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 December, 1940 : Sollum is heavily shelled by ships of the Royal Navy. Italian troops resist Wavell’s forces bravely at Fort Capuzzo and Sidi Omar.

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A Dream Within a Dream

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

 
          Take this kiss upon the brow!
          And, in parting from you now,
          Thus much let me avow-
          You are not wrong, who deem
          That my days have been a dream;
          Yet if hope has flown away
          In a night, or in a day,
          In a vision, or in none,
          Is it therefore the less gone?
          All that we see or seem
          Is but a dream within a dream.

          I stand amid the roar
          Of a surf-tormented shore,
          And I hold within my hand
          Grains of the golden sand-
          How few! yet how they creep
          Through my fingers to the deep,
          While I weep- while I weep!
          O God! can I not grasp
          Them with a tighter clasp?
          O God! can I not save
          One from the pitiless wave?
          Is all that we see or seem
          But a dream within a 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.

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9th December, 1940 : Opening of first Western Desert Offensive. In Egypt the British break through the Italian lines at Sidi Barrani. General Graziani’s seven divisions cannot manage to resist the thrust of two British divisions, the 4th Indian and 7th Armoured, which the British Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East, General Sir Archibald Wavell, has sent into the attack. The Italian troops are completely taken by surprise; despite their overwhelming numerical superiority, the Italians have done nothing sine taking Sidi Barrani on 16 September but dig in instead continuing their advance. Now the British action, as efficient as unexpected, puts the entire Italian force in danger; within two hours the British troops entirely surround the entrenched camp of Nibeiwa, killing, among others, General Maletti, who is caught by the attackers in his pyjamas. Tummar, Maktila and Sidi Barrani fall into British hands in four days fighting; four Italian divisions are wiped out and some 38,000 prisoners are taken, including four generals. British casualties are 624 dead, wounded and missing; and they have captured 237 guns, 73 medium and light tanks and at least 1,000 trucks.

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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 December, 1940 : The Italians, faced with an increasingly serious situation, have brought in substantial reinforcements through the port of Valona and the airfield at Tirane including the Tridentina Alpine division, but a good number of them fall out as they march up to the line. They are extremely short of equipment; there are little or no reserves of ammunition and of woollen clothing (and in the very cold weather there are many cases of frostbite). None the less the Italian command succeeds in establishing a defensive line from Himare along the coast to north of Sarande on Lake Okhrida – largely because the Greeks, hardly motorised at all and entirely without armour, cannot exploit their successes. The pivot of the Italian line lies at the positions between Klisura and Tepelene in the Vijose valley. Klisura is lost and re-taken. Chaos reigns among the Italians.

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Thought

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

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Of persons arrived at high positions, ceremonies, wealth, scholarships and the like;

(To me all that those persons have arrived at sinks away from them, except as it results to their bodies and souls,

So that often to me they appear gaunt and naked,

And often to me each one mocks the others, and mocks himself or herself,

And of each one the core of life, namely happiness, is full of rotten excrement of maggots,

And often to me those men and women pass unwittingly the true realities of life, and go toward false realities,

And often to me they are alive after what custom has served them, but nothing more,

And often to me they are sad, hasty, unwaked sonnambules walking the dusk.)

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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.

29th November, 1940 : Albanian front – Greeks make more advances after heavy fighting.

UK civilian casualties in November: 4,588 killed, 6,202 injured.

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Čisté jitro

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Otokar Březina (1868 -1929)

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Když za jitra, snů množstvím zemdleni, jsme vyšli do zahrad,

zem celou, jako duši svou, jsme zřeli v ohni rozkvétat;

i ptali jsme se větrů, vod a stromů, ptáků a včel:

kdo dnešní noci, tajemný, zahradou naší šel?

Hrál písek v zlato změněný, kde svaté stopy ležely,

šuměly vody léčivé, jak rozvlnělé anděly,

dech každý sílu žití měl jak na sta žhoucích dní

a v každém pohledu byl úžas znovuzrození.

Tíž tajemství svých bolestných jsme přijali jak vůli tvou,

před rozlomením pečeti list políbený s pokorou;

a nepřítel, jenž číhaje u našich usnul bran,

jak unavený posel tvůj byl od nás uvítán.

Na nebezpečných samotách, navštěvovaných démony,

sad našich přání jemný kvetjak liliové záhony,

a nejžhavější, nejsladší, nežádoucnější z žen

jsme pozdravili, zářící, jak bílé sestry jen.

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Panda economy

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

dragon.sinoThat iconic Chinese animal, an aggressive, merciless dragon, is being pushed to the meme background for the benefit of myopic sinophiles and replaced by seemingly benign panda. The animal was originally omnivore, but now is a politically correct, cute vegetarian. Naturally, the incident when about-to-cuddle-panda Westerner had his balls torn off, is hardly ever mentioned.

The “experts” don’t make living by saying ‘I have no idea’. Thus the “capacity reduction” announced by the Chinese politburo produced the usual plethora of “erudite” guesses and prophesies. In coal and steel Communist China is about equal to the rest of the world; in aluminium and cement leaving the world behind. The directive, wishful thinking or deliberate deception talks about reduction of steel production by 20% ,coal by 25% and aluminium by 30% of what it was in 2016. However, according to the World Steel Association “almost half of the steel policies announced by China from 1990 to 2016 were focused on limiting capacity”. Already in 2016 the government decreed that mines work only 276 days a year, but this year it was quietly raised to 330 days. Governments have long practice in deception and communists governments are the masters. Compared to them, count Potemkin was a benighted amateur.

