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The lack of mail from home is causing considerable uneasiness among troops in Malta. According to the Governor and Commander in Chief, in the last four months only two letters on average per man have been received from the UK. Of the mail received, a significant amount has consisted of trade circulars and advertising materials. Despite many opportunities for mail to be carried out by sea and air the regular air mail service proposed weeks ago has still not been put in place.
Since the increase in air attacks on the Home Front, troops’ anxiety for the welfare of their relatives has considerably increased. The problem has been made worse by an almost total lack of English newspapers and the necessarily vague nature of wireless news reports.
Lt Gen Dobbie has written to the War Office today expressing his concerns, saying that the transmission of all recent mail and any backlog to Malta is now of urgent importance, with mail from dependents having the highest priority.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 20 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 21 SEPTEMBER 1940
Weather Dull with showery periods.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 1940
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland.
KALAFRANA One Sunderland arrives from Middle East with spares for grounded Sunderland.
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB High explosive 3 x 130lb Luqa.
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