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.

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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