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

16th October, 1941 : In the souther sector German and Rumanian troops capture Odessa after a two months’ siege.

In the northern sector the Germans take Vaidal.

This is the day of the bolshoi drap, the ‘great panic’ , in Moscow. The people finally realize that the Germans are at their gates and, not least on account of the reports of atrocities committed by the enemy (though exaggerated for propaganda purposes), all who can flee to the east. Many of the People’s Commissars and all the diplomatic corps are evacuated to Kuibishev, beyond the Volga. Disorder and looting in the city.

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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