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4 November 1941: Cluster Bombs Criticised in The Times

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“IT IS REMINISCENT OF THE BORGIA MENTALITY OF POISONING THE ENEMY IF ONE CANNOT GET AT HIM IN A SQUARE FIGHT.”

Times of Malta, Tuesday 4 November 1941

Main streets of Valletta were scattered with ‘Thermos’ anti-personnel bombs

“In a recent raid the enemy adopted cowardly tactics in attacking civilians.  Well aware from the publicity given in the world Press of the safety afforded by our rock shelters, an enemy raider, which met the fate it deserved, dropped a comparatively large number of mickie-mouse bombs or booby traps, which did not explode on impact with the ground as they fell, but which became highly dangerous when handled by inexperienced persons.  Among their victims were two young boys and a woman.

It appears that the Police during and after the raid found a large number of these small unexploded bombs.  Some foolish acts were committed.  These dangerous missiles were picked up and carried to the Police Station, where they were lined up in a row.  It was sheer luck that there were no casualties among the Police who cleared the streets of these explosives; they seemed to have a charmed life.

Indubitably the Police exceeded their instructions when they handled these bombs; their quick clearance, however, fortunately without fatal accidents to the Force, undoubtedly saved life, for these bombs, lying about in the street, would have been a deadly trap for unsuspecting persons and children proceeding to and from the shelters during the night’s air raids.  These booby traps are dastardly weapons, likely to prove fatal to the inexperienced.  It is reminiscent of the Borgia mentality of poisoning the enemy if one cannot get at him in a square fight.  It lays a trap for civilians in the street, when they cannot be reached in the shelters.”

AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 5 NOVEMBER 1941

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 1941

ROYAL NAVY  Trusty returned from patrol off Cephalonia, having sunk one ship and gathered much useful information.

AIR HQ  107 Squadron  Six Blenheims Luqa carried out search for convoy.  185 Squadron 2 Hurricanes on offensive patrol over Sicily.  A train was successfully attacked and put out of action.  Many signal boxes on the railway line between Noto and Cape Passero were shot up.  A factory west of Pazzallo was also attacked with no visible results.  Weather 10/10 cloud at 6000/8000 feet.  828 Squadron Fleet Air Arm  5 Albacores attacked the submarine base at Augusta. Owing to bad weather only two of the five reached the target.  Military barracks were bombed causing a fire.  All aircraft returned safely.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Reported 0; dealt with 14(13 x Thermos; 1 x 2kg incendiary).

 

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