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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (30th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front is advancing rapidly west
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front and 1st Ukrainian Front continue assaulting Berlin - there is fierce fighting in the ruins of the Reichstag building
Soviet 4th Ukrainian Front captures Moravska Ostrava
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide - their bodies are soaked in petrol and burned outside the bunker
Martin Bormann notifies Admiral Doenitz of his appointment as Hitler's successor, but neglects to tell him the Fuhrer is dead
Overnight, in agreement with Goebbels and Bormann, General Krebs makes his way to Zhukov's HQ with a letter for Stalin offering a German-Soviet armistice
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-455 is sunk by Allied aircraft
Over Northern Germany...
Heavy dogfighting between the Luftwaffe and RAF fighters - the RAF claim many victories, including two Knight's Cross holders killed and another shot down
Swiss authorities refuse to allow Yuri Zherebkov into the country to negotiate the surrender and protection of troops of Vlasov's Russian Liberation Committee
Reichskommissar Seyss-Inquart confers with General Walter Bedell Smith and other Allied officers near Apeldoorn about food supplies and possible surrender of German forces in western Netherlands
Operation Manna: RAF Bomber Command utilizes Lancaster bombers to drop food supplies to Dutch civilians
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army captures Leer and Loga and fights its way into Delfzijl
British 2nd Army advances north toward the Baltic coast
US 3rd Army advances deeper into Czechoslovakia and Austria
US 7th Army captures Munich with minimal opposition
French 1st Army attacking around Immenstadt, Staufen, Lindau, and Bregenz
A French naval squadron lands the Oleron Infantry Brigade on German-occupied Ile d'Oleron in the Gironde estuary
French Army Detachment of the Atlantic attacks the German garrison of La Rochelle on the Bay of Biscay
U-325 is sunk by a mine
In the Atlantic...
U-1055 vanishes presumed sunk
U-1107 is sunk in the Bay of Biscay by a USN Catalina aircraft
U-879 is sunk by USN destroyer escorts Thomas, Bostwick, and Coffman and frigate Natchez
Communist Yugoslav partisans move into Trieste
British 8th Army advances toward Trieste, Belluno, and Udine
US 5th Army enters Milan and reaches Turin and the French border
Col. William O. Darby, acting assistant division commander of US 10th Mountain Division, is killed in action
In the Pacific...
Australian II Corps attacks Japanese 17th Army
USN Task Group 74.3 lands an Australian commando squadron and artillery
USN Task Group 74.3 lands Australian engineers to clear the beaches
Japanese vessel Yuno Maru is sunk by a mine
US 6th Army is clearing Mount Malepunyo area and reorganizing for new attacks
US 8th Army is attacking toward Davao
US 8th Army is attacking around Palimpinon
US 10th Army is attacking Japanese 32nd Army around the Asa River, Maeda escarpment, Kochi ridge, and Kuhazu
Offshore, several ships are damaged by kamikaze attacks
Japanese vessel Miho Maru is sunk by USN submarine Trepang
Chihchiang operation (Battle of Western Hunan):
Chinese 94th Army attacks the Sekine Detachment of Japanese 20th Army around Wawutang
British 15th Corps completes its operations along the Arakan coast as Japanese forces withdraw to the east
RN Task Force 62 bombards Martaban with three destroyers
RN Task Force 62 sinks nine Japanese vessels
Today's Air Raids...
Borneo on airfields by US FEAF - Japanese vessel Kunikawa Maru is sunk offshore
Formosa on military targets by US FEAF
Japan on airfields and military targets by US 20th Air Force
China on Taiyuan, Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets across southern and eastern China
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Quality Son Time
Client prep, session and follow-up
Quality Missus Time
Twitter Followers = 1,916 (up 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
A bit of a rollercoaster yesterday. Two "wobbly" clients who at the beginning of the day I had written off look like they're back on board. Today we shall see if my clients do what's expected of them!
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Whatever the machinations of others, for this character there are new heights of clarity and inner peace, a quiet mind and a well-defined purpose. Gratitude is without doubt the prevailing attitude. I am at peace with the man in the mirror, so with this character so settled, my conscious is free to rise to higher levels. Ultimately consciousness will live outside the character completely and simply "enjoy the show"
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your life moving in a clear well-defined direction?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry, cool and cloudy - there will be occasional sunny periods and isolated showers
Skies will clear mid-evening and it will be cold and dry thereafter
A moderate north-westerly will swing north-easterly in the afternoon and subsequently ease
Max Temp = 9 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 3 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 05:34
Sunset at 20:35Weathertrack: A weak depression will move east across Britain today - a ridge of high pressure will then extend over the country from an anticyclone building over Greenland
Air Pressure: 1006 millibars and rising rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I just want one of those jobs where I can be put on paid leave while a committee reviews my behaviour. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stewart Lee on UKIP
About 37% of all abortions occur to African American women, 34 % to non-Hispanic Caucasian women, 22% to Hispanic women, and 8% to other races (The small overlap between racial categories create a total of 101%). Approximately 50% of women who obtain an abortion are younger than 25. Women who have never married obtain two-thirds of all abortions. Younger women are more likely to request an abortion after 12 weeks.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The worst mistake you can make is to give up on yourself and stop challenging yourself for fear of failure. Keep moving forward with a firm eye on the future, telling yourself, “I’ll start from today!” “I’ll start afresh from now, from this very moment!”