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13 March 1941: ‘Lights Out’ Ordered to Save Power

13 Mar

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Stone walls a barrier to tank warfare

Stone walls a barrier to tank warfare

TROOPS TO ECONOMISE ON ELECTRICITY

Recent bomb damage to Malta’s power stations have caused concern over the use of electricity across the Island. Troops of Malta Garrison have been ordered to save electricity by economising on the use of lights at night.  From now on all lights will have to be out by 2300 hours and remain so until daylight.  Duty officers will have the task of ensuring that the measure is strictly complied with.

LARCENY REPORTED DURING AIR RAIDS

There have been reports of an increase in larceny on the Island during air raids. Notices have been issued warning of severe measures to be taken against anyone found guilty of theft:

”Even in enemy country this is a heinous offence… On this Island, stealing from inhabitants who are compelled to take cover during air raids is particularly vile… The minimum punishment for such an offence is 2 years’ imprisonment.”

SOUTHERN MALTA UNSUITABLE FOR TANK WARFARE

From: Governor & C in C                                              To:  War Office

The southern half of the Island is still considered unsuitable for tank warfare. It would however be possible to use tanks for making brief cross-country attacks but, without very careful previous reconnaissance, there would be a constant danger of coming to grief on the stone walls which abound, or of being held up long enough to have anti-tank fire brought to bear.  Movements of tanks will therefore be largely limited to the roads, which can be watched, and the narrow village streets along which they would have to pass make possible the use of anti-tank tarps.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 13 MARCH TO DAWN 14 MARCH 1941

Weather  Stormy and overcast with low cloud and some rain; very wild and blustery overnight.

1045-1115 hrs  Air raid alert; raid does not materialise.

Military casualties  Edward E Shorthouse, Factory Foreman, HM Dockyard.

OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 13 MARCH 1941

AIR HQ  Departures 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA  One Sunderland left for the Middle East.

1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT  An economy scheme came into force whereby no electricity may be used between 2300 hrs and 0700 hrs, to enable the power stations to use less fuel.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 0; dealt with 1 (50kg).

1st Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Mortar demonstration at Pembroke by 4th Bn The Buffs.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Company attended fougasse demonstration at Marsascala and visited the Rinella sector.

 

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