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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (21st April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front is attacking German 3rd Panzer Army around Stettin and Mecklenberg
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front reaches the northeastern and eastern suburbs of Berlin
Hitler orders an immediate counterattack around Berlin: Any commander who holds back his troops will forfeit his life in five hours - Hitler formally places SS General Wilhelm Mohnke in command of defence of the central government area of Berlin, including Reich Chancellery and Fuhrer's bunker
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captures Zossen and advances towards Berlin from the south
In the Soviet Union...
An RN task force arrives at Kola Inlet to refuel before minelaying operations commence
Moscow signs a mutual assistance treaty with the Provisional Government of the Republic of Poland, aka the Lublin Committee
In the Baltic...
Kriegsmarine minelayer Ostmark (ex French) is sunk by RAF aircraft
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army attacking around Bremen
US 9th Army is consolidating fixed positions along the Elbe River and mopping up bypassed pockets in the rear
US 1st Army is fighting its way into Dessau, clearing along the Elbe River and Mulde Rivers, and mopping up bypassed pockets
Having disbanded his Army Group B headquarters and evaded capture in the Ruhr pocket, Field Marshal Model commits suicide
US 3rd Army attacking around Rossbach, Gottmannsgruen, Weiden, Mitterteich, Falkenberg, Wildenreuth, Schirnding, Waldsassen, and Neumarkt
US 7th Army is advancing south toward the Danube River on a broad front
French 1st Army captures Stuttgart and reaches Swiss border at Schaffhausen
Four Kriegsmarine Linsen explosive craft are sunk by RN destroyer escort Retalock
Some US 8th Air Force units begin standing down as the war in Europe draws towards a close
British 8th Army and US 5th Army enter Bologna and make rapid progress northward
In the Atlantic...
U-636 is sunk by RN frigates Bazely, Bentinck, and Drury
Australian 6th Infantry Division occupies Maprik airstrip
In the Pacific...
US 6th Army is attacking around Baguuio, Asin tunnel, Kapintalan, Mount Myoko, Mount Pacawagan, and Mount Macolod
US 8th Army captures Fort Pikit and Dilap
US 8th Army is mopping up pockets of resistance
US 8th Army is attacking around Negritos, Lantawan, and Hill 3155
US 10th Army making slow, and costly progress against Japanese 32nd Army's Shuri Line on Okinawa
Offshore, USN destroyer Ammen is damaged by Japanese aircraft
US 77th Infantry Division captures Bloody Ridge and eliminates Japanese resistance on the island
Chinese 22nd Infantry Division, previously returned from Burma, is air-lifted to Chihchiang for a counter-offensive
British 14th Army is advancing toward Toungoo on the Sittang River
Today's Air Raids...
Munich and Ingolstadt, Germany by US 8th Air Force
Southern Germany on transportation routes by US 15th Air Force
Kiel and Eggebek airfield, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Celebes Island on coastal targets by US FEAF
Borneo on airfields by US FEAF
Tarakan Island by US FEAF
Japan on Kagoshim, airfields and military targets by US 20th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
In fact it may be even cosier with Son away for a week - though I enjoy his company, friendship and the mutual support, myself and Missus can be more relaxed around the house in his absence. With his first true romance absorbing his energy, the process of his growing away from us is well underway. This is of course natural and right - when he does eventually "fly the nest", I can look back and say that I did well, and that for the remainder of this life experience he has this supportive presence to turn to where required.
This is of course the polar opposite experience to Daughter - but if two others love me and I am the same guy, I can conclude that whatever my weaknesses, I wasn't the problem! Distancing my consciousness from character, I can see that it just boils down to Physics and the way forces move. It just "is". I also know that with some people you can bond with and others you can't, and so clearly the most fulfilling choice is to save up all your lovin' for the ones who are lovin' you.
My policy of shaking off the dust from the detractors, aggressive darkness towards the predators and embracing the "fans" has in my experience to date proven to be the best way. There is a blissful peace that comes from the feeling that you're "doing it right".
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How do you deal with your fans, your critics and the predators?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny throughout, clear skies after dark, wind negligible
Max Temp = 14 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 05:54
Sunset at 20:19
Weathertrack: The anticyclone over Britain and Ireland will peak in intensity today
Air Pressure: 1036 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
The angry cannibal was fed up with people :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The original actor who played Ronald McDonald of the popular fast food chain McDonalds, Jeff Juliano, is now a vegetarian.
9. ZEN WISDOM
To the extent that we contemplate ourselves and elevate our state of life, we can deepen our understanding of others. Someone who does so is capable of recognizing and treasuring people’s individuality. A person of wisdom tries to invigorate others and bring out the best in them.