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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th November
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 8th Army opens attack against German positions on the Sworbe peninsula of Oesel (Saaremaa) Island with strong air and offshore naval support - offshore, a Soviet cutter is sunk by Kriegsmarine minesweepers, Soviet minesweeper SK-62 is sunk by U-679, and T-387 is sunk by U-481
46th Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front unsuccessfully attacks across the Danube at Csepel Island
Delegations of Russian POWs and forced laborers attend a speech by Andrey Vlasov in Berlin explaining the Russian Liberation Committee
On the Western Front...
Operation Clipper: British 2nd Army attacks toward Geilenkirchen, capturing Tripsrath and Prummern
US 9th Army, attacking into Juelich, captures Apweiler, Setterich, Siersdorf, Bettendorf, Broichwiden, and Warden
US 1st Army attacks around the Donnerberg, Eschweiler woods, Laufenburg Castle, and Huertgen Forest sector
US 3rd Army attacks into Metz
US 7th Army attacking around Fremonville and Raon-l'Etape
French 1st Army attacks toward Belfort
After an initially sharp disagreement, the Belgian Resistance agrees to surrender its arms and accept the authority of the government-in-exile which has returned from London
USN LST-6 is sunk by a mine in the Seine River
St. Nazaire, France...
U-773 arrives with a cargo of anti-tank weapons, ammunition and medical supplies for the besieged German garrison
In the Mediterranean...
USN PT-311 is sunk by a mine off La Spezia
Kriegsmarine Marder manned torpedoes unsuccessfully attack Allied shipping off San Remo
In the Pacific...
US 6th Army attacks toward Ormoc on Leyte Island
IJN submarine I-41 is sunk by USN destroyer escort Lawrence C. Taylor and aircraft from escort carrier Anzio
Five cargo ships and a sub-chaser are sunk by USN submarines off China
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
23rd Independent Mixed Brigade of Japanese 23rd Army advances toward Nanning
East African 11th Infantry Division of British 14th Army attacks Indainggyi
Today's Air Raids...
Germany on airfields and military targets by US 8th Air Force, which claims 14 Me-262 jet fighters destroyed on the ground
Vienna, Austria by US 15th Air Force
Munster, Wanne-Eickel and Hanover, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London from this point, an average of seven V-2 rockets per day are hitting the city.
Po Valley and Northern Appenines, Italy on transportation routes by US 12th Air Force
Northern Italy on Luftwaffe airfields by US 15th Air Force
Pegun Island, Celebes Island, Ambon Island, Ceram Island, and targets in the Molucca Islands by US FEAF
Tarakan Island oil facilities and offshore shipping by US FEAF, sinking three IJN guardboats
Mindanao Island and the Central Philippines by US FEAF
Chichi Jima and Haha Jima on offshore shipping by US 7th Air Force, sinking
Japanese vessel Sumiei Maru
Hengshan, Ishan, Liuchow and targets of opportunity in China by US 14th Air Force
Pinwe, Bhamo, Panglong, Ngapwegyi, Meza, Kanbalu, Wuntho, Maymyo, Wetwin, and Man Pwe, Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I have watched with some amusement as Son begins learning stuff about relationships and adult life, and cope with a temperament depressingly similar to mine. However, he has the advantage of good mentoring, so I fully expect him to manage himself much better and faster than I ever did. I'm very much enjoying being at the hub of this little group.
With some disappointment I observed Daughter contacting Missus and being somewhat less frosty than of late. I would have preferred her to just leave Missus alone, as I consider her a threat to Missus' mental wellbeing, as well as a financial parasite. However, to fume with resentment or intervene needlessly will not promote Missus' wellbeing either. My policy is therefore to be vigilant and measured in response, and to continue maintaining the huge gulf in Missus' treatment at home compared to the moody narcissism of Daughter.
Finance, not helped by the evaporation of clients from my Practice, is a concern for this character. I am planning a major new initiative regarding my Practice in January. However home life is so blissful that it's hard to be that concerned. I believe absolutely in myself and my abilities and I am confident that so long as I remain focused on my objectives, all will come good.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you meeting the challenges you face in a measured and appropriate way?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry and cloudy throughout - chance of a shower late morning
A moderate north-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 9 degC
Min Temp = 7 degC
Sunrise at 07:39
Sunset at 16:05
Weathertrack: A very large high pressure system over Russia will extend over Britain, bring settled and calm but cloudy weather
Air Pressure: 1011 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
A scientist cloned himself but the duplicate swore.The scientist pushed
it out the window & was arrested for making an obscene clone fall. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mrs. Brown - The classic striptease scene
The song JILTED JOHN by Jilted John (actor Graham Fellows) has the rare distinction of being both a novelty record and a "Punk Classic", but in fact it was never intended to be a Punk song at all. It was "punked up" for the single release and became a massive UK hit. The original "non-punk" version can be heard on the comedy concept album it was taken from, BAZ's PARTY
9. ZEN WISDOM
The important thing is to take that first step. Bravely overcoming one small fear gives you the courage to take on the next.