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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (21st December
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front is attacking north of Budapest
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front is attacking south of Budapest
Soviet auxiliary vessel Reshitelnyj is sunk by U-997 in the Arctic
In a reorganization, Wohler takes command of German Army Group South, replacing Friessner, and Balck takes command of German 6th Army, replacing Fretter-Pico
On the Western Front...
The Battle of the Bulge:
German 6th Panzer Army attacks US 1st Army around Elsenborn Ridge, Malmedy, Stavelot, and Stoumont
US 101st Airbourne Division is isolated in Bastogne
Three German ASW ships, a minesweeper and a cargo ship are sunk by mines
A Hungarian provisional pro-Soviet government is formed in Debrecen
British 8th Army captures Bagnacavallo
RN cruiser Ajax bombards ELAS positions near Piraeus
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Mamiya is sunk by USN submarine Sealion in the South China Sea
US 6th Army captures Kananga and clears Ormoc valley on Leyte Island
Kamikaze attacks offshore sink two LST vessels and damage a destroyer and a transport
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...
Rosenheim, Germany by US 15th Air Force
Trier, Politz, Cologne and Bonn, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London by two V-2 rockets
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Halmahera Island, the Molucca Islands, Mindanao Island, Negros Island, Leyte Island, and throughout the central Philippines by US FEAF
Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Mukden, China by US 20th Air Force
Lashio, Magyidon, bridges at Hay-ti, Mong Long, and Pa-Mao, and transportation targets between Hsumhsai and Hsipaw by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
With the Weekend Job ending a smooth note, 11 days of chilling out and slobbing begins! (with an "island" of commitment on the 27th - a single shift of the Weekend Job) I'm fully expecting heaven on Earth!
The secret of a happy Yuletide is only being with those folks you actually like! With the genetic extended family in dysfunctional disarray, I have none of the pressures to "turn up" that exist in most other families. Consequently, only love and joy remains.
Amidst all the self-indulgence, there will be some discipline, particularly meditation. I want to take all the golden opportunities to turn off conscious thought and simply BE, and carry that back into normal routines in the New Year. My wordless intuition runs my life far better than my chaotic thoughts ever have.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Isn't it time you told certain family members to fuck off?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mild, wet and windy - increasingly mild but with frequent showers throughout
A south-westerly wind will grow increasingly stronger, peaking overnight
Max Temp = 11 degC
Min Temp = 6 degC
Sunrise at 08:23
Sunset at 15:47
Weathertrack: A depression off Iceland will drive weather fronts across Britain
Air Pressure: 1023 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
The trouble with Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Auntie Niki - Why Don't You Go F**k Yourself This Christmas :D
France, not Germany, was the first country to use gas against enemy
troops in WWI. In August 1914, they fired the first tear gas grenades
(xylyl bromide) against the Germans. In January 1915, Germany first used
tear gas against Russian armies, but the gas turned to liquid in the
cold air. In April 1915, the Germans were the first to use poisonous
9. ZEN WISDOM
Only when we learn to channel the energy we direct toward winning over
others into winning over ourselves can we begin to develop our humanity.