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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (10th NOVEMBER 1942)
In Germany... Hitler meets Vichy French prime-minister Pierre Laval and insists on full collaboration with Germany. After the meeting, Hitler orders the invasion of Vichy France.
In London... Churchill makes a famous speech at Manor House confirming victory at El Alamein and declaring it "The end of the beginning."
In the Mediterranean... Italian submarine Emo sunk by British armed trawler Lord Nuffield.
British vessel Garlinge sunk by U-81
RN destroyer HMS Martin sunk by U-431
In Egypt... Lead elements of British 8th Army reach Halfaya Pass.
In Algeria... Admaril Darlan issues orders for a Vichy French ceasefire throughout North Africa.
Elements of US 1st Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division enter Oran in the morning
In Vichy... Petain and Laval countermand Darlan's order for a ceasefire in North Africa. In a covert message however, Petain instructs Darlan to ignore the countermand and proceed with the ceasefire.
In Morocco... Vichy French resistance comes to an end around Port Lyautey. USN destroyer Dallas sails up Sebou River and lands Rangers to occupy
Vichy French sloops Commandant Delage and La Gracieuse sortie from Casablanca
and bombard positions of US 7th Infantry Regiment before being driven off by USN
destroyers Tillman and Edison.
General Nogues orders French troops to cease active hostilities at
Casablanca and Marrakech.
In the Atlantic... U-608 conducts minelaying operations off New York City.
U-128 sinks British vessels Cerinthus and Start Point.
US vessel Marcus Whitman sunk by Italian submarine Da Vinci.
In the Pacific... On Guadalcanal, US 7th Marine Regiment and 2nd Battalion of 164th Infantry Regiment attack the
Gavaga sector near Koli Point.
US 2nd Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion of 164th Infantry Regiment attack
around Point Cruz.
Elements of US 2nd Marine Regiment push toward Kokumbona.
IJN submarine I-5 sunk by USN minesweeper Southard off San Cristobal Island.
IJN destroyers deliver 600 reinforcements to Guadalcanal overnight.
In Papua New Guinea... After heavy fighting, the Australian 25th Infantry Brigade captures Gorari, cutting off General Horii and
the Japanese force at Oivi on the Kokoda Track.
In the Indian Ocean... Norwegian vessel K.G. Meldahl sunk by U-181
Today's Air Raids...
Northern France on military targets by RAF Fighter Command.
Le Havre, France by US 8th Air Force.
North Sea minelaying by RAF bomber command.
Canea, Crete by USMEAF bombers
Benghazi, Libya by USMEAF bombers
Guadalcanal US military positions by Japanese aircraft
Bougainville Island by US 5th Air Force
Sanananda, Papua New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Akyab, Burma by RAF Bombers
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
With missus recovered from vomiting bug and out early to the hairdressers, some me time before shift 2 of the Weekend Job. Footie on TV in the later evening.
Twitter Followers = 1,594 (up 3)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I'm enjoying being "on a roll" with no arsepains and favourable conditions at the Weekend job, plenty of me time, clients to see, and being loved and appreciated. It's easy to be grateful right now! Such times are ideal for taking my spirituality forward.
My current spiritual goal is to keep my awareness centred on the point of "The Grateful Observer". It has taken all my life thus far just to figure out where my centre of focus needs to be. Now, when attention wanders, I know where to bring it back to. Eventually, my attention will never stray from this point, at which time I reach continual Nirvana, the Universe aware of itself from a single point of reference.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What is the right place for your mind?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry all day with sunny periods, particularly in the later afternoon.
Dry with clear periods in the evening and overnight.
Wind will be light and south-westerly
Max Temp = 7 degC
Min Temp = 5 degC
Sunrise at 07:25
Sunset at 16:16
Jetstream: Over Britain and South-Westerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I've lost my mind and I'm pretty sure my kids took it. : D
7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Dara's Big Head
A spaceship travelling at a constant speed of 60 miles per hour would take over 48 million years to reach
the sun's nearest star neighbour, Proxima Centauri. This is about 685,000
average human lifetimes.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Don't count the days, make the days count" - Muhammad Ali