Author Archives: Ludwig von Gress

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.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 29th July, 1940 : A memorandum issued by the headquarters of the German navy … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 25th July, 1940 : Italian air formations bomb the naval base at Alexandria and … Continue reading

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  NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 22nd July, 1940 : Churchill replies to Hitler’s peace offer through his Foreign … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 21st July, 1940 : Russia annexes the Baltic states ( Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 19th July, 1940 : Speaking in Berlin to the Reichstag, Hitler addresses a last … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 14th July, 1940 : ‘Bastille Day’ in France is observed as a day of … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 11th July, 1940 : Marshal Pétain is declared ‘Chief of French State’, and a … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 10th July, 1940 : First large scale attack on the United Kingdom. 70 German … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 8th July, 1940 : The French battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart, the one in … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 6th July, 1940 : Hitler proposes a peace pact with Britain based on partition … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 4th July, 1940 : Towards evening the battle-cruiser Strasbourg, the aircraft carrier Commandant Teste … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 3rd July, 1940 : A British squadron commanded by Vice-Admiral Somerville shells French naval … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 29th June, 1941 : In the central sector the armoured corps of Hoth (III … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 24th June, 1940 : At Villa Olgiata, near Rome, General Huntziger, on behalf of … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 21st June, 1940 : Hitler receives the French plenipotentiaries at Réthondes in the same … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 19th June, 1940 : Brest and Nantes fall to the Germans, and so too, … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 15th June, 1940 : The German war machine seemingly invincible, Reynaud decides to sue … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 13th June, 1940 : For the last time Churchill meets Reynauld, who still supports … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 12th June, 1940 : In the morning Guderian crosses the heights of Champagne and … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 10th June, 1940 : The Germans cross the Seine as the French retire on … Continue reading

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