12 October 1941: Malta Signposts and Place Names to be Removed

12 Oct

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Orders have been issued for all signposts, milestones and place-names in Malta to be removed by 1 November. After this date military units are to report any such signposts in their area to their Headquarters.

In addition, all military posts which are booby-trapped are to be marked around their perimeter by small black noticeboards with a red cross, indicating the danger of entering the area. Troops have been warned that it is extremely dangerous to approach any military post marked by the noticeboards.


The RAF in Malta is struggling to accommodate the number of passengers stopping off en route between the Middle East and the UK, the Governor and Commander in Chief has told the War Office in London. The Island frequently receives several transit passengers a week who must be fed and often housed overnight while they await onward flights. 

Hospitality is currently provided by RAF messes is placing them under financial strain, as well as eating into the already restricted rations available on the Island. Especially affected is Kalafrana, home to the Sunderland Flying Boats which provide much of the transport.  The current allowance of £30 allocated to the Station for entertaining visitors is woefully inadequate to meet these needs, according to Lt Gen Dobbie.   

A separate hostel or hotel for transit passengers has been considered but ruled out as uneconomical, he adds in his telegram. Instead, he proposes that RAF messes continue to provide accommodation but their expenses should be made recompensed via the Air Officer Commanding Mediterranean.

The Governor and Commander in Chief will continue to accommodate distinguished passengers as has been the practice to date.


Military commanders are reminded today that it is now especially important to keep troops off cultivated land, as the sowing season in Malta has now begun. Paths which must be used will be limited to a width of not more than one foot and will skirt the walls of any cultivated area. 

Troops are to be reminded that short-cuts across fields are strictly forbidden; carts and motor vehicles must avoid crossing fields whenever possible. All poultry will also be locked up in pens, and not allowed to roam where they might damage newly-sown crops.


Weather  Fine and cool.

Noon  Two enemy aircraft approach the Island form the north. Two Hurricane fighters are scrambled but the raiders turn back and there is no interception.  The air raid alert is not sounded.


ROYAL NAVY  Rorqual arrived from Alexandria after minelaying in the Aegean en route. The submarine is expected to depart later this month for UK via Gibraltar. Sokol returned from patrol off Lampedusa, having seen an aircraft attack on a convoy at long range.

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Wellington. Departures 1 Beaufighter. 38 Squadron 7 Wellingtons attacked shipping in Tripoli Harbour. 69 Squadron 1 Maryland on shipping search of Ionian Sea; 1 Maryland on special search; 1 Maryland special patrol; photoreconnaissance Trapani harbour and aerodrome.  221 Squadron  1 Wellington on shipping search east Tunisian coast.  1 Wellington on shipping search north west of Tripoli. 

NORTHERN INFANTRY BRIGADE  A mine was washed up in shallow water near Il Parsot and rendered safe by naval experts.


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