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11 December 1940: Mines Threaten Malta’s Coastal Defences

11 Dec

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MINES EXPLODE ON ISLAND’S SHORES

Sea mine

Sea mine

A significant number of Italian mines have been reported around the Island in the past four days.  It is believed they have been brought to shore by strong north westerly gales.  A number have exploded on the rocks, but the majority were rendered safe by the Royal Navy when the weather moderated enough for it to be safe to do so.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 11 DECEMBER TO DAWN 12 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Cold and stormy. 

No air raids.

0830 hrs  A mine is washed ashore near a beach defence post at Mellieha and reported by by 1st Bn Kings Own Malta Regiment.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER 1940

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  A party from 24 Fortress Company under L/Cpl O’Donnell began work on experimental anti-tank obstacles at Msida Bastion.  Another section began construction of Haywharf Engine Room.  No 1 Works Company completed the cookhouse at Zeitun School and began work on a Heavy Ack Ack position at Hagiar Qim.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Mines were heard being exploded early this morning.  A fatigue party was sent to bring bicycles for E Company.  C Company held one of their excellent concerts. 

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  GOC visited Luqa area to inspect anti-aircraft posts.  Working parties at Marino Pinto. 

 

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