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6 April 1942: Malta Troops to Carry Arms Off Duty

06 Apr

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ALL RANKS TO BE CONSTANTLY ARMED IN CASE OF INVASION

Soldiers with small arms New orders have now been issued in view of the continuing threat of parachute landings. All ranks of all units are to carry arms and small arms ammunition (SAA) when on duty.  When on leave they will carry arms but no SAA.  When the general alarm sounds, SAA will be issued from a designated point and men will be sent back to their units by motor transport.  Personnel will return to the nearest Company of their Battalion.

CURRENT SMALL ARMS STOCKS IN MALTA

  • Rifles No 1 Mk III/III* 16403
  • Machine guns Bren 623
  • Machine guns Lewis 549
  • Machine guns Vickers 281
  • Machine guns Besa 8
  • Mortars 115

NEW FERRY SAFETY MEASURES DUE TO DANGER OF MINES

Owing to the danger of mines all troops making use of the ferry services have been ordered to wear a life belt. These will be kept on boats during the crossing and left on board at the end of each journey.  Troops must remove their equipment and loosen their jacket before putting on the life belt.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 6 APRIL TO DAWN 7 APRIL 1941

Weather  Fine; very windy.

No air raids.

Military casualties Lance Bombardier Gerald Davies, 190 Battery, 10 HAA Regiment, Royal Artillery, (6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment).

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 6 APRIL 1941

AIR HQ 69 Squadron Reconnaissance of Genoa and Palermo not completed due to bad weather. Maryland on reconnaissance eastern Tunisian coast for enemy shipping. 

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB reported 2.

 

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