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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (23rd March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front is fighting its way into Heiligenbeil
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front is attacking the Gotenhafen (Gdynia) and Danzig pockets
German 9th Army makes unsuccessful counterattacks against 8th Guards Army of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front around Kustrin
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front attacks Hungarian 3rd Army and captures Komarno and Esztergom
Remnants of German 6th Army and 6th SS Panzer Army retreat towards Austria
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-3138 is lost to unknown cause, possibly sunk by a mine on this date
Hitler insists German weapons should not be wasted arming non-German nationalities such as Ukrainians and Indians
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army opens a massive assault across the Rhine overnight around Rees and Wesel. With heavy aircraft and artillery support, 1st Commando Brigade and two brigades of 51st Highland Division spearhead the assault across the Rhine in Buffaloes and storm boats
US 1st Army gradually is expanding Remagen bridgehead
US 3rd Army is expanding its bridgehead across the Rhine near Oppenheim and making new assaults across the river
US 7th Army is clearing the west bank of the Rhine and preparing to assault across the river
French Army Detachment of the Alps opens attacks against Petit St Bernard Pass on the Franco-Italian border
Sixteen Kriegsmarine one-man Biber submarines unsuccessfully attack Allied shipping in the Scheldt overnight
De Gaulle announces that Indochina will remain a part of France after the war, but will receive some limited self-government
In the Irish Sea...
U-1003 scuttles off Ireland after previously suffering damage due to an accidental collision and a depth charge attack
In the Pacific...
IJN submarine RO-41 is rammed and sunk by USN destroyer Haggard
Japanese vessel Doryu Maru is sunk by USN submarine Spadefish in the East China Sea
Japanese vessel Hokka Go Maru is sunk by US FEAF aircraft in the East China Sea
US 6th Army is attacking around Baguio and Mount Bosoboso
Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58 attack targets on the island and in nearby waters, sinking two cargo ships. In response, eleven IJN submarines are deployed
Japanese defenders continue to resist tenaciously in the final pocket - Japanese commander General Kuribayashi dies, probably by ritual suicide.
4th Cavalry Brigade of Japanese 12th Army advances toward Laohokou
39th Infantry Division of Japanese 34th Army captures Tzuchung Hsien
British 14th Army attacks scattered Japanese units around Meiktila
Today's Air Raids..,
Germany on transportation lines and and military targets by US 8th Air Force
Ruhland, Germany by US 15th Air Force
Vienna and military targets in Austria by US 15th Air Force
Austria on strategic bridges by US 12th Air Force
Bremen and Bad Oeynhausen bridges, Wesel, Berlin and Aschaffenburg, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London by ten V-2 rockets
Czechoslovakia on a rail yard by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy on transportation lines and Matrei am Brenner, Pordenone, Salorno, San Michele all'Adige, Vo Sinistro, Longarone, and Perca by US 12th Air Force
Cebu Island and in the Visayan Islands by US FEAF
Formosa on electricity generating plants and military targets by US FEAF
Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, and Ani Jima by US 7th Air Force fighters
Tsinan and a bridge over the Yellow River, Japanese positions and transportation targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Monglawng, transportation lines and supply targets throughout Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
In fact, I can't remember a time when I've been so free of distractions! I can just getting on with fulfilling my life-purpose - to make a difference my way through my therapy, teaching and caring, whilst guarding the borders against predators.
I am very conscious of the fact that what it took to get this far, it takes to keep going. Daily discipline, putting self maintenance first, is essential to fulfilling my purpose. I am looking forward to a period where the lessons take a backseat whilst applying my learning already acquired to daily living is to the fore.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What is the next step forward for you in your life?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry throughout with clear/sunny periods
A moderate south-westerly will swing north-westerly in the afternoon
Max Temp = 8 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 3 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 06:03
Sunset at 18:25
Weathertrack: A weak cold front crossing Britain today will be only a band of cloud in most places
Air Pressure: 1015 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Galileo: great mind...Einstein: genius mind...Newton: extraordinary mind....Bill Gates: brilliant mind.....George Bush: never mind. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Graham Norton Show: Will Smith on photographs
The only official intoxicant served in Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Ten-Forward is Synthenol, an artificial booze that loses its inebriating effects the moment a crew member leaves the bar.
9. ZEN WISDOM
A person’s true nature is revealed at times of the greatest adversity.