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

22nd January, 1941 : The Italian garrison at Tobruk surrenders after blowing up the port installations and the cruiser San Giorgio. The British take about 30,000 prisoners and capture more than 200 guns and about 70 tanks. The British themselves use only 16 Matilda tanks in this action. Allied casualties number under 500.

By evening the British 7th Armoured Brigade is about 2o miles from Derna, in Cyrenaica, while patrols from the Australian 4th Brigade are on the tracks leading west and south-west from Mechilli.

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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