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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (4th August
On the Russian Front...
Premier Mikolajczyk, head of Polish government-in-exile, meets with Stalin for a second day
German 16th Army counterattacks Soviet 51st Army south of Jelgava
continue around the Praga suburb of Warsaw on the east bank of the
Vistula, driving back Soviet 2nd Tank Army
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front heavily engaged in the Sandomierz and Baranow bridgeheads
German SS forces moving into positions for assault on the Polish Home Army positions in Warsaw
Allied Balkan Air Force
sends 14 Polish and British bombers from Italian bases to drop supplies
to Home Army in Warsaw overnight, with five aircraft lost
Turkish vessel Mefkure, carrying 320 Jewish refugees, is sunk by Soviet submarine SC-215
In Helsinki, Finland...
Mannerheim is elected president by Finnish parliament, succeeding Ryti
The Army Court of Honour established, presided over by Guderian, Rundstedt, and Keitel, to deal with July 20th conspirators
Hitler addresses Reichsleiters and Gauleiters about his "miraculous survival" and his new "wonder weapons"
In the Netherlands...
Anne Frank and her family are discovered and arrested
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army captures Hermilly and Villers-Bocage while continuing to attack toward Estry and Vire
US 1st Army attacks around St Pois and Foret de St Sever
US 3rd Army advances toward Brest, attacks around St Malo, and captures Rennes
In the English Channel...
U-671 is sunk by RN destroyer Wensleydale and frigate Stayner
In the Mediterranean...
German vessel GK-61 is sunk by RN submarine Vox in the Aegean
British 8th Army moves into southern part of Florence and begins regrouping for new attack
In the Pacific...
President Roosevelt is on a tour of inspection in the Aleutian Islands
IJN guardboats Miyagi Maru and Zensho Maru are sunk by USN submarine Sterlet
Japanese vessel Koshu Maru is sunk by USN submarine Ray off the East Indies
On Guam, US III Amphibious Corps captures Mount Barrigada
USN Task Group 58.1.6 attacks a Japanese convoy off the Bonin Islands, sinking and escort destroyer and six cargo vessels, and damaging five others
In the Aitape area, weak Japanese forces make another unsuccessful attack around Afua and then withdraw
Japanese 11th Army, reinforced with four 15-cm
howitzers and four 10-cm cannon plus additional troops, reopens its attack
On the Salween Front:
Chinese 8th Army fights its way into Tengchung
British 14th Army crosses the border from India and captures Tamu
Today's Air Raids...
Warsaw on Polish Home Army positions by the Luftwaffe
Hamburg, Germany by RAF Bomber Command, sinking a minesweeper
Walcheren, Netherlands by RAF Bomber Command, sinking a gun-ferry
Ostend, Belgium by US 8th Air Force
V-Weapons sites, Bec-d'Ambes oil depot and Etaples, France by RAF Bomber Command
V-Weapons sites, Luftwaffe airfields, St.Malo and Pauillac, France by US 8th Air Force
Nice, France by US 12th Air Force
Brest, France offshore minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Focsani, Romania by US 15th Air Force
Yap Island, Utagal Island, and Boela oil depot on Ceram Island by US FEAF
Ponape Island by US 7th Air Force
Wewak, Nabire, Faan, and military targets in New Guinea by US FEAF
Iwo Jima, Haha Jima and Chichi Jima by Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Group 58.1 and 58.3
Mangshih and targets on Tungting Lake and the Yangtze River, China by US 14th Air Force
Lashio and Hsenwi, Burma by US 14th Air Force
Sahmaw, and military targets in Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I am thoroughly enjoying my holiday-at-home, although the house and garden are showing symptoms of the resultant lack of attention! However, they can wait a little longer as priority today is comforting Missus - it's her long-dead Dad's birthday today and she has made it clear she would like to mark the day.
Though I have never suffered bereavement, I have extensive second-hand experience of it. I know that the pain of loss never goes away and periodic times of remembrance are important. It's a great honour and priviledge to be there for a bereaved person, for that is what they want - another to just be there for them in their grief - no words, just quiet, supportive company.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you there for others when they really need it?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny throughout apart from a cloudy spell around noon
Dry after dark with patchy cloud
A moderate westerly wind will gradually peter out in the evening
Max Temp = 18 degC
Min Temp = 13 degC
Sunrise at 05:26
Sunset at 21:00
Weathertrack: High pressure over the Bay of Biscay will extend over Britain. Depressions are forming in the mid-Atlantic which will track east
Air Pressure: 1012 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
You're in trouble! I've run out of the medicine that makes me like you! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Never Mind The Buzzcocks: Coldplay
While awake, a human brain can generate enough energy to power a light bulb (between 10-23 watts)
9. ZEN WISDOM
Without dialogue, humans are fated to walk in the darkness of their own
dogmatic self-righteousness. Dialogue is the lamp by which we dispel
that darkness, lighting and making visible for each other our steps and
the path ahead.