The event will include the commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of outbreak of WW II, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939. Although Malta formed part of the British Empire, it wasn’t on the front-line until Fascist Italy declared war on the Allies on 10 June, 1940, and the first bombs were dropped the following day.
The event will also include the commemoration of remembrance day 11-11-1918, when Malta pays tribute to the fallen servicemen and civilians of the two world wars. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Empire and Dominions. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, 11 November, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The programme is as follows:
Throughout the event - 'How the soldier went to war in 1939', a display of original artefacts, uniforms and firearms of the major powers from the beginning of the war.
09.15 – 10.30 hours – Patrols and drill practice
11.00 hours – Remembrance drill, moment of silence
11.30 – 13.30 hours – Equipment and weapon showcase for the public, cleaning and maintenance of items in a historical manner
14.30 hours – "talk “Polizeipistolen und Taschenpistolen” 90th anniversary of the Walther PP and PPK 1929-2019"
15.30 – 16.30 hours – Reenactment, air raid siren played by a member of the ARP, talk about ARP behaviour/Role and their equipment and relation to civilians, firing of present weapons (MG’s as AA)
Price: €5 per person