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

Karl23rd 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.

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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