NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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

23rd October, 1940 : Hitler meets General Franco at Hendaye. Hitler promises Spain Gibraltar in return for intervention in the war.

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Konečně je to možná věc

…from the quills of the dead white poets

František Gellner (1881 -1914)

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Konečně je to možná věc,

že ještě něčím budu.

Do Afriky se vypravím

dobývat zlatou rudu.

A nebude-li ze mne nic,

co tulák bez profese

budu se s šelmami o závod

prohánět po pralese.

Za ženu vezmu si gorilu.

Myslím, že shodneme se.

Má srdce divoké jako já

a též je bez konfese.

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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, 1940 : Malcolm MacDonald, Minister of Health, announces that 489,000 children have so far left the London area.

Anti-Semitic legislation introduced in Vichy France.

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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.

15th October, 1940 : Mussolini calls a meeting at Palazzo Venezia to discuss the occupation of Greece (as a counter to German penetration in Rumania). Talk is of a two-weeks campaign to start on 26 October (the date is later put back two days), and Foreign Minister Ciano is deputed to find a casus belli. The Foreign Minister says he can rely on the support of several Greek personalities who will be easy to corrupt.

Goering issues a directive specifying the principal objectives of the aerial Blitzkrieg against Britain. In order, they are: London, aircraft factories, the industrial zones of Birmingham and Coventry, and the air bases of British fighter squadrons.

British Admiralty reports three Italian destroyers sunk in Mediterranean operations.

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Loneliness

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Mikhail Lermontov (1814 – 1841)

1830

It's Hell for us to draw the fetters
Of life in alienation, stiff.
All people prefer to share gladness,
And nobody - to share grief.

As a king of air, I'm lone here,
The pain lives in my heart, so grim,
And I can see that, to the fear
Of fate, years pass me by like dreams;

And comes again with, touched by gold,
The same dream, gloomy one and old.
I see a coffin, black and sole,
It waits: why to detain the world?

There will be not a sad reflection,
There will be (I am betting on)
Much more gaily celebration
When I am dead, than - born.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, November, 2000
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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, 1940 : Mussolini learns that Hitler has occupied the Rumanian oil wells in order ‘to protect them’. The coup infuriates the Fascist leader, who says to Ciano: ‘Hitler always presents me with a fait accompli, but this time I shall pay him back in his own coin. When he reads the papers he’ll see that I have occupied Greece, and that will make us all square.’

‘What will Badoglio [Commander-in-Chief of Italian armed forces] say?’ asks Ciano. ‘Badoglio doesn’t know yet, but I’ll soon get rid of anyone who finds any difficulty in fighting the Greeks,’ replies Mussolini.

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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 October, 1940 : Marshal Pétain says ‘France must free herself from all so-called traditional friendships and enmities.’

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“That Time Of Year..”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Shakespeare (15641616)

(From “Sonnets”, LXXIII)

That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang 
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadetn in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death‘s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou seeest the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth  lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.
This thou perceiv’st which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long:
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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 October, 1940 : German troops enter Rumania to restructure Rumanian armed forces. Rumanian oil wells are of vital importance to the Germans.

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Ambitious Trump

Statutory tax rateRead more in today’s Zero Hedge.

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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 October, 1940 : Hitler and Mussolini meet at Brenero on the Brenner Pass. Hitler urges that no action be undertaken which is not ‘of absolute use to the Axis’. The two foreign ministers, Ribbentrop and Ciano, are present, and also the German Commander-in-Chief, Keitel. The Führer offers military aid in North Africa, but the Duce declines the offer.

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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.

3rd October, 1940 : The ships of Force M which took part in the action against Dakar from 23 to 25 September, leave Freetown, where they had taken refuge, and escort the Free French forces to Douala in the French Cameroons. They are not accompanied by the battleships Barham and Resolution, which have sailed for the Mediterranean: the Resolution to put into Gibraltar for repairs to the damage suffered in the action off Dakar.

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Buddha at Kamakura

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

1892

“And there is a Japanese idol at Kamakura”

O ye who tread the Narrow Way
By Tophet-flare to Judgment Day,
Be gentle when "the heathen" pray
  To Buddha at Kamakura!

