30 September 1940: 1000 Troops Disembark in Malta

30 Sep

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HMS Gloucester enters Malta (1)

HMS Gloucester enters Malta (1)


HMS Gloucester and HMS Liverpool detached from the remaining ships of Operation MB5 this evening and headed for Malta to deliver personnel, guns, ammunition and other stores for Malta. The two cruisers entered Grand Harbour at 2200 hrs tonight. For most of the troops, this was the end of a long journey round the African Cape to Egypt and from there through the Eastern Mediterranean. These are the first reinforcements since Italy declared war on the Allies in June.

The new personnel are:

  • Royal Army Service Corps 3 officers 16 OR
  • Royal Artillery 27 Ack Ack Battery: 7 officers, 247 other ranks (OR)
  • Royal Artillery: 1 officer, 1 OR
  • Royal Corps of Signals: 49 OR
  • Royal Engineers: 3 OR
  • 2nd Bn Devonshire Regiment: 5 officers 221 OR
  • 1st Bn Dorsetshire Regiment: 4 officers 112 OR
  • 2nd Bn Royal West Kent Regiment: 3 officers 164 OR
  • 8th Bn Manchester Regiment: 7 officers 72 OR
  • 2nd Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers 9 officers 147 OR


Weather  South westerly wind; heavy seas.


ROYAL NAVY Operation MB5 successfully completed. Liverpool and Gloucester arrived and sailed after disembarking stores and personnel.

KALAFRANA One draft of 18 locally trained airmen left for Middle East. Due to a heavy swell, the Sunderlands of 228 and 230 Squadrons were forced to operate from St Paul’s Bay. Marine Craft and other services were sent from Kalafrana in support. Two Sunderlands on long reconnaissance patrols obtain important information and photographs. They also shadow an enemy fleet.

2nd Bn DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT  Reinforcements arrived Bn.

1st Bn DORSETSHIRE REGIMENT  Reinforcements arrived Bn. Officers names as 2/Lt P E H Dale, 2/Lt L T Morris, 2/Lt E E Lushington, 2/Lt K H R Johnson. Strengths now 29 officers, 850 Other Ranks, 2 RAOC. 1 officer, 52 Other Ranks 8th Bn Manchester Regt attached.

HARBOUR FIRE COMMAND Strength: Royal Malta Artillery 3 officers, 126 other ranks; Royal Engineers 1 officer, 6 other ranks; MAC 2 members.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB A drawing showing the method suggested for adapting German and Italian bombs for use as anti-tank mines was forwarded to the Assistant Director of Ordnance Services.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS Reinforcements arrived by warship, disembarked and taken by bus to Pembroke. Kit will arrive tomorrow.


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