NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

24th April, 1941 : The Germans launch attacks against the British lines at Thermopylai. The British have been reinforced by Greek detachments who refuse to surrender. The German victory is rapid and complete.

German parachutists occupy the islands of Limnos, Thasos and Samothrace in the north-eastern Aegean.

The Italian 9th Army takes the Perati bridge and joins up with the German forces.

Bulgaria invades Greek territory.

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Earth’s Answer

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Blake (1757 – 1827)

 

Earth raised up her head

From the darkness dread and drear,

Her light fled,

Stony, dread,

And her locks covered with grey despair.

‘Prisoned on watery shore,

Starry jealousy does keep my den

Cold and hoar;

Weeping o’er,

I hear the father of the ancient men.

‘Selfish father of men!

Cruel, jealous, selfish fear!

Can delight,

Chained in night,

The virgins of youth and morning bear.

‘Does spring hide its joy,

When buds and blossoms grow?

Does the sower

Sow by night,

Or the ploughman in darkness plough?

‘Break this heavy chain,

That does freeze my bones around!

Selfish, vain,

Eternal bane,

That free love with bondage bound.’

From Songs of Experience

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

21st April, 1941 : The SS Adolf Hitler Division takes Ioannina, on the flank of the Greek line facing the Italians. At Larisa, the headquarters of the German 12 th Army (von List) , Greek plenipotentiaries sign the capitulation. Sixteen divisions lay down their arms. The news infuriates Mussolini, and on Hitler orders the ceremony has to be repeated two days later in a villa near Thessaloniki, with an Italian representative present.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

20th April, 1941 : Hammered by Stukas, the British retire on Nauplia, Kalamata and Monemvasia, the points fixed for their re-embarkation. The rear-guard holds firm at Thermopylai; their stand there last until the 24th. Greek forces in Epirus and Macedonia capitulate.

A strong British commando force tries to land at Bardia in an effort to bring relief to the defenders of Tobruk, but is driven off by the German-Italian forces. Rommel decides not to attack Tobruk again until he can use the 15th Armoured Division, which is on its way from Italy.

The Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, General Sir Archibald Wavell, asks Churchill for tank reinforcements to deal with the situation in Libya.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

18th April, 1941 : The German XVIII Army (mountain troops) forces the passage of the river Aliakmon against the resistance of the New Zealand 2nd Division; the Germans surround Mount Olympus and take the town of Larisa. The XL Motorised Corps completes the encircling operation, pressing on Florina and Trikkala. In this way a breach is opened between the left wing of the British expeditionary force and the right wing of the Greek forces. German troops pour through the gap.

The Greek Prime Minister Alexandros Korizis commits suicide.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

16th April, 1941 : The Germans occupy Sarajevo. The Italians take Antivari and Danilovgrad, while a landing party of the San Marco Regiment sizes the island of Krk.

At 2.20 p.m., off the Tunisian coast at the latitude of the Kerkenah shoals, a British destroyer flotilla attacks an Italian convoy of five ships with a destroyer escort. All the ships in the convoy and three of the escorting destroyers ( the Tarigo, Lampo and Baleno) are sunk. The British lose the destroyer Mohawk.

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Eldorado

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

  
                   Gaily bedight,
                   A gallant knight,
               In sunshine and in shadow,
                   Had journeyed long,
                   Singing a song,
               In search of Eldorado.

                   But he grew old-
                   This knight so bold-
               And o'er his heart a shadow
                   Fell as he found
                   No spot of ground
               That looked like Eldorado.

                   And, as his strength
                   Failed him at length,
               He met a pilgrim shadow-
                   "Shadow," said he,
                   "Where can it be-
               This land of Eldorado?"

                   "Over the Mountains
                   Of the Moon,
               Down the Valley of the Shadow,
                   Ride, boldly ride,"
                   The shade replied-
               "If you seek for Eldorado!"
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Theodore Roosevelt :-

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strongman stumbles, or where the doer of good deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

13th April, 1941 : Rommel says he wants to follow up his advance at least to Mersa Matruh, regardless of what happens in the Tobruk sector. But from Berlin he is recommended to consolidate on a line at Sollum, on Libyan-Egyptian frontier, and it is emphasised that he should use any possible means to eliminate the resistance of the British garrison in Tobruk.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

11th April, 1941 : Rommel launches a violent attack on Tobruk, using Italian Trento and Brescia divisions (attacking along the coast) and the German 5th Armoured Division. The besieged garrison is ready for all eventualities, and the surprise on which Rommel had counted is therefore negated. Inside the Tobruk perimeter besides the Australian 9th Division, are infantry brigade, anti-aircraft regiment and a tank regiment, under command of General Morshead. By the evening the attack by the Italians and Germans has been driven off.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

9th April, 1941 : With their line turned in the west by the German 2nd Armoured Division, which entered Greece from Yugoslavia and took Thessaloniki the previous night, the Greek army of the the Vardar or Axios (a river that flows into Greece from Yugoslavia and reaches the sea at Thessaloniki), commanded by General Bakopoulos, is forced, with the authority of the supreme command, to surrender. Seventy thousand men are taken prisoner. Fifteen German divisions push on towards the Aegean, where they come up against the rest of the Greek forces and the British expeditionary force.

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Vlastní podobizna

…from the quills of the dead white poets

 

Karel Toman (18771946)

Daleko v hlubokém lese

vyvěrá zpěvavý pramen.

Z tmy k světlu se rodí a třese

podsvětní píseň.

Život mě křtil vodou živou,

chuť hlubin a temnot mi vdechl.

Mám v krvi píseň tu lstivou

i její rytmus.

Sen zástupů v srdci mi zpívá,

vesmírná touha v něm bije.

