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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (28th March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Balga, completing destruction of German 4th Army (except those elements evacuated by sea) along the East Prussian coast
2nd Shock Army and 19th Army of Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front are fighting their way into Danzig
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front are attacking German Army Group South and advancing beyond the Raab River
Hitler dismisses Heinz Guderian as chief of OKH and replaces him with Hans Krebs
The final meeting of the Russian Liberation Committee leaders takes place. They decide to move all Russian troops in Axis service to Innsbruck and surrender to the western Allies
V-2 launchers are withdrawn out of range of London and Antwerp to avoid capture by the advancing Allies
On the Western Front...
Eisenhower, communicating directly with Stalin, states that the Western Allies will not advance to Berlin
British 2nd Army breaks out of its bridgehead and advances eastward
US 9th Army is attacking around Dorsten, Kirchhellen, Hamborn, and Neumuhl
US 1st Army swings north to encircle the Ruhr region
US 3rd Army vanguard approaches Lauterbach
US 7th Army attacking toward Aschaffenburg, Mannheim, and Heidelberg
US 15th Army is ordered to control occupied German territory and continue to besiege the German-held French Atlantic ports of L'Orient and St.Nazaire
In the Atlantic...
US vessel Oklahoma is sunk by U-532
In the Pacific...
Off the East Indies:
IJN minesweeper W-11 and Patrol Boat No. 108 are sunk by patrolling US FEAF aircraft
South China Sea:
Japanese vessel Asogawa Maru is sunk by USAAF aircraft
Japanese vessel Honan Maru is damaged by USN submarine Bluegill, run aground, and subsequently destroyed
US 6th Army is attacking around Mount Myoko, Mount Baytangan, Mount Mataba, Lipa, San Augustin, and Mayondon Point
US 8th Army is attacking Japanese positions around Lahug airfield
A detachment of US 8th Army is landed
Japanese garrisons are being cleared by elements of US 77th Infantry Division
Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58 and Task Force 52.1 attack targets on the island and in nearby waters whilst USN Task Force 54 with ten battleships plus cruisers, destroyers, destroyer escorts, and rocket-firing landing craft continues its bombardment
USN minesweeper Skylark is sunk by a mine
IJN Coast Defense Vessel No. 33 is sunk by carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 58
IJN auxiliary sub chasers Cha-167 and 175 are sunk by US aircraft off Kyushu
IJN auxiliary sub chaser Cha-178 and Japanese vessel Tensei Maru are sunk by mines
IJN escort vessel Mikura is sunk by USN submarine Threadfin off Kyushu
Japanese vessel Nase Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tirante off Kyushu
USN submarine Trigger sunk by IJN patrol vessel Mikura, Coast Defense Vessel No. 33, and coast defense vessel No. 59 off Kyushu
East China Sea:
Two coast defence vessels and a cargo ship are sunk by patrolling US FEAF aircraft
4th Cavalry Brigade of Japanese 12th Army unsuccessfully attack Laohokou
Japanese 34th Army captures Hsiangyang and Fanchengchen
Remnants of Japanese units are withdrawing from the Meiktila area
Burma National Army mutinies against the Japanese and joins the Allies
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by two V-2 rockets - the last two ever fired
Berlin, Hanover and targets of opprtunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Negros Island by US FEAF
Tainan, Formosa by US FEAF
Bonin Islands by US 7th Air Force fighters
Hanoi, Haiphong and military targets in Indochina by US 14th Air Force
China, Indochina and Singapore coastal minelaying by US 20th Air Force
China Japanese positions, transportation lines, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Burma Japanese positions, transportation lines, supply depots, and other targets around Wan Hong, Hon-na, Kyu-sawk, Nanghkio, and Na-ti by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 1,902 (no change)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I had another "unofficial" peek at the weigh scale and this time it showed a pound less than start weight. I am exactly 15 stone and a 40" waist - 40" trousers now fit snugly not tightly. Two days of clandestine fasting will hopefully push things on. I'm still some time away from the Day 10 weigh-in so by then I expect the effect of water will be cancelled out and I'll have a more realistic picture.
I now have Son and Missus at home for a fortnight - this will make life a little more complicated but hopefully not excessively difficult.
I am launching a new internal mental initiative to keep my focus on my goals - it's been "all over" of late. I know full well how crucial good focus is to fulfilment, happiness and success so my focus is now on focus itself!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you actively taking steps to move your life closer to where you want it to be?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
A day of showers, some heavy, with sunny intervals
A strong south-westerly or westerly wind will blow throughout
Max Temp = 11 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 6 degC at 9pm
Sunrise at 05:51
Sunset at 18:35Weathertrack: A series of depressions and consequently unsettled weather will sweep east across Britain over the weekend
Air Pressure: 1007 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I watch so much Netflix that rather than suggesting more shows for me to watch, it’s started suggesting I go outside. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon)
WWII casualties totaled between 50 and 70 million people. More than 80% of this total came from four countries: Russia, China, Germany, and Poland. More than half of these casualties were civilians, most of whom were women and children.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Our hopes, desires and ambitions are powerful forces existing within us for the shaping of the future. They are the generating forces that create the future. To lose hope or give up one’s goals because of the setbacks of the moment is to diminish one’s own life potential. Hopes, dreams, faith and sense of mission enable us to open up our lives.