Is China replacing obsolete plants with more economical, modern ones? Deceiving western investors and the markets? Hoping to extract more interest free “development” loans from the World Bank? Anything is possible. One ought to realise that the command, or semi command economies never work in black and white, as the economists believe or pretend to believe. Both Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, not to mention Soviet Union’s vassal states, ran significant grey economies. China has a long history of paying only lip service to distant rulers.

There is a lesson – if you treasure your testicles do not cuddle pandas. Though a recent example shows that many have nothing to lose:

A leading publisher in Australia, Allen & Unwin, has dropped a book about the influence of China’s Communist Party in Australia’s domestic affairs, citing fears of retaliation by Beijing.

In a decision likened to the recent decision by Cambridge University Press to restrict access to sensitive China-related articles,  the release of the forthcoming book Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State was shelved by the publisher over concerns about potential legal action by China.”

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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.

24th November, 1940 : Slovakia signs the Tripartite Pact.

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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 November, 1940 : Rumania also adheres to the Tripartite Pact.

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Charlatans on the go

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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 November, 1940 : The Hungarian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister (Count Teleki and Count Csaky) sign a Protocol in Vienna binding Hungary to the German-Japanese-Italian Tripartite Pact.

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Laws for Creations

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

 

Laws for Creations,

For strong artists and leaders, for fresh broods of teachers and perfect literats for America,

For noble savants and coming musicians.

All must have reference to the ensemble of the world, and the compact truth of the world,

There shall be no subject too pronounced – all works shall illustrate the divine law of indirections.

What do you suppose creation is?

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior?

What do you suppose I would intimate to you in a hundred ways, but that man or woman is as good as God?

And that there is no God any more divine than Yourself?

And that that is what the oldest and newest myths finally mean?

And that you or anyone must approach creations through such laws?

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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 November, 1940 : Important talks begin in Berchtesgaden, where Hitler receives the Italian Foreign Minister and the Spanish Foreign Minister. He does not conceal his anger at the failure of the Greek campaign and his anxiety about the obvious disagreement at the heart of the Italian supreme command. He argues, and repeats it in a letter to Mussolini which he hands to Ciano, that if the British acquire air bases in Greece (at Athens, Thessaloniki,Larisa and Arta) they will be able to bomb the oil wells at Ploesti. He therefore considers it necessary for Germany to intervene, though this cannot be done before 15 March in the following year.

He calls on Duce to make radical change in his policy towards Yugoslavia, which must be attracted into the orbit of the Axis, perhaps by promising the Yugoslavs the port of Thessaloniki when the Greeks are beaten. Mussolini must not forget that the British air bases in Greece pose a threat to Albania and the whole of southern Italy.

Finally, Hitler says it is necessary to close the Mediterranean, to seek an accord with Turkey, to persuade Rumania to accept a stronger German garrison and Hungary to allow the passage of German forces, to defeat the British in North Africa, and to induce Spain to enter the war by attacking Gibraltar.

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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 November, 1940 : The RAF creates a special unarmed Spitfire unit equipped with photographic instruments so that on fine days they can photograph targets in which bombing attacks are planned, so as to reduce error and consequent waste of materials.

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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.

14th November, 1940 :  During the night 449 German aircraft carry out a ‘carpet bombing’ of Coventry , centre of the British automobile industry. Many ancient buildings in the historic city centre, including the magnificent fourteenth-century cathedral, are destroyed. There are 550 dead and many more wounded, and 21 factories are destroyed. Yet the city productive capacity is still not seriously affected. After this the Germans coin the word Coventrisieren meaning ‘annihilate, raze to the ground’.

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Europe leads

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Many experts, and even a few normal human beings, believe that too many people, especially too many white people, are THE problem. Do not despair. The Merkel controlled Europe, by various means, is doing something about it. Accompanying table shows how successful she, Soros etc are. The Polish government is resorting to advertising to counter that scheme, but if you have to persuade people to have sex .. perhaps those people should not procreate. Feeble, hedonistic and defeatist Europe leads the civilisation to oblivion.

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Lost Love

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

(From “In Memoriam”)

I envy not in any moods
   The captive void of noble rage,
   The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods;

I envy not the beast that takes
   His license in the field of time,
   Unfetter’d by the sense of crime,
To whom a conscience never wakes;

Nor, what may count itself as blest,
   The heart that never plighted troth
   But stagnates in the weeds of sloth;
Nor any want-begotten rest.

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
   I feel it, when I sorrow most;T is better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

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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.

taranto.ship11th November, 1940 : Fleet Air Arm attacks Taranto. At 10.40 a.m. torpedoes from 12 British Swordfish aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier Illustrious, in the Ionian sea some 170 miles off the Italian coast, hit the battleships Cavour (23,000 tons) and recently completed Littorio in the port of Taranto. At 11.30 a.m. a second wave of Swordfish, coming like the first from the Illustrious, sinks the battleship Duilio. This is a crippling blow to the Italian fleet, which has lost half of its complement of battleships at a blow. Only two of the attacking aircraft fail to return to base.

During the night the British cruisers Orion, Sydney and Ajax and destroyers Nubian and Mohawk sink four Italian merchant ships in the Strait of Otranto.

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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 November, 1940 : The Italian headquarters is forced to give the order to retire. As a result of disrupted communications the order does not reach all formations. The Julia division, or what is left of it, just succeeds in getting back over Peratia bridge – not on the orders of the Italian command but on the decision taken by the divisional commander as a result of a report picked up on the radio from London, announcing that ‘the Alpine division will be crushed by three Greek divisions’.

RAF bombs Munich during Hitler’s Putsch anniversary speech.

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