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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (7th December 1942)
On the Russian Front... German 19th Panzer Division threatens to surround Soviet 41st Army around
The Soviet 5th Tank Army, fighting XLVIII Panzer Korps along the Chir River, is reinforced by the 5th Shock Army.
Luftwaffe aircraft transport 362 tons of supplies to German 6th Army in
Stalingrad pocket, the first day it has managed to exceed the 300 ton subsistence level.
In France... Operation Frankton: Canoe-borne British commandos disembark from RN submarine
Tuna and begin paddling up the Gironde river to Bordeaux.
In Gibraltar... Three Italian manned torpedoes unsuccessfully attempt to enter the harbour
In Algiers... The Darlan-Boisson-Eisenhower Agreement: French West Africa formally enters the war on the
side of the Allies.
In the Atlantic.. British vessel Ceramic sunk by U-515
British vessel Peter Maersk sunk by U-185
In the Pacific... Japanese vessel No. 3 Hino Maru sunk by USN submarine Kingfish
US vessel Alchiba torpedoed off Guadalcanal by IJN midget submarine Ha-38 from
In New Guinea... Fierce fighting in progress between Japanese and American forces around Buna. In the air, US fighters are gaining the upper hand, claiming 17 Japanese fighters shot down.
In Burma... Heavy rain delays Allied Arakan offensive.
In the Indian Ocean... Greek vessel Eugenia Livanos sunk by German raider Michel which is then ordered
to the South Atlantic.
Greek vessel Saronikos sunk by U-177
Today's Air Raids...
Bizerte, Tunisia by US 12th Air Force
Philippeville, Algeria by the Luftwaffe
Off Guadalcanal On Japanese convoys by the US Cactus Air Force
Munda Airfield, New Georgia Island by the US Cactus Air Force
Off New Britain On Japanese convoys by the US 5th Air Force
Mandalay, Burma by RAF Bombers
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
At home taking it easy until bowels settle down!
Followers = 1,594 (up 7)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Considering how ABSOLUTELY SHITE I felt on Wednesday night, with a raging temperature, my demeanour has recovered in spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, whilst my mental faculties are back to normal, my bowel has gone the other way. Viruses always target a specific organ, and this one has gone for the digestive tract. Missus, who has also contracted it, can't keep food down. In my case, the problem is at the other end. It would seem I need to be within 10 seconds of a toilet for the time being.
Keen researcher that I am, I have little doubt that we have contracted NOROVIRUS, also known as the Winter Vomiting Bug. Not a lot can be done until it's flushed through. Nice! I may as well make best of it and amuse myself with videos, catchup TV and multimedia - not meditation though, I need to be fully alert in order to dash for the bog.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you taking personal hygiene seriously enough?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny in the morning.
Dry and cloudy in the afternoon, evening and overnight
Feeling consistently cold
Wind will be consistently north-westerly and strong at first, gradually easing.
Max Temp = 3 degC
Min Temp = 0 degC
Sunrise at 08:11
Sunset at 15:46
Jetstream: Over southern England and north-westerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
A Haiku about getting out of bed; No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Karen from Outnumbered meets Frank Lampard - brilliant!
Southend Borough Council was the first UK local authority to privatise its refuse collection, on 1st April 1981.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them." - Harold J. Smith