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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (21st January 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Gumbinnen and advances toward Koenigsberg
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front advances toward the Baltic coast in an effort to isolate East Prussia
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front crosses the Warthe and advances toward Posen
Besieged Hungarian units counterattack Soviet positions in Budapest
German IV SS Panzer Korps, 6th Army, and 2nd Panzer Army attack south of Budapest
Hitler orders that every
commanding officer from division level upward must notify him of all
planned movements so the Fuhrer can cancel the movement if necessary
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army captures Hontem, Selsent, Braunsrath, and Schierwaldenrath
French 1st Army attacks the Colmar pocket
Kriegsmarine begins launching 26 Seehund two-man submarines against Allied shipping but with no success
Norwegian vessel Galatea is sunk by U-1051
U-1199 irreparably damages US vessel George Hawley but is then sunk by RN corvette Mignonette and RN destroyer Icarus
Presidential advisor Harry Hopkins departs for Europe by air for meetings with Churchill, De Gaulle, and the Pope
In the Pacific...
On Luzon, US 6th Army captures Tarlac and advances toward Clark airfield and Manila
Japanese vessel Zuiun Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tautog off Kyushu
Raiding forces of Japanese 20th Army are active around
Lokchong, Chimen, Pingshek, Paishihtu, and Liangtien
Japanese forces unsuccessfully counterattack the British 14th Army bridgehead across the Irrawaddy River at Kyaukmyaung
With heavy air and naval support, Indian 71st Infantry Brigade lands unopposed near Kyuakpyu on Ramree Island, but are then attacked by
16 Japanese Ki-43 aircraft
Today's Air Raids...
Germany multiple military targets by US 8th Air Force
Kassel, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Vienna, Austria by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy on military targets by US 12th Air Force
Fiume, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Truk Atoll by US 20th Air Force
Hong Kong by US 14th Air Force - one cargo ship sunk
Formosa on offshore shipping by USN aircraft from Task Force 38 - 15 cargo ships are sunk and many others damaged. I a Japanese kamikaze counterstrike, carriers Hancock and Langley and destroyer Maddox are damaged
Okinawa on offshore shipping by USN aircraft from Task Force 38
Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Heho Airfield, Nampawng Bridge, Japanese positions,
supply dumps, and targets of opportunity around Me-han, Mogok, Hsenwi,
Na-makhkaw, Kutkai, Kunhkan, and Man On by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Escorting pagophobic Missus to the bus stop!
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
There is a possibility that all my struggles with weight, depression, hypersensitive emotions, anger management issues and aggressiveness when hungry may all boil down to a simple chemical issue - Chromium deficiency. This essential mineral allows the release of glucose into the blood from glycogen. Deficiency leads to mild hypoglycemia, affecting weight and mood.
I have been aware of this or a while and have been taking cinnamon in tea and coffee to boost Chromium levels. Further research however has uncovered that suggests that some folks need quite high doses - around 600 micrograms per day - to function normally.
I have consequently purchased a Chromium supplement and today began consuming this daily amount, whilst keeping sucrose intake low, too see what happens.
If my mood stabilises and I start to lose weight, the implications are profound. On one hand, it means I have spent two-thirds of my life needlessly suffering. However it also means I have made a wonderful discovery that will help many others.
This knowledge is hardly new - it's been known since the 1950's - but I don't think anyone's shouted loud enough about it! If my life changes, I'll shout it to the world myself!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What are you doing to address your issues?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Snow showers throughout - average temp = 0 degC
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I don't get even, I just get odder :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Charlie Brooker on Justin Bieber
Capuchins are skilled tool users. They smash nuts with rocks, insert
branches into crevices to capture food, remove spines and hairs from
caterpillars by rubbing them against a branch, protect their hands
with leaves, and use large branches to club snakes.
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 tried is
actually arrogance—an affront to the wondrous power of life within you
and disrespectful to yourself.