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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (3rd September
On the Russian Front...
70th Army of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front begins crossing Bug River north of Warsaw
Soviet 3rd Ukraininan Front is ordered to halt at the Bulgarian border
Prince Bernhard takes command of the Dutch Resistance
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army besieges Le Havre and advances across the Somme River
British 2nd Army advances toward Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels
US 1st Army captures Mons
US 3rd Army halts, having fun out of fuel
US 7th Army advances northward toward Dijon
French Army B captures Villefranche
In the English Channel...
The last thirteen operational Kriegsmarine S-boats in the Channel evacuate eastward to Rotterdam and Ijmuiden overnight - one is sunk by Dover shore batteries.
There are skirmishes between wirhdrawing German troops and Bulgarian troops attempting to disarm them.
British 8th Army captures Misano and advances toward Rimini
In the Atlantic...
Norwegian vessel Fjordheim is sunk off Ireland by U-482
Canadian vessel Livingston is sunk by U-541
In the Pacific...
Off Wake Island, USN Task Group 12.5 with
light carrier Monterey, cruisers Chester, Pensacola, and Salt Lake
City, and three destroyers bombards the Japanese garrison
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
Japanese 11th Army advances toward Kiyang and Hwochangping
Today's Air Raids...
Ludwigshafen, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Netherlands on Luftwaffe airfields by RAF Bomber Command
Cologne, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Yugoslavia and Hungary road and rail targets by US 15th Air Force
Turin and the Po Valley, Italy by US 12th Air Force
Northern Italy on bridges by US 15th Air Force
Pagan Island, Maug Island and Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Babo, Nabire, Waren, Manokwari, and military targets on New Guinea by US FEAF
Celebes Island, Tobelo Island, Ceram Island, and military targets in the East Indies by US FEAF
Haiphong and military targets in Indochina by US 14th Air Force
China airfields, rail yards, troop positions, and other targets around Hengyang, Tungting Lake, Yoyang, and military targets by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Yesterday was one of those were you don't get round to and overlook everything as I was distracted by file backups and meeting the needs of a horny missus taking advantage of Son's evening band practice. Nevertheless, with the laundry still damp anyway, the lawn do-able on Thursday and my laptop some 40 gigabytes lighter, it didn't feel like a wasted day.
Today marks the 31st anniversary of my meeting Missus. Though I am her carer, I am in no way suffering nor is the task onerous. On the contrary, I am very happy indeed, with everything I want to hand, a freedom granted to few husbands and I am loved valued and appreciated by the two people I share a home with.
However, to get to this point has been another matter! The trauma, the relationship breakdowns, mental breakdown, guilt, fear, confusion, loneliness, the feeling of being bereft and helpless, the tears, the rejection, hurt and anger for much of my life. It all led to a place of bliss, peace and wisdom. But the only reason I got through is that I had no idea what was coming! It was worth it but there is still absolutely no way I could endure it or would have endured it for any reward at the end knowing what it involved!
I think perhaps we are much stronger and more resilient than we think we are when not distracted by the prospect of suffering. If we don't know it's coming we can take it when we wouldn't otherwise.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Can you see how your suffering has made you stronger?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout, but there will be sunny periods mid-afternoon and evening
A south-easterly breeze will blow throughout
Max Temp = 18 degC
Min Temp = 12 degC
Sunrise at 06:18
Sunset at 19:53
Weathertrack: A very large high pressure cell centred on the Baltic and extending over northern Europe will drift very slowly east
Air Pressure: 1024 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I wish I was where I was when I wished I was here. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Graham Norton Show: Daniel Radcliffe meets the In-Laws
The name “Earth” comes from Old English and Old High Germanic words (eorthe and erda,
respectively) for “ground” or “soil,” and it is the only name
for a planet of the solar system that does not come from
9. ZEN WISDOM
Intelligence is a gift, wisdom is costly.