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 September, 1941 : The US naval command orders the protection of all ships sailing in US ‘defensive’ waters and the shadowing and, where possible, sinking of every Italian and German ship found in those waters.

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Verše

…from the quills of the dead white poets

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Karel Toman (18771946)

Kam došli jste kdo? V září hvězd

pod cizím nebem bloudili jsme spolu,

snílkové z jiných dob.

Vzpomínám. Střecha má mi drahá jest

jak rodná země,

jež dává rytmus mému srdci.

Je na konci všech cest

buď domov, nemocnice, vězení,

anebo hrob.

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Climate now

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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 September, 1941 : End of the battle of Kiev. The Germans occupy the city (the third largest in Russia), but in so doing they lose many dead, for the Russians have left mines everywhere. They have also left much of the city in ruins.

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According to German sources they captured 600,000 prisoners in the Kiev sector, and the Russians lost 2,500 guns and 1,000 tanks. Again, according to the Germans, from the start of operations up to 31 August the Wehrmacht lost on the Eastern front 86,000 dead, 20,000 missing and 292,000 wounded. About 4,000 men were taken prisoners by the Russians.

An Italian raiding party landed from the submarine Scire sinks 30,000 tons of Allied shipping in Gibraltar harbour.

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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 September, 1941 : President Roosevelt asks congress for additional $5,985 million for Lend-Lease supplies.

The US Marine Department announces that the Atlantic fleet will protect convoys of materials to those countries affected by the Lend-Lease Act up to the 26’W meridian.

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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.

17th September, 1941 : In contravention of the armistice terms, the Allies occupy the capital, Teheran. The Shah abdicates in protest in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Shah, who succeeds to the throne next day.

The Germans occupy the basin of lower Dniepr and pierce the outer defences of Kiev.

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“I Often Shiver With Cold”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Osip Mandelshtam 1891 -1938

I often shiver with cold –

I want to be mute as a thing!

There is, in the skies, dancing gold

Sending me commands to sing!

Singer, be sad and upset,

Love, and remember, and call,

Catch, from a dark planet sent,

Light and magnificent ball.

That’s a true link, I believe,

With the mysterious worlds!

What an oppressive grief,

What a misfortune holds!

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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 September, 1941 : Following the attack on the destroyer Greer on 4 franklin-delano-rooseveltSeptember, President Roosevelt gives the order ‘Shoot first!’ to all ships patrolling the security zone. In effect, President Roosevelt is ordering the American Navy to attack any ships that threatens the free passage of US merchant ships ans ships with US escorts.

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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 September, 1941 : The situation in Leningrad is desperate. The daily bread ration, fixed on 2 September at 21 oz for workmen, 12 oz for clerical workers and 10 ½ oz for all others, including children, is reduced by further 1 ¾ oz. The bread is made out of everything – rye, chaff, flax, soya, malt. People conceal their dead so that they can use their ration cards. There is no lighting, no heating. People are beginning to die of cold and starvation.

Voroshilov goes into the front line in the hope of finding a hero’s death in the field. Then Zhukov arrives to save the city from chaos, and in the course of three days he completely reorganises the defences. The Germans are convinced they can starve the city into submission; but Hitler does not want it to surrender – he does not want to be burdened with the task of maintaining this enormous mass of people.

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Sport today

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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.

10th September, 1941 : The combined forces of the Army Group Centre and South converge on Kiev, where they meet with determined Russian resistance. Von Kleist’s armoured group crosses the Dniepr, and so does Guderian’s, which reaches Konotop.

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Carry On!

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Robert William Service (1874 – 1958)

 

It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,

And you’re mad with thrill and the glory;

It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,

And wallow in fields that are gory.

It’s a different song when everything’s wrong,

When you’re feeling infernally mortal;

When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,

Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

Carry on! Carry on!

There isn’t much punch in your blow.

You are glaring and staring and hitting out blind;

You are muddy and bloody, but never you mind.

Carry on! Carry on!

You haven’t the ghost of a show.

It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,

Carry on, my son! Carry on!

