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Several areas of Malta’s coastline have been declared ‘Protected Areas’. Military forces and the public have been warned that entering them may be very dangerous to life and limb. The areas are a fringe of land following the coast on the north west of the Island around L’Imjiebah, Ghain Zeituna, Tal Imgharka, as well as stretches of land at Paradise and Anchor Bays.
Notices have been issued today to troops stating that all ranks are prohibited from doing so except in the course of duty. Warning notices are being erected in all the affected locations by the Royal Engineers.
GREEN LABELS WILL GIVE PRIORITY TO MALTA MAIL
Special arrangements have been made to improve mail services following recent extended delays in the deliveries between the UK and Malta. A new green label has been issued to enable relatives in the UK to send a quick reply to letters sent by Air Mail from the Island. The Postal Authorities in London will give priority to all letters bearing the green label, to ensure the fastest possible delivery.
Green labels will be issued in Malta must be used only for Special Air Mails, ie one sheet of thin paper, as the opportunity occurs. All ranks will be instructed to inform the addressee in the UK that the reply should also be limited to one thin sheet of notepaper and the green label affixed to the top left hand corner of the envelope. Postage stamps for the appropriate amount must be affixed by the sender in the UK.
SHORTAGE OF BEDDING FOR TROOPS
Stocks of straw for making palliasses for emergency troop bedding are now exhausted. A very limited supply of substitute material has been obtained but it is quite insufficient to cover all demands and supply will be restricted.
Problems have been identified in keeping palliasses free from vermin. As no repellent is available, measures have been introduced to combat infestation. The palliasse will be emptied weekly and its contents spread on clean ground to expose them to the sun. The cover will be turned inside out and placed on the ground to air.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 21 MARCH TO DAWN 22 MARCH 1941
0733-0840 hrs Air raid alert for three ME 109 fighters which approach the coast and are engaged by anti-aircraft guns before retreating.
1045-1116 hrs Air raid alert for one JU 88 bomber escorted by seven Italian Macchi fighters and two ME 109s which approach the Island in four pairs. The JU 88 drops 12 bombs on both sides of destroyer HMS Defender as she is carrying out firing practice off Delimara Point, causing several holes above the water line and wounding six, two seriously. Among them is a visiting senior officer who is wounded in the right leg by an invisible splinter. Hurricane fighters are scrambled; some engage the enemy off the east coast – causing the fighters to withdraw – while others escort Defender into port.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 21 MARCH 1941
ROYAL NAVY Defender is bombed while exercising off Delimara Point; some splinter damage.
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron Maryland patrolled between Cape Bon and Sicily for shipping information to pass to submarines. Maryland photoreconnaissance Porto Empedocle.
KALAFRANA One Sunderland arrived from the Middle East.
2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT 6 conscript recruits joined the Battalion.
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