In Sept 1935, the War Office decided to reinforce Malta as a precaution against an Italian invasion. The 14th Infantry Bde, made up of the 2nd/Lincolnshire Regiment, the 2nd/South Wales Borderers and the 1st/King's Own Scottish Borderers, arrived on 28 Sept as extra reinforcements.
The regiments marched to a hanger at RAF Kalafrana, where they stayed for the nine months duration of the crisis. Barbed wire surrounded all the island's bays and inlets; specially constructed boom defences guarded the Grand Harbour and Sliema harbours; additional air squadrons and anti-aircraft units arrived from England.
On 15 Oct, service families were evacuated from Malta. The emergency ended in May 1936 with the fall of Addis Ababa and the exile of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Abyssinia, to Palestine. On 16 June 1936, the League of Nations raised its sanctions against Italy and life in Malta returned to normal.