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THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (22nd January 1943)
the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Guards Army push towards Manutchskaya.
Soviet 38th Army attack the German 2nd Army
Soviet Don Front renews assault on German 6th Army in the Stalingrad pocket. General Paulus unsuccessfully seeks permission from Hitler to negotiate 6th Army's
Hitler orders remnants of Hungarian 2nd Army withdrawn to Belgorod.
British 8th Army captures Castel Verde.
RN Force K from Malta bombards Panzer Army Afrika around Zuara
Panzer Army Afrika completes demolitions and evacuates Tripoli overnight.
In Morocco...Day 9 of the Casablanca conference between
Roosevelt and Churchill. Roosevelt meets with Sultan Mohammed V of Morocco.
In the Atlantic...
Swedish vessel Neva sunk by U-358
Greek vessel Mount Mycale sunk by U-413
In the Pacific...
US forces open a final offensive against Japanese positions on Guadalcanal. Japanese forces begin withdrawing from Mount Austen toward Cape Esperance
US vessel Peter H. Burnett damaged beyond repair by IJN submarine I-121 off
Australian auxiliary minesweeper Patricia Cam sunk by Japanese aircraft off
Japanese vessel Yashima Maru sunk by USN submarine Tautog off Celebes Island.
In New Guinea...
Australian 18th Infantry Brigade "mopping up" around Sanananda.
US 163rd Infantry Regiment clears final Japanese pockets along Soputa-Sanananda
Japanese 55th Infantry Division with 112th and 143rd Regiments moving to
reinforce 213th Infantry Regiment on the Arakan front.
Today's Air Raids...
Terneuzen, Netherlands on oil targets by RAF Bomber Command
Northern France on airfields and military targets by RAF Bomber Command, RAF Fighter Command and US 8th Air Force Fighters.
Tunis, Pont du Fahs and Ousseltia and offshore shipping, Tunisia by US 12th Air Force
Rekata Bay and Santa Isabel Island by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul, New Britain and offshore shipping, Ambon Island by US 5th Air Force
Rathedaung, Burma on British positions by Japanese aircraft.
Nsopzup, Burma by US 10th Air Force
Prome, Burma by RAF Aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Escorting missus to doctor's first thing for a sick note. Blogging and a brief milk run in the morning. Long meditation in the afternoon. Contemplation and business planning in the early evening, missus time in the later evening.
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Yesterday was Blue Monday, traditionally the most depressing day of the the year, and so it transpired in the Blonder house. Missus remains poorly and sorry for herself, Son was grounded from College by the snow and is going through a "my friends don't really like me" phase and I've still got a chronic cough, and my new business venture suddenly collapsed, although thankfully before it got off the ground.
On the plus side, the boiler got a makeshift repair, so at least the house is warm again, and none of our various causes of the blues are fatal. Son's problem will solve itself. Missus' bad guts and my lungs will eventually heal. I now need to fundamentally re-assess my business and decide where it goes from here, but living day-to-day and taking risks is a lifestyle I have freely chosen. I still have clients to see in January and look to making a fresh start in February.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you focused on what you've lost or on what you're doing with what you have?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Freezing fog all day.
Snow showers arriving in the evening will peter out overnight.
Wind will be light and north-easterly.
Sunrise at: 08:09
Sunset at: 1629
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
A pessimist counting his blessings: 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mae Martin on Russell Howard's Good News
The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"When you believe you can - you can." - Maxwell Maltz