NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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

14th November, 1941 : The Germans line up for the second phase of the battle for Moscow, but they are running short of equipment. Guderian has to transform one of his armoured corps, whose establishment calls for 350 tanks into a ‘brigade’ of barely 50 effective tanks.

A terrible fire breaks out in the engine room of the Ark Royal, putting the pumps out of action, At about 6 o’clock the ship sinks.

British air raids on Catania, Brindisi and Acireale cause casualties and damage.

The USA orders evacuation of their marines from Shanghai,Peking and Tientsin.

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The Absent-Minded Beggar

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

When you’ve shouted “Rule Britannia,” when you’ve sung “God save the Queen,”
   When you’ve finished killing Kruger with your mouth,
Will you kindly drop a shilling in my little tambourine
   For a gentleman in khaki going South?
He’s an absent-minded beggar, and his weaknesses are great –
   But we and Paul must take him as we find him –
He is out on active service, wiping something of a slate –
   And he’s left a lot of little things behind him!
Duke’s son – cook’s son – son of a hundred kings –
   (Fifty thousand horse and foot going to Table Bay!)
Each of ‘em doing his country’s work
   (and who’s to look after his things?)
Pass the hat for your credit’s sake, 
                                      and pay – pay – pay!

There are girls he married secret, asking no permission to,
   For he knew he wouldn’t get it if he did.
There is gas and coals and vittles, and the house-rent falling due,
   And it’s more than rather likely there’s a kid.
There are girls he walked with casual. They’ll be sorry now he’s gone,
   For and absent-minded beggar they will find him,
But it ain’t the time for sermons with the winter coming on.
   We must help the girl that Tommy’s left behind him!
Cook’s son – Duke’s son – son of a belted Earl –
   Son of Lambeth publican – it’s all the same today!
Each of them doing the country’s work
   (and who’s to look after the girl?)
Pass the hat for your credit’s sake,
                                      and pay – pay – pay!

They are families by thousands, far too proud to beg or speak,
   And they’ll put their sticks and bedding up the spout,
And they’ll live on half o’ nothing, paid ‘em punctual once a week,Cause the man that earns the wage is ordered out.
He’s an absent-minded beggar, but he heard his country call,
   And his reg’ment didn’t need to send to find him!
He chucked his job and joint it – so the job before us all
   Is to help the home that Tommy’s left behind him!
Duke’s job – cook’s job – gardener, baronet, groom,
   Mew’s or palace or paper-shop, there’s someone gone away!
Each of ‘em doing his country’s work
   (and who’s to look after the room?)
Pass the hat and for your credit’s sake,
                                       and pay – pay – pay!

Let us manage so as later, we can look him in the face,
   And tell him – what he’d very much prefer –
That, while he saved the Empire, his employer saved his place,
   And his mates (that’s you and me) looked out for her.
He’s and absent-minded beggar and he may forget it all,
   But we do not want his kiddies to remind him
That we sent ‘em to the workhouse while their daddy hammered Paul,
   So we’ll help the homes that Tommy left behind him!
Cook’s home  - Duke’s home – home of millionaire,
   (Fifty thousand horse and foot going to Table Bay!)
Each of ‘em doing his country’s work
   (and what have you got to spare?)
Pass the hat for your credit’s sake 
                                      and pay – pay – pay!
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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.

12th November, 1941 : Final plans are laid for the culminating offensive against Moscow: the II Panzergruppe (Guderian), with the 2nd army protecting its flank, is to advance from Tula towards Kolmna; 4th Army is to attack frontally in order to engage the maximum number of Soviet forces; the III Panzergruppe (Hoth) and IV Panzergruppe (Hoeppner), covered on the left flank by the 9th Army, is to cross the Moscow-Volga canal and outflank Moscow to the north and then turn south-east to join up with the Guderian’s force.

The temperature is 12° bellow zero; next day it falls even lower. Many Germans suffer from frostbite.

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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 November, 1941 : In the southern sector the Russians counter-attack powerfully. An Italian regiment (the 80th, in the Pasubio Division) narrowly escapes encirclement by Soviet division.

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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.

7th November, 1941 : Central sector: during the night it freezes. No longer held by the mud, the Germans prepare to resume their offensive against Moscow; but soon ‘General Vinter’ will be holding them up once more.

The ‘Lend-Lease’ Act is extended to the USSR, though in fact the USA has been sending aid to the Russians since September. Between 1 October 1941 and 31 May 1945 the USA sends 2,660 ships to the Soviet Union, with 15,239,791 tons of foodstuffs and materials – most of all trucks, but also tanks, locomotives and complete chemical plants.

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Charlatans

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“Ye, Who Would More Of Spain…”

…from the quills of dead white poets

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

 

(From “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” Canto One)

LXXXVII

Ye, who would more of Spain and Spaniards know,

Go, read whate’er is writ of bloodiest strife:

Whate’er keen Vengeance urged on foreign foe

Can act, is acting there against man’s life:

From flashing scimitar to secret knife,

War mouldeth there each weapon to his need –

So may he guard the sister and the wife,

So may he make each curst oppressor bleed –

So may such foes deserve the most remorseless deeds!

LXXXVIII

Flows there a tear of Pity for the dead?

Look o’er the ravage of the reeking plain;

Look on the hands with female slaughter red;

Then to the dogs resign the unburied slain,

Then to the vulture let each corpse remain,

Albeit unworthy of the prey-bird’s maw;

Let their bleached bones, and blood’s unbleaching stain,

Long mark the battle-field with hideous awe:

Thus only may our sons conceive the scenes we saw.

