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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th June
In Helsinki, Finland...
The Finnish Government makes an emergency request of the Swedish government for armaments to repel the new Soviet offensive
In the Baltic...
Kriegsmarine ASW vessel UJ-316 sunk by mine
In Normandy, France...
General Montgomery orders the capture of Caen and Cherbourg as a priority
Sword beach is still being hit intermittently by German artillery fire
The western pier head of Mulberry B is completed
US 1st Army attacks toward St Lo and Cherbourg
In the English Channel...
U-767 is sunk by RN destroyers Fame, Inconstant, and Havelock
In a Luftwaffe attack, RN minesweeper MMS-7 and RN destroyer Onslow are damaged, and British vessel Albert C. Field is sunk
Kriegsmarine 2nd S-Boat Flotilla with six boats transfers from Boulogne to Le Havre overnight
Eisenhower orders V-weapons targets as top priority except for urgent operations in Normandy
RAF fighters claim 52 V-1 flying bombs downed
British 8th Army attack the German rear guard near Perugia
US 5th Army captures Radicofani on the road to Florence
Operation Brassard: Free French 9th Colonial Infantry Division are clearing the German garrison from Elba
In the Mediterranean...
German hospital ship Erlangen is damaged by Allied aircraft, runs aground, and is subsequently towed to Genoa
RN destroyer Quail, damaged by a mine in 1943, sinks in tow
In the Pacific...
On Saipan, US 27th
Infantry Division captures Aslito airfield while 4th Marine Division
pushes to the east coast and splits the Japanese forces in two. USMC aircraft immediately begin utilizing Aslito airfield (subsequently renamed Isley field). USN destroyer Phelps sinks 13 Japanese landing barges off Saipan and disperses the remainder, but USN battleship California is damaged by friendly fire.
aircraft -- 17 from Yap Island and 39 from the Palau Islands -- unable
to locate USN fleet, attack a group of oilers instead. USN oilers Neshanic and Saranac are damaged.
USN Task Fore 58 assembles west of the Marianas to engage the IJN fleet
Australian vessel Matafele vanishes in the Coral Sea, presumed sunk
US 41st Infantry Division on Biak Island is regrouping for new attacks to clear Japanese positions which threaten Mokmer airfield
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
58th Infantry Division of Japanese 11th Army captures Changsha
13th Infantry Division of Japanese 11th Army captures Liling
On the Salween Front:
6th Infantry Division of Chinese Y Force attack Watien
US-Chinese units are besieging Japanese troops at Myitkyina
Chinese 114th Infantry Regiment advances eastward toward Mogaung
British 2nd Infantry Division advances south from Kohima toward Imphal
Indian 5th Infantry Divisionadvances north from Imphal toward Kangpokpi on the road to Kohima
In the Indian Ocean...
Japanese vessel Eiko Maru is sunk by RN submarine Storm
Today's Air Raids...
Hamburg, Hanover and targets of opportunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
St Omer, France on the V-Weapons site by RAF Bomber Command
Nauru Island and Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Truk Atoll and military targets on New Britain by US FEAF
Wewak, New Guinea by US FEAF
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US FEAF
Myitkyina and Mogaung, Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
For most folks, 15 minutes meditation per day is enough to produce significant health benefits. I however like a full hour as a minimum to keep my own issues fully under control and well-managed.
For this Tuesday - Thursday however I'm having to reluctantly settle for less due to essential house maintenance (for which you can only do in dry weather) clients, and when Son wants quality time.
All three must take priority, and the greatest priority is Son. I would never turn down an invitation from him to spend quality time. It restores balance disturbed by the emotional neglect I got from my own father. For a happy fulfilled life, human relationships must always have priority over bricks & mortar and career. This I have learned well!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you giving priority to where it's deserved
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy for most of the morning
Isolated light showers in the late morning
Dry and increasingly clear thereafter
Max Temp = 20 degC
Min Temp = 14 degC
Sunrise at 04:35
Sunset at 21:41
Jetstream: Over south-east England, running north-south, and drifting south-east into France
Weathertrack: High Pressure north-west of Ireland will drift south and maintain central pressure. Weather fronts will move around it and travel down the North Sea
Air Pressure 1002 millibars and slowly falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Birthdays are nice, but too many will kill you :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stewart Lee on anti-Islamic standup
Bears live as long as 30 years in the wild. One captive brown bear lived to the age of 47.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Life is filled with potential that is truly unfathomable. At last we are
coming to see the enormous power it possesses. That is why we must
never write anyone off. In particular, we mustn’t put boundaries on our
own potential. In most cases, our so-called limitations are nothing more
than our own decision to limit ourselves.