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

12th December, 1941 : Japanese aircraft batter Hong Kong, the Philippine airfield and, particularly, Subic Bay, west of Manila. In Malaya they have carried out an average of 120 bombing missions every day since the beginning of the invasion. The airfield at Butterworth, in the north-east of the peninsula, has to be evacuated. At George Town (Penang) the raids claim 600 dead and 1,100 wounded. The few British aircraft left, with the Dutch aircraft that have come to the Allies’ help, are withdrawn southwards to defend the airfields, the harbour at Singapore and the Malayan capital Kuala Lumpur.

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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