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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (31st December 1942)
the Russian Front... Luftwaffe aircraft transport 310 tons of supplies to German 6th Army in
Soviet 5th Shock Army attacks German Army Detachment Hollidt and captures
German Army Group A withdraw from the Terek River
In the Arctic...
Kriegsmarine cruisers Lutzow and Admiral Hipper with escorting destroyers attack
convoy JW 51B. In a fierce exchange with defending Royal Navy escorts, minesweeper HMS Bramble and destroyer HMS Achates are sunk and three more destoyers are dmaged, but Kriegsmarine destroyer Eckoldt is also sunk and Admiral Hipper is damaged, and the German force has to disengage and withdraw without ever reaching the convoy.
By the end of 1942, Italian control of Albania is very weak and most of the country is controlled by partisans.
In the Mediterranean...
Italian vessel Maddalena sunk by RN submarine HMS Unrivalled
General Leclerc's Free French column advances from Chad across the Fezzan.
In French Somaliland...
General Legentilhomme formally takes possession of the colony for Free France.
In the United States...
New aircraft carrier USS Essex is commissioned.
In New Guinea...
Urbana Force attacking Japanese positions around Buna mission.
Emperor Hirohito approves Imperial General Headquarters plans for withdrawal
Indian 14th Infantry Division reaches Shinkhali, Thitkado, and Alethangyaw in
Today's Air Raids...
Northern France on military targets by RAF Fighter Command and US 8th Air Force Fighters.
Bay of Biscay minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Kiska Island by US 11th Air Force
Munda airfield on New Georgia Island by US Cactus Air Force
Lae, New Guinea on multiple targets by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul and Gasmata, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Family accounts, ironing and festive booze run in the morning. Spending the afternoon intuitively before an evening with missus seeing in the New Year.
Twitter Followers = 1,606 (down 1)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 2
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF OBSERVATION
After some experimentation I am confident that thanks to my surprise discovery regarding nutrition, erections on demand have returned! I can now relax and just meet missus needs as required, without needing to take a tablet in advance. This doesn't mean I now have a teenager's libido, and I wouldn't want that anyway. I like the ability to be able to think about other things, and so long as I can perform on cue, my masculine ego is satisfied.
Two final days of festive fun are before me, although I have various duties to do in this morning, so it's really more like a day and a half. I shall enjoy them! For me, enjoyment means the creature comforts of home. I have absolutely urge to socialise at all, even on New Year's Eve, and haven't done for a long time. Missus absolutely worships me and is the only company I need, and fortunately she feels the same, so don't feel sorry for us, we will be enjoying ourselves!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you honest with yourself about what you really enjoy?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Heavy blustery showers in the morning will clear by late afternoon. It will then be dry in the evening, but there will be scattered showers overnight.
Wind will be strong and south-westerly in the morning, veering westerly in the afternoon.
Max Temp = 9 degC
Min Temp = 3 degC
Sunrise at 08:25
Sunset at 15:56
Jetstream: Over Britain and westerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I bought a book on dog obedience seven years ago, but it turns out the dog is a slow reader : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stewart Francis on leisure
First man on the moon Neil Armstrong got his pilot's licence before he got his driver's licence.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Be a witness, not a judge. Focus on yourself, not on others. Listen to your heart, not to the crowd." - Ma Zu