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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (22nd April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front continues attacking German 3rd Panzer Army along the Oder River
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front captures Furstenberg, Strasuberg, and Bernau and fights its way into Berlin against strong opposition
Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front is attacking toward Potsdam and enters the southern suburbs of Berlin
Polish 2nd Army of Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front is attacking towards Dresden
60th Army of Soviet 4th Ukrainian Front captures Opava
Hitler conducts his final military conference and grants permission for his staff and other denizens of the bunker to evacuate, so personnel begin to depart, including Hitler's personal physician, Dr Theo Morell, who subsequently escapes on one of the last flights out of Berlin
In the Arctic...
Soviet vessel Onega is sunk by U-997
With Soviet permission, RN task force begins minelaying operations off the Kola Inlet to deter U-boats
On the Western Front...
Himmler passes a message to Count Bernadotte offering to surrender Germany to the western Allies, but not the Soviets - it is rejected out of hand
Montgomery orders 21st Army Group to capture Emden, Bremen, Hamburg, and Lubeck, but halt operations against German forces isolated in western Holland
II Corps of Canadian 1st Army attacking around Leet, Oldenburg, and Vegesack
British 2nd Army is 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 Elbe River and Mulde River, and mopping up bypassed pockets
US 3rd Army is attacking along Czechoslovakian border and southeast toward the Danube River
US 7th Army reaches the Danube River at several points while clearing bypassed pockets in the rear
French 1st Army is mopping up around Stuttgart and advancing toward Ulm
British 8th Army reaches the Reno River and outskirts of Ferrara
US 5th Army advances rapidly, bypassing Modena and preparing to cross the Po River
In the Atlantic...
U-518 is sunk by USN destroyer escorts Carter and Neal A. Scott
In the Pacific...
South China Sea:
Japanese vessel Mankei Maru sunk by USN submarine Hardhead
US 6th Army is attacking around Baguio, Asin tunnel, Lone Tree Hill, Mount Pacawagan, Cituinan Hill, and Mount Mataasna Bundoc
US 8th Army is attacking around Balabac, Fort Pikit, and Kabacan
US 8th Army is attacking around Nanod
A detachment of US 8th Army lands and secures the island
US 10th Army is attacking Kakazu, Nishibaru Ridge, Nishibaru village, and Rocky Crags
Admiral Nimitz and General Vandegrift arrive on the island and meet with General Buckner
In heavy kamikaze attacks offshore, USN minesweeper Swallow is sunk and many other ships damaged
US 77th Infantry Division is mopping up Japanese pockets of resistance
British 14th Army captures Toungoo and Oktwin on the Sittang River
Today's Air Raids...
Bremen and Kiel, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Borneo on military targets by US FEAF
Tarakan Island by US FEAF
Japan on airfields and military targets by US 7th and 20th Air Forces - a guardboat and an auxillary sub-chaser are sunk offshore
Saigon, Indochina by US FEAF
China on Japanese positions, supply depots, transportation lines, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
Rangoon, Burma on supply depots by RAF aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Garden and exterior
Quality Missus Time
Client prep session and follow-up
Twitter Followers = 1,908 (down 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Now I've finally settled on it, and I'm not expecting any disruptive distractions, I can just get on with making it happen!
Horny Missus has already made it clear she wishes to exploit Son's absence by getting more action than the usual weekly encounter. This isn't so disruptive to routine as outside client sessions, she is the priority anyway - there will just be more time in the bedroom than the front room!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have a clear sense of priorities in your life?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny throughout with patchy cloud, similar after dark, wind negligible
Max Temp = 14 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 7pm
Sunrise at 05:51
Sunset at 20:21
Weathertrack: The anticyclone over Britain bringing settled dry weather will remain static but weaken considerably overnight
Air Pressure: 1035 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Technology will never fully replace paper - try wiping your bum with an i-pad :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Nathan Caton on the Olympics and other stuff
Gold and copper are the only metals that aren't silver-coloured and were the first two to be discovered.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Relative happiness is happiness that depends on things outside ourselves, such as affluence or social standing. While the happiness such things bring us is certainly real, it shatters easily when external conditions alter. Absolute happiness, on the other hand, is something we must find within. It means establishing a state of life in which we are never defeated by difficulties, and where just being alive is a source of great joy.