NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
23rd July, 1941 : The heroic garrison of Brest-Litovsk, besieged since 22 June and ceaselessly hammered by bombers and artillery (the Germans for the first time using their giant mortar Karl, of 615-mm calibre and firing a projectile weighing over two tons) is finally forced to surrender.
With the consent of the Vichy government Japanese forces begin the complete occupation of Indochina, to collaborate – in the official phrase – with the French forces in its defence.