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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (20th March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front attacks around Samland, Koenigsberg, and Heiligenbeil
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front is attacking around Gotenhafen (Gdynia) and Danzig
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front is attacking along the Baltic coast and the Oder
German 3rd Panzer Army is evacuating its bridgehead across the Oder at Altdamm
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front overwhelms the German defences around Oppeln
General Heinrici takes command of German Army Group Vistula, relieving Himmler
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front overwhelms the defensive lines of German Army Group South
In the Arctic...
US vessel Horace Bushnell is written off by U-995
RN vessel Lapwing and US vessel Thomas Donaldson are sunk by U-968
The last ever public appearance by Hitler as he is filmed awarding medals to Hitler Youth soldiers
U-62 and U-382 are decomissioned at Wilhelmshaven and cannibalized for spare parts
On the Western Front...
US 1st Army continues expanding the Remagen bridgehead
US 3rd Army reaches the Rhine around Bingen, Mainz, Oppenheim, and Worms
US 7th Army captures Saarbrucken, Hassel, St Ingbert, Homburg, Zweibruecken, and Nieder Schlettenbach
RN transport LST-80 is sunk by a mine
USN destroyer Parker bombards German positions near the French border
In the Pacific...
USN submarine Kete vanishes without trace
South China Sea: USN Submarine Blenny sinks three Japanese cargo ships, and Allied aircraft sink another three
Luzon: Japanese troops withdraw from San Fernando but counterattack US 6th Army around Mount Caymayuman
Panay Island: US 8th Army captures Iloilo and organized Japanese resistance ends
Iwo Jima: US 5th Marine division is attacking the remaining Japanese pocket. Offshore, USN submarine Devilfish is damaged by kamikaze aircraft
Off Kyushu, Japan: USN Task Force 58 is replenishing when it is sighted by IJN guardboat No. 1 Kochi Maru. The guardboat is sunk but IJN 5th Air Fleet sends 20 kamikaze aircraft to the reported position. USN destroyer Halsey Powell is damaged and carrier Enterprise damaged by friendly fire
British 14th Army enters Mandalay and devastates remnants of Japanese 15th Army withdrawing from the city
Today's Air Raids...
Hamburg and Hemmingstadt, Germany by US 8th Air Force - two U-Boats under construction are rendered unusable
Southern Germany on rail yards and military targets by US 15th Air Force
Recklinghsausen, Hamm, Arnsberg, Bohlen, Hemmingstedt, Berlin, Bremen, Kassel and Kiel, Germany by RAF Bomber Command - five Kriegsmarine minesweepers are sunk at Kiel
London by eight V-2 rockets
Antwerp, Belgium by seven V-2 rockets
Northern Italy transportation lines, supply depots, and other targets including the Mantua and Brenner rail line
Cebu Island by US FEAF
Chichi Jima by US 7th Air Force
Tainan, Formosa by US FEAF
Indochina transportation routes and offshore shipping by US FEAF
Burma Japanese positions, transportation lines, supply depots, and military targets by the RAF and US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Online promotional work
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
TV Comedy Night
Twitter Followers = 1,888 (down 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0A recent spate of issues have been overcome and things are on the up! I have regained full control over weight management, and after a lifetime of struggle I don't expect to lose it again. The oven has been repaired, Shadow the Cat has recovered from her virus and a new bedroom TV paid for by the Weekend Job annual bonus has freed up a TV for use as a computer monitor. I'm busy with clients and even made an early start on the garden, the first time I've ever done so in March.
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
All of this makes me PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL and with no complaints whatsoever. I'm that much more empowered to make the best possible difference with this temporary life experience.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
When you were last "on a roll" what were the factors that came together to make it happen?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout with a westerly or north-westerly wind
Max Temp = 10 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 5 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 06:10
Sunset at 18:20
Moon: None (New Moon) - PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN AT 09:30
Weathertrack: The anticyclone formerly over Britain has drifted away to the south-west, allowing a weak depression to the north to sweep a cold front across the country today - in many places this will be no more than a band of cloud
Air Pressure: 1013 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I was challenged at acting class to be a Victoria Sponge - it was a piece of cake! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Fawlty Towers: Don't mention the war
Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Our voice resonates with life. Because this is so, it can touch the lives of others. The caring and compassion imbued in your voice finds passage to the listener’s soul, striking his or her heart and causing it to sing out. The human voice summons something profound from deep within, and can even compel a person into action.