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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (21st NOVEMBER 1942)
On the Russian Front... The Soviet Don Front advances toward Kalach from north of Stalingrad, while the Stalingrad Front advances toward Kalach from south of Stalingrad. General Paulus, commanding the German 6th Army in Stalingrad, realizes he is about to be surrounded and formally requests of Hitler to be allowed to retreat westward. Hitler refuses and orders Paulus to stay put.
In a reorganization necessitated by the destruction of two Romanian armies, General Manstein takes command the new German Army Group Don.
In Tunisia... 2nd Battalion of the US 509th Parachute Regiment withdraws from Gafsa to Feriana.
In the Atlantic... Three freighters are sunk by U-Boats, but U-517 is sunk by aircraft from RN carrier HMS Victorious.
German blockade runner Anneliese Essberger scuttled to avoid capture by USN
destroyer USS Somers.
In the Pacific...
Japanese forces engaged with US 182nd Infantry Regiment and 164th Infantry
Regiment near Point Cruz on Guadalcanal.
In New Guinea...
The US 128th Infantry Regiment are taking heavy losses in attack on Buna.
The Japanese counterattack the Australian 16th Infantry Brigade at Sanananda.
General MacArthur's orders for assault on Gona, Sanananda, and Buna: "All columns
shall be driven to their objectives regardless of losses."
Today's Air Raids
Bay of Biscay Minelaying by RAF Bomber Command.
Tripoli, Libya By US 9th Air Force
Algiers Airfield, Algeria by the Luftwaffe
Buna and Sanananda, New Guinea By US 5th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Christmas Booze Run, Client prep, business planning, some ironing before teatime, then client prep and follow-up before missus time.
Twitter Followers = 1,589 (up 2)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Horny missus wanted to take advantage of Son's late arrival yesterday evening, and despite not having Tadalafil assistance, I was surprised at how successfully I completed the mission. I put this down to it being only 5pm and therefore being reasonably perky.
There are two reasons that Paranoid Schizophrenia has not ended the marriage, as it almost always does to marriages. Most importantly, she faithfully takes her medication. Secondly, she deeply, profoundly loves me, and I really like that. In addition, we both enjoy behaving in a highly immature childish manner that no one else would tolerate, let alone understand. She needs me to care for her and I depend on her income. I get unprecedented personal freedom that would be the envy of most married men. And most of the time, the relationship is positively joyous. Once I accepted that I was a full-time carer, that it was my main job, everything worked.
Although I still have goals, like liberation from the Weekend Job, I find myself lacking nothing. I have no complaints whatsoever.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you being honest with yourself about what you really want?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Rain all morning will lead to a mainly dry afternoon. Clear skies in the evening and overnight, cloud building in the small hours.
Wind will be moderate and will veer gradually from northerly to southerly. but it will feel consistently cool.
Max Temp = 7 degC
Min Temp = 5 degC
Sunrise at 07:46
Sunset at 15:59
Jetstream: Directly over Britain and southerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My wife asked me for something that does nought to 140 in 5 seconds for her birthday, so I bought her a set of bathroom scales. : D
7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Series 11 Things You Wouldn't Hear On A Political Discussion Show
Leonard da Vinci was the first to record that the number of rings in the cross
section of a tree trunk revealed its age. He also discovered that the width
between the rings indicated the annual moisture.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you." — STEPHANIE KLEIN