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.

State of despair

Ludwig von Gress My lengthy silence is caused by deep depression over the state of Australian defence. Our politicians, on both sides (there is practically no difference) gave up. Some are hoping for large enough baksheesh from communist China before … 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. 31st December, 1941 : The Americans and Filipinos complete the evacuation of Manila. Some … 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 December, 1941 : Japanese pressure in Luzon is stronger than ever. For the … 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. 28th December, 1941 : The Japanese resume their large-scale offensive on Luzon. Having crossed … 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. 26th December, 1941 : Manila is declared an open city, but the Japanese continue … 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 December, 1941 : Japanese aircraft batter Hong Kong, the Philippine airfield and, particularly, … 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 December, 1941 : Japanese units land on the island of Guam and occupy … 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 December, 1941 : The USA and Great Britain formally declare war on Japan.

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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. 7th December, 1941 : At 7.55 a.m. local time, with no declaration of war, … 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. 30th November, 1941 : German pressure on Moscow takes the Panzergruppen of Hoeppner 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. 28th November, 1941 : The defenders of Tobruk break out and join up with … 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. 20th November, 1941 : After an unsuccessful attempt at a flanking movement, the Germans … 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 November, 1941 : The Germans line up for the second phase of the … 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 November, 1941 : Final plans are laid for the culminating offensive against Moscow: … 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 November, 1941 : In the southern sector the Russians counter-attack powerfully. An Italian … 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. 7th November, 1941 : Central sector: during the night it freezes. No longer held … 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. 31st October, 1941 : The Luftwaffe carries out at least 45 air raids on … 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. 30th October, 1941 : Southern sector: the siege of the fortress of Sevastopol begins. … 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. 27th October, 1941 : Southern sector: after ten days of fierce fighting the 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. 20th October, 1941 : Pressure on Moscow continues without respite. The Germans advance to … Continue reading

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