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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th February 1944)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Shock Army captures Staraya Russa
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front (3rd Army, 11th Army, 48th Army, and 65th Army) and 2nd Byelorussian Front (47th Army, 61st Army, and 70th Army) are activated
All remaining German forces in the Korsun pocket are eliminated.
New Zealand Corps are heavily engaged in Cassino sector, including Monastery Hill and Cassino station
German 14th Army make heavy attacks against US VI Corps in the Anzio beachhead, making the deepest penetrations of the offensive
In the Mediterranean...
RN cruiser Penelope is sunk by U-410
In the Atlantic...
U-406 is sunk by RN frigate Spey
In the Pacific...
US 22nd Marine Regiment lands on the southern shore of Engebi Island and rapidly secures the whole island.
USN Destroyer Squadron 12 bombards Rabaul on New Britain
USN Destroyer Squadron 23 bombards Kavieng on New Ireland - IJN auxiliary sub chaser Cha-17 is sunk by USN aircraft offshore
IJN destroyer Fumizuki and IJN sub chaser Ch-29 is sunk by USN aircraft from Task Force 58 off the Caroline Islands
Japanese vessel Shinsoku Maru sunk by US 14th Air Force aircraft in the East China Sea
In New Guinea...
Elements of US 126th Infantry Regiment advance west from Saidor
In the Arakan, Sinzweya Admin Box continues to hold out against Japanese attack
In the Indian Ocean...
Japanese vessel Eifuku Maru is sunk by RN submarine Trespasser
Today's Air Raids...
Amiens Prison, France by RAF Mosquitos, liberating imprisoned French Resistance fighters
London bu the Luftwaffe
Jaluit Atoll and Mille Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Rabaul, New Britain by US 13th Air Force and US AirSols
Burma military targets by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,713 (up 1)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New followers = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Perhaps it's a sign of age that I relish the prospect of days where nothing significant is expected to happen! It's also a sign of being very content in this time and and space! That said, my intuition compels me to move forward, to be aware of opportunities to make a difference doing what I'm good at.
Once you have developed the ability to disentangle your consciousness from your character, you can simply "enjoy the movie". I already know that the mind makes decisions before you are conscious of making a choice, which for me is the "clincher" argument for the universe being a movie already scripted, shot, canned and now simply running on the screen of your consciousness.
This "movie" however has many dimensions, and your experience of it can be enhanced by focus on the positive - what you can and want to do.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is what you're focused on helpful?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry throughout with sunny/clear periods
Possibility of an isolated shower mid-afternoon
A moderate south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 8 degC
Min Temp = 5 degC
Sunrise at 07:21
Sunset at 17:22
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If you can't pronounce your F's, T's and H's, you can't say "fairer than that".
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
David Mitchell on haircuts
When it comes time to give birth, the female shark loses her appetite so she won’t be tempted to eat her own pups.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The courage not to bow to pressure, the courage to stand alone, the courage to maintain one’s determination, the courage to look deep into one’s heart and confront one’s own cowardice and arrogance, the courage to challenge difficulties—those who possess this kind of courage are true victors.