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

27th March, 1941 : Revolution in Yugoslavia. Bloodless coup carried out by a group of air force officers led by the Chief of Staff, General Dusan Simovic. Former government leaders are arrested. The Council of Regency under Prince Paul is dismissed and Prince exiled. The seventeen year old son of the murdered King Alexander takes over as King Peter II. A government of national unity is set up under General Simovic, who as the one of his first acts signs a non-aggression pact with Moscow.

Hitler issues his Directive No.25, ordering the liquidation of Yugoslavia, a country which, since the military coup d’etat, ‘must be regarded as an enemy and therefore completely crushed as soon as possible’. The OKH prepares new plans for Operation Marita, making it necessary to defer Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union) from mid-May to the end of June.

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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