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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (16th February 1945)
On the Russian Front...
German 11th SS Panzer Army counterattacks Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front around Stargard
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Sagan
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army captures Asperden and Afferden and reaches Asperberg
US 3rd and 7th Armies skirmish along the line
U-309 is sunk by RCN frigate St John
Churchill meets with Haile Selassie in Cairo
Venzuela declares war on Germany and Japan
In the Pacific...
USN Task Force 92 bombards Paramushiru Island
Japanese vessel Ida Maru is sunk by patrolling USN PB4Y-1 aircraft, and No. 23 Yoshitomo Maru is sunk by US aircraft in the South China Sea
Japanese vessel Naryu is sunk by USN submarine Sennet off Honshu
On Corregidor Island, with naval and air support, 503rd Parachute Regiment of US 6th Army drops inland whilst lands on the beach
USN Task Force 54
commences bombardment of Iwo Jima with battleships Idaho, Tennessee,
Nevada, Texas, Arkansas, and New York and five cruisers, whilst minesweeping the surrounding waters
Japanese attacks continue against the British 14th Army bridgehead across Irrawaddy River opposite Myinmu west of Mandalay
Indian 53rd Infantry Brigade of 15th Corps lands at Ruywa with naval support
Today's Air Raids...
Dortmund, Minster Stein, Nordstern, Osnabruck, Rheine, Munster, Hamm, Wesel and targets of opportunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Neubiberg and Regensburg, Germany by US 15th Air Force
Wesel, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Dordecht, Antwerp, Brussels and London by V-2 rockets
Northern Italy on transportation routes and supply depots by US 12th Air Force
Kendari Airfield, Celebes Island by US FEAF
Caballo Island and Mindanao Island by US FEAF
Formosa on transportation targets by US FEAF
Iwo Jima by USN aircraft from Task Forces 52.2 and 58
Tokyo and offshore shipping by USN fighters from Task Force 58, claiming 270 Japanese aircraft for the loss of 60
Burma Lashio, Loilem, Japanese positions, supply dumps, bridges, and other targets at multiple locations by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After three days where mind and brain seemed to short-circuit, I'm hoping for balance to be restored. The principal suspect for this malfunction is insufficent mind-maintenance - sleep and meditation. I shall with determination ensure I get them this week!
Although it's half-term, both Son and Missus are out today, so it's a golden opportunity to catch up on housework and get in the aforementioned meditation. If I had any delusions before, I now realize that focus alone cannot keep this mind in order! In needs to be regularly disconnected from the character I play and simply be.
I found being lost in unwanted thoughts and emotions most unpleasant and I don't want to repeat the experience!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What steps are you taking to get what you need?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Rain will clear by mid-morning and it will be dry and cloudy thereafter
Cloud will thin out in the evening and skies will then clear
After a southerly start, wind will have swung north-westerly by noon
Sunrise at 07:25
Sunset at 17:18
Weathertrack: Weakening weather fronts will cross Britain in the morning - high pressure will build behind
Air Pressure: 1011 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
One person’s LOL is another’s WTF! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Last Leg - Renaming ISIS
The intense heat at the centre of the Earth cannot be explained as a remnant of that caused by its original formation, as it would have long-since cooled. The most likely explanation is the nuclear fission of heavy radioactive elements that have settled in the core.
It's a good thing it's happening - it causes the iron in the core to liquefy and rotate with the Earth's spin, generating a magnetic field that protects our atmosphere from the Solar Wind.
9. ZEN WISDOM
“Thank you” is a miraculous expression. We feel good when we say it, and
we feel good when we hear it. When we speak or hear the words “thank
you,” the armour falls from our hearts and we can communicate on the