NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
19th January, 1941 : The Commander-in-Chief of British forces in Sudan, Lieutenant-General Sir William Platt, opens an offensive against the Italian forces in Eritrea. He has under his command two divisions, the 4th and 5th Indian Divisions under Generals Beresford-Pierse and Heath, together with the Sudan Defence Force. The Italian troops in Eritrea, mostly concentrated in the area of Kassala and at the border strong-points, number about 17,000 men, with light tanks and artillery, under the command of General Trusci.