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

4th September, 1941 : The Finns capture Beloostrov, the frontier station 20 miles from Leningrad, but are driven out again next day. In any case, for political reasons, they do not wish to advance beyond the borders of eastern Karelia, the area they had to cede to the Russians the previous year. The Germans now begin the shelling of Leningrad. Von Leeb’s troops threaten the city directly, and a long, hard siege begins.

General Jodl visits General Mannerheim and tries to persuade him to continue his offensive, but the old general refuses.

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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