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AXIS POWERS HAVE LOST INITIATIVE
Australian press report on the war in Malta, Thursday 26 September 1940
“Before the entry of Italy into the war, it had been considered very doubtful by defence experts whether Malta could be held against Italian attack from the air. Today, Malta is able to resist all attacks and the Italian air force rains its bombs harmlessly upon Malta, which is still a British naval base and which never sees an Italian warship. The Mediterranean, far from being a Roman sea, has become a closed lakes in the reeds and unfrequented corners of which lurks the Italian Navy…Within the last week, a series of talks have been held at Rome in which the Axis powers had been credited with making new plans; but everything that has been suggested as a possible decision or intention of the Axis powers marks the loss of initiative.”
GOVERNOR & C in C FRUSTRATED THAT MAIL STILL NOT GETTING THROUGH
Lt Gen Dobbie is mystified as to the reasons why mail has not been delivered to troops in Malta for many weeks. Today he expressed his frustration in a brief but strongly worded message to the War Office:
“In the last week ten (repeat ten) opportunities for mail to be transmitted here. Eight from United Kingdom and two from Middle East. Amount of mail received nil (repeat nil).”
AIR RAIDS DAWN 26 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 27 SEPTEMBER 1940
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 1940
AIR HQ Arrivals 2 Sunderland.
KALAFRANA One Sunderland arrived from Gibraltar and one from Middle East.
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