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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (3rd December
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Miskolc
Soviet vessel Revoljucija is sunk by U-1163 in the Arctic
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army captures Blerick across the Maas River from Venlo
US vessel Francis Asbury is written off by a mine in the Scheldt estuary
US 9th Army continues attacking strongpoints around Juelich
US 1st Army attacks around Lucherberg, Luchem, Brandenberg, and Vossenack
US 3rd Army is fighting its way into Saarlautern and around Creutzwald, Lauterbach, and Sarre-Union
US 7th Army attacking around Ratzwiller, Zinswiller, Bitche, and Selestat - General Robert Frederick takes command of US 45th Infantry Division, the youngest general of the war (at 37) to take such a command
In the UK...
The Home Guard is disbanded
The Greek police open fire on a group of Communist demonstrators
British 8th Army opens a new offensive towards Bologna
In the Atlantic...
Canadian vessel Cornwallis is sunk by U-1230
In the Pacific...
A "Wolfpack" of USN submarines Pampanito, Pipefish, Sea Cat, and Sea Raven attack Japanese convoy off Hainan Island, sinking two cargo ships and a coast defence vessel
Three destroyers of USN Destroyer Division 120 operating in Ormoc Bay are intercepted by a combination of IJN warships, aircraft, and shore batteries. One is sunk (USS Cooper) and the other two damaged, but a Japanese destroyer (Kuwa) is also sunk and another (Tate) damaged
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
Japanese 11th Army halts its advance
Mountbatten agrees to
allow Chinese 22nd Infantry Division and 38th Infantry Division to
transfer from Burma to China to oppose the Japanese offensive around Kunming
Indian 20th Infantry Division of British 14th Army crosses the Chindwin River at Mawlaik
East African 11th Infantry Division of British 14th Army cross the Chindwin River at Kalewa overnight
Today's Air Raids...
Vienna, Linz, Innsbruck, Klangenfurt and military targets in Austria by US 15th Air Force
Pont Noejaw, New Guinea by US FEAF
Celebes Island and Halmahera Island by US FEAF, sinking two cargo ships
Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Tokyo by US 21st Bomber Command - 6 of the 73 bombers are shot down.
Pengpu, Sintsiang, Loyang, Yuncheng, Hwi-Shi Kuan, Wuhu, Shihhweiyao, Hengyang, Siangtan, Lingling and military targets in China by US 14th Air Force
Hnohnpladuk, Burma by RAF aircraft
supply dumps, transportation lines, and other targets around Hay-ti,
Tonbo, Myitson, Hopaw, Loipao, Man Kat, Namhpai, Indaw, and elsewhere in Burma by US 10th Air Force
Wanling, Burma by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Putting up the Christmas Tree
Twitter Followers = 1,844 (up 1)
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After a long run of fairly short sleep (5-6 hours per night), in the last two days my mind has veered the other way! I slept 2000-0500 on Monday night (9 hours) and had 8 hours last night. I do not have an explanation for this, but I've learned to go with what my brain needs.
We have all come down with a throat infection! However, I fully expect my own symptoms to get no worse than a "glow" at the back of my throat and a dull ache in the lymph nodes as my Rottweiler immune system is already on the case. Son and Missus will suffer a little more but both have no option but to carry on anyway!
I am entering a busier period than it was in Autumn and I'm loving it! I know what I'm doing and believe in it absolutely - all the more sweeter because I know what it's like to have no idea what I'm doing and not believing in it anyway.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you believe in what you're doing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, clear and cold throughout. Cloud will build overnight
A north-westerly breeze will blow throughout
Max Temp = 3 degC
Min Temp = -2 degC
Sunrise at 08:04
Sunset at 15:49
Weathertrack: High pressure extending over Britain will keep the weather cold, dry and calm
Air Pressure: 1028 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
A burglar in a circus big top was arrested for loitering within tent :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Never Mind The Buzzcocks: Simon Amstell's Best Bits very good!
The 1906 earthquake in California was before the Richter scale, but
scientists estimate it would rank as a 7.8. As much as 90% of the
damage in San Francisco was from fires caused by cracked gas pipes.
San Francisco burned for three days and nights.
9. ZEN WISDOM
People shouldn’t hesitate to exert their all, in a way true to
themselves. How can you possibly ever know how far or fast you can go if
you’ve never run all-out? To give up even before you’ve started is
actually arrogance—an affront to the wondrous power of life within you
and disrespectful to yourself.