20 March 1941: German Forces Preparing to Invade Gozo

Malta: War Diary

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Citadel, Victoria, Gozo Citadel, Victoria, Gozo


Information has been received by Malta high command that Gozo is the expected landing point for an enemy invasion. Reliable intelligence sources have confirmed that a German landing battalion with full boat and ferry equipment is heading for the central Mediterranean.  The force is expected to arrive on 26 March and to be ready for use ten days later.  There are also reported to be a number of flat-bottomed boats in Sicily of the type used for landing troops.  The quantity does not seem sufficient for a landing on Malta but it is thought a landing may be attempted on Gozo.

It is believed the enemy is preparing to carry out a reconnaissance of…

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