By Douglas Austin
This ebook is an incredible reassessment of a key element of British method and defence coverage within the first 1/2 the 20th century. . Its major subject matter is an research of the position of Malta in British army method, as deliberate and because it really constructed, within the interval among the mid-1920s and the tip of the struggle in North Africa in could 1943. It demonstrates that the now largely permitted trust that Malta was once written off as indefensible sooner than the struggle used to be wrong, and specializes in Maltas genuine wartime function within the Mediterranean struggle. Assessing the varied merits, many frequently neglected, that the British derived from retention of the island. The conclusions made problem contemporary assertions that Maltas contribution used to be of restricted price.
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With respect to this element in their terms of reference the DRC report stated: We recommend that this should not be interpreted to rule out the provision in certain localities of a limited amount of modern equipment required to enable personnel to be trained and exercised with modern weapons…. 56 With this limited relaxation of the condition set by the CID to allow training in the use of modern weapons, the JDC once more resumed its deliberations about Malta in April 1934, since Hankey had resolved to press on with the completion of an Interim Report.
The memorandum noted Malta’s current ‘air garrison’ of six naval co-operation aircraft, but made no proposals about a strengthening of this, confining its recommendations to that of reserving suitable sites for additional airfields. However, at the DOP’s meeting Squadron Leader Bottomley expressed the Air Staff’s opinion that it would be desirable ‘in order to make effective counter-attacks, to have at Malta three squadrons of bombers, or torpedo-bombers, two squadrons of fighters, and two flights of seaplanes’.
2-inch were to be converted from Mark V 15° to Mark VII 14 THE BASE AT MALTA IN THE 1920S 35° mountings, which would more than double their range from 14,000 to 29,000 yards and also increase their arc of fire. The War Office paper also proposed the installation of 16 3-inch anti-aircraft guns to protect the dockyard, but the navy member objected that this was inadequate given the limited range and ceiling of this weapon. 7-inch gun, although this was still in the experimental stage. The threats to Malta from air attack and invasion were considered at the DOP’s second meeting on 19 July 1928.