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

18th June, 1941 : German aircraft bomb the British troops retiring from Halfaya Pass. British aircraft have again raided Benghazi.

Syria – Damascus encircled. General Wilson appeals to General Dentz to evacuate Vichy forces.

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“I Was Born In the Right Time…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966)

1913

I was born in the right time, in whole,

Only this time is one that is blessed,

But great God did not let my poor soul

Live without deceit on this earth.

And therefore, it’s dark in my house,

And therefore, all of my friends,

Like sad birds, in the evening aroused,

Sing of love, that was never on land.

 

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, August, 2000

Edited by Dmitry Karshtedt, February, 2001

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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15th June, 1941 : The start of Operation Battleaxe in Cyrenaica – the operation by which General Wavell hopes to reduce the pressure of the Axis troops on Tobruk, and possibly even relieve the fortress. While the military situation at Tobruk is more or less unchanged, logistically things are growing gradually but definitely more difficult. This is what Rommel is mainly relying on, as a letter written at this time shows: ‘There is great shortage of water in Tobruk; the British troops only get half a litre a day. With the help of our bombers I hope to be able to cut down this ration still further. The heat is getting worse every day and doesn’t do anything to make you less thirsty.’

88mmThe British plan is to attack Halfaya Pass frontally, to occupy the Hafid Ridge, employing the 7th Armoured Brigade, and for the the 4th Armoured Brigade and the 4th Indian Division to encircle Fort Capuzzo and Sollum. By the evening the British have already taken Fort Capuzzo and the fortified position on the Hafid Ridge known as Hill 208. At Halfaya Pass the attacking forces are driven back by German artillery fire; the 88-mm anti-aircraft guns wreak havoc among the British tanks.

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The end of their world

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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13th June, 1941 : TASS news agency denies rumours of growing tensions between Germany and the USSR.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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12thJune, 1941 : The port of Assab in southern Eritrea is occupied by an Anglo-Indian naval force ; it has already been evacuated by the Italian troops. In the area of Gondar, west of Amba Alagi, the British continue their attack, and heavy British artillery bombardment is directed on the troops defending Debra Tabor.

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Winter

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Shakespeare (15641616)

 

When icicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,

And Tom bears logs into the hall,

And milk comes frozen home in pail,

When blood is nipp’d and ways be foul,

Then nightly sings the staring owl,

Tu-whit;

Tu-who, a merry note,

While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,

And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,

And birds sit brooding in the snow,

And Marion’s nose looks red and raw,

When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,

Then nightly sings the staring owl,

Tu-whit;

Tu-who, a merry note,

While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

(From “Love’s Labour’s Lost”)

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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8th June, 1941 : Imperial and Free French forces enter Syria and Lebanon and attack French garrisons loyal to the Vichy government. The Vichy forces (45,000 men under the command of General Dentz) put up a strenuous resistance to the invasion. Vichy government sends a note of protest, denying collaboration with Germans in Syria.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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6th June, 1941 : Law is passed in the United States permitting the government to requisition foreign merchant ships idle in US ports.

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Let’s hope so

 

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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 June, 1941 : Crete -the balance-sheet of the bloody fighting can now be drawn up. The Allied forces have lost 16,583 men (8,200 British, 3,376 Australian and 2,996 New Zealand army personnel and 2,011 men of the Royal Navy). The Germans have lost 3,714 dead and missing and about 2,500 wounded.

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“Bring Me an Axe and Spade…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Blake (1757 – 1827)

 

Bring me an axe and spade,

Bring me a winding sheet;

When I my grave have made,

Let winds and tempests beat:

Then down I lie, as cold as clay.

True love doth pass away!

(A fragment from “Song”)

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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1st June, 1941 :The battle of Crete is virtually over, though the last embarkation of British and Anzac troops is carried out during the night. For those left isolated or abandoned, the only choice is to surrender or to move up into the hills to carry on guerrilla operations.

