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14 September 1940: Malta’s Coastline Fortified Against Invasion

14 Sep

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HM Drifter Eddy under fire today

HM Drifter Eddy under fire today

OBSTACLES SET UP IN MALTA

A ring of obstacles is being set up along all vulnerable stretches of Malta’s coastline in a bid to deter invasion from the sea. The obstacles are pyramid blocks five feet high, made of concrete, each weighing one and a quarter tons and fitted with iron spikes. They are laid along the one-fathom line in two staggered rows with twenty feet between rows and also between each obstacle.

So far the installation of blocks has been completed in Mellieha Bay, St Thomas Bay, St Pauls Bay, Salina Bay, Caba Mistra and Marfa Peninsula Bays, and Ghain Tuffieha Bay north of Ghain Tuffieha Tower. Construction south of the Tower is underway but work has now ceased due to a lack of cement and deteriorating weather conditions.

TROOPS ORDERED TO REPORT UNKNOWN VESSELS

Troops manning the Island’s defence posts have been ordered to report the presence of any unknown vessels to the duty officer at their headquarters. To minimise mistakes in identity, all ranks are also required to familiarise themselves with Malta vessels which carry out inshore patrols. The orders follow a number of recent incidents of enemy vessels approaching the coast.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 14 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 15 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine at first, then unsettled and cloudy with thundery showers.

2023-2108 hrs  Air raid alerts for enemy aircraft approaching the Island from the east. Searchlights are active. One enemy bomber is sighted over Grand Harbour but when caught in a searchlight it is engaged by Bofors guns and turns away. Bombs are dropped out to sea off Ghallis Tower.

2103-2117 hrs  Air raid alert for enemy aircraft approaching from the north. One incendiary bomb is dropped on Delimara Point; one high explosive is dropped on land near a military defence post, and four more in the sea. Lewis guns at Fort San Rocco engage a dive bomber: no claims. Some twelve enemy aircraft open very inaccurate fire at long range on the inshore patrol vessel Eddy; no damage or casualties.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY Jade attacked and is believed to have sunk an enemy submarine 6 miles off Selmun Palace. The attack report suggested the target was a U boat.

AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland. Departures 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA Two Sunderlands on patrol; one left for Alexandria and one arrived from there.

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