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

15th May, 1940 : Capitulation of the Dutch Army is signed.

German 6th Armoured Division cuts off the retreat of General Corap’s army, which is broken up and dispersed. German 6th Army breaches the enemy lines between Louvian and Namur. Although the military situation is critical, optimism still reigns at French headquarters – General Georges (Commander-in-Chief of the north-east sector) declares in his official bulletin to General Gamelin (Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces): “There is no great news… small enemy infiltrations at Mezieres-Charleville… Closing of the breach at Sedan… The attack seems to have halted… All prisoners confirm that the German troops are very tired.”

General Gamelin’s communique says: “The day of the 15th marks a lull. Our front, breached between Namur and the area of Montmedy, is in course of gradual adjustment.” Late in the evening it is reported that German tanks have reached Montcornet, only about 12 miles from Laon. Gamelin at once informs Daladier, Minister of National Defence, who orders an immediate counter-attack. Gamelin replies that he has no available reserves; the French army is about to collapse.

[ One has to wonder how is the war in Syria really going]

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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