British troops enter Baghdad.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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30th May, 1941 : A report by the Italian Supreme Command considers an attack in force on the fortress of Tobruk to be ‘inadvisable': ‘Unless the enemy forces receive substantial reinforcements is it felt that the situation can be regarded with calm… Only in the event of the enemy receiving large reinforcements, with obvious aggressive intention, and we ourselves receiving only modest reinforcements (or none at all), could the situation be reversed and become sufficiently dangerous to make it necessary for us to raise the siege of Tobruk.’

Pro-Axis Iraqui revolt collapses.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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28th May, 1941 : General Ringel, not realising how desperate a state the enemy is in, instead of moving all his troops to the south of the island where the British are assembling for evacuation, concentrates them in the north towards Retimo and Heraklion, ordering his mountain troops to support the attacks on those two places. The embarkation of the British begins under the cover of darkness and lasts until the night of 1-2 June. In the course of it the anti-aircraft cruiser Calcutta and the destroyers Greyhound, Hereward and Imperial are lost.

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The Bacchic Song

...from the quills of the dead white poets

Aleksandr Pushkin (1799 – 1837)

Why hushed you, O, gaiety’s voice?

Resound, the hymns of the Bacchus!

Long live they, who ever had loved us –

The beautiful women and sweet, gentle girls!

Let glasses be full with wines’ gold!

To bottom, that rings,

The sacred gold rings

Let fall through the wine, sweet and cold.

Raise higher your glasses and move them right now!

Long live airy muses, and brightness of brow!

You, hallowed sun, flare on!

Like this icon-lamp is a-paling

In light of the growing dawn,

So all false sagacity’s dimming and failing

By great endless sun of the mind.

Long live holy sun, and let dark die behind.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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26th May, 1941 : Seeing how the situation has deteriorated, Freyberg tells Wavell that in his view the only course left is to evacuate the island and save at least part of the Allied force.

The British aircraft carrier Formidable is seriously damaged by dive-bombers and has to be sent to American dockyards for repair.

Hammered by artillery and aircraft and under violent pressure by the German troops, the British have to retire eastwards to Mournies, while the Greeks withdraw inland to the south.

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25th May, 1941 : The Germans now really go over to the offensive. Their objectives are Alikianou, from which they can advance and cut the main road to the island south of Suda Bay, Galatas, south-west of Canea, and the village of Carceni, near Galatas. In the evening they take the position at Galatas, despite British counter-attack with the bayonet; they lose it for a while but re-take it after savage fighting. Inland they fail to reach their objective at Alikianou, tenaciously defended by the Greek 8 th Regiment.

King George of the Hellenes and his ministers escape from Crete to Egypt.

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Madness in Hawaii

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Some time ago Mark Steyn wrote about troubles he encountered when entering USA from Canada with supposedly dangerous Kinder eggs for his children. Mark moved to US, his children grew up, but the nanny state flourishes. From chocolates to artificial “intelligence” vehicles, the rulers infantilize the society in a hope that the deplorables would leave them alone. No need to think, we are here to do it for you.

One day a sunscreen is almost compulsory, the other day corals will die because of it and it is your fault. Don’t you feel guilty? Even Gaia says so.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/03/coral-before-people-hawaii-bans-popular-sunscreen-products/

Hawaii-vulcano-Kilauea

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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.

23th May, 1941 : Hurricane aircraft equipped with supplementary fuel tanks attack Maleme airfield. Some manage to land at Heraklion, under fire by the Germans, but not for long; that same day the first German fighters succeed in landing at Maleme.

General Ringel, in command of the German operations in Crete, receives reinforcements of mountain troops and decides to clean up the whole western part of the island. The British have formed a defensive line running from the coast to the hills, in the area near Gatalas. Ringel decides to split the forces in the Maleme sector in two; the paratroops are to attack along the northern coastal road while the mountain infantry move south into the rough interior to take the British in the flank. The same evening the ‘western group’ joins up with the 3rd Parachute Regiment at Canea.

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