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

29th June, 1941 : In the central sector the armoured corps of Hoth (III Panzergruppe) and Guderian (II Panzergruppe) join up near Minsk to complete another pincer movement, cutting off the Russian forces in a huge pocket in the area of Gorodishche, a little town in White Russia south-west of Minsk.

In Finland the Finns attack the Russians in Karelia, while in the extreme north German troops advancing from Norway and Finnish forces are both engaged in the area of Murmansk and Petsamo. The prizes are the only port on the Barents Sea that is ice-free all the year round, and a nickel mine of great strategic importance. The final objective of the offensive in Karelia is to link up with the German Army Group North.

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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