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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (17th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Fischhausen and attacks Pillau
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front captures Seelow, but suffers heavy losses and German 8th Army holds the line west of the town.
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front breaks through German 4th Panzer Army's lines and sends tank armies towards Zossen and Potsdam
46th Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Wilhelmsdorf and Zisterdorf
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army captures Apeldoorn and Barneveld
British 2nd Army is attacking Uelzen, advancing around Soltau and Harburg, and attacking towards Bremen against strong resistance
US 9th Army is fighting its way into Magdeburg and taking an increased number of prisoners in the Ruhr pocket
US 1st Army is advancing towards Leipzig and reducing the Ruhr pocket - effective organized resistance crumbles
US 7th Army is fighting its way into Nuremberg and ordered to advance to the Swiss border
French 1st Army continues to clear German 19th Army from the Black Forest
General Clay assumes duties as Eisenhower's deputy for military government
French Army Detachment of the Atlantic continues assaulting the besieged German garrison of Royan
Kriegsmarine patrol vessel V-1207 is sunk by Allied aircraft
British 8th Army advances to the Gaiana River and attacks the Argenta gap
US 5th Armyis attacking around Sarzana, Monte Ferra, Monte Prospero, Monte Moscoso, Monterumici, Pianoro, and the Sevizzano-Gorognano area
Offshore, French destroyer Trombe is torpedoed by an Italian MTB
President Truman addresses joint session of Congress to anounce the continuation of Roosevelt's policies
Australian 6th Infantry Division is attacking around Maprik
In the Pacific...
Australian II Corps attacks Japanese 17th Army
South China Sea:
Japanese vessel Gyoyo Maru is sunk by USN PB4Y aircraft
US 6th Army is attacking around Baguio, Asin tunnel, Salacsac Pass, Mount Mataba, and Mount Mataasna Bundoc
Operation Victor Five:
USN Task Gorup 78.2 lands X Corps of US 8th Army which moves rapidly inland
24th Infantry Division and 31st Infantry Division of US X Corps land near Malabang, Parang, and Cotabato
US 8th Army captures Babay Ridge
US 8th Army is attacking around Ginopolan
US 8th Army is attacking Banana Ridge
US 8th Army is bombarding Mount Daho
US 10th Army's III Amphibious Corps captures the Motobu peninisula from Japanese 32nd Army
US 77th Infantry Division is attacking on Ie Shima
Offshore, USN destroyer Benham is damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft
Japanese vessel Tairyu Maru and IJN guardboat No. 92 Banshu Maru are sunk by mines
East China Sea:
Japanese vessel Sonjo Maru is sunk by a mine off Shanghai
Chihchiang operation (Battle of Western Hunan):
Sekine Detachment of Japanese 20th Army captures Hsinning
Although under orders to transfer divisions to the north, Japanese 11th Army continues attacking Chinese 46th Army around Tuan
British 14th Army is advancing south from Pyawbwe and attacking south of Shwemyo
Today's Air Raids...
Tarup, Denmark on a Gestapo building by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force fighters
Southern Germany on transportation routes by US 15th Air Force
Dresden, Aussig and railway targets in Germany by US 8th Air Force, also claiming 250 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed on the ground
Cham, Berlin and Ingoldstadt Airfield, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Czechoslovakia on railway targets by US 8th Air Force
Cotabato and Kabacan, Mindanao Island by US FEAF
Formosa on Japanese airfields by US FEAF
Japan on Japanese airfields by US 20th Air Force
Futamiko, Japan by US 7th Air Force
China on many military targets by US 14th Air Force
Burma on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets around Mong Kung and Wan Hpun by US 10th Air force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
TV comedy night
Twitter Followers = 1,907 (no change)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Interestingly the Weekend Job offers more opportunities for mind-emptying than on other days, due to its repetitive nature, but at home my meditation regime is back on track and a new binaural beat track I created for the sessions is proving effective.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you regularly evaluating your progress and self-development?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cool with clear periods and a moderate north-easterly throughout
Max Temp = 10 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 5 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 06:03
Sunset at 20:11
Weathertrack: An anticyclone north of Scotland will build and remain static, keeping Britain dry but also fairly cool.
Air Pressure: 1020 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I'm great at multitasking. I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Milton Jones Best Gags
At 380 parts per million, there has never been as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there is now.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Courage, strength and wisdom well up in those who consciously take on everything as the protagonist and person responsible for achieving their goals. Unlimited wisdom and ardent resolve arise from a sense of responsibility.