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ISLAND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS BASE FOR ATTACKS, SAYS GOVERNOR
Malta should not be used as a base for offensive operations against the enemy until the Island’s defences are considerably improved, according to the Governor and Commander in Chief. Lt Gen Dobbie believes that air or seaborne raids launched from Malta could provoke severe retaliation from enemy forces on the vital naval and air facilities of the fortress Island. In a telegram to the War Office, he made clear that neither active nor passive defences on the Island are strong enough at present to withstand heavy and sustained attacks.
Plans already in hand to increase the anti-aircraft defences mean that by April 1941 Malta should be better able to deal with any such attack. In the meantime, he says, a defensive policy is essential and the Island not be used as an operational base unless the situation elsewhere urgently demands it.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 30 AUGUST TO DAWN 31 AUGUST 1940
Weather Fine; dull in the morning.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 1940
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT The General Officer Commanding visited the Battalion and toured the Marsa defences.
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