And so in the strife of the battle of life

It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;

It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,

When the dawn of success is beginning.

But the man who can meet despair and defeat

With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;

The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height

Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

Carry on! Carry on!

Thing never were looming so black.

But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,

And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.

Carry on! Carry on!

Brace up for another attack.

It’s looking like hell, but – you never tell.

Carry on, old man! Carry on!

There are some who drift out in the desert of doubt

And some who in brutishness wallow;

There are others, I know, who in piety go

Because of a Heaven to follow.

But to labor with zest, and to give of your best,

For the sweetness and joy of the giving;

To help folks along with a hand and a song;

Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

Carry on! Carry on!

Fight the good fight and true;

Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;

There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.

Carry on! Carry on!

Let the world be the better for you;

And at last when you die, let this be your cry!

Carry on, my soul! Carry on!

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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.

8th September, 1941 : The Finns cut the Leningrad-Murmunsk railway line at Lodeinoe Pole and threaten Petrozavodsk on Lake Onegin. USSR Supreme Council decrees removal of entire population (some 600,000) of the German Volga Republic to Asiatic Russia as a precaution against possible sabotage and wrecking.

Serious disturbances reported in Paris, leading to arrest of some 120 Jewish hostages.

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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 September, 1941 :Violent shelling and bombing of Leningrad. Delayed action mines are also dropped and cause many deaths, but the greatest problem for the defenders is how to feed three million people.

The US merchant ship Steel Seafarer is sunk by German aircraft in the Gulf of Suez.

Heaviest air raid on Berlin to date. Two-hour attack by strong RAF bomber force, including four-engined Stirlings and Halifaxes. Attack was made on anniversary of the first German mass attack on London.

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Australian stupor

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Ours is a country which exports coal and natural gas; and yet its politicians blindly obey directives of the global socialist mafia. We have no excuse but congenital stupidity– we vote for them.

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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.

5th September, 1941 : Gurkha and Scottish troops arrive in Malaya to strengthen defences.

The US destroyer Greer reports that she has been attacked by a German submarine 175 miles south-west of the Icelandic coast.

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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 September, 1941 : The Finns capture Beloostrov, the frontier station 20 miles from Leningrad, but are driven out again next day. In any case, for political reasons, they do not wish to advance beyond the borders of eastern Karelia, the area they had to cede to the Russians the previous year. The Germans now begin the shelling of Leningrad. Von Leeb’s troops threaten the city directly, and a long, hard siege begins.

General Jodl visits General Mannerheim and tries to persuade him to continue his offensive, but the old general refuses.

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Legenda tajemné viny

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Otokar Březina (1868 -1929)czech_flag_small

Jas hodin mých budoucích ozářil chvíli tu v snech

a všemi svícemi lustrů rozkvetl v dní mých slavnostní sály;

tam prýštěla hudba mých budoucích jar a ztajených něh,

rtů, které mne opojí, jiskřil tam smích a mámil tam dech,

a zraky, v nichž čeká mne mlčení rozkoše, s touhou tam plály.

Však marně jsem kráčel, kde v závratných rytmech se třás

zpěv žití. Stín Někoho, jenž za mnou šel, přede mnou splýval;

šel ze sálu do sálu, kam vkročil, žeh světelný has‘,

zrcadla temněla, touha se zachvěla a hudby vítězný hlas

jak sražen v nejnižší oktávy úzkosti němé se slíval.

Ó duše má, odkud On přišel? A kolik staletí snad

mých předků dušemi procházel, než došel až ke mně?

Na kolik svatebních stolů jak ubrus koberec rekvií klad‘?

Na kolik růžových úsměvů dechl svůj podzemní chlad?

A v kolika lampách plamenem soli a líhu zesínal temně?

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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 August, 1941 : In the northern sector the Germans capture Mga cutting the last railway connection between Leningrad and the rest of the country.

In the central sector the Russians launch another ineffective counter-offensive north of Gomel. The armoured groups of Kleist and Guderian throw all their forces into the battle for Kiev, which is strenuously defended by Marshal Budenny’s troops.

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Hypocrisy of the Left

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