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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (5th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front continues attacking around Koenigsberg
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front and 3rd Ukrainian Front attack German 6th SS Panzer Army around Vienna
The Japanese ambassador is informed that the 1941 non-aggession pact with Tokyo will not be renewed
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army crosses Twenthe canal and captures Almelo
British 2nd Army captures Lingen and Osnabruck
US 9th Army attacks across the Weser River at Hamelin and continues attacking the Ruhr pocket
US 1st Army attacks the Ruhr pocket and continues advancing east around Warburg and Kassel
US 3rd Army captures Muhlhausen and Meiningen
US 7th Army captures Gemuenden, advances toward Schweinfurt, and is fighting its way into Heilbronn
French 1st Army is attacking toward Pforzheim
French Army Detachment of the Alps opens attacks against Mount Cenis Pass
Generals Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton visit Ohrdruf concentration camp
British vessel Gasray is sunk by U-2321
Norwegian vessel Torridal is sunk by Norwegian submarine Utsira
British 8th Army attacking around Lake Comacchio overnight
US 5th Army opens diversionary attacks around Massa on the coast
In the Pacific...
13th Infantry Regiment and 23rd Infantry Regiment of Japanese 17th Army make costly and unsuccessful attacks against Australian II Corps
South China Sea:
Two Japanese freighters are sunk by patrolling US aircraft
US 6th Army is attacking around Lumban, Imoc Hill, Mapait Hills, and Talisay
US 6th Army detachment pumps diesel fuel into Japanese-dug tunnels and ignites it to kill the defenders
US 8th Army is attacking toward Hill 3155
US 10th Army's III Amphibious Corps attacking up Ishikawa isthmus and XXIV Corps attacking Japanese 32nd Army positions around Uchitomari, Ginowan, and Cactus Ridge
USN battleship Nevada is damaged by a Japanese shore battery
IJN auxiliary minelayer No. 2 Shinto Maru is sunk by a US shore battery
IJN submarine RO-41 is sunk offshore by USN destroyer Hudson
Premier Koiso and his cabinet resign. Admiral Suzuki forms a new cabinet, including Togo as Foreign Minister, more willing to consider an end to the war.
Japanese vessel No. 13 Nichinan Maru is sunk offshore by a mine
British 14th Army is attacking Japanese 33rd Army around Yindaw
On the Arakan coast, a brigade of British 15th Corps captures Point 990 on the road to An
Today's Air Raids...
Bayreuth, Plauen, Furth, Nuremberg, military targets and targets of opportunity in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Southern Germany on railways by US 15th Air Force fighters
Northern Italy transportation lines and other targets in the Po valley and throughout northern Italy
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Tarakan Island by US FEAF
Kiirun Harbour, Formosa by US FEAF
Hong Kong by US FEAF
China on transportation targets by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,899 (down 3)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
@Maggie_Thistle +1 untraced
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Of course, loon Missus has no assertiveness skills whatsoever and just let it. Muggins here had to meet her and go rescue Shadow. We got lucky - there was only a 50% chance of finding the cat and another 50% that it would safely follow us home back across the Ring Road.
I now feel exhausted and it's not yet mid-morning! Sometimes this character wishes that someone would properly look after ME.
This afternoon's meditation will hopefully restore perspective and balance.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What do you do to regain composure after you have been upset?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and mainly sunny and mild throughout
Clear after dark but fog will settle overnight
Wind negligible until a westerly breeze picks up in the evening
Max Temp = 14 degC at 4pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 06:31
Sunset at 19:49
Weathertrack: An anticyclone sat over Britain will remain static and intensify
Air Pressure: 1027 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
The Japanese flag is really a pie chart of how afraid the Japanese are of Godzilla. : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Falconry was developed more than 4,000 years ago in eastern and central Asia. Birds were used because they could kill animals beyond the range of a hunter’s weapon. Genghis Khan reportedly had 10,000 falconers.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When we have a genuine sense that, no matter how difficult our present circumstances, we are not alone—that we are vitally connected with others and with the world—we will, without fail, rise up to the challenge of living again.