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4 September 1940: Churchill Praises Malta’s Commander in Chief

04 Sep

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (IWM MH26392)

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (IWM MH26392)

BRITISH WAR CABINET RECOGNISES CONVOY SUCCESS

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is planning to send a public message to Malta’s Governor and Commander in Chief Lt Gen Dobbie, congratulating him on having “ably and gallantly conducted the defence of Malta since Italy’s entry to the war.” The Prime Minister announced his intention to the War Cabinet in London, following the successful arrival and fast unloading of stores from Valiant, Coventry and Calcutta in Grand Harbour.

HOPED FOR GUNS WILL NOT COME TO MALTA

The War Office has informed the Governor and Commander in Chief that much-needed artillery will not after all be diverted from the Middle East to assist Malta. A telegram today announced that 12 heavy and 10 light anti-aircraft guns which are expected imminently in the Middle East are needed there.

27 Heavy Artillery Battery will be posted to Malta and 12 heavy and eight light Ack Ack guns have been allocated from artillery being manufactured in September. It has not yet been decided whether an attempt will be made to transport those guns direct through the western Mediterranean, or whether they will be shipped via the long sea route round the Cape.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 5 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather Fine.

1730-1801 hrs Air raid alert for enemy aircraft which are reported approaching in several formations due east of Grand Harbour and then south of Delimara but do not cross the coast or drop bombs.

2130 hrs An enemy Motor Torpedo Boat is reported in the vicinity of Dingli; the Royal Navy set out to investigate and coastal defences are ordered to keep close watch.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 1940

AIR HQ Departures 4 Sunderlands.

KALAFRANA All four Sunderlands left for the Middle East.

3rd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT Five recruits enlisted.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS Construction of accommodation at Ta Qali continues. 101 per company in turn to be struck off night watch and other duties for one week in order to undergo collective training.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT Reserve Battalion exercise in conjunction with Fortress Royal Engineers. Major Booth-Tucker reviewed Hal Far defences.

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