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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (24th December 1942)
the Russian Front... The Tatinskaya Raid takes place. The Soviet 24th Tank Corps races deep behind the front and reaches Tatsinskaya airfield, destroying
more than seventy Luftwaffe transports and stopping any supplies being sent to Stalingrad. The German XLVIII Panzer Korps are despatched to engage the Soviet force, which is now itself cut off from resupply.
Luftwaffe aircraft evacuate Morozovskaya airfield as Soviet armored forces
Soviet 51st Army and 2nd Guards Army launch a counter-offensive against German Group Hoth.
In Stalingrad, the Soviet 62nd Army recaptures the Red October factory.
In Libya... Advance elements of the British 7th Armored Division run into Axis positions near
In Tunisia... British 1st Guards Infantry Brigade captures Longstop Hill north of Medjez el
Bab. The Allied offensive then halts, waiting for an improvement in the weather.
In Algiers... Admiral Darlan is assassinated. General Giraud is named Free French commissioner for North Africa.
In the Pacific... Japanese vessel No. 1 Amakusa Maru sunk by USN submarine Triton south of Wake
US Americal Division attacking Mount Austen on Guadalcanal.
Nine out of thirteen Japanese barges with troops destined for New Georgia Island
sunk by US Cactus Air Force aircraft.
In New Guinea... Warren Force attacking Japanese positions around New Strip east of Buna.
Urbana Force attacking Japanese positions around Buna mission.
Today's Air Raids...
Munda airfield, New Georgia Island by US Cactus Air Force
Rabaul, New Britain on Japanese shipping by US 5th Air Force
Gasmata Airfield, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
Lae, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Magwe, Burma by RAF aircraft
Calcutta, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Early waking has given me the opportunity to get in some blogging and me time first thing. Some online counselling. Off to the local store for a final few food items for Christmas Day. Ironing! Lunchtime with Son. General family time as required thereafter, me time if I get a chance!
Twitter Followers = 1,601 (down 2)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
A phenomenon that interests me is the self-righteousness of others, people so determined to be the aggrieved and the offended that they are blind to the reality that they are the authors of their own situation. When such people vent their spleens on me, my standard response is to sever contact, but if they invade my space, I will unleash my Dark Side upon them.
The "poor me" mindset blinds folk to their own failings. Of course, that's often why self-pity arises in the first place, to protect you when you can't accept that you have a personal issue or two. In my own life, I have discovered that energy spent on consoling yourself on what a victim you are is better spent ruthlessly expelling negative people from your life and managing your own issues.
The consequence of practising what I preach has been a much nicer environment around myself, abundant self-development and my personal issues well-managed. None of this makes me invincible of course. Stuff out of the blue can in an instant destroy everything you've created. That's all part of the life experience. But even then, I would not dissolve into self-pity. I would simply do something new. It's great to be in the Premier League, but if you get relegated to the Bradford Sunday League, what's important is to play football.
I have learned that life is an experience to be participated in, and the whole point is the challenge. When there is no challenge, when there's no difference left to make, life becomes pointless. It's the playing to win, not the winning that is the purpose of the life experience. Once you understand this, you are liberated from fear and misery and are free to live life.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you understand why you are doing what you are doing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy start.
Heavy rain will move in over mid-morning and persist until evening.
Rain clearing mid-evening, dry and cloudy thereafter
Wind will be light and south-easterly, veering south-westerly in the evening.
Max Temp = 6 degC
Min Temp = 5 degC
Sunrise at 08:24
Sunset at 15:50
Jetstream: Directly over Britain and south-westerly
6. TODAY'S ONLINER
My CV is a list of things I've hated doing! : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Russell Brand on Ellen
The image of Santa Claus as a jolly red fat man with a white beard and red suit with white fur trim was invented by artist Haddon Sundblom in 1931 for an advertising campaign for Coca-Cola.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all." - Srimad Bhagavatam