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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (27th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front captures Mecklenberg, Prenzlau, and Angermunde
German 3rd Panzer Army retreats to the west
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front is assaulting the centre of Berlin against ferocious resistance in bloody street fighting - Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Potsdam and is fighting in the southern sector of Berlin
Soviet troops liberate 3000 prisoners remaining at Sachsenhausen concentration camp
In Nazi-held Germany...
Count Bernadotte informs Himmler that the western Allies have rejected his peace proposal
Pro German Russian General Vlasov turns down opportunity to fly to Spain to escape capture by advancing Allied forces
SS guards murder 1000 Jewish prisoners from Buchenwald during a forced march evacuation
A provisional government of Austria headed by Karl Renner asserts its independence from Germany
On the Western Front...
US 3rd Army captures Regensburg unopposed and advances south of the Danube
US 7th Army advances toward Augsburg
French 1st Army continues reducing the Black Forest pocket, where resistance begins to crumble
With German and Italian forces withdrawing from the high passes, French Army Detachment of the Alps advances through the Alps into northwestern Italy
US troops liberate Kaufering concentration camp and discover thousands of bodies
Marshal Petain is arrested upon his return from Switzerland
De Gaulle refuses to hand over French-occupied Stuttgart to Anglo-American forces
Kriegsmarine mine destructor vessel Sperrbrecher-167 is sunk by a mine
Diplomat Allen Dulles is ordered to immediately resume surrender negotiations with SS General Wolff
Italian partisans liberate Padua
British 8th Army advances north on a broad front
US 5th Army reaches Genoa and continues to advance rapidly against diminishing opposition
In the Atlantic...
RN destroyer escort Redmill is written off by U-1105
In the Pacific...
Australian II Corps is attacking Japanese 17th Army
US 6th Army captures Baguio and continues attacking around Mount Pacawagan and Mount Mataasna Bundoc
US 8th Army is attacking around Digos
US 10th Army is making slow progress against strong resistance by Japanese 32nd Army around Yafusu, the Item pocket, Maeda, and Kochi ridge on the Shuri Line
US vessel Canada Victory is sunk and several other ships are damaged by Japanese kamikaze attacks offshore whilst USN destroyer Hutchins is written off by Japanese demolition craft
Japanese vessel Kaiho Maru is sunk by a mine
Chihchiang operation (Battle of Western Hunan):
Sekine Detachment of Japanese 20th Army captures Wuyang
Chinese forces begin advancing to liberate Nanning and Kwangsi province
Today's Air Raids...
Woleai Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Tarakan Island by US FEAF
Jesselton, Borneo by US FEAF
Surabaya, Java by US FEAF
Mandai, Celebes by US FEAF
Japan on airfields and military targets by US 20th Air Force - IJN auxiliary sub chaser No. 31 Yosen Maru is sunk offshore
China on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets across southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Burma on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets around Wan Pong and Nawng Leng by US 10th Air force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
With the reintroduction of Chromium supplements, mood has definitely improved, and I feel like I have re-grown an extra layer of skin. Of course I cannot rule out a placebo effect, but it's the result rather than the mechanism that interests me.
With weight going down, my Practice reasonably busy and my goals clear, my consciousness can be more easily still and "enjoy the movie" of this life experience
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your life showing signs of development and progress?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cool and sunny in the morning
Cloud builds in the afternoon
Showers, some heavy thereafter, but showers will clear after midnight
After negligible wind in the morning, a moderate south-westerly will pick up
Max Temp = 8 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 0 degC at 6am
Sunrise at 05:40
Sunset at: 20:30
Weathertrack: A weak ridge of high pressure over Britain will dissipate by evening then a trough will sweep quickly east across the country
Air Pressure: 1012 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Are you wearing too much makeup? That depends on whether or not you're plotting to kill Batman :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stewart Lee's imaginary wife - WONDERFUL!
The average family in North America, Europe, and Australia throws away more than a ton of garbage each year.
9. ZEN WISDOM
“Thank you” is a miraculous expression. We feel good when we say it, and we feel good when we hear it. When we speak or hear the words “thank you,” the armor falls from our hearts and we can communicate on the deepest level.