NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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

20th November, 1941 : After an unsuccessful attempt at a flanking movement, the Germans capture Rostov-on-Don by a bloody frontal attack.

In the northern sector, there is a stalemate before Leningrad, but cold and hunger are claiming more and more victims among the population. Rations are reduced for the fifth time since the German siege began; workers and special personnel are now issued with 8 ¾ oz of bread per day, with other foodstuffs bringing the daily ration up to 1,667 calories; children get a nation of 644 calories, and old persons and others not engaged in productive activities 466 calories. (A normal ration in a cold climate like Leningrad in winter would be over 3000 calories.) The people were not strong enough to dig graves in the frozen earth. The dead were left beside the cemeteries wrapped in a blanket, and generally buried in common graves excavated with dynamite. In the spring thousands of bodies were discovered that had remained covered in snow throughout the winter.

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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