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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, 1940 : The Belgian High Command tells the British and French 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, 1940 : The Germans take Boulogne. They now surround the Belgian army, … 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 May, 1940 : In Britain, Emergency Powers (Defence) Act passed, giving 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. 18th May, 1942 : Chiang Kai-shek orders the Chinese 5th Army (already virtually … 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, 1940 : Instead of continuing his advance on Paris, General Guderian turns … 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, 1940 : Capitulation of the Dutch Army is signed. German 6th Armoured … 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 May, 1940 : The Germans employ parachutists and airborne formations to take 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. 8th May, 1942 : At 9.00 a.m. aircraft from Lexington and Yorktown take … 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 May, 1941 : General Fryberg is told the details of Operation Merkur, 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. 4th May, 1941 : The attempt by General Rommel’s troops to take Tobruk … 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 May, 1940 : The Germans announce the surrender of 4,000 Norwegians 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. 27th April, 1940 : Hitler tells General Keitel, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces 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. 20th April, 1941 : Hammered by Stukas, the British retire on Nauplia, Kalamata and … Continue reading

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Semana Santa

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The Easter brings the religious feelings to the fore, much more than Christmas, the full Monty commercial holidays. Not that Big Merchants are not trying – Halal Easter eggs are everywhere. Fog of … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th April, 1954 : Colonel Nasser is back in power as Egypt’s Prime Minister, after outwitting President Mohammed Neguib (sometimes written Naguib) in a seven-week battle of wits. Neguib, sacked in February, made 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. 13th April, 1940 : Second battle of Narvik – seven German destroyers sunk. British … 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 April, 1940 : Denmark accepts the German ultimatum. King Haakon of Norway repudiates … 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 April, 1940 : The German ship Rio de Janeiro, converted into 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. 3rd April, 1940 : Churchill is appointed Chairman of the Ministerial Defence Committee and … Continue reading

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  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st March, 1932 : Frequent visits to London by a Norfolk clergyman and his association with teenage girls, brought him before a Consistory Court today. The Reverend Harold Francis Davidson, rector of Stiffkey, … Continue reading

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