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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O heavens, heavens,

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Osip Mandelshtam 1891 -1938

O heavens, heavens, see you in my dreams!
It is impossible -- you had become so blind,
And day was burned as if a page  -- to rims:
Some smoke and ashes, one could later find.
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Here we go

From Mark Steyn The Shadow over our heads: “…Herr Sellner’s speech is plainer-spoken, yet temperate and sobering. It is also withering about the state of free speech in a land that did much to spread the concept around the globe and is now in the forefront of destroying it. As evidence of that, a fourth person was deported from Britain merely because a copy of this speech was found in his luggage. So I reproduce it here because I think our UK readers should be interested to hear what an allegedly conservative government will not allow them to hear. Perhaps one day it will be as famous as, say, Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham Jail. Or perhaps the enablers and appeasers of Islamic supremacism will do such a thorough job that no trace of Herr Sellner’s existence will remain in Austria or anywhere else in Europe:

Dear Friends, dear Britons, dear lovers of free speech.

I assume you all are lovers of free speech because you have come to Speakers’ Corner.

You might not understand all the fuss happening today around this speech. Honestly, I don’t understand it either.

My name is Martin Sellner. I am an Austrian patriot, and at the moment, I’m sitting in a detention cell in Colnbrook Bypass near Heathrow. My smartphone was taken and my girlfriend Brittany was separated from me. I currently don’t know where she is. We will be deported on Sunday.

Five minutes ago, they unlocked our cells and my fellow inmates are gathering in the prison wing. They are mostly illegals and eastern European criminals.

What brought me into this situation? What was my crime?

My crime was that I wanted to be here with you, to speak at Speakers’ Corner.

But let’s start with the beginning. I was invited by UKIP to present my movement at an event last Autumn. I represent Generation Identity — a patriotic European youth movement that is raising awareness about mass immigration and Islamisation.

Far-left people call us right-wing, people who want to shut free speech down call us “fascist,” and folks who hate their own culture call us “racist.”

In reality, we are just a group of young patriots fed up with the system, the mainstream press and lying politicians. We use peaceful activism to make our voices heard, and contrary to our friends on the radical left, who are probably swarming you right now, we never wear masks.

From Paris to Rome, from Vienna to London, we fight peacefully but without compromise for our freedom, our homelands, and our identity!

This is what I wanted to speak about in Autumn. But the conference was cancelled due to threats from the radical left. The venue would not take the risk. So they rescheduled it for March, this time keeping the venue secret — but again the terror of the left prevailed, and the venue dropped out.

But this time I did not want to let them win! It was about principles! (Also, our flights were already booked.)

My last refuge was Speakers’ Corner. I remembered my mother telling me about that special place when I was a child. It seemed almost magical to me. A place where everyone, without exception, could just stand on a box and start to speak to those who wanted to listen. I have always loved this tradition of Speakers’ Corner, which seemed very British to me.

But I came only to see that this tradition — the tradition of freedom of speech in the United Kingdom — is dead.

Your Country is blocking you from challenging ideas from the outside. This is a disgrace to our democracy!

I should be speaking in a neat, warm conference room right now, and you should be sitting in comfortable chairs. Instead, I’m in my cell and you are on the street in a standoff with the enemies of freedom of speech.

And this is very telling! Today there is a war going on for our freedom of speech. This war is being fought on the streets, by you!

Every man and woman showing her face today, standing shoulder to shoulder, is standing up against a new totalitarianism that has been growing for far too long. You can be proud of yourself. You might not even agree with me on every point — you are simply giving a statement that I should have the right to speak my mind freely.

I would love to be among you now. They prevented me from it. They locked up the speaker, but I know that the speech will find a way through the iron bars. It will find a way to you and you are going to hear what you government so desperately wants to protect you from.

Those words which they consider more harmful to you than rape gangs or terrorists who are let into your country again and again.

I’m going to tell you something nobody has told you before. It’s the biggest, most obvious secret of our media our politicians and our powerholders: People of Britain, you are being replaced.

There has always been immigration in your history. People coming in, assimilating.

But what’s happening today is different: You are being replaced by massive Muslim immigration.

