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18 August 1940: Calm Before the Storm

18 Aug

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EXPLOSIONS AND CASUALTIES ARE NOW ‘PART AND PARCEL OF OUR DAY’S WORK’

Philo Pullicino

Philo Pullicino

Philo Pullicino, Adjutant of the Special Constabulary

“The war has settled down to air raids; as soon as we have a day or two free of the alarm we come to expect a rather serious raid, and we are generally not disappointed. Then we have the usual ack-ack, the usual explosion of bombs on aerodromes or around the Harbour area. Houses coming down, casualties, miraculous escapes, cordoning off of unexploded bombs etc. We settle down to this life and take it as part and parcel of our day’s work. Shelters are springing up like mushrooms everywhere, both inside villages and along the deserted country high roads.

Evacuees started returning to their homes in Sliema, Msida, Valletta and the Three Cities, and the crowded reception areas start breathing freely. They have survived the test without the infection and disease which were dreaded more than explosives.” (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 18 AUGUST TO DAWN 19 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Dull and overcast.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 18 AUGUST 1940

AIR HQ Arrivals 3 Blenheim.

1st HEAVY REGIMENT, ROYAL MALTA ARTILLERY  Mantlets for 8 inch guns completed at Tigne.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Administrative HQ of C Company today relocated to 330 High Street. D Company today manned the new post J3 on Qarraba Point. 

(1) The Road to Rome, Philo Pullicino, MPI Publishing 2012

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