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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (23rd April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front and 1st Ukrainian Front link up in Berlin
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Cottbus
German 4th Panzer Army counterattacks Soviet 52nd Army and Polish 2nd Army
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front is fighting its way into Brno
Hitler assumes personal command for the defence of Berlin.
Hitler receives a signal from Berchtesgaden fro Goering who offers to take over leadership of Germany. Enraged, Hitler orders Goering's arrest and replaces him with Robert Ritter Von Greim as Field Marshal of the Luftwaffe
Albert Speer the production minister, diplomat Joachim Von Ribbentrop and Hitler's aide Julius Schaub depart the bunker for the last time after final meetings with Hitler. Schaub is ordered to destroy Hitler's personal papers at the Berghof and at his apartment in Munich
At least ten aircraft manage to depart Berlin and fly to Berchtesgaden with evacuees from the bunker
Himmler allows 17,000 concentration camp prisoners to be evacuated from Denmark to Sweden
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army is fighting its way into Bremen and captures Harburg on the Elbe River
US 9th Army is consolidating fixed positions along the Elbe River and mopping up bypassed pockets in the rear
US 1st Army completes capture of Dessau and mops up bypassed pockets in the rear
US 3rd Army is advancing southeast towards the Danube River against little opposition - a detachment liberates the 2000 surviving prisoners of Flossenburg Concentration Camp
US 15th Army expands its occupation zone behind the front lines
US 7th Army is advancing towards the Danube against limited opposition and mopping up bypassed pockets in the rear.
French 1st Army is closing up to the Swiss border and advancing around Ulm
German vessel Tubingen is sunk by RAF Coastal Command aircraft
Norwegian vessel Sverre Helmerson seriously damaged by uncertain cause and subsequently written off
Overnight blackout restrictions are lifted
British 8th Army captures Ferrara, crosses the Reno River, and advances toward the Po
US 5th Army makes contact with British 8th Army around Finale and begins crossing the Po River
French cruisers Montcalm and Duguay Trouin and RN destroyer Lookout bombard German positions
In the Atlantic...
U-396 vanishes without trace
USN patrol vessel Eagle 56 is sunk off Maine by U-853
In the Pacific...
U-183 is sunk by USN submarine Besugo
US 6th Army attacking around Baguio, Asin tunnel, Mount Mirador, Mount Pacawagan, and Mount Mataasna Bundoc
US 8th Army captures Kabacan
US 8th Army captures Danao, leaving only isolated pockets of resistance on the island
US 8th Army is attacking around Nanod
US 10th Army fends off counterattacks by Japanese 32nd Army and pushes forward around Nishibaru-Tanabaru area, Rocky Crags, and Skyline Ridge
US 77th Infantry Division is mopping up pockets of resistance
Japanese 33rd Army resistance is crumbling in the Sittang River valley
The Japanese garrison in Rangoon begins evacuating eastward
On the Arakan coast, British 15th Corps reaches An
Today's Air Raids...
Kiel, Rendsburg and Travemunde, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Northern Italy on military targets by US 15th Air Force
Marcus Island by US 7th Air Force
Borneo on military targets by US FEAF
Tarakan Island by US FEAF
Saigon, Indochina by US FEAF
Shanghai, Hainan Island and military targets on the Chinese coast by US FEAF
China on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Burma on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other military targets by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shopping errand for Missus
Quality Missus Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I am consequently "riding the wave" gratefully savouring these happy times. I feel very "over" past traumas and simply wish to move forward making my difference my way.
From a self-development viewpoint, this is an opportunity to make hay while the sun shines, and I fully intend to keep my mind emptied and my focus sharp. I am also taking advantage of the weather to get moving more and will hike 5 miles or so today.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the difference you want to make?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny throughout, some patchy cloud after dark, wind negligible
Max Temp = 16 degC at 6pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 05:49
Sunset at 20:23
Weathertrack: The declining anticyclone over Britain will move away eastward during the day
Air Pressure: 1024 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Nothing embarrasses a psychic more than a surprise party :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
During the first half of the twentieth century, Shanghai was the only port in the world to accept Jews fleeing the Holocaust without an entry visa.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Those who always have a sense of appreciation and gratitude never reach an impasse in life.