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

3rd October, 1941 : Hitler announces that Russia ‘has already been broken and will never rise again’. He tells the German people of the start, the previous day, of a great offensive on the Eastern Front. This is the attack on Moscow, regarded as decisive. But the Wehrmacht’s supreme effort fails in its aim, although on 9 October Otto Dietrich, head of the Reich’s press service, declares: ‘The struggle in the east is settled’.

Northern sector: the Germans take the defences of Tsarskoe Selo (now Pushkin), near Leningrad.

Central sector: the Soviet front at Bryansk, defended by the 43rd,3rd, 50th and 13th Armies under the command of Timoshenko, begins to crumble. Two big pockets are formed north and south of Bryansk, while further north a third pocket is forming near Vyazma.

Souther sector: the German Dnepropetrovsk bridgehead is strengthened.

In an interview Mahatma Gandi incites all the subject people of the British Empire to passive resistance.

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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