on essential supplies and is at risk of running out without regular supply runs, according to the Vice Admiral Malta. Reporting on the current status of stocks, he said:
“Preliminary survey of essential supplies shows certain army and civil stocks are much below the level required to meet six months’ consumption. Some deficiencies will be made up if the British ship Cornwall arrives. It is essential that all services operate a common reserve policy and I recommend that six months’ supply is the minimum level of reserve wherever possible. I also recommend that a convoy runs to Malta at least every two months. This policy would require immediate shipments of supplies to bring reserves to eight months’ stock, which would allow the reserve to reduce to only six months between convoys.”
The Vice Admiral was supported by the Commander in Chief, Mediterranean, who agreed that the proper supply of Malta and effective reserves form an essential part of the fortress defence.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 3 AUGUST TO DAWN 4 AUGUST 1940
Weather Fine; windy.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 3 AUGUST 1940
ROYAL NAVY Oswald reported rammed and torpedoed off Sicily by an Italian destroyer.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 1730 hrs Guard over the wrecked Hurricane at Luqa dismounted.
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