Thursday, 25 December 2014

CHRISTMAS DAY THURSDAY 25th DECEMBER 2014 09:00 GMT

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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (25th December 1944)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front fights its way into Budapest whilst Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front attacks to cut the last corridor to the west

On the Western Front...
The Battle Of The Bulge:
German 6th Panzer Army and US 1st Army are engaged around Trois Ponts and Manhay
US 1st Army blocks German panzer spearheads around Celles
German 5th Panzer Army continues attacking US 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne
III Corps of US 3rd Army advances north to the relief of Bastogne
Heavy dogfighting between US and Luftwaffe fighters - the US claims 80 Luftwaffe fighters shot down for the loss of 33 US fighters. 

US 9th Army captures Winden and attacks Obermaubach

English Channel...
RN destroyer escort Dakins is written off by a mine 

Greece...
Churchill and Eden arrive for consultations with the Greek government 

In the Pacific...
Admiral Chester Nimitz arrives for conferences on Ulithi Atoll 

The Japanese lose five cargo ships and an auxiliary minesweeper to US aircraft and USN submarines in the East Indies

US 6th Army captures Palompon on Leyte Island
Headquarters of US 8th Army relieves HQ of US 6th Army and takes command of operations in Leyte-Samar area

Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp by one V-2 rocket
Plattling and Rosswein, Germany by US 15th Air Force
Innsbruck, Graz, Hall, Villach, and Wels, Austria by US 15th Air Force
Brux, Czechoslovakia by US 15th Air Force
Po Valley and Brenner Pass, Italy by US 15th Air Force 
Saipan on USairfields by Japanese aircraft, the last Japanese raid on this island
East Indies on military targets by RAAF fighters 
Sandakan and Jesselton on Borneo Halamahera Island, Luzon Island and Mindanao Island by US FEAF - US FEAF fighters claim 42 Japanese aircraft shot down over Luzon
Luzon and Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Wan Pa-Hsa and Nanking, China by US 14th Air Force
Mabein, Lashio, and military targets in Burma by US 10th Air Force
Wanling, Burma by US 14th Air Force

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Blogging
All that usual family Christmas Day stuff!

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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION

I'm expecting this to be the best Christmas Day of my life ever! Not because anything particularly stupendous will happen, but because the nuclear family of three who all care about each other will be sharing it together in the absence of all emotional vampires with no major threats or traumas hanging over us! I cannot recall a previous occasion where we were both all together and free of grief.

I'm always aware from my own experience that Christmas Day is anything but a good time for a lot of people. I therefore intend to enjoy it gratefully and thankfully but not to rub it in the faces of others not so fortunate this time.

4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you spending this day your way?

5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry with clear spells - some isolated showers in the afternoon
Foggy overnight
A moderate north-westerly will gradually peter out by evening
Max Temp = 5 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 08:24
Sunset at 15:50

Weathertrack: High Pressure over the Azores will extend over Britain for 24 hours
Air Pressure: 1023 millibars and rising

6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Make the little things count - teach elves maths. :D 

7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Two Ronnies: Dr. Death - one of my favourite sketches of all time! 

8. TRIVIA
In the late 19th century, it was medically accepted in Europe and America that “infants who persisted in the habit of sucking always become masturbators.” Not only were pacifiers considered unhealthy, parents were instructed to tie their children’s hands to their cribs or to stuff their hands inside aluminum mittens.

9. ZEN WISDOM
The human spirit is the strongest force there is. As long as our spirit remains unbroken, there is no defeat. In life, spiritual defeat always precedes actual defeat. Guard against laziness, cowardice, carelessness, impatience, resignation and despair which corrode the human spirit and sow the seeds of defeat.    

    

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