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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (31st January
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front and 4th Ukrainian Front attack the German 6th Army around Krivoi Rog and Nikopol
French Resistance forces attack the aircraft factory at Figeac
In the English Channel...
Kriegsmarine 5th S-Boat Flotilla attacks a British coastal convoy, sinking 3 vessels
In the Mediterranean...
German vessel Leda is sunk by RAF aircraft off Samos Island
II Corps of US 5th Army attack around Cassino and Cairo
British 10th Corps of US 5th Army reaches Monte Purgatorio
In the Anzio beachhead, despite heavy air support, US VI Corps unable to advance against Cisterna and Campoleone, and the attacks are abandoned
In the Atlantic...
U-592 is sunk by RN sloops Wild Goose, Starling, and Magpie
In the United States...
USN aircraft carrier Franklin is commissioned
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessels Yasukuni Maru, Hiro Maru and IJN minelayer Nasami are sunk by USN submarine Trigger
Operation Flintlock - The Invasion of the Marshall Islands
A USMC reconnaissance force lands on Majuro Atoll and finds it occupied by a single Japanese sailor. It becomes the first pre-war Japanese territory captured by the Allies
Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58 attack Japanese shipping and installations at Kwajalein Atoll, whilst under command of US 5th Fleet, troops of Joint Expeditionary Force commence landings. Underwater demolition teams are used for the first time. Elements of US 25th Marine Regiment land on islets around Roi Island and Namur Island, whilst Elements of US 7th Infantry Division land on islets around Kwajalein Island.
New Zealand raiders are withdrawn from Nissan in the Green Islands by USN Task Group 31.8 following reconnaissance mission
IJN guardboat Seisho Maru is sunk by USAAF aircraft off Celebes Island
In New Guinea...
In the Dumpu-Bogadjim sector, the Australian 18th Infantry Brigade attack Crater Hill against fierce resistance, whilst Australian 8th Infantry Brigade reaches Crossing Town on the coast
29th Army activated under Japanese Southern Army to control units in Malaya, Andaman Islands, and Nicobar Islands
West African 81st Infantry Division renews its advance southward down the Kaladan valley
Today's Air Raids...
Klagenfurt, Germany by US 15th Air Force
Gilze-Rijen airfield, Netherlands by US 8th Air Force
V-Weapons sites, Northern France by US 8th Air Force and RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Artena, Sezze, Fondi, Priverno, and military targets in Southern Italy by US 12th Air Force
Udine and Aviano, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Wotje Atoll, Mille Atoll and Jaluit Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Bogadjim, Alexishafen, and military targets in New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul, New Britain by US 13th Air Force and US AirSols
Ceram Island by US 5th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After a sluggish day yesterday, I feel much more energetic today - I know where I'm going and what I'm doing! I feel very much like my consciousness is "watching the movie" while it all goes on around me. I believe that good opportunities present themselves every day, but you need the focus mindset to be aware of them. Today I am ready to catch them!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you alert, ready for the opportunities that will present themselves today?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
After a damp drizzly start, there will be a window of dry weather in the morning.
Rain arrives in the afternoon and will become heavy at times
Rain will ease to light showers by mid-evening and will peter out slowly overnight.
A moderate south-easterly will strengthen to a peak in the early evening then ease back and swing south-westerly overnight
Max Temp = 6 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 07:56
Sunset at 16:46
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I have survived pepper spray and mustard gas - I'm a seasoned veteran : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mock The Week quickie: The Evolution Of Man
The first African-American Oscar winner was Hattie McDaniel who was
awarded the 1939 Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. Twenty-four years would lapse before another African-American would win: Sydney Poitier for Lilies of the Field (1963), which was filmed in just 14 days.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Difficulties impede the progress of those who are weak. For the strong,
however, they are an opportunity to open wide the doors to a bright
future. Everything is determined by our attitude, by our resolve.