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 May, 1940 : Instead of continuing his advance on Paris, General Guderian turns north-west; by midday his advance troops reach the river Oise, not far from Saint-Quentin. The brave counter-attacks of Colonel de Gaulle’s 4th Armoured Division (17-19 May) north of Laon can do nothing to halt the thrust of Guderian’s armoured divisions; but they do earn de Gaulle promotion to the rank of general.
Troops of General von Reichenau’s 6th Army enter Brussels, which is declared an ‘open city’.
[ It seems that it is open to the invaders still ]