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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (1st April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
German 9th Army conducts unsuccessful attack around Kustrin
13th Army of Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Glogau
2nd Ukrainian Front crosses the Vah River
6th Guards Tank Army of Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front captures Sopron on the Hungarian-Austrian border
Radio Werewolf, run by Goebbels, begins broadcasting to increase German resistance
SS orders Dornberger, von Braun, and V-weapons research and development team to evacuate from central Germany to Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps
Thousands of prisoners of Dora-Nordhausen concentration camp are evacuated and force-marched toward Bergen-Belsen camp
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army begins crossing the Rhine at Emmerich and resumes command of Canadian II Corps, which is already across.
British 2nd Army expands its bridgehead at Emmerich and crosses the Dortmund-Ems canal
US 9th Army spearheads meet US 1st Army at Lippstadt, completing the encirclement of the Ruhr, trapping German Army Group B and elements of Army Group H
US 3rd Army advances rapidly, attacking Fulda, and mops up bypassed pockets
US 15th Army begins taking control of Allied-occupied western Germany
US 7th Army continues to assault Aschaffenburg but encounters little resistance elsewhere
French 1st Army expands its bridgehead across the Rhine
British 8th Army conducting limited attacks against German positions between Lake Comachio and the Adriatic Sea
Australian 6th Infantry Division completes the clearance of Japanese positions from hills south of But
In the Pacific....
Japanese relief ship Awa Maru, carrying Red Cross supplies under international protection, is mistakenly sunk by USN submarine Queenfish in the Formosa Straits
USN Task Group 78.4 lands 158th Regimental Combat Team at Legaspi - the town is captured unopposed
US 6th Army is attacking around Villa Verde Trail, Shimbu Line, and Imoc Hill
US 8th Army is attacking around Talisay and Granada
US 8th Army is attacking around Bolo Ridge
Operation Iceberg: USN Task Force 51 lands elements of III Amphibious Corps and XXIV Corps of General Buckner's US 10th Army around Hagushi on the west coast of Okinawa against minimal resistance. 1st Marine Division and 6th Marine Division of US III Amphibious Corps are landed on the left flank by Northern Attack Force (USN Task Force 53) 7th Infantry Division and 96th Infantry Division of US XXIV Corps is landed on the right flank by Southern Attack Force (USN Task Force 55). Yontan airfield and Kadena airfield are quickly captured. General Ushijima's Japanese 32nd Army, rather than defending the beaches, has concentrated its forces around Shuri. Several ships offshore are damaged but not sunk by Japanese kamikaze attacks.
A Japanese cargo ship, an IJN escort vessel and a sub-chaser are sunk by mines.
Remnants of Japanese 15th Army are withdrawing into the hills east of Kyaukse and Kume
Remnants of Japanese 33rd Army withdrawing from Meiktila toward the Pyawbwe area
British 14th Army advances south from Meiktila
Today's Air Raids...
Southern Germany on railway targets by US 15th Air Force
Maribor, Yugoslavia by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy Calcinato, Crema, Mantua, Monselice, transportation lines, supply depots, and military targets in the Po valley
Venice, Italy on shore batteries by US 15th Air Force
Sanga Sanga Island and Bongao Island by USMC aircraft
Formosa sweeps by US FEAF - Japanese vessel Taiga Maru is written off
Tokyo by US 20th Air Force
China on Shanghai airfields and widely scattered targets throughout southern and eastern China
Central Burma on transportation routes by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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Day 10 and first formal weigh-in of Operation Equinox and I am incredulous!! My weight has dropped by a paltry 2lb. I'm finding it very hard to understand as the calorie reduction has been so drastic. I am clearly burning fat but nothing like at the rate I was expecting for such a big calorie reduction.
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I am however no less determined that my current diet will be my lifelong diet from now on. If I persist, my weight must inevitably keep going down. My body is "hanging-on" to what I've eaten - I'm much less "regular" and what's produced is harder to "do" and is much more solid. I am sure that metabolism has also slowed. All the same, I must be burning more than I'm consuming.
If by Day 30 I'm still only dribbling off pounds then I will consider getting even more drastic. Right now it may be that the body is retaining more water. I shall press on with the current regime and see what happens.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How determined are you to develop yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy start
Showers arrive by mid-morning and will persist thereafter
A cold moderate westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 4 degC at noon
Min Temp = 2 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 06:41
Sunset at 19:42
Weathertrack: Weather fronts will move south across Britain today
Air Pressure: 1018 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Don't you hate it when people answer their own questions? I certainly do! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Russian Emperor Peter the Great placed a tax on beards in 1705. He hoped that the tax would encourage men to have a clean-shaven look that was popular in Western Europe.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When we have the attitude that each moment of each day, each gesture and step we take, is truly mystical and full of wonder, we will live our lives with greater thought and care. We will also have greater respect and appreciation for the lives of others.