XC

Not all the blood at Talavera shed,

Not all the marvels of Barossa‘s fight,

Not Albuera lavish of the dead,

Have won for Spain her well asserted right.

When shall her Olive-Branch be free from blight?

When shall she breathe her from the blushing toil?

How many a doubtful day shall sink in night.

Ere the Frank robber turn him from his spoil,

And Freedom’s stranger-tree grow native of the soil!

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Wishful thinking

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

If the following survey resembles the truth at least to some extent, something not to be taken for granted nowadays, the Americans are not as divided in their concerns as the media like to show and Soros at al wishes.

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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.

31st October, 1941 : The Luftwaffe carries out at least 45 air raids on Moscow in a single day.

In the extreme north of Finland, German mountain troops under General Dietl (but who come under the command of the commander-in-chief of the occupation forces in Norway, General von Falkenhorst) make a thrust towards Murmansk, but are soon firmly checked by the Russians. In central Finland there are two German divisions of XXXVI Army Corps in action, while Finnish troops are operating from the area of Salla to Karelian isthmus, though their offensive thrust is becoming exhausted.

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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.

30th October, 1941 : Southern sector: the siege of the fortress of Sevastopol begins. It is to last another eight months.

Moscow radio admits that the town of Tula is in danger.

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“Yet Here, Laertes!…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Shakespeare (15641616)

 

(From “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”)

Yet here, Laertes! Aboard, aboard, for

The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,

And you are stay’d for. There, — my blessing with you!

And these few precepts in thy memory

See thou character. – Give thy thoughts no tongue,

Nor any unproportion’d thought his act.

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.

The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,

Graplle them to thy soul with hoops of steel;

But do not dull your palm with entertainment

Of each new-hatch’d, unfledg’d comrade. Beware

Of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in,

Bear’t that the opposed may beware of thee.

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice:

Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy:

For the apparel oft proclaims the man;

And they in France of the best rank and station

Are most select and generous chief in that.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be:

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

This above all: — to thine ownself be true;

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!

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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 October, 1941 : Southern sector: after ten days of fierce fighting the German 11th Army occupies the whole of the Crimea except for the fortress of Sevastopol. The whole industrial area of the southern Soviet Union is now in German hands.

Formation of a ‘Jeanne d’Arc Legion in France to fight with the Germans in Russia is reported.

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Silence

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)


There are some qualities- some incorporate things,

That have a double life, which thus is made

A type of that twin entity which springs

From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.

There is a two-fold Silence- sea and shore-

Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,

Newly with grass o’ergrown; some solemn graces,

Some human memories and tearful lore,

Render him terrorless: his name’s “No More.”

He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!

No power hath he of evil in himself;

But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)

Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,

That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod

No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!


							
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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 October, 1941 : Pressure on Moscow continues without respite. The Germans advance to within 65 miles of the city. The Russians throw all available forces into the fight. All looters and black marketeers are to be executed without trial. Up to this date the Russians have lost 600,000 square miles of territory, with a population of 65 million. According to German sources, only partly denied, the Russians have lost 3,200,000 prisoners of war besides an unknown number of dead, 19,000 tanks, 28,000 guns and 14,600 aircraft. Some of this material has been destroyed, some captured by the enemy. t-34-tank.infantryAnd still, thanks to the fresh forces brought in from beyond the Urals and the tanks they are feverishly turning out from factories in Moscow and from those transported to the other side of the Urals (plus the ‘scorched earth’ policy in front of the invader) Soviet commanders are able to organise counter-attacks everywhere. The T-34 and other heavy Soviet tanks inflict heavy losses on the enemy. Their wide tracks prevent them from sinking in the mud, whereas the German tanks often get stuck.

In Moscow 500,000 people, men and woman are mobilised and in a record time construct a formidable ring of fortifications, digging 5,000 miles of trenches and anti-tank ditches. Putting up 185 miles of barbed wire and making barriers out of felled trees.

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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 October, 1941 :Mozhaysk, east of Moscow, one of the key points in the Soviet defence system, falls to Hoeppner’s Panzergruppe.

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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 October, 1941 : In the souther sector German and Rumanian troops capture Odessa after a two months’ siege.

In the northern sector the Germans take Vaidal.

This is the day of the bolshoi drap, the ‘great panic’ , in Moscow. The people finally realize that the Germans are at their gates and, not least on account of the reports of atrocities committed by the enemy (though exaggerated for propaganda purposes), all who can flee to the east. Many of the People’s Commissars and all the diplomatic corps are evacuated to Kuibishev, beyond the Volga. Disorder and looting in the city.

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“I’m Hamlet Now…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alexandr Alexandrovich Blok (1880 – 1921)

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I’m Hamlet now. Freezes blood,

When the perfidy waves laces,

While love is first – and lives in heart

For her – the one in times and spaces.

Ophelia, my dear friend,

You got away by cold fierce,

And, Prince, I’m dying in my land,

With poisoned swords in fighting pierced.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, January, 1995 – March, 2002

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…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Soros’ Christmas Dream

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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 October, 1941 : Russians evacuate Vyazma. Luftwaffe makes violent raids on railway communications round Moscow. Pressure by the Army Group Centre on Moscow continues, but the Russians defend the Mozhaysk line very vigorously.

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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.

12th October, 1941 : Bryansk evacuated by Russians. Women and children start being moved from Moscow. In the central sector the Germans take Kaluga, some 100 miles south-west of Moscow, an important rail centre on the Moscow-Kiev line. The Germans begin the liquidation of the Soviet troops cut off in the Wyazma and Bryansk pockets. The bulk of Timoshenko’s forces are wiped out; about 660,000 men are taken prisoner.

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