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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (2nd December
In the Black Sea...
Soviet submarine D-4 is sunk by Kriegsmarine sub chasers
The British Government announces that civilians will be conscripted to work as coal miners
Allied air forces are ordered to undertake the bombing of V-weapon sites
New Zealand 2nd Infantry Division captures Castelfrentano
With heavy artillery
preparation, US 5th Army begins attacking at Monte Camino, Monte la
Difensa, Monte Pantano, and other German positions
The Tehran Conference concludes. The decisions reached are:
1. The Yugoslav Partisans will be supported with supplies, equipment and commandos.
2. Turkey would be persuaded to enter the war on the Allied side
3. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France, would take place in May 1944 with a secondary invasion on the Mediterranean coast. Soviet forces would simultaneously launch a major offensive to tie down German forces in the East.
4. All three Allied governments will maintain good communications with each other regarding the 1944 plans.
5. A deception plan (Operation Fortitude) would be drawn up to mislead the Germans to expect the invasion in the wrong place.
After the conference, Roosevelt and Churchill depart for Cairo.
In New Guinea...
Australian 2/16th Battalion patrols Dumpu-Bogadjim sector south of Madang
In the Pacific...
USN submarine Narwhal lands supplies and eleven men at Butuan Bay, Mindanao in the Philippines,and embarks evacuees
Japanese vessel Koki Maru is sunk by a mine off Macao
Heavy fighting continues around Changte, the Chinese are supported by US 14th Air Force.
Japanese 143rd Infantry Regiment unsuccessfully attacking Indian 7th Infantry Division around Awlanbyin east of the Mayu Range
The Japanese garrison withdraws from Awlanbyin
In the Indian Ocean...
Greek vessel Nitsa sunk by IJN submarine I-27
Today's Air Raids...
Berlin by RAF Bomber Command
Kriegsmarine submarine pens, Marseilles, France by US 15th Air Force
Yugoslavia coastal targets by US 12th Air Force
Italy on the German fronr line by US 12th Air Force
Bolzano, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Bari, Italy in a devastating heavy raid by the Luftwaffe on the harbour, ships packed with explosives and poison gas are hit and explode. 28 ships are sunk and a further 12 are damaged, and the harbour itself is heavily damaged.
Bougainville Island military targets by US 13th Air Force
Finschhafen, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Borgen Bay, New Britain by US 5th Air Force
Suichwan Airbase, China by Japanese aircraft
Bassein, Burma by RAF Bombers
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Off to Manchester, supporting Son's Conservatoire interview
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Today will wrap up Son's "Conservatoire Tour". Although on the face of it it's been an expensive failure (that's not yet "official", but is probable), caused by a naivete on the part of myself and Son, it's been a great bonding exercise and learning experience. We will both make the most of the day, shrug our shoulders and take it from here.
Spiritually I can feel myself maing good progress, in most cases able to withdraw from the character of Gary Blonder at will and become The Player, simply being. The resultant peace within is absolutely delicious, and on a regular basis I can feel the "hum" that consciousness itself generates.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you know where your life is going?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout with a consistent light south-westerly wind
Max Temp = 5 degC
Min Temp = 4 degC
Sunrise at 08:02
Sunset at 15:50
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My pubes are so hairy, when I get an erection, it looks like Pinocchio has joined the Taliban : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Would I Lie to You? - Did Russell Howard wear underpants on his head?
In 1985, co-founder Steve Jobs lost a power struggle with the board of
directors at Apple and left the company. He founded a computer platform,
NeXT, that same year. In 1996, a floundering Apple bought NeXT and
brought Jobs back to the company. Much of the OS X operating system is
built on NeXT technology. Additionally, once Jobs returned, he pulled
Apple from the brink of bankruptcy, tripled annual sales, doubled Mac’s
market share, and increased Apple’s stock 1,300%.
9. ZEN WISDOM
People who can admire true greatness are happy people. By opening wide
the doors of our hearts we can broaden our own horizons and strengthen
our belief in life. A breakdown in this capacity to praise and respect
others can lead to inflexibility and self-righteousness.