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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (30th March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
2nd Shock Army of Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front captures Danzig
Remnants of German 2nd Army are forced into a pocket around mouth of the Vistula River
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front advances toward Bratislava
9th Guards Army of Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front crosses the border into Austria
German vessel Jersbek is sunk by a mine in the Baltic
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army captures Emmerich, Elten, and Winterswijk and advances rapidly
US 9th Army is attacking around Marl, Polsum, Buer Hassel, Buer, Bottrop, Eigen, Sterkrade Buschhausen, and the Emser canal
US 15th Army activates XXII Corps for the Allied occupation of the west bank of the Rhine
US 1st Army approaches Paderborn and continues driving north and east to isolate the Ruhr - General Maurice Rose, commanding US 3rd Armored Division, is killed in action
US 3rd Army is advancing rapidly northward and eastward
US 7th Army is attacking against strong resistance around Aschaffenburg but advancing elsewhere
U-965 is sunk by RN frigates Rupert and Conn off northern Scotland
In the USA....
President Roosevelt arrives at Warm Springs, Georgia for several days of rest
In the Pacific...
IJN auxiliary sub chaser Shinan Maru sunk by USAAF aircraft
US 6th Army is attacking around Mount Myoko, Mount Mataba, Calauan, and Mount Macolod
Elements of US 8th Army capture Bacolod and Japanese remnants withdraw into the hills
USN Task Force 54 with ten battleships plus cruisers, destroyers, destroyer escorts, and rocket-firing landing craft continues bombarding the island with air support from USN Task Force 58 and Task Force 52.1
IJN guardboat Eikichi Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tirante off Kagoshima
Laohokou operation: 110th Infantry Division and 115th Infantry Division of Japanese 12th Army is advancing toward the Likuanchiao-Laohokou line
British 36th Infantry Division of Northern Combat Area Command begins redeploying to Mandalay and transfers to command of British 14th Army - Allied operations in Northern Combat Area Command come to an end
Japanese forces are crumbling on British 14th Army front around Taungtha - Meiktila - Thazi
Today's Air Raids...
Farge, Wilhelmshanen Bremen and Hamburg, Germany by US 8th Air Force - these raids are particularly successful - 20 U-Boats, a cruiser, an escort vessel, an S-Boat, 2 minesweepers, a submarine-tender, 4 freighters, and 2 tugs are all sunk
Berlin and Erfurt, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Northern Italy on transportation lines, supply depots, and other targets throughout northern Italy, including San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Rovereto, Chiari, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Legnago, Ora, and Romano di Lombardia by US 12th Air Force
Marcus Island by US 7th Air Force
Oelin and Kuching, Borneo by US FEAF
Bongao Island and in the Sulu Archipelago by US FEAF
Formosa on military targets by US FEAF
Off Japan minelaying by US 20th Air Force
Nagoya, Japan by US 20th Air Force
China on Chungmow Bridge, Hsuchang, Changanyi, Hankow, Neihsiang, Fang-cheng, Nanyang, Anlu, Japanese positions, transportation lines, supply depots, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Burma Japanese positions, transportation lines, supply depots, and other targets around Loiwing, Pawngleng, Nawnghkio, Laihka, Kogleng, and Loi Putau by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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New Followers followed back = 2
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
This character finds himself generally chuffed with himself. This is because he's largely responsible for creating a cosy little bubble-world where everyone in it feels happy, free to be themselves, safe and warm. I had time yesterday to just sit back and relish the delicious cosiness of it all. I am utterly, deeply and profoundly grateful!
At last! The needle on the weigh scale nudged tentatively below the 15 stone mark - a loss of 2lb in the first week of Operation Equinox. I find it hard to understand why, with such a drastic calorie reduction, I hadn't lost 7. It's probably because unlike the first two weight loss successes, I'm doing much less exercise this time. I'm going to have to move more if I want to see it fall off.
With my only other immediate concern being annoying but not inhibiting technical glitches with Virgin e-mail, I have no true obstacles in my way to achieving my goals of making a difference my way.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
For what in your life are you most profoundly grateful?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy with sunny periods until late afternoon
Heavy rain then arrives and will persist thereafter
A moderate south-westerly wind will strengthen, becoming very gusty overnight
Max Temp = 10 degC at 10pm
Min Temp = 3 degC at 9am
Sunrise at 06:46
Sunset at 19:38
Weathertrack: A ridge of high pressure will be followed by a strong depression both moving rapidly east across Britain
Air Pressure: 1004 millibars and falling rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When my doctor diagnosed me as being chronically inquisitive, I had a lot of questions. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Bobby Lee on race
Egypt has the largest Arabic population in the world.
9. ZEN WISDOM
There’s no need for us to be held back by the past or how things have been so far. The important thing is what seeds we are sowing now for the future.