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. 23rd June, 1941 : The Germans make spectacular progress. In Army Group North’s sector … 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. 18th June, 1941 : German aircraft bomb the British troops retiring from Halfaya Pass. … 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, 1941 : The start of Operation Battleaxe in Cyrenaica – the operation … 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, 1941 : TASS news agency denies rumours of growing tensions between Germany … 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. 12thJune, 1941 : The port of Assab in southern Eritrea is occupied by an … 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 June, 1941 : Imperial and Free French forces enter Syria and Lebanon 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. 6th June, 1941 : Law is passed in the United States permitting the government … 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 June, 1941 : Crete -the balance-sheet of the bloody fighting can now be … 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. 1st June, 1941 :The battle of Crete is virtually over, though the last embarkation … 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 May, 1941 : A report by the Italian Supreme Command considers an attack … 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 May, 1941 : General Ringel, not realising how desperate a state the enemy … 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 May, 1941 : Seeing how the situation has deteriorated, Freyberg tells Wavell that … 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 May, 1941 : The Germans now really go over to the offensive. Their … 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. 23th May, 1941 : Hurricane aircraft equipped with supplementary fuel tanks attack Maleme airfield. … 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 May, 1941 : British reconnaissance aircraft sight the two German ships in 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. 17th May, 1941 : German preparations for the attack on Crete are completed 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. 15th May, 1941 : In accordance with Hitler’s directive the Germans begin a series … 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 May, 1941 : A convoy, code-named Tiger, of freighters carrying 238 tanks 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 May, 1941 :Rudolf Hess, deputy leader of the Nazi Party, flies to Britain. … Continue reading

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Baden-Powell

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The time was when not only Baden-Powell would be turning in his grave over what the Left had done to the Boy Scouts. In a grave or still out, it would be absolutely … Continue reading

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