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 March, 1941 : Admiral Weichold, representative of the German navy at the Italian supreme command headquarters in Rome, sends a letter to the Chief of Staff of the Italian navy, Admiral Arturo Riccardi, suggesting that the Italians should attack in force in the eastern Mediterranean; he has learnt that in the British naval base at Alexandria only one battleship, the Valiant, is war-ready.
The Germans issue what amounts to an ultimatum to Yugoslavia, giving them only five days to decide about the demands made by Hitler to Prince Paul on 4th March.