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6 December 1940: Royal Engineers to Tackle All Unexploded Bombs

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NEW ORDERS FOR DEALING WITH UNEXPLODED BOMBS IN MALTA

New orders were issued today to military commanders,  the police and civil defence across Malta for dealing with  unexploded bombs:

A Bomb Disposal Unit Royal Engineers has been formed to deal with the disposal of all unexploded bombs on land other than that belonging to Royal Navy or RAF, under the orders of the Chief Engineer through the Bomb Disposal Officer (BDO).

NWMA Malta

NWMA Malta

Reports of unexploded bombs will be made to the General Staff either by military formations and units or through the civil police.  Reports of will contain the following information:

  1. Number of unexploded bombs
  2. Location of each and whether in an area vital to the war effort.
  3. The bomb’s position, e.g.lying on surface, buried in the road, etc.
  4. If bomb can be seen, its type (ie high explosive or incendiary and approximate size.
  5. Name of the person finding it (civilian or police)or, if reported by the military, the name of nearest Unit (which will, if necessary, provide a guide to the location).
  6. Special features, if any.

The General Staff will indicate if the bomb is to be treated as high priority and will notify this to the BDO with a copy to the Chief Engineer.

Civilians finding an unexploded bomb are instructed to report it to the police, who will clear the area of people and fence off the bomb; no-one should be allowed near until the BDO arrives.  Bombs on military premises will reported to the relevant HQ and guarded by local personnel.

Details of the bomb will be collected as above and forwarded to police headquarters for transmission to General Staff, and onward forwarding to the Bomb Disposal Officer.  The BDO will make a reconnaissance visit, confirm the area to be cleared, decide on the action to be taken and mobilise the Bomb Disposal Section.

The Bomb Disposal Officer will provide a weekly report of unexploded bombs dealt with. (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 6 DECEMBER TO DAWN 7 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Cold; fair.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER 1940

1st Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Command physical training course.

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Brigade Commander accompanied by the CO inspected Dingli.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Inspection of a Fougasse, constructed by the Knights of St John in the hard rock.  Experiments are to be carried out in the softer rock. 

(1) UXB Malta, S A M Hudson, History Press 2010/2012

 

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