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

30th May, 1941 : A report by the Italian Supreme Command considers an attack in force on the fortress of Tobruk to be ‘inadvisable': ‘Unless the enemy forces receive substantial reinforcements is it felt that the situation can be regarded with calm… Only in the event of the enemy receiving large reinforcements, with obvious aggressive intention, and we ourselves receiving only modest reinforcements (or none at all), could the situation be reversed and become sufficiently dangerous to make it necessary for us to raise the siege of Tobruk.’

Pro-Axis Iraqui revolt collapses.

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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