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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (8th December 1942)
the Russian Front... Luftwaffe aircraft transport approximately 200 tons of supplies to the German 6th
Army in Stalingrad pocket against strong Soviet fighter opposition.
In the Arctic... Soviet patrol vessel Smerch sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft at Murmansk.
In Bizerte, Tunisia... A German detatchment occupies the harbour, which was being controlled by French troops loyal to Vichy. The Germans acquire a destroyer, 3 torpedo boats, 9 submarines and 2 sloops.
In the Atlantic... US vessel James McKay sunk by U-600
British vessel Empire Spenser sunk by U-524
U-254 and U-611 are sunk by RAF Liberators
In Washington DC... Jewish leaders meet with Roosevelt about Germany's mass killing of European Jews. They obtain a promise of justice on the perpetrators after the war but no success in diverting military resources to interrupt it.
From London... The minimum age of military subscription is lowered to 18.
In the Pacific... A combination of American air and sea attacks prevent the Japanese resupply of both New Guinea and Guadalcanal.
Batavia, Java officially renamed Jakarta by Japanese authorities in Netherlands
Japanese vessel Heinan Maru sunk by USN submarine Gar
In New Guinea... Heavy fighting around Buna continues.
The Australian 21st Infantry Brigade makes successful attacks in Gona sector.
Today's Air Raids...
North Sea Minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Naples, Italy by US 9th Air Force
Turin, Italy by RAF Bomber Command
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Resting at home recovering from Norovirus.
Twitter Followers = 1,598 (up 4)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After spending yesterday sleeping or sitting quietly, I made a visit to the bathroom with some trepidation this morning. The conclusion is that bowel is recovering if not fully recovered. The debris of infection is clearly still being cleared, but I'm no longer "splattering the bowl". The lymph nodes in my lower back are still swollen and there's still a general soreness down there. I still may be infectious.
On balance, recovering is not recovered, so missus will insist I stay at home. I would override her wishes if I completely disagreed, but I'm undeniably not fully fit yet.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you totally honest with yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold, dry and sunny in the morning
Dry and cloudy in the afternoon and evening, feeling milder
Dry most of the night but rain moving in after 2am
Wind will be consistently westerly and will gradually increase
Sunrise at 08:12
Sunset at 15:46
Jetstream: Directly over Britain and northerly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I thought it was a cool idea to name your child after where they were conceived, which is why my son's name is Pub Toilet : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
World's worst female goalkeeper
The term "dustman" for a garbage disposal operative is unique to Britain, and comes from the fact that in the forties and fifties, material goods were scarce and recycled, so the main constituent of domestic refuse was the ash from coal fires.
With the introduction of the wheelie bin into Britain, the term is now in decline and has been replaced with "binmen" as the most popular term.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden