NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
20th April, 1941 : Hammered by Stukas, the British retire on Nauplia, Kalamata and Monemvasia, the points fixed for their re-embarkation. The rear-guard holds firm at Thermopylai; their stand there last until the 24th. Greek forces in Epirus and Macedonia capitulate.
A strong British commando force tries to land at Bardia in an effort to bring relief to the defenders of Tobruk, but is driven off by the German-Italian forces. Rommel decides not to attack Tobruk again until he can use the 15th Armoured Division, which is on its way from Italy.
The Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, General Sir Archibald Wavell, asks Churchill for tank reinforcements to deal with the situation in Libya.