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 June, 1940 : The Germans cross the Seine as the French retire on to the Loire in disorder. General Weygand admits officially that the front has been breached. The French government leaves Paris for Tours. The Italian Foreign Minister Ciano receives the French ambassador at the Palazzo Chigi and informs him that ‘Italy considers itself in a state of war with effect from tomorrow, 11 June. A similar declaration of war is sent by the Italian Foreign Minister to the British Ambassador.

There is bitter disagreement among the French military and political leaders. General Weygand considers the defeat of his forces imminent and think they should surrender. Paul Reynaud feels there should be a final stand in Brittany.

Within hours of Italy’s decision to enter the war President Roosevelt strongly condemns the dictatorships and promises material help to the Western Allies.

italy.bombersDuring the night Italian aircraft take off from airfields in Sicily for the first air raid on Malta.

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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