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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (9th December
On the Russian Front...
7th Guards Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Balassagyarmat
46th Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Ercsi
German Feldherrnhalle Panzer Division and 13th Panzer Division counterattacks around Vac
In the Arctic...
U-387 is sunk by RN frigate Bamborough Castle
On the Western Front...
US 3rd Army engaged around Dillengen, Sarreguemines, and Gros Rederching
US 7th Army captures Singling, Enchenberg, Lemberg, Niederbronn, and Bischwiller
French 1st Army attacks around Mittelwihr, Thann, and Lutterbach
Last radio contact with U-650. This U-Boat continues to patrol for another month but never returns to port
Blackout restrictions are reduced
RN cruiser Caledon and escorting warships bombard ELAS positions near Piraeus and Salamis
All German forces are cleared or evacuated from Serbia and Macedonia
German forces counterattack the advancing British 8th Army
USN destroyers Madison and Charles F. Hughes bombard German positions near French border
In the Pacific...
Australian II Corps attacks Japanese defences around Torokina on Bougainville Island
US 6th Army pushing toward Ormoc and clearing Buri airfield on Leyte Island, whilst Japanese reinforcements land at Palompon
IJN aircraft carrier Junyo is damaged by USN submarines Red Devil and Redfish off Japan
US General Albert Wedemeyer complains to Chiang Kai-shek that Chinese 5th Army and 53rd Army are not complying with the order to defend Kunming
British 36th Infantry Division of Northern Combat Area Command occupies Indaw, whist US and Chinese forces attack around Mo-hlaing and Bhamo
Greek vessel Ilissos is sunk by U-862 off southern coast of Australia
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by two V-2 rockets
Stuttgart, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Regensburg, Germany by US 15th Air Force
Berlin by RAF Bomber Command
Linz, Villach, and targets near Vienna, Austria by US 15th Air Force
Pilsen, Czechoslovakia by US 15th Air Force
Po Valley, Italy by US 12th Air Force fighters
Galela, Miti, and Hatetabako airfields, New Guinea by RAAF aircraft
Borneo on military targets by US FEAF
China supply dumps,
transportation lines, and other targets around Lipo, Tuhshan, Hochih,
Kweiyi, Siangtan, Kweilin, Liuchow, Hengyang, Tuhshan, and Chuchou by US 14th Air Force
Burma supply dumps, transportation lines, and other targets around Mongmit, Namyao, Man Mao, Etgyi, Namhsim, and Tawma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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Twitter Followers = 1,844 (up 1)
Non-followed Tweeps unfollowing = 0
Unfollowers Eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I got off to a slow start this morning after a minor laptop glitch and then treating myself to some catchup TV over breakfast. I'm very much aware of my life experience being determined by my focus and my ability to continually direct it.
But there is another factor I need to keep up if I want to lead a truly fulfilling life - faith. I must believe absolutely in my intuition. What faith does is eliminate unnecessary thinking and decision-making, increasing awareness and the ability to focus. I have tended to overlook the importance of this quality, which has retarded my development.
I will therefore today have faith, focus and gratitude at the forefront of today's experience and observe my own progress with interest.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What can you do to grow your self-belief?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cold and cloudy at first.
Wind will become strong and heavy rain arrives mid-afternoon, breaking up into heavy showers overnight
An initially moderate south-westerly will turn strong and swing westerly in the later evening
Max Temp = 9 degC
Min Temp = 2 degC
Sunrise at 08:12
Sunset at 15:46
Weathertrack: A strong depression around Iceland will drive weather fronts across Britain and produce strong winds
Air Pressure: 1025 millibars and falling rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Wholemeal fig sandwiches again, Sir Goalot? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Russell Howard's Good News - lots of movies in 60 seconds
Iran’s capital and largest city, Tehran, has some of the worst air
pollution in the world. An estimated 27 people die a day from air
9. ZEN WISDOM
Extremism, the philosophy of intolerance of all views but its own, will always in its self-righteous arrogance and delusion of invincibility succeed only in uniting all others against it until it is overwhelmed