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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (12th June
On the Russian Front...
Under pressure from
attacks by Soviet Leningrad Front, Finnish units withdrawing from first
line of defenses in the Karelian isthmus
In Normandy, France...
Winston Churchill, South-African prime-minister Jan Smuts and Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke visit the front
Eisenhower and other senior American generals and admirals also visit the front
British 2nd Army attacks around Tilly-sur-Seulles
Kriegsmarine ASW vessel UJ-1401 and patrol vessel V-206 are scuttled in the River Orne at Caen
Courseulles is opened to Allied shipping
The Gooseberry harbour at Utah Beach is completed
US 1st Army captures Carentan and advances toward St Lo
VII Corps of US 1st Army attacks toward Cherbourg
General Sepp Dietrich takes temporary command of German Panzer Group West
Ground troops receive heavy air support from US 8th and 9th Air Forces and the RAF
In the English Channel...
U-1191 is sunk by unknown cause, probably a mine
Kriegsmarine patrol vessel V-1510 is sunk by a mine
Kriegsmarine S-boats S-178, S-189, and S-197 and vessel R-97 are sunk overnight by Allied naval and air forces
British 8th Army continues to advance northward
US 5th Army is engaged with German rearguard positions around Orbetello
Civitavecchia opens to Allied LST traffic
In the Atlantic...
U-490 is heavily damaged by USN destroyer escorts Frost, Huse, and Inch and scuttled
In the Pacific...
US 41st Infantry Division heavily engaged around Mokmer airfield on Biak Island. Japanese aircraft attack USN warships and shipping off Biak island.
Japanese vessel Kainan Maru is sunk by RN submarine Stoic in the South China Sea
Mao Tse-tung publicly declares support for Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan
3rd Infantry Division and 13th Infantry
Division of Japanese 11th Army attacking Chinese 44th Army at Liuyang
70th Infantry Division of Japanese 13th Army captures Lungyu
Indian 77th LRP Brigade attacks around Mogaung
Indian 5th Infantry Division advances northward from Imphal toward Kangpokpi on the road to Kohima
Indian 20th Infantry
Division advances toward Sangshak and is heavily engaged with Japanese 15th
Infantry Division on the Ukhrul road northeast of Imphal
Japanese forces attack Indian 23rd Infantry Division at Shenam Pass southeast of Imphal
Japanese 33rd Infantry Division attacks Indian 17th Infantry Division in the Bishenpur sector south of Imphal
Today's Air Raids...
Gelsenkirchen and Cologne, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Rota, and Pagan Island on airfields and and shipping in surrounding waters by Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58. 11 ships and a torpedo boat are sunk.
Peleliu Island, Buka Island and military targets on Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
Hansa Bay and Wewak, New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US 13th Air Force
Sabang, Sumatra by Carrier-based aircraft of RN Eastern Fleet
Eastern China on military targets by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Quality Son Time
Quality Missus Time
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New followers = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Opportunities to get some serious online promotional work done have been put aside today and yesterday to spend quality time with Son. There was no way I was going to make my own Father's mistake and squander opportunities to bond with his Son for less important things. The two relationships I've got left with Missus and Son will always be priority #1 for time and resources.
And when I'm with them, my aim is to build them up and encourage them, not inflict my own sense of doom and disappointment on them! I feel very blessed in being given the opportunity do better than my own parents did.
Obviously I have failed with Daughter but that simply isn't my fault - she has inherited the bitter insecure egocentric narcissism of her grandmothers, a character trait rather than the result of upbringing. Only the infinitely patient blind love of Missus can tolerate her. I admire Missus ability to do this but feel no guilt in my own character being less robust. I will go where I will thrive, which is where I am understood and appreciated.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have peace with yourself about relationships past and present?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny with a westerly breeze throughout
Max Temp = 18 degC
Min Temp = 10 degC
Sunrise at 04:36
Sunset at 21:38
Jetstream: Over northern Scotland and drifting slowly south
Weathertrack: High Pressure over southern England will drift west. Two depressions in the western Atlantic will merge and remain static
Air Pressure: 1003 millibars and slowly falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If at first you don’t succeed, you’ll get a lot of free advice from folks who didn’t succeed either. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Monty Python: Bicycle Repairman
The average life expectancy of North Koreans is 61 years for males and 66 years for females.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Encouragement means to plant the seed of courage in the lives of others. It is an act of regeneration.