NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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

hms Illustrious16th January, 1941 : About 80 Stukas, taking off from bases in Sicily, attack Valleta in an attempt to sink the aircraft carrier Illustrious and put the island’s arsenal out of action. The carrier is hit by one bomb, but the bombers do serious damage to the port installations, several churches and a number of public and private buildings. The raid claims about 100 victims among the civil population, many of them women and children. This is the first of a long series of raids by the Germans which the Maltese refer to as the ‘Illustrious Blitz’. The operation costs the Germans ten aircraft.

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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