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12 September 1940: Malta Under Immediate Threat

12 Sep

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ESCALATION IN MIDDLE EAST PLACES MALTA UNDER THREAT

A message was issued today by Malta’s Army Headquarters warning Infantry Brigades that the war is expected to escalate in the Middle East. Intelligence reports have been received suggesting that major enemy attacks are imminent on the Home Front but also in the Middle East.

In that event it is now recognised that Malta would be immediately under threat. Following the communication, all ranks in Malta were warned of the new development and reminded that the safety of the Island depends on their vigilance at all times

Maltese needed to man guns (NWMA Malta)

Maltese needed to man guns (NWMA Malta)

MALTA CALLED ON TO PROVIDE MORE GUNNERS

The Governor and Commander in Chief will have to raise a higher number of Maltese to man the Island’s much-needed guns and searchlights, according the War Office. The difficulty of shipping British personnel to Malta means that manpower will have to be found locally, if not for specialist roles then to provide the cooks, orderlies and motorcyclists to support British units.

The War Office assumes that Malta will be able to raise two Heavy and one Light Ack Ack Batteries. On that basis, it is recognised that to man all its required guns the Island needs seven more Heavy and one more Light Ack Ack Batteries.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 12 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 13 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine; cloudy at times.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 1940

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS  Training continues.

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