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

29th August, 1941 : The Finns recapture Viipuri, which they had to cede to the Soviet Union after the earlier fighting. This brings them very close to Leningrad; but despite German insistence, they halt on their pre-war frontier – decision taken on political grounds. Only a few of their units enter Russian territory, pressing on as far as river Svir and Lake Oneg, thus cutting Russian communications between the White Sea and the Baltic.

In Yugoslavia General Milan Nedic allows himself to be nominated as head of a puppet government set up by the Germans in Serbia.

/ There is an interesting essay on the last invasion of Russia:

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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