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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (24th December
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front and 3rd Ukrainian Front encircle German forces in Budapest except for a narrow corridor to the west
Adolf Eichmann escapes Budapest and returns to Berlin
In the Arctic...
Soviet patrol craft BMO-594 is sunk by U-637
In the Baltic...
German vessel Eberhard is sunk by a mine
Swedish vessel Hansa is sunk by Soviet submarine L-21
On the Western Front...
The Battle of the Bulge:
German 6th Panzer Army captures Manhay
Spearheads of German 5th Panzer Army attack British 30th Corps around Celles whilst other units attack Bastogne
Fierce ground attacks and dogfighting between the Luftwaffe and US 8th and 9th Air Forces - US fighters claim 95 victories for the loss of 10.
US 9th Army fights its way into Winden
French 1st Army captures Bennwihr
Kriegsmarine midget submarines unsuccessfully attack Allied shipping in the Scheldt estuary overnight
British vessel Empire Path is sunk by a mine
Kriegsmarine S-boats conduct minelaying operations along Thames-Antwerp convoy route overnight
Kriegsmarine S-boats unsuccessfully attack an Allied convoy overnight
Belgian vessel Leopoldville is sunk by U-486 off Cherbourg with loss of 819 US troops
In the Atlantic...
RCN minesweeper Clayoquot is sunk by U-806
In the Pacific...
US vessel Robert J. Walker is sunk by U-862 off the southeast coast of Australia
IJN sub chaser Ch-30 is sunk by USN submarine Barbero off Borneo
US 6th Army continues clearing western parts of Leyte Island
USN Task Group 94.9 bombards Iwo Jima, sinking two Japanese T-vessels
British 14th Army reaches Pyingaing
British 15th Corps attacks around Kindaung and advances toward Htizwe in the Arakan
RN Task Force 64 with
destroyers Napier and Nepal and supporting warships bombards Japanese
positions along the Arakan coast in support of 15th Corps operations
Today's Air Raids...
Airfields at Lohausen, Mulheim, Hangelar and Cologne by RAF Bomber Command
Antwerp, Belgium by one V-2 rocket
Manchester, England by 50 air-launched V-1 Bombers - only one hits the city
Palawan Island, Borneo and the Molucca Islands by US FEAF, sinking Japanese vessel Shinei Maru off Timor Island
East Indies on military targets by RAAF
Hill Airfield, Mindoro Island by Japanese aircraft - a USAAF fuel dump is destroyed
Clark Airfield, Luzon by US FEAF
Iwo Jima and Chichi Jima by US 7th Air Force
Iwo Jima by US 20th Air Force
Tsinan airfield, China by US 14th Air Force
Japanese positions, transportation lines, and depots around Pangkai, Man-namman, Man Om, Mong Nge, Kyanhnyat, Si-U and Lashio, Burma by US 10th Air Force
Myedu, Burma by RAF aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The milk run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Three days of family festivities begin - this basically involves slobbing around a lot, but that's what we're happy doing! It's nice to go into this festive period without any black clouds and an abundance of creature comforts! Son unfortunately has being going through all the drama of a new relationship with attached baggage, but no one can live it for him! At least it seems settled (for now!) in time for Christmas.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have the courage to insist on your kind of ChristMas your way? If not, can you reach good compromises?
5.TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry and clear, but there may be some isolated showers in the early afternoon
A moderate to strong westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 5 degC
Min Temp = 4 degC
Sunrise at 08:24
Sunset at 15:49
Weathertrack: A weak depression over Britain will carry little rain and move quickly east
Air Pressure: 1011 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My son asked me what it's like to be married, so I told him to leave me
alone and, when he did, I asked him why he was ignoring me. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Two Ronnies: Mastermind - Answering the question before last
The most successful Star Trek series in terms of ratings was The Next Generation
The struggle between happiness and unhappiness is the story of human
existence. The struggle between peace and war is the history of the
human race. The power that leads us to eternal victory amid these
struggles is the power of good within us.