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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (26th August
In the Arctic...
Soviet survey ship Nord is sunk by U-957
In the Baltic...
Soviet vessel T-45 is sunk by U-745
On the Russian Front...
37th Army of Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front reaches Galati on the Danube
German 6th Army and Group Meith, unable to battle their way out of encirclements, fight on
Six Kriegsmarine sub-chasers are scuttled off Kaliakra to avoid capture
De Gaulle, accompanied by Juin and Leclerc, leads a triumphant parade from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs Elysees. An assassination attempt on De Gaulle fails
On the Western Front...
Hitler orders Luftwaffe and V-weapon attacks against Paris and counterattacks on the ground to recapture the city
Canadian 1st Army begins crossing the Seine River south of Rouen overnight
British 2nd Army expands its bridgehead across the Seine River at Vernon
US 1st Army mops up in Paris and advances east
US 3rd Army, advances toward Chateau-Thierry, but is running low on fuel
VIII Corps of US 3rd Army continues to assault Brest
US 7th Army advances toward Montelimar in an attempt to cut off the German withdrawal up Rhone valley
French Army B captures Toulon and continues assaulting Marseille
In the English Channel...
British vessel Ashmun J. Clough is sunk by U-989
Kriegsmarine 8th Gunboat Carrier Flotilla attacked by Allied PT boats, destroyers, destroyer escorts, and MTBs overnight, and three dun-carriers are sunk
In the Bay of Biscay...
U-180 is sunk by a mine
Bulgarian forces are ordered to begin disarming German troops
German garrisons begin withdrawing from Aegean and Ionian Islands
A US intelligence mission arrives at Draza Mihailovic's royalist partisan headquarters
Churchill meets with Pope Pius XII, then generals Anders and Alexander
British 8th Army advances across the Metauro River
In Washington DC...
Physicist Niels Bohr meets with
President Roosevelt in unsuccessful effort to convince the US to share
information about the atomic bomb with Moscow
In the Pacific...
Admiral William "Bull" Halsey replaces
Admiral Spruance, and US 5th Fleet is redesignated as 3rd Fleet, with all
task forces and task groups renumbered accordingly
Indian 36th Infantry Division attacks Pinbaw
Today's Air Raids...
Baltic Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Gelsenkirchen, Ludwigshafen, Emmerich, Salzbergen, Dulmen, transportation routes and targets of opportunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Kiel, Koenigsberg, Berlin and Hamburg, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Eindhoven, Netherlands by US 8th Air Force
Paris by the Luftwaffe
Bucharest and Giurgiu, Romania by US 15th Air Force
Borovnica, Yugoslavia by US 15th Air Force
Avisio, Latisana, and Venzone, Italy on transportation routes by US 15th Air Force
Kuril Islands by US 11th Air Force
Pagan Island, Aguijan Island, Yap Island, Woleai Atoll, Koror airfield, Peleliu airfield and Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Sarmi, Suain, and Wewak, New Guinea by US FEAF
Ceram Island and Ambon Island by US FEAF
Amoy, Wenchow (aka Yungchia), Sincheng, Yangtien, and military targets in China by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
With Son off on sleepover, an opportunity for full quality time with Missus was duly taken advantage of, and a proper "Honeymoon Day" was thoroughly enjoyed! More of the same is expected today. It is a day to relish rather than reflect.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the best use of your time?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dull, damp and drizzly start
Dry thereafter with cloud thinning out
Prolonged sunny intervals from mid-afternoon
Dry with clear spells overnight
A moderate north-easterly will ease after dusk
Max Temp = 15 degC
Min Temp = 12 degC
Sunrise at 06:04
Sunset at 20:12
Weathertrack: A depression off Cornwall will rapidly dissipate. High pressure north of Scotland will intensify and expand over Britain. A following depression Mid-Atlantic will track east towards the English Channel
Air Pressure: 1007 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Staff at the sperm bank gathered in the car park for a fire drill before the alarm went off. It was a premature evacuation.
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Ed Byrne on the Irish smoking law
Book-burning campaigns took place in German cities between March and
June 1933, with senior academics and university students incinerating
books deemed to contain “un-German” ideas. Authors targeted by the
book-burning campaign included Jack London, H.G. Wells, Thomas Mann,
Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein. A century before Hitler, the
German poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) predicted: “Where one burns
books, one will, in the end, burn people.”
9. ZEN WISDOM
If you failed yesterday, strive to win today. If you were defeated today, strive to win tomorrow.