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

6th April, 1941 : Germans invade Yugoslavia and Greece. ‘Axis forces are on the march against Serbian treachery and the British threat,’ announce the Italian and German newspapers. German attack Yugoslavia without the formality of a declaration of war.

 German 2nd Army (von Weichs) advances on Belgrade from Austria and Hungary The 1 Armoured Group (von Kleist) advances from Bulgaria towards Nis in the north and Skopje and Monastir in the south, to prevent Yugoslav troops from joining up with the Greeks. On the very first day of hostilities they seize the Yugoslav bank of the Iron Gate, the rocky gorge through which the Danube flows along the frontier between Rumania and Yugoslavia between Orsova and Turnu-Severin. They also threaten Nis. The 12th Army (von List) attacks both in Yugoslavia towards Strumica and in Greece against the Metaxas Line. The Luftwaffe practically destroys the port of Piraeus.

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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