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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front breaks through German 8th Army lines west of Seelow and begins advancing towards Berlin
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front encircles Spremberg and Cottbus and advances west
German vessel Drache and Kriegsmarine gun carrier SAT-5 are sank in Baltic by Soviet aircraft
Kriegsmarine vessel KFK-298 deserts from the defence of Pillau and sails to Sweden
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army captures the eastern end of the Ijsselmeer causeway and isolates German forces in western Holland
British 2nd Army captures Uelzen and Lueneburg
US 9th Army captures Magdeburg
Remaining German forces in the Ruhr pocket surrender, yielding 325,000 POWs
US 1st Army advances toward Leipzig
US 3rd Army crosses into Czechoslovakia near Prex
US 7th Army is fighting its way into Nuremberg against strong resistance
French 1st Army is advancing towards Stuttgart
French Army Detachment of the Atlantic captures of Royan north of the mouth of the Gironde on the Bay of Biscay, taking approximately 5000 German prisoners
Norwegian vessel Karmt and British vessel Filleigh are sunk by U-245
In the Atlantic...
US vessel Cyrus H. McCormick and British vessel Empire Gold are sunk by U-1107 in the Bay of Biscay
US vessel Swiftcount is sunk by U-857
British 8th Army crosses the Gaiano River and advances into the Argenta gap
US 5th Army advances north as German forces withdraw from some positions
General Eaker arrives from India and meets with General Spaatz
In the Pacific...
Off Wake Island:
IJN submarine RO-46 sunk by USN submarine Sea Owl
Australian II Corps is attacking Japanese 17th Army
US 6th Army attacking around Cituinan Hill, Mount Myoko, Mount Pacawagan, and Mount Macolod
US 8th Army captures Cotabato, Tamontaca, and Lomopog
US 8th Army is making limited progress
A detachment of US 8th Army captures the island unopposed
US 10th Army's III Amphibious Corps is mopping up in the northern sector of the island while XXIV Corps prepares to launch new attacks against Japanese 32nd Army in the south
USN battleship New York is damaged by Japanese aircraft
IJN submarine I-56 is sunk by USN warships and aircraft
Off Japan: Japanese vessel Teizui Maru sunk by mine
US 77th Infantry Division is attacking against strong resistance
US war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by a Japanese sniper
Chihchiang operation (Battle of Western Hunan):
Sekine Detachment of Japanese 20th Army is advancing toward Wuyang
Japanese 33rd Army is withdrawing from the Shwemyo area into the hills to the east
British 14th Army captures Chauk on the Irrawaddy River
Today's Air Raids...
Rosenheim, Traunstein, Freising, Passau and Straubing, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Welheim and transportation routes in Southern Germany by US 15th Air Force
Heligoland Island, Berlin and Scleissheim Airfield, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Kolin and Pilsen, Czechoslovakia by US 8th Air Force
Komotau, Czechoslovakia by RAF Bomber Command
Tarakan Island by US FEAF
Sandakan, Borneo by US FEAF
Formosa on airfields and transportation routes by US FEAF
Japan on airfields and military targets by US 20th Air Force
China on multiple targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force fighters
Burma on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets around Man Li, Kongsam and Laihka by US 10th Air Force fighters
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Quality Missus Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Missus calmly negotiated a compromise with me over it on the matter without a twitch of negativity. Of course her senses are somewhat altered by powerful antipsychotic medication, but she has ALWAYS been conciliatory like that. I will never be loved to the same intensity by anyone else. Ending up with a parasitic daughter so utterly awful has been balanced by a son who is my best friend and a wife who bathes me in love. This character has certainly experienced all shades!
In a more general observation, I have noticed how people in love, and more particularly women, overlook and make excuses for the utterly ghastly behaviour of people they care about. Being less than reasonable myself in the past, I can only be grateful to have been on the receiving end of such love, and I have at least given it the due recognition it deserves.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there someone who's love and support you need to recognize?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, sunny and cool all day - cloudy after dark
A moderate north-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 10 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 5 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 06:00
Sunset at 20:13
Weathertrack: An anticyclone centered north of Scotland will keep Britain dry, sunny and cool
Air Pressure: 1032 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When my older friend asks her 76 year old husband to go upstairs and make love to her, he says she has to choose because he can't do both : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jimmy Carr's most offensive gags
Women often feel loved when talking face to face with their partner; men, on the other hand, often feel emotionally close when they work, play, or talk side by side.
9. ZEN WISDOM
“What kind of future do I envision for myself? What kind of self am I trying to develop? What do I want to accomplish in my life?” The thing is to paint this vision of your life in your heart as specifically as possible. That “painting” itself becomes the design of your future. The power of the heart enables us to actually create with our lives a wonderful masterpiece in accordance with that design.