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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (19th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
German 8th Army front along the Seelow Heights collapses and Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front advances towards Berlin
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front advances toward Torgau, Wittenberg, and Berlin
Polish 2nd Army of Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Rothenberg
In the Baltic...
German vessel Altengamme is sunk by Soviet aircraft
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-403 is sunk by RAF Mosquito aircraft
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army crosses the Ems River near Leer
British 2nd Army reaches the Elbe River near Lauenburg and opens an assault on Bremen
US 9th Army preparing fixed positions along the Elbe River and mopping up bypassed pockets in the rear
US 1st Army captures Leipzig and is reducing the German 11th Army pocket in the Harz Mountains
US 3rd Army is crossing the Czechoslovakian border
US 7th Army is fighting its way into central Nuremberg
French 1st Army is attacking toward Stuttgart
Generals Arnold, Spaatz, and Eaker meet at Cannes regarding post-war reorganization of the US Air Force
U-251 is sunk by RAF aircraft
British 8th Army makes a breakthrough along the Gaiana River and advances into the Argenta gap
US 5th Army pursues withdrawing German forces towards Bologna and the Po River
The unfinished Italian aircraft carrier Aquila in German hands is sunk by RN and pro-Allied Italian manned torpedoes at Genoa to prevent its use as a blockship
In the Atlantic...
U-548 sunk by USN destroyer escorts Buckley and Reuben James
Australian 6th Infantry Division is attacking around Maprik
In the Pacific...
IJN guardboat Kairyu Maru is sunk by USN submarine Silversides
US 6th Army is attacking around Cituinan, Asin tunnel, Salacsac Pass, Mount Mataasan Bundoc, and Mount Macolod
US 10th Army's XXIV Corps opens a major assault against Japanese 32nd Army's Shuri Line with massive air, naval, and artillery bombardment
US 77th Infantry Division is attacking Bloody Ridge and Ie town
IJN guardboat No. 3 Isuzu Maru sunk by USN submarine Cero
USN submarine Sennet sinks IJN auxiliary sub chaser Cha-97 and Japanese vessel Hagane
USN submarine Sunfish sinks Japanese vessel Taisei Maru and IJN gunboat Kaiho Maru
East China Sea:
USN submarine Trutta sinks three Japanese freighters
British 14th Army is fighting its way into Pyinmana on the Sittang River
British 14th Army drives Japanese 28th Army rearguard off Mount Popa
British 14th Army captures Magwe on the Irrawaddy River
On the Arakan coast, Japanese forces begin withdrawing from Shaukchon - Lemauk - An sector
Today's Air Raids...
Germany on transportation routes by US 8th Air Force
Muich, Berlin, Luftwaffe airfields and Heligoland Island shore batteries, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Czechoslovakia on transportation routes by US 8th Air Force
Northern Italy on military targets by US 12th and 15th Air Forces
Truk Atoll, Arakabesan Island and Koror Island by US 7th Air Force
Tarakan Island and Sandakan, Borneo by US FEAF
Shinchiku and Tainan airfield, Formosa by US FEAF
Yokosuka and Atsugi, Japan by US 7th Air Force fighters
Haimi, Japan by US FEAF
Saigon, Indochina by US FEAF
China Taiyuan, Bakli Bay, Anyang, Taiku, Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Burma Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other military targets by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MT LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I have been struggling to find the right mind-emptying technique - I'm currently using the Swish technique and envisage being filled with a violet mist to represent a silent mind. This is a work-in-progress!
I begin Sunday with an almost ideal frame of mind and so expect to make some positive difference today.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Can you remember when your mind was absolutely in the right place?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cool and cloudy for most of the day
Rain arrives around dusk and will turn heavy before midnight, but clear away in the small hours
A moderate north-easterly will turn easterly after midnight
Max Temp = 9 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 4 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 05:58
Sunset at 20:15
Moon: New Moon
Weathertrack: An anticyclone north of Scotland will keep Britain mainly dry, cloudy and cool, but a trough forming over the North Sea will bring rain to England and Wales overnight as it moves west
Air Pressure: 1029 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Rick Astley will let you borrow any of his Disney DVD's except one - he's never gonna give you Up :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Imran Yusuf - Being English in America
Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, died in 1596. His daughter Susanna died in 1649. His younger daughter Judith had three children, but all died before their mother and without children. His granddaughter Elizabeth, daughter of Susanna, died childless in 1670, ending the William Shakespeare line
9. ZEN WISDOM
Alone, one’s suffering only deepens. Human beings need to be with and among other human beings. Engagement with others forges our character and enriches us.