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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (25th March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Heiligenbeil, pinning remnants of German 4th Army into a small pocket along the coast
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front attacks the Gotenhafen (Gdynia) and Danzig pockets
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front opens a new offensive against German 8th Army, crossing the Hron River and advancing toward Bratislava
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front continues to attack the retreating German Army Group South
Hitler relieves General Otto Wohler of command of Army Group South and appoints General Lothar Rendulic
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army sends more troops across the Rhine, captures most of Rees, and expands its bridgehead
US 9th Army sends more troops across the Rhine, conducts another assault crossing, and expands its bridgeheads
US 1st Army launches an offensive to break out of Remagen bridgehead
US 3rd Army sends more troops across the Rhine, conducts another assault crossing, and expands its bridgeheads
Kriegsmarine 4th S-Boat Flotilla and 6th S-Boat Flotilla, attempting to lay mines, are driven off by Allied warships
In the Pacific...
RN Pacific Fleet is redesignated Task Force 57 and sails from Ulitihi Atoll to support the invasion of Okinawa
Japanese vessel Fuji Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tirante off Tori Jima
US 6th Army is attacking New Bosoboso, Tanauan, and Los Banos
USN Task Force 54 with air support bombards Okinawa and Kerama Retto - two Japanese cargo ships are sunk
USN underwater demolition teams begin clearing obstacles from Okinawa beaches
US 28th Marine Regiment destroys the final Japanese pocket on Iwo Jima, completing combat operations on the island. Approximately 200 surviving Japanese troops emerge from caves to conduct a suicide attack against the USAAF base at North Field overnight, with all but four killed. 53 Americans are also killed and 120 wounded. Some 3000 Japanese soldiers remain in the caves under the island. Many starve to death or commit suicide. Some survive by stealing provisions at night and a few give themselves up. The final remaining two Japanese soldiers surrender on the 6th January 1949.
Imperial Headquarters activates Operation Tengo for the defense of Okinawa and begins launching air attacks, including kamikazes, against the USN fleet
4th Cavalry Brigade of Japanese 12th Army is advancing toward Laohokou
39th Infantry Division of Japanese 34th Army captures Nanchang
British 14th Army is advancing south from Mandalay and down the Irrawaddy River
Japanese 33rd Army is attacking British 14th Army around Meiktila
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by three V-2 rockets
Germany on oil facilities by US 8th Air Force
Hanover, Munster and Osnabruk, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London by four V-2 rockets
Prague and military targets in Czechoslovakia by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy on transportation lines and military targets by US 12th Air Force
Cebu City, Cebu Island by US FEAF
Cebu Island on military targets by US 7th Air Force
Formosa on military targets by US FEAF
Chichi Jima by US 7th Air Force
China on Japanese positions, transportation lines, supply depots, airfields, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China - by US 14th Air Force - Japanese vessel Kori Go Maru (ex Chinese) is sunk by US FEAF aircraft in Yangtze estuary near Shanghai
Burma on military targets by US 10th Air Force and the RAF
Akyab, Burma on the airfield and offshore shipping by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I don't think this character has ever had more control than now. Not that I am in control as an ego or that I am invincible, but never has the hindrance to the pursuit of my intentions been so low. I am very aware that what it took to get here it takes to stay here. Strong mindfulness to keep my attention from dark places and regular meditation are essential to maintain wellbeing.
I've always known where my focus needs to be - to keep my attention on my intention, but in order to do that, you need to be unencumbered by distractions. I am at last in that position. The destiny of this character is in its own hands.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you ridding yourself of obstacles and distractions from your goals?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cool with plenty of sunny periods
Negligible wind during the day, a southerly picks up in the evening and strengthens steadily
Max Temp = 6 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 2 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 05:58
Sunset at 18:29
Air Pressure: 1010 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Life is a lot like toilet paper. You're either on a roll.....or you're taking shit from some asshole. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Smack The Pony: I Just Can't Find My Friend
In 1995, a woman named Berbel Zummer was walking through a park in Austria during a storm wearing a wire-enforced bra under her clothes. The metal in her bra attracted a bolt of lighting that killed her instantly.
9. ZEN WISDOM
It is in the ocean of dialogue that a person can become truly human.