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

21st June, 1940 : Hitler receives the French plenipotentiaries at Réthondes in the same railway coach in which the German surrender was signed at the end of the First World War. General Keitel reads the dossier accusing the French of deceit and aggression. The French are then given the text of the armistice terms and no discussion is permitted. All the French are allowed to do is ask for clarification.

General Huntziger obtains permission to speak to General Weygand on the telephone. Weygand is told of the severe conditions dictated by the Germans: three-fifths of French territory will be under occupation, prisoners of war will not be released, the costs of occupation will be assessed by Germany, and French army will be reduced to 100,000 men.

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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