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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (30th April
In the Arctic...
US vessel William S. Thayer is sunk by U-711
On the Russian Front...
In a reorganization, Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front and 3rd Byelorussian Front are created
SOE agent Violette Szabo is flown out of France by light aircraft
A British commando raid captures German General Kreipe who is taken to Egypt
In the Pacific...
In the Marshall Islands, after American occupations of outlying islands, the Japanese hold only Mille Atoll, Wotje Atoll, Jaluit Atoll, and Maloelap Atoll. It is decided to bypass these strongpoints and to simply keep them subdued and isolated by bombing.
Truk Atoll is heavily bombarded and bombed by warships and aircraft from USN Task Force 58 for a second day.sinking two cargo vessels and a sub-chaser, 59 Japanese aircraft in the air and 34 on the ground
USN detachment with nine heavy cruisers and eight destroyers bombards Satawan Island
Japanese vessel Nittatsu Maru is sunk by USN submarine Bang off the Philippines
Vichy French gunboat Tahure is sunk by USN submarine Flasher in the South China Sea
Operation Ko-Go (Peking-Hankow Operation): Japanese 12th Army attacks Hsuchang
4th Burma Regiment, moving south from Fort Hertz and Sumprabum, advances to Nsopzup
A joint US-Chinese task force advances toward Myitkyina
The Japanese 33rd Army is established at Maymyo to control units in northern Burma and forces fighting Chindits
British 2nd Infantry Division and Japanese 31st Infantry Division are heavily engaged at Kohima
Today's Air Raids...
Saarbrucken, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Northern France on V-Weapons sites by US 8th & 9th Air Forces, and on general military targets by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
Somain, Acheres, and Maintenon, France by RAF bomber Command
English Channel minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Italy on transportation routes by US 15th Air Force
Wake Island, Ponape Island and Jaluit Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Woleai Atoll by US 13th Air Force
Buka Island and Bougainville Island on military targets by US 13th Air Force
Chindwin River, Burma on military targets by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Much to my surprise, Missus opted for a local anaesthetic rather than to be sedated for her endoscopy, but what she gained in post-operative awareness soon evaporated after the anaesthetic wore off, feeling tired, sick and sore, so she's at home recovering today anyway.
For me this all means that the week will turn out as expected, somewhat fragmented. However there's plenty of me time and opportunities to keep my head in the right place. Whilst waiting for Missus to emerge from her endoscopy for example turned out to be an ideal meditation opportunity.
I intend to exploit every opportunity to do what I love doing and things I don't like only when absolutely necessary, the absolute opposite of the philosophy I grew up surrounded by. After seeing the misery and dysfunctionality that resulted, I have no intention of making the same mistakes.
I will also keep pursuing my goals in the face of every disappointment, setback, defeat and failure, treating them all as lessons to learn from on my way to triumph.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you clear in your own mind about what you want to achieve?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly mild, dry and cloudy
Light showers may appear mid-evening
A light to moderate south-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 14 degC
Min Temp = 10 degC
Sunrise at 05:34
Sunset at 20:35
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Corduroy pillows - they're making headlines!
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Never Mind The Buzzcocks: Greg Davies, Rachel Stevens and Russell Brand
Approximately one third of the deaths associated with cocaine use are
caused by the direct pharmacological effects of the drug itself. The
vast majority of deaths related to cocaine are caused by homicide,
suicide, and motor vehicle collisions.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Both art and our lives are faithful expressions of what is in our hearts.