NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
27th July, 1941 : The Germans take Tallinn, capital of Estonia, on the Gulf of Finland.
In the central sector the encirclement of Soviet forces at Smolenks is completed . However, the Russians manage to organize a new defensive line 25 miles east of the city, and their artillery reveals a certain superiority. In the Smolenks ‘cauldron’ their multiple rocket-lauchers firing 320 rockets in 25 seconds (called ‘Katyusha; by the Russians and ‘Stalin’s organs’ by the Germans) make their first appearance, striking mortal terror into the Germans – and into the Russian infantry too, since they had not heard of this new weapon.