To him the Way, the Law, apart,
Whom Maya held beneath her heart,
Ananda's Lord, the Bodhisat,
  The Buddha of Kamakura.

For though he neither burns nor sees,
Nor hears ye thank your Deities,
Ye have not sinned with such as these,
  His children at Kamakura,

Yet spare us still the Western joke
When joss-sticks turn to scented smoke
The little sins of little folk
  That worship at Kamakura --

The grey-robed, gay-sashed butterflies
That flit beneath the Master's eyes.
He is beyond the Mysteries
  But loves them at Kamakura.

And whoso will, from Pride released,
Contemning neither creed nor priest,
May feel the Soul of all the East
  About him at Kamakura.

Yea, every tale Ananda heard,
Of birth as fish or beast or bird,
While yet in lives the Master stirred,
  The warm wind brings Kamakura.

Till drowsy eyelids seem to see
A-flower 'neath her golden htee
The Shwe-Dagon flare easterly
  From Burmah to Kamakura,

And down the loaded air there comes
The thunder of Thibetan drums,
And droned -- "Om mane padme hums" --
  A world's-width from Kamakura.

Yet Brahmans rule Benares still,
Buddh-Gaya's ruins pit the hill,
And beef-fed zealots threaten ill
  To Buddha and Kamakura.

A tourist-show, a legend told,
A rusting bulk of bronze and gold,
So much, and scarce so much, ye hold
  The meaning of Kamakura?

But when the morning prayer is prayed,
Think, ere ye pass to strife and trade,
Is God in human image made
  No nearer than Kamakura?
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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 September, 1940 : Since the start of the air offensive over London on 7th September, the British have lost 247 fighters, against 433 by the Luftwaffe. British civilian casualties for September: 6,954 killed, 10,615 injured.

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Unsettled

 

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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 September, 1940 : Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy and Japan signed in Berlin. The agreement obliges signatories to give military assistance in case of any attack by a country not already involved in the war, and recognises the right of the Italians and Germans to establish a “new order” in Europe and of the Japanese to impose their ‘new order’ in Asia.

Dreim‰chtepakt 1940: der japanische Botschafter Saburo Kurusu verliest eine Erkl‰rung nach der Vertragsunterzeichnung

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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.

25th September, 1940 : The second battleship in the British squadron, the Resolution, is also hit by French shell, and severely damaged. The defences of Dakar continue to show themselves very efficient and precise. It is realised by the British commanders and by de Gaulle himself that a landing will cost too much in men and materials, and wisely, in the morning, the British ships are ordered to withdraw to Freetown, capital of the British colony of Sierra Leone.

French air attacks on Gibraltar in reprisal for the Dakar incident.

[ With progressive Macron in charge, supported or tolerated by the majority of brave Frenchmen, perhaps it would be appropriate to move the National Day from the Fourth of July to 25th September.]

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The Seafarer

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Marina Tsvetaeva (18921941)

1923

Rock me down, o starry skiff!
My head tired from waves, so stiff!

Very long I look for abode, –
My head tired from passions, hot:

Laurels – hymns – hydras – heroes, brazed, –
My head tired from senseless plays!

Lay me down mid leaves and grass, –
My head tired from ceaseless wars.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver,
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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.

23rd September, 1940 : King George VI broadcasts to the British people. The George Cross and George Medal are instituted as civilian awards.

The British ships of Force M are just off Dakar ready to launch de Gaulle’s operation, the landing of French Free troops in French West Africa. It is hoped that the Vichy forces will offer no resistance. At 7.00 a.m. General de Gaulle broadcasts an ineffectual radio appeal to the authorities of the French colony asking permission to land with his troops. The same urgent appeal is repeated at 8.00 a.m., after five emissaries, bearers of a message from General to the governor Boisson, have been given short shrift and almost taken prisoner. Yet a third appeal remains unheard, despite the threat to use of force. But at 10.50 a.m. it is the Dakar coastal batteries and the ships at anchor in the port that open fire on the British ships, which return fire. Attempts by the Free French to land are quickly checked. The barrage from Dakar proves effective.

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God help us

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