You see it everywhere: in London, in Manchester, but also already in the little countryside towns. A big replacement is going on.

And let me tell you: your politicians have no plan, no vision and no idea how to deal with the problems that come along. Problems like you have seen in Telford, Rotherham, and on Westminster Bridge.

All across Europe, there is a shadow hanging over our heads. The French are whispering about in the Metro, the Germans murmuring about it when they feel unwatched, Italians look left and right, and if nobody is listening they tell you: “I don’t feel at home anymore in my street. We are becoming foreigners in our own country.”

And again and again I hear: “We are not allowed to talk about it.”

And that’s the bizarre drama of the “Strange death of Europe.” We are being replaced, conquered by radical Islam, and we are not allowed to talk about it!

Dear Britons, defenders of free speech. Out of my cell in Colnbrook, I want to ask you something. Be honest and raise your hands.

Who among of you has ever been in the following situation: You grab a beer after work, or you are visiting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time, or you meet other children’s parents at school — and suddenly the conversation moves to politics: radical Islam, immigration.

Who of you in this very moment was faced with the decision between speaking his mind and facing problems, or complying and staying silent?

Raise your hands and be honest.

I will not be able to see the results, but every single hand is too much. This amount of fear should not exist in a society. Speech that has social costs and severe consequences is no longer free. It has a price — and our Government and the Antifa are working everyday to raise that price.

No freedom of speech means no democracy. In front of our very eyes this country is becoming a tyranny, shutting all debates about immigration down, until demographics solves the issue by replacement. People of the UK. I might be in a cell right now, but you all are in a cell. It’s the prison of fear and silence your government and the PC tyranny has locked you in since the days of your childhood.

I ask you, I command you, break free!

Patriots of the UK: come out of the closet. Make your dissent visible by visible acts of resistance that inspire others. I know for certain that millions in the UK think like me. Those millions should be on the street now.

We need a coming out of the silent majority, or Britain is lost. We need a free, open and honest debate about immigration, Islam and demographics, so we can sort these problems out together.

And I know that the force is still in you. With your Brexit vote you stunned the world! The will and the life of the British nation is not broken.

Initially, I asked if freedom of speech is dead in the UK. You, every one of you who came today, is a living sign that the tradition of the UK is not dead! You are the livley tradition of your nation, saving its face before history.

People of the UK — remember who you are! Remember your glorious past, you are sons and daughters of knights, kings, explorers, philosophers and artists. Who is the sovereign in this country?

Is it big money?

The mainstream media?

The politicians?

It’s you — the people. You, the silent and invisible majority who said NO during Brexit. You can say NO again — no to Islamisation, no to mass immigration, and no to the great replacement.

And YES to your identity — yes to your security, yes to your heritage and the future for your children.

And all this is impossible without to freedom of speech.

I know, if these words will find their way to the UK and even to Speakers’ Corner, it will be victory for our cause.

If they did, and if you are hearing them now, I tell you: go further on that winning street. Don’t be afraid because we have an ally that is unbeatable: Truth.

The battle, our battle for freedom of speech, has just begun, and Speakers’ Corner will become a symbolic place in that struggle.

When you go home know I want you to bring the spirit of Speakers’ Corner with you.

Every single person who raised his hand because he could relate to this moment of fear, when he did not dare to speak his mind.

Promise me: Next time I will overcome my inner fear. Next time I will speak up!

~by Martin Sellner

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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 March, 1941 : The Italian General Gariboldi takes over as the new Governor of Libya and Commander-in-Chief of the Italian forces in North Africa, in place of General Graziani, who asked Mussolini on 8th February to replace him.

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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.

19th March, 1941 : Admiral Weichold, representative of the German navy at the Italian supreme command headquarters in Rome, sends a letter to the Chief of Staff of the Italian navy, Admiral Arturo Riccardi, suggesting that the Italians should attack in force in the eastern Mediterranean; he has learnt that in the British naval base at Alexandria only one battleship, the Valiant, is war-ready.

The Germans issue what amounts to an ultimatum to Yugoslavia, giving them only five days to decide about the demands made by Hitler to Prince Paul on 4th March.

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