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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (28th January 1945)
On the Russian Front...Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front attacks around Koenigsberg and captures Bischofsberg and Sensberg
German 4th Army attacks 48th Army of Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front in an attempt to break out from encirclement
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front attacks around Sepolno and Meseritz and besieges Posen
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Katowice and Leszno, and repulses counterattacks by XXIV Panzer Korps and Grossdeutschland Panzer Korps
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front clears Margit Island in the Danube
Danish vessel Viborg is sunk by Soviet submarine K-51
Berlin...Quisling meets with Hitler
Hitler orders Volkssturm units deployed at the front
On the Western Front...General Johannes Blaskowitz takes command of German Army Group H
US 1st Army opens new attacks towards the West Wall and Euskirchen
US 3rd Army is clearing the west bank of the Our River and advancing east
North Sea...RN cruisers Diadem and Mauritius intercept Kriegsmarine destroyers Z-31, Z-34, and Z-38 as they attempt to transfer to the Baltic. Z-31 is damaged and the attempt abandoned
In the Atlantic...New carrier USS Antietam is comissioned but will not be fully fitted out until March
In the Pacific...US 6th Army is engaged around Clark Field and Fort Stotsenburg on Luzon
Japanese vessel Sanuki Maru and IJN escort vessel Kumesunk are sunk by USN submarine Spadefish
27th Infantry Division of Japanese 20th Army captures Suichuan airfield
First US-Chinese convoy from India crosses the border from Burma into China
Chiang Kai-shek renames the Burma Road the Stilwell Road
Burma...British 14th Army attacks Japanese positions at Kabwet with strong air support
Today's Air Raids...Cologne, Kaiserstuhl, Gneisenau oil refinery, Hohenbuberg, Duisburg and targets of opportunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Cologne, Stuttgart and Berlin, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
San Michelle all'Adige, Milan, Pavia, Cremona, Nervesa della Battiglia, Treviso, Genoa, Padua, and Lake Maggiore, Italy by US 12th Air Force
Celebes Island by RAAF aircraft
Sumatra oil facilities by RN aircraft from RN Pacific Fleet, claiming 60 Japanese aircraft destroyed in the air and on the ground - A Japanese counter-raid is repulsed with all 12 bombers shot down
Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Transportation targets around Wuhu, Sinyang, Linfen, Sinsiang, Hantan, Loyang, and Pinghan, China by US 14th Air Force fighters
Japanese positions, supply dumps, and other targets around Namsangsok, Namlan, Pangmakmo, Wengnan, Kutkai, and Mu-lwat, Burma by US 10th Air Force fighters
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Making a few simple changes will hopefully mean that I will be somewhat more time-efficient from this point! I am at a point in life where time seems to pass at breakneck speed. I know better than to struggle and fret about this fact. I need to do the opposite and relax.
Now more than ever it is critically important for me to calm my mind and minimize unnecessary thought. As my body declines and all processes slow down, this means that everything relative to my mind speeds up. Consciousness itself however is outside of time so I can still savour the life experience if I am not fogged up with excess internal distraction.
The absence of excess sugar from my diet has certainly stabilized mood, which is essential if I am to clear my mind. If I do not want the final third of this life experience to pass by in a high-speed blur, a still mind is essential.
With mind and body growing increasingly fragile from this point, it is now very important to look after them, giving them both adequate rest and workouts to make the most difference with them.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you doing everything necessary to make your life fulfilling?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry but windy in the early morning
Heavy rain arrives by dawn
Rain will ease over the morning but there will be a sharp drop in temperature
By late morning, rain will have turned to snow which will fall heavily at times and persist falling into the night
A strong westerly will ease in the afternoon
Max Temp = 7 degC at 7am
Min Temp = 0 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 08:01
Sunset at 16:40
Weathertrack: A cold front will cross Britain bringing in cold Arctic air, strong winds and snow behind it.
Air Pressure: 999 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Don’t be ashamed of who you are. That’s your parents' job :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Al Murray on Britain and other nations
By the fourth century B.C., the Chinese were drilling for natural gas
and using it as a heat source, preceding Western natural gas drilling
by about 2,300 years
9. ZEN WISDOM
One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of
thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and
conceive of it. If you really believe you can do something, you can.
That is a fact.