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9 August 1940: Ammunition Shortage Threatens Defence of Malta

09 Aug

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AMMUNITION STOCKS NEED TO INCREASE BY 50 PER CENT

Stocks of ammunition cannot meet Malta’s needs, according to Army Chiefs. The original estimate of 13 ½ million rounds made in 1939 is proving inadequate and should be increased by 50%, they say. The higher demands are due to the addition of three battalions, Royal Artillery units, anti-parachutists and extra light machine guns to the Island’s garrison. With only 9 million rounds currently held in Malta, Army HQ has written to the War Office requesting urgent deliveries to bring stocks up to the required level.

'Elephant' type shelter

‘Elephant’ type shelter (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 AUGUST TO DAWN 10 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 9 AUGUST 1940

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Erecting elephant shelters at Ta Qali and Luqa for winter accommodation.

(1)  Quonset

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