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

19th August, 1940 : The Italians occupy Berbera, capital of British Somaliland.

Mussolini writes to General Rodolfo Graziani, Governor of Libya and Commander-in-Chief of Italian forces in North Africa , about future strategic objectives. Among other things he declares: ‘The invasion of Britain is decided on; it is now in final stages of preparation and will be successful. It may take place within a week or in about a month. Now, on the day on which the first platoon of German soldiers lands on British soil, you too will attack. As I have said to you before, there are no territorial objectives; it is not a matter of marching on Alexandria, even on Sollum. All I ask that you attack the British troops facing you. I myself accept full responsibility for this decision.’

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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