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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (15th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front is still attacking remnants of German 4th Army in Samland
Saschenhausen and Ravensbruck concentration camps are evacuated, the SS murdering thousands on the forced marches.
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army advancing towards Appeldoorn, attacks Groningen and captures Arnhem, Leeuwarden, Harlingen, Dokkum, and Dollart Bay, isolating German forces around Delfzijl
British 2nd Army attacks Uelzen and is advancing toward Bremen
British 2nd Army liberates 40,000 survivors of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp but also finds 30,000 bodies
US 9th Army is mopping up along the west bank of the Elbe River and reducing Ruhr pocket
US 1st Army is reducing the Ruhr pocket, eliminating German 11th Army in the Harz Mountains, and advancing toward Dessau
US 3rd Army is mopping up pockets, advancing toward Chemnitz, and halting at positions along a pre-agreed US-Soviet demarcation line
US 7th Army is advancing around Nuremberg and Loewenstein
French 1st Army conducts another crossing of the Rhine and continues clearing the Black Forest
French Army Detachment of the Atlantic is assaulting besieged the German garrison of Royan
British 8th Army crosses the Sillaro River, advances toward Budrio, and attacs toward Bastia and Argenta gap
With heavy air support, US 5th Army attacks around Monte Pigna, Monte Mantino, Suzzano, and Vergato and opens attacks toward Bologna
In the Atlantic...
U-1235 is sunk by USN destroyer escorts Frost and Stanton
U-285 is sunk by RN frigates Grindall and Keats
Australian 6th Infantry Division attacks around Screw River
In the Pacific...
US 6th Army attacking in San Francisco area, toward the Asin tunnel, and around Mount Pinatubo and Mount Malepunyo
US 8th Army is attacking toward Cebu City
US 8th Army is mopping up
USN Task Unit 74.3.5 with light cruiser Phoenix and two destroyers bombards Carabao Island in Manila Bay
US 10th Army's III Amphibious Corps is attacking Japanese 32nd Army in the Motobu peninisula
More USN ships are damaged by kamikaze aircraft
In a combined raid, Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers of USN Task Force 58 bombard airfields in southern Kyushu whilst USN aircraft attack from the air, destroying 60 Japanese aircraft on the ground
Japanese vessel No. 3 Yamanami Maru is sunk by a mine
East China Sea:
IJN guardboat No. 2 Hinode Maru is sunk by patrolling US aircraft
Japanese Imperial General Headquarters orders the China Expeditionary Army to begin moving four divisions into north China to strengthen defences against a possible Soviet invasion
Chinese 1st War Area continues strong attacks against 110th Infantry Division of Japanese 12th Army around Hsipingchen and Chingtzekuan
With Japanese 34th Army withdrawing, Chinese forces recover Wuchiayen, Ouchiamiao, and Hsiaohochen
General Eaker meets with General Davison of US 10th Air Force at Myitkyina then continues to India
British 14th Army advances south of Pyawbwe, captures Taungdwingyi and attacks around Shwemyo
General Eaker meets with General Stratemeyer in Calcutta
Today's Air Raids...
Southern Germany on transportation routes by US 15th Army
Berlin by RAF Bomber Command
Nervesa della Battaglia, Ponte di Piave, Casarsa della Delizia, and Ghedi, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Formosa on airfields and railway targets by US FEAF
Tokyo and Kawasaki, Japan by US 20th Air Force
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 targets around Loi-Mwe, Lawksawk, Thongdan, Laihka, and military targets by US 10th Air Force fighters
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The space afforded to think allows space for GRATITUDE, an attitude essential to wellbeing and progress. I am therefore gratefully getting on with stuff!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Does your life need a more ordered structure?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cool and cloudy throughout
A moderate gusty south-westerly will ease and swing northwesterly, reducing to a breeze overnight
Max Temp = 9 degC at 6pm
Min Temp = 6 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 06:07
Sunset at 20:08
Weathertrack: An anticyclone arriving from the west will collide with a cold front arriving from the north, reducing it to a band of cloud
Air Pressure: 1015 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Dumping me and asking if we can still be friends is like the dog dying and still wanting to take it for a walk :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mock The Week: The Offensive Jokes Montage
Saturn’s rings are made from billions of chunks of rock and ice, ranging in size from a grain of sand to pieces as large as a house. They have a mysterious reddish “contaminant” that might be rust or the same organic material found in red vegetables on Earth.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Words spoken from the heart and filled with a powerful wish for someone’s happiness can deeply touch that person’s life and revive his or her spirit, becoming a source of lifelong inspiration.