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27 December 1940: Cold and Wet Threatens Morale in Malta

27 Dec

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Rum ration issue (c) IWM E12371

Rum ration issue, North Africa (c) IWM E12371

RUM RATION ISSUED TO TROOPS

The continuing heavy storms, strong winds and exceptional cold are beginning to affect troop morale in Malta.  The stormy weather has persisted throughout December, which is turning out to be the coldest month for 17 years, according to records.  After 36 hours of non-stop rain, today military chiefs ordered a rum ration to be issued to troops.   A tot is regularly issued to troops in North Africa to help cope with cold desert nights.

The air raid siren has been silent for a full week which brings a certain calm.  However, the cold, wet weather is restricting work and social activities, leaving troops frustrated and often bored.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 27 DECEMBER TO DAWN 28 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Storms and continuous rain. 

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER 1940

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

MALTA SIGNAL COMPANY  Classification of Signallers of 2nd Bn Devonshire Regiment: 11 passed, one failed.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Weather very bad it has rained continuously for 36 hours; a rum ration was issued in the evening. 

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  Sorting of ammunition began: 25 pounder and 3.7in gun at St Clements and 40mm Bofors at Mosta.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  A and D Companies Lyon light training at Della Grazia. 

 

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