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

3rd July, 1940 : A British squadron commanded by Vice-Admiral Somerville shells French naval vessels that have taken refuge at Oran and Mers-le-Kebir after armistice at Compiegne. Several French ships are sunk or damaged, including the battleships Provence and Bretagne and the battle-cruiser Dunkerque; 1,300 French seamen lose their lives in the action. The other battle-cruiser in the French squadron, Strasbourg, the aircraft carrier Commandant Teste and five more destroyers succeed in escaping from the British encirclement.

French warships at anchor at Plymouth and Portsmouth are taken over.

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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