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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (30th November
On the Russian Front...
German XLVIII Panzer Korps attacking in the Zhitomir sector
German LIX Korps attacks the Soviet 60th Army and recaptures Korosten, 100 miles north-west of Kiev
British 8th Army offensive across the Sangro River captures Fossacesia and continues to make progress
US 5th Army conduct limited diversionary attacks
The Tehran Conference between Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill continues.
In a famous incident over dinner at the
Tehran conference, Stalin suggests that 50,000 German officers must be shot
at the end of the war, but Roosevelt jokingly replies that the number should only
49,000. Churchill is disgusted and walks out - the first open spat between the Allied leaders.
In the Atlantic...
French vessel Fort de Vaux is sunk by U-68
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Columbia Maru is sunk by USN submarine Gato
USN destroyers Lardner and Lansdowne bombard Japanese positions along Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville Island
Japanese vessel Himalaya Maru is sunk by USN PBY aircraft off New Hanover
In New Guinea...
Four USN destroyers bombard Madang
Changte Operation: Japanese 11th Army heavily engaged around Changte and, according to Chinese sources, employ poison gas
Indian 7th Infantry Division pushes south on both flanks of Awlanbyin overnight east of the Mayu Range
Chiang Kai Shek inspects Chinese troops based there.
Today's Air Raids...
Solingen, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Belgium Fighter patrols by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Bay of Biscay minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Italy German front line by US 12th Air Force, communication lines by US 15th Air Force
Maloelap Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Malai Island by US 13th Air Force
Bougainville Island military targets by US 13th Air Force
Alexishafen and military targets, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Cape Gloucester and military targets, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
Rangoon, Burma by the RAF
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Footie on TV with Missus
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I'm on something of a good run with the Weekend Job - the last few shifts have gone almost too smoothly to be true! This certainly helps mood and morale. Let's hope today will be the same!
In fact, free of unhelpful individuals, life is generally idyllic - only finance is suffering at the moment. Son, who is now thinking twice about his operatic ambitions, asked me if I regret spending all that cash on his auditions and general exploration in music. Without hesitation I said no. Even though on the face of it there is no material reward for the investment so far, that was not the main objective - the true objective is to support him as parents.
Conversely, I regret and resent every penny I ever spent on Daughter - not just because she wasted it all, but because in return for all that investment I got only anger and hatred in return.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you putting your loved ones first?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and clear before dawn
Dry and sunny all day
Cloud building after dusk, descending to fog overnight
A moderate wind will vary between westerly and north-westerly throughout
Max Temp = 4 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 07:59
Sunset at 15:51
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Want to look sharp? Wear spikes! : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Sarah Millican at the Royal Variety Performance
The bats that feed on frogs can tell the difference between safe and poisonous frogs by listening to the male frog’s call.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Everything begins with the resolve to take the first step. From that
action, wisdom arises and change begins. Without action, nothing