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 ]

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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