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MALTA INFANTRY BRIGADE DIVIDED INTO TWO ZONES
The Malta Infantry Brigade ceased operations today at Lascaris Barracks, to be replaced by two new Brigades. Infantry will now be operated in two zones: the Northern Infantry Brigade under Brigadier W H Oxley MC with its headquarters at the Melita Hotel and the Southern Infantry Brigade under Brigadier L H Cox MC, based at Luqa. Lt Col E D Corkery MC will be Brigadier i/c Administration, Malta.
The Northern Brigade will include units of 2nd Battalion (Bn) Royal Irish Fusiliers, 8th Bn Manchester Regiment and 1st and 2nd Bns Kings Own Malta Regiment. The Southern Brigade will include units of 2nd Bn Devonshire Regiment, 1st Bn Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Bn Royal West Kent Regiment and 3rd Bn Kings Own Malta Regiment.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 7 AUGUST TO DAWN 8 AUGUST 1940
1628-1652 hrs Air raid alert for six aircraft reported approaching over St Paul’s Bay. Malta fighters are up and the raiders turn back before any interception and before reaching the coast. No bombs are dropped.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST 1940
ROYAL NAVY Pandora sailed.
2nd Bn DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT Major R F B Hill to be Acting Lieutenant Colonel and assumed command of the Battalion.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Operation Order issued today giving detailed instructions for the defence of Wardia sector.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 1800 hrs Luqa An order was received for the removal of wire and obstacles from the landing ground; carried out. Mail received from the UK.
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