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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (1st August 1943)
On the Russian Front...
Facing overwhelming opposition and fearing another Stalingrad, German Army Group Centre is granted permission to withdraw from the Orel salient.
In the Baltic..
Soviet submarine S-12 is sunk by a mine
The Swedish Government cancels transit rights for German troop trains to and from Norway.
Anticipating Italy's capitulation, German forces begin moving into northern Italy
RN cruisers and destroyers bombard bridges in Calabria
German and Italian forces pulling back toward Messina for evacuation
British 8th Army fights its way into Regalbuto
US 7th Army attacks towards Troina and advances eastward along the coastal road.
Axis aircraft attack Palermo, sinking British vessel Uskside
RN cruisers Aurora and Penelope bombard Crotone
De Gaulle named president of French National Committee with Giraud as military commander-in-chief
In the Atlantic...
U-383 and U-454 sunk by RAF aircraft sunk by Allied aircraft in the Bay of Biscay
Brazilian vessel Bage sunk by U-185
In the Pacific...
On New Georgia Island, US 43rd Infantry Division reaches outer edge of Munda airfield while 37th Infantry Division captures Horseshoe Hill
Japanese reinforcements and supplies are concentrated on Kolombangara Island
Japanese occupation authorities in the East Indies permit limited local self-administration
Japan transfers control of international settlements in Shanghai to Wang Ching-Wei's puppet Nanking government
The Nationalist government in Chungking severs diplomatic relations with Vichy France
Burma is declared an independent nation, and a puppet government is set up with Ba Maw as head of state. This government concludes a formal treaty of alliance with Japan and declares war on the UK and USA
In the Indian Ocean...
Dutch vessel Mangkalihat sunk by U-198
Today's Air Raids...
Bay of Biscay Minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Romania Operation Tidal Wave: 177 USAAF B-24 bombers attack oil facilities at Ploesti and Campina. 41 are B-24s shot down, 13 lost in accidents, and 7 interned in Turkey with total of 532 casualties
Capodichino, Italy by USAAF
Kahili, Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,657 (no change)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated =1
New Followers = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Thursday got off to a good start thanks to the power of tadalafil, we flew round ASDA at lightning speed, kept the budget low and got back early enough for me to do the laundry and blogging. I love it when a plan comes together!
It's been made clear to me of late that wellbeing doesn't come by "default". I have to keep regularly doing things to keep mind and body functional. I also have to come to terms with the fact that chemicals are required if I am to keep missus maritally satisfied. You kinda hope that virility will suddenly and magically return, sadly not, as has been demonstrated when the medication wears off. Peanuts help as they contain L-argenine, an essential nutrient in helping you rise to the occasion, but they alone are not enough as I did hopefully think for a while.
However as missus wisely pointed out, she herself needs medication to keep her schizophrenia under control and lots of people need chemicals to function - there's no shame in it. I will therefore keep taking the tablets and doing the disciplines on an ongoing lifelong basis to maximise my enjoyment of life.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there anything about yourself that you need to accept and come to terms with?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry all afternoon, and sunny in the evening.
A warm southerly wind will veer gradually south-westerly overnight
Max Temp = 26 degC
Min Temp = 22 degC
Sunset at 21:05
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Why is Emos have the best lawns? The grass cuts itself : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The hymen is named after Hymen, the Greek god of marriage
9. ZEN WISDOM
Our environment is a direct result of how we have lived.