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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2
(1st April 1943)
General Garibaldi of Italian 8th Army meets with Hitler.
In the North Sea...
Kriegsmarine patrol trawler V-1241 sunk by RN MTBs
In the Mediterranean...
Four Axis freighters are sunk by a combination of Allied aircraft, submarines and MTB's.
In the Pacific...
A Japanese convoy off New Ireland is attacked by US aircraft. 1 vessel, Kokoko Maru, is sunk.
In the Arakan, a Japanese attack drives Indian troops out of Thitkado, further
threatening 6th Infantry Brigade and 47th Infantry Brigade. Indian 4th Infantry Brigade makes unsuccessful attack southward in an effort to
Today's Air Raids...
Northern France RAF fighter patrols
Trier, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
La Fauconnerie Ed Djem and Sfax, Tunisia by USAAF
Kiska Island by US 11th Air Force
Operation I-Go, a Japanese air offensive is launched - 56 Japanese aircraft engage Allied fighters over the Russell Islands.
New Guinea on military targets by US 5th Air Force
Cape Gloucester and Gasmata, New Britain by USAAF
East Indies on military targets by US 5th Air Force
Lishui and Chienou airfield, China by Japanese aircraft
Fighters of Japanese 1st Air Brigade attack Hengyang and engage US 14th Air
Force fighters over Lingling, claiming four downed for loss of four
Heho, Burma by RAF Bombers
Maymyo and Ywataung, Burma by USAAF
Feni, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
A "chill-out" day at home with the family, a combination of blogging, me time, meditation and missus time.
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
A highly successful family-bonding day on Sunday that everyone enjoyed. Due to Son not returning from a sleepover until noon, a bonus marital time was enjoyed in the morning. With my male powers much stronger mid-morning than the evening, a "warm-up" was not required and everybody's bell got rung!
It was a day I needed, making an appreciated difference to the "fans". With Missus and Son at home, a full week of healing, family-bonding and inner reflection is the agenda.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU?
Are you making the most of opportunities for a "time-out"?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
A cloudy start, but skies will be clear thereafter.
A moderate but very cold easterly wind will blow all day.
Max Temp = 3 degC
Min Temp = -1 degC
Sunrise at: 06:41
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
New from Mattel - Divorce Barbie - she comes complete with half of Ken's stuff! : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Two Ronnies - The Mispronunciation Sketch
Pigs are unusually susceptible to influenza viruses from other species, particularly birds and humans. Because the influenza virus easily mutates, this means that pigs can be sources of new and deadly strains of flu originating in other animals and passed on to humans who have no immunity to it.
The worst flu epidemic on record is the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918-1920. Unlike most flu strains, which most badly affect infants, the old and the frail, it was most devastating in healthy young adults. It wiped out approximately 4% of the world's population, killing many times more people than had died in the First World War (1914-1918)
The virulence of the epidemic was because of the war still in progress when it began. Normally people with virulent strains stay at home, quaratining the virus, but in war, many are soldiers in crowded field hospitals who are frequently transported, spreading the virus as they go.
Most pathogens ultimately evolve into forms that give milder symptoms, because mildly affected people keep moving and circulating. The Spanish Flu virus followed this pattern, and by the end of 1920 the virulent strains had died out.
9. THE WISDOM I'VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." - Helen Keller