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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (25th August
On the Russian Front...
67th Army of Soviet 3rd Baltic Front captures Tartu as German 18th Army retreats
47th Army of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front attacks German IV SS Panzer Korps near Warsaw
German 6th Army is under heavy attack and unable to break out of the Leovo pocket
German Group Meith attacks around Husi in unsuccessful attempt to avoid encirclement
U-18, U-24 and three midget submarines are scuttled at Constanta to avoid capture
In Stockholm, Sweden...
A Finnish delegation opens surrender negotiations with the Soviets
German forces are granted permission by Hitler to evacuate
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army advances slowly towards the Seine River
British 2nd Army crosses the Seine River at Vernon
US 1st Army captures Elbeuf and crosses the Seine River at Tllly south of Paris
French 2nd Armored Division and US 4th Infantry Division move in to Paris against light opposition. Having disobeyed Hitler's order to destroy Paris, General Choltitz surrenders his garrison and himself. De Gaulle triumphantly enters the city. General Marie-Pierre Koenig is appointed military governor.
US 3rd Army crosses Yonne River and attacks around Troyes
VIII Corps of US 3rd Army opens assault into Brest with heavy air and naval support
After intense dogfighting between Luftwaffe and US 9th Air Force fighters, the Americans claim 77 German fighters shot down
U-178, U-188 and all Kriegsmarine vessels moored at Bordeaux are scuttled to avoid capture
US 7th Army races north in an attempt to cut off the German retreat up the Rhone Valley
French Army B is fighting its way into Toulon and Marseille
In the North Sea...
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-347 is sunk by patrolling RAF aircraft
Kriegsmarine patrol vessel V-2009 sunk by a RN MTB
In the English Channel...
British vessel Orminister is sunk by U-480
Kriegsmarine 8th Gun Carrier Flotilla attacked by Allied PT boats, destroyers, destroyer escorts, and MTBs overnight - 4 gun-carriers are sunk
In the Bay of Biscay...
U-667 is sunk by a mine
Admiral Horthy appoints General Geza Lakatos to form new government to replace the German-sponsored Dome Sztojay
The new Romanian government declares war on Germany
British 8th Army opens an offensive against the Gothic Line overnight
British 13th Corps of US 5th Army expands the bridgehead across the Arno River east of Florence
In the Pacific...
USN destroyers Cassin and Cabana and two LCI(G)s bombard Aguijan Island
IJN destroyer Yunagi and Japanese vessel Kotoku Maru are sunk by USN submarine Picuda off the Philippines overnight
Japanese vessel No. 8 Nanko Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tang off Honshu
In New Guinea...
In the Aitape sector, with remnants of Japanese 18th Army cut off from significant re-supply and unable to mount any threat, military operations are formally concluded
Indian 36th Infantry Division attacking Pinbaw
Today's Air Raids...
Germany multiple military targets by US 8th Air Force
Russelheim, Darmstadt and Berlin, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Belgium ammonia and liquid oxygen plants by US 8th Air Force
Brno, Kurim, and Prostejov, Czechoslovakia by US 15th Air Force
Pagan Island, Yap Island, Ponape Island Kror Island and Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Babo Airfield, New Guinea by RAAF
Babo, Otawiri, Sagan, and But, New Guinea by US FEAF
Halmahera Island and shipping targets off the East Indies by US FEAF
China multiple military targets by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Quality Missus Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Missus is now forced to compile a list of interesting subjects to talk about before phoning Daughter to satisfy Daughter's demand for "interesting conversation". Son on discovering this was understandably outraged. I have been more accepting of the whole thing, understanding both Daughter's mental illness and Missus' need to be a dutiful mother.
My prime concern must be the wellbeing of Missus, which requires her to have unfettered communication with Daughter. Thus however unreasonable and generally appalling Daughter is in the treatment of her mother, I can only keep a watchful eye, intervening only if Missus becomes distressed. At present, that isn't the case. A positive to come out of the situation is Son's resolve to treat his mum well, as he has become appalled at the deranged attitude of Daughter.
Daughter however is sufficiently distant to be unable to spoil the happiest phase of my life thus far, and if anything, the watchfulness Daughter forces me to employ preserves that happiness against all currently distant threats.
My physical body has been noticably malfunctional of late. Fungus in my left foot has proved only controllable not eradicable, and frequently flares up. Full Hyperopia (long-sightedness), almost certainly inherited, has set in. Erectile Dysfunction is a permanent fixture. A muscle strain in my left arm is proving slow to heal and I have picked up an infection in my right ear.
However, due to the healthy state of my mind, I am not suffering with these ailments. I am quite sufficiently functional to do everything I wish to, and so long as reading glasses are kept with me at all times, I can see what I want to see, and thanks to little blue tablets, Missus libido is continuing to be satisfied. Strained arm and infected ear will undoubtedly heal. Again, these ailments keep me grounded, and aware of my vulnerability and mortality, so prompting me to always savour the moment.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have sufficient incentive to carry on?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry but cloudy start
Rain will arrive by mid-afternoon and persist thereafter, very heavy at times
A moderate easterly wind will turn south-easterly overnight
Max Temp = 12 degC
Min Temp = 10 degC
Sunrise at 06:02
Sunset at 20:15
Weathertrack: A deep depression west of Ireland will track south-east towards the English Channel and fill rapidly from Tuesday as it runs into high pressure over the Mediterranean
Air Pressure: 1011 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Conjunctivitis.com - now there's a site for sore eyes! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Have I Got News For You: T.F.H.C. - particularly funny!! :D
The grasp of a newborn baby is so strong that its whole body can hang in midair, with its bent fingers supporting its weight.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Iron, when heated and pounded, becomes a fine sword. Likewise, our true
strength and potential cannot be forged without hardships.