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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (17th February 1945)
On the Russian Front...
German 11th SS Panzer Army is counterattacking Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front around Stargard
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front is heavily engaged along the Bobr River
German 6th SS Panzer Army counterattacks 7th Guards Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front around the Hron bridgehead
In the Arctic...
U-425 is sunk by RN sloop Lark and corvette Alnwick Castle. However Lark is then written off and US vessel Thomas Scott sunk by U-968
RN corvette Bluebell is sunk by U-711
U-1273 is sunk by a mine in Oslofjord
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army attacks around Goch and Hassum
US 7th Army attacks around Saarbrucken, Kerbach, Behren, Lixing, Grosbliederstroff, and Auersmacher
U-1278 is sunk by RN frigates Bayntun and Loch Eck
S-Boats carry out extensive minelaying operations along the English coast overnight
Churchill meets with King Farouk and King Ibn Saud
In the Atlantic...
British vessel Regent Lion is sunk by U-300
In the Pacific...
On Luzon, US 6th Army launches heavy artillery attacks in Manila and advances into the Bataan peninsula
Rock Force of US 6th Army with naval support attacks Japanese positions on Corregidor Island
USN Task Force 54 continues the bombardment of Iwo Jima, with air support from Task Force 52.2 and US 7th Air Force. USN battleship Tennessee, heavy cruiser Pensacola, destroyer Leutze, and eleven LCI(G)s are damaged by Japanese shore batteries, one LCI sunk. USN underwater demolition teams conduct operations to clear landing beaches.
A large-scale combined air and sea raid is conducted on Tokyo harbour by USN Task Force 58. 75 Japanese planes are claimed shot down, three minor IJN vessels are sunk by destroyer Haynesworth and two more by USN submarine Bowfin
Japanese forces launch counterattacks against British 36th Infantry Division of Northern Combat Area Command around Myitson
Japanese forces continue attacks against British 14th Army bridgehead across Irrawaddy River opposite Myinmu west of Mandalay
Indian 15th Corps finishes clearing Ramree Island
In the Indian Ocean...
RN submarine Statesman sinks 4 Japanese cargo ships off Sumatra
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by ten V-2 rockets
Frankfurt am Main and targets of opportunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Linz and military targets in Austria by US 15th Air Force
London by fifteen V-2 rockets
Northern Italy bridges, supply dumps, and other targets by US 12th Air Force
Fiume, Trieste, and Pola, Italy by US 15th Air Force - Italian unseaworthy battleships Conte di Cavour and Impero are sunk, and a destroyer and torpedo boat are written off.
Miri Airfield, Borneo by US FEAF
Formosa on Takao and targets of opportunity by US FEAF - Japanese vessel
T-114 is sunk offshore
Bonin Islands on offshore shipping by US 7th Air Force - two cargo ships are sunk
China Linfen, Yuncheng, Puchi, the Hankow-Wuchang area, and rail lines, roads, and river traffic around Tsinan, Changsha, Kweiyi, Sinyang, Linfen, and Lung Hai by US 14th Air Force
Burma Japanese positions, supply dumps, and other targets at multiple locations by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Client prep, session and follow-up
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
In a shift of emphasis and after the brain malfunctions of the weekend, focus is now on sleep, meditation and higher consciousness, based on the hunch that if mind and spirit are sorted, the rest will take care of itself.
It being half-term and no compulsory early mornings or fixed teatimes, this is an ideal week to launch this initiative. So far so good - got in meditation on Monday and slept to the unheard-of hour of 07:30 - the middle of the day by my standards! A sleep long enough to enjoy a small-hours fap and have a couple of memorable dreams - a sure sign that sleep is adequate.
I consequently feel ME at this moment - untroubled by dark emotions that have plagued my entire life. But of course it is these very challenges that have driven me towards Higher Consciousness - necessity is not only the mother of invention but development in general.
I think I have fully learned my lesson this time about what my priorities need to be. After all, this character is very temporary and already into the final third. Wisdom and Consciousness are eternal. With my focus on this, I believe that a fulfilling character experience will inevitably follow.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your life about your purpose or everybody else's?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout, with spells of sunshine in the morning
A moderate westerly wind will swing south-westerly in the evening
Max Temp = 5 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 3 degC at 9am
Sunrise at 07:23
Sunset at 17:20
Weathertrack: High pressure over Britain will drift south-east
Air Pressure: 1033 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When travelling in France, I always stop at the roadside services for a quick crepe. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Last Leg - John Bishop on the Scottish Referendum
One in 40 women of Ashkenazi (French, German, and East European) Jewish
descent carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 (breast cancer) gene, which is
significantly higher than in the general population where only 1 in 500
to 800 people carry the gene.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Happiness is not found in a tranquil life free of storms and tempests.
Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realize our goals