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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (20th June
On the Russian Front...
Soviet Leningrad Front captures Viipuri
Day 2 of a major offensive by Soviet partisans in rear areas of German Army Group Centre
In the Baltic...
In a Soviet air attack, a Kriegsmarine gun ferry and a mine-transport are sunk and three minesweepers are damaged
In Normandy, France...
A severe storm stops the delivery of supplies, drives five transports aground and damages the Mulberry Harbour on Omaha Beach
VII Corps of US 1st Army reaches main belt of German defenses around Cherbourg
German 7th Army continues reinforcing front line in Normandy
In the English Channel...
U-763 is sunk by RN destroyers Eskimo and Haida
Free French frigate La Surprise is damaged and British vessel Westdale is sunk by mines off Normandy
British vessel Demeterton is damaged by gunfire off Normandy
The Germans are now launching an average of 100 V-1 flying bombs per day. Of these, around 40 are downed by aircraft and artillery, 10 are missing their target leaving 50 hitting London and its suburbs
The Bulgarian government opens secret negotiations via intermediaries to end their state of war with the Allies
British 8th Army captures Perugia but encounters stiffening resistance elsewhere
US 5th Army is delayed by German rear guards south of Lake Trasimene
In the Mediterranean...
Two Kriegsmarine torpedo boats, laying mines overnight, are attacked by US PT Boats and Kriegsmarine torpedo boat TA-25 is sunk.
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Nichibi Maru is sunk by USN submarine Hake off Mindanao Island
On Saipan, US 27th Infantry Division is clearing the south part of island while 4th Marine Division continues attacks northward. USN destroyer Phelps is damaged offshore by a Japanese shore battery
Battle of the Philippine Sea Day 2:
USN Task Force 58 closes IJN fleet and launches 216 aircraft. IJN carriers can launch only 35 remaining fighters to defend the fleet. IJN aircraft carrier Hiyo is sunk, Japanese vessels Gen'yo Maru and Seiyo Maru are damaged beyond repair and scuttled. IJN aircraft carriers Zuikaku, Chiyoda, and Ryuho, seaplane carrier Hayasui, battleship Haruna, cruiser Maya, and destroyers Samidare and Shigure are all damaged. 20 USN aircraft lost in attack, but another 72 are lost attempting to return to their carriers in the dark. The US Navy loses 130 aircraft overall but has destroyed 450 Japanese aircraft. IJN fleet withdraws in disaaray overnight, but Task Force 58 does not pursue.
...This battle is decisive in shattering Japanese naval air power, giving the Americans complete air supremacy in subsequent operations. Japanese aircraft, particularly the Mitsubishi Zero, had not been improved on since 1941 and was now obselete, and flown by inexperienced pilots. The new American F6F Hellcats were vastly superior and flown by experienced veterans.
US 41st Infantry Division on Biak Island captures Borokoe airfield and Sorido airfield
In New Guinea...
In Arare sector, US 6th Infantry Division attacks westward from the Tirfoam River
US Vice-President Wallace arrives in Chungking for discussions with Chiang Kai-shek
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
13th Infantry Division of Japanese 11th Army advancing toward Pinghsiang
On the Salween Front:
Chinese Y Force captures Watien
US-Chinese units are besieging Japanese troops at Myitkyina
British 2nd Infantry Division advances south from Kohima toward Imphal
Indian 5th Infantry Divisionadvances north from Imphal toward Kangpokpi on the road to Kohima
Today's Air Raids...
Hamburg, Koenigsberg, Magdeburg and military targets in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Netherlands on Luftwaffe airfields by US 8th Air Force
Northern France on V-Weapons sites by US 9th Air Force
Woleai Atoll and Truk Atoll by US FEAF
Truk Atoll and Ponape Island by US 7th Air Force
Wewak, New Guinea by US FEAF
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US FEAF
Tungting Lake, China by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Yesterday's circumstances were as benevolent as it gets, with abundant time free of distractions, which I used to prepare client sessions for next week and do some online promotional work.
In addition, I now have the mental strategies in place to maximise my effectiveness. It's great to have positive circumstances, and it's important to express gratitude for them, but I know that what really matters is the correct response to all circumstances, and to be guided by intuition rather than ego.
My intention now is to build up my concentration to ever higher levels to make my character as robust and effective as possible, drawing on the power of my subconscious and Higher Self, in order to have the most fulfilling life experience.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have a source of strength beyond your own reasoning on which to draw?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny throughout with a moderate westerly wind
Max Temp = 18 degC
Min Temp = 12 degC
Sunrise at 04:35
Sunset at 21:42
Jetstream: Running west-east to the north of Scotland and drifting slowly south
Weathertrack: High pressure to the west of Ireland remaining static. A depression over Iceland will track east into Scandanavia then dissipate
Air Pressure: 995 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Now I'm middle-aged, temptation avoids ME :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stewart Lee on Top Gear
The Chinese call Mount Everest Qomolangma, which means “Mother Goddess of the Earth.”
9. ZEN WISDOM
“What kind of future do I envision for myself? What kind of self am I
trying to develop? What do I want to accomplish in my life?” The thing
is to paint this vision of your life in your heart as specifically as
possible. That “painting” itself becomes the design of your future. The
power of the heart enables us to actually create with our lives a
wonderful masterpiece in accordance with that design.