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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (26th December 1942)
the Russian Front...
German XLVIII Panzer Korps isolates Soviet 24th Tank Corps (redesignated 2nd Guards Tank Corps) at Tatsinskaya.
Soviet 51st Army and 2nd Guards Army push German Group Hoth back toward Kotelnikovo.
Luftwaffe aircraft transport 78 tons of supplies to German 6th Army in Stalingrad pocket.
Hitler orders 6th Army to fight to the last man.
In the Black Sea...
Soviet warships conduct unsuccessful sortie against Axis shipping off Romania
In the English Channel...
Kriegsmarine mine destructor vessel Sperrbrecher-149 sunk by mine.
In the Mediterranean...
Italian vessel Margherita sunk by RN submarine HMS Unrivalled.
In French Somaliland...
Free French forces cross from Ethiopia and British Somaliland without opposition and move toward Djibouti.
Admaril Darlan's assassin, Fernand Bonnier de la Chapelle, executed by firing squad.
In the Atlantic...
Spanish vessel Campomanes torpedoed by USN submarine Barb
U-357 rammed and sunk by RN destroyer HMS Hesperus
In the Pacific...
US Americal Division attack Mount Austen on Guadalcanal.
Japanese vessels Takashima Maru and Iwami Maru sunk at New Georgia Island by US Cactus Air Force aircraft.
Japanese vessel Teifuku Maru sunk by a mine off Japan.
Today's Air Raids...
Sfax, Tunisia by US 12th Air Force
Kiska Island and Attu Island by US 11th Air Force
Off New Britain On Japanese shipping by US 5th Air Force
Timor Island including shipping by RAAF aircraft.
Yunnanyi airfield, China by Japanese aircraft.
Bangkok, Thailand by US 10th Air Force
Lashio, Burma US China Air Task Force aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
No fixed plans at all, just being there for the family, me time and meditation.
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I count Christmas Day a success from my own viewpoint, but all was not happiness and light - Son's seething resentment against Daughter threatened to explode and I was quite chuffed with myself in defusing it. A prolonged chat into the small hours ensued, that ended up on a deep discussion about the nature of the Self, which both challenged his perception of reality and strengthened the bonds between us.
Today will continue to be a day of being the watchful "lubricant" between the conflicting agendas of the other three, but there will be plenty of me time to enjoy.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you clear in your own mind about what you really want?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning.
Heavy rain moving in during early afternoon, which will continue into the night.
Wind will be moderate and south-westerly, veering westerly overnight.
Max Temp = 6 degC
Min Temp = 5 degC
Sunrise at 08:25
Sunset at 15:51
Jetstream: Over Cornwall and westerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
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7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Bill Bailey and Reginald D. Hunter discuss Batman
There is no scientific agreement on the purpose of dreams. The three leading theories are:
1. To fix experiences into long-term memory
2. To dump trivial experiences from the brain.
3. It serves no purpose at all - it is simply a by-product of sleep.
There is not even any clear agreement on the purpose of sleep, although it is now accepted as an essential function. From observations of those deprived of sleep, the two most likely purposes are:
1. Maintenance and repair of the body's structure and systems.
2. Maintenance of brain function.
Like a machine or computer, many elements cannot be maintained and repired while they are being used, so mind and body has to partially "shut down" to enable this to happen.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry Ford