A jen píseň tichá a zádumčivá

z mých slov zní k hvězdám.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

6th April, 1941 : Germans invade Yugoslavia and Greece. ‘Axis forces are on the march against Serbian treachery and the British threat,’ announce the Italian and German newspapers. German attack Yugoslavia without the formality of a declaration of war.

 German 2nd Army (von Weichs) advances on Belgrade from Austria and Hungary The 1 Armoured Group (von Kleist) advances from Bulgaria towards Nis in the north and Skopje and Monastir in the south, to prevent Yugoslav troops from joining up with the Greeks. On the very first day of hostilities they seize the Yugoslav bank of the Iron Gate, the rocky gorge through which the Danube flows along the frontier between Rumania and Yugoslavia between Orsova and Turnu-Severin. They also threaten Nis. The 12th Army (von List) attacks both in Yugoslavia towards Strumica and in Greece against the Metaxas Line. The Luftwaffe practically destroys the port of Piraeus.

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Democracy everywhere

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Spain has a problem – surplus of democracy. Verbally, that is. Democracy is in everyone’s mouth, be it the Left’s desired restrictions of internet or – Catalonia. Main stream media, directed by Soros and other manipulators, mostly disapprove the Catatonia’s push for independence. I have no opinion on the merits of the peoples’ movement but suspect that it is fomented by Catalonian politicians seeking larger share of the taxpayers’ money. I could be wrong.

The central government, naturally is strongly against any loss of its power and money. Catalonians conducted a referendum of sorts, possibly illegal, but with clear pro-independence result. The central, Madrid government responded with overwhelming police presence, obedient courts and massive propaganda, all in the name of democracy. Madrid then organised the elections and Catalonia still returned pro-independence parties. There are some politicians in jail and some in exile in other European Union countries. I would think that hiding from a repressive Spanish order in Merkel’s Germany is not particularly smart.

Obviously, democracy is not good when the masses do not want what the “elites” want. Even King Philip was at Davos waxing lyrical about democracy – and practically appealed to EU (possibly also to the paymaster Soros) for help against Catalonian deplorables. The word ‘populism’ is now in fashion almost like ‘racism’. Propaganda works. Latests polls showing slightly less enthusiasm for independence are the great joy for the central government.

BUT – when people will finally work it out that putting pieces of paper into plastic boxes would not change anything?

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

4th April, 1941 : From Agedabia, recaptured on 2nd April, Rommel unleashes his panzer.africaoffensive in Cyrenaica in three directions: to the north towards Benghazi, north-east to Msus and Mechili and eastwards to Ben Gama and Tengeder, thus threatening the British lines of communication. He has available the German 5th Light Motorised Division (which he sends partly in the direction of Msus and Mechili and partly, with the Italian Ariete Division, to Ben Gama and Tengeder) and the Italian Trento and Brescia Divisions, which he directs on Benghazi. To defend Libya the British commander, General Sir Philip Neame, has the 2nd Brigade, the 2nd Armoured Division, the Australian 9th Division and and Indian motorised brigade. General Neame has been ordered to withdraw in the event of a large-scale attack by the enemy, since there are no reinforcements. Rommel therefore meets with little or no resistance, and on the same day, 4th April, his troops enter Benghazi. In danger of being surrounded from the north, the British retire eastwards.

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Love And Death

…from the quills of dead white poets

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

I watched thee when the foe was at our side,

Ready to strike at him – or thee and me

Were safety hopeless – rather than divide

Aught with one loved save love and liberty.

 

I watched thee on the breakers where a rock

Received our prow and all was storm and fear,

And bade thee cling to me through every shock;

This arm would be thy bark, or breast thy bier.

 

I watched thee when the fever glazed thine eyes,

Yielding my couch and stretched me on the ground,

When overworn with watching ne’er to rise

From thence if thou and early grave hadst found.

 
The earthquake came, and rocked the quivering wall,

And men and nature reeled as if with wine.

Whom did I seek around the tottering hall?

For thee. Whose safety first prove for? Thine.

 

 

And when convulsive throes denied my breath

The faintest utterance to my fading thought,

To thee – to thee – e’en in the gasp of death

My spirit turned, oh! oftener than it ought.

 
Thus much and more; and yet thou lovs’t me not,

And never wilt! Love dwells not in our will

Nor can I blame thee, though it be my lot

To strongly, wrongly, vainly love thee still.

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Have interesting Easter

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

28th March, 1941 : UK civilian casualties to date: 28,859 killed, 40,166 seriously injured.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

27th March, 1941 : Revolution in Yugoslavia. Bloodless coup carried out by a group of air force officers led by the Chief of Staff, General Dusan Simovic. Former government leaders are arrested. The Council of Regency under Prince Paul is dismissed and Prince exiled. The seventeen year old son of the murdered King Alexander takes over as King Peter II. A government of national unity is set up under General Simovic, who as the one of his first acts signs a non-aggression pact with Moscow.

Hitler issues his Directive No.25, ordering the liquidation of Yugoslavia, a country which, since the military coup d’etat, ‘must be regarded as an enemy and therefore completely crushed as soon as possible’. The OKH prepares new plans for Operation Marita, making it necessary to defer Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union) from mid-May to the end of June.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

26th March, 1941 : Reconnaissance aircraft of the 10th Fliegerkorps based in Sicily warn the Italian naval command that the battleships Barham and Warspite and the aircraft Formidable are back in the naval base at Alexandria.

Demonstration against the signing of the Tripartite Pact break out all over Yugoslavia. Protests came from trade unions, peasants, the church and the army. Mr C.S.Amery, Secretary for Burma and India, broadcasts to Yugoslavia: “Will Yugoslavia sell her honour and liberty for a German promise?”

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