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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (2nd May 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front captures Stralsund and Rostock on the Baltic coast
Remnants of the German garrison of Berlin surrender and Soviet forces take control of the city and environs. Soviet casualties estimated at 200,000, Germans at 500,000 killed or captured.
Soviet troops discover the remains of Hitler, Eva Braun, the Goebbels family, and General Krebs in the garden of the Reich Chancellery outside Hitler's bunker
Remnants of German 12th Army are retreating to the west
Soviet troops liberate 17,000 survivors of Terezin concentration camp
In the Baltic...
U-1007 and U-2359, German vessel Florida and Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-293 are sunk by RAF aircraft
In Nazi-Held Germany...
All remaining U-Boats not on active patrol are scuttled in their ports, 46 in all, plus some Kriegsmarine warships
Two Halifax bombers collide over Kiel and crash, the final losses of RAF Bomber Command during the war in Europe
Under a flag of truce negotiated with Reichskommissar Syess-Inquart, British and Canadian forces begin delivering food supplies to Dutch civilians inside the isolated German-held area around Amsterdam and Rotterdam. US and RAF aircraft continue their food drops.
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army captures Lubeck, reaches the Baltic coast, and isolates northwestern Germany, Denmark and Norway
British 2nd Army makes contact with Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front near Wismar on the Baltic
German 21st Army surrenders to US 82nd Airborne Division of British 2nd Army
US 9th Army makes first contact with Soviet forces
US 3rd Army is advancing rapidly through Austria
US 7th Army reaches Innsbruck where the German garrison opens surrender negotiations
French 1st Army reaches Obersdorf and Goetzis
There is significant dogfighting between Luftwaffe and RAF fighters overhead, with the RAF claiming many victories
Marchand Division of French Army Detachment of the Atlantic attacks the besieged German garrison of La Rochelle
Irish president De Valera calls on the German embassy to express condolences at the announcement of Hitler's death, resulting in much international comdemnation
Spanish authorities arrest former Vichy Prime Minister Pierre Laval in Barcelona and subsequently deliver him to the Allies
British 8th Army enters Trieste where Tito's Yugoslavian partisans, not included in the truce, are engaged against the German garrison
In the Atlantic...
British vessel Ebor Wyke is sunk by U-979
Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson is named to lead the US prosecution of German war criminals
Australian 6th Infantry Division clears Japanese positions around Koanumbo with RAAF support
In the Pacific...
Australian II Corps advances toward the Hongorai River
Australian 26th Infantry Brigade is engaged in fierce fighting with the Japanese garrison
One USN minesweeper is sunk and three damaged by Japanese shore batteries
US 6th Army is attacking around Kembu Plateau, Mount Pacawagan, Woodpecker Ridge, and Mabatobato
US 8th Army captures Libby airfield and advances toward Davao
US 8th Army is attacking around Badiang, Ticala, and Odlumon
US 10th Army is attacking Japanese 32nd Army around Asa River line, Maeda escarpment, Kochi Ridge, and Gaja Ridge
Sea of Japan:
IJN frigate Mikura is sunk by a mine
East China Sea:
Japanese vessel Daian Maru sunk by Allied aircraft off Woosung, China
South China Sea:
Japanese vessel Toryu Maru is sunk by USN submarine Raton
IJN escort vessel Oga is sunk by USN submarine Springer
RN Assault Force W lands Indian 26th Infantry Division along both banks of the Rangoon River south of Rangoon
British 14th Army is constructing bridges across the Pegu River in order to advance on Rangoon
With Rangoon already evacuated by Japanese forces, RAF aircraft begin landing at Mingaladon airfield, bringing in supplies and flying out Allied POWs
Today's Air Raids...
Kiel, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Marcus Island by US 7th Air Force
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Chichi Jima by US 7th Air Force
China on transportation targets, supply lines, and targets of opportunity throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 1,919 (up 2)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers followed back = 1
@AmberMinnow, @relationshipha, @justforralaugh, @IsabelAngeli1
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
In my case there are three key elements to success:
1. The elimination as far as possible of refined sugar from my diet. I now have no doubt at all that sugar is responsible for the Western World's obesity crisis. A revolution must take place from the ground up to recognize it as the enemy. The reason it is so deadly is not its calorie content, which is much lower than fat, but because IT CAUSES OVEREATING.
2. Regular exercise - in my case I have rediscovered the joy of walking. I will from now on walk a minimum mile a day and considerably more on three days per week
3. Chromium supplements - Chromium is essential in the burning of stored energy, and my body was not getting enough from my diet - the symptom of deficiency in my case is AGGRESSION. On 400 micrograms of Chromium per day, I am a completely different person.
My main reasons for getting this character in shape are twofold: firstly as excellent promotion for my Practice, and secondly so this character's body doesn't distract or drag my consciousness from the universal perspective.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you researching to find the secrets of self-development and personal success?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
A dry and cloudy start
Rain arrives in the early afternoon and will persist thereafter, becoming increasingly heavy
A moderate easterly wind will blow throughout
Max Temp = 6 degC at 11am
Min Temp = 3 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 05:30
Sunset at 20:39
Weathertrack: A deepening depression west of Ireland will drive weather fronts northward across Britain
Air Pressure: 1013 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I won an award for laziness, so I sent someone to collect it for me :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Charlie Brooker on the economy
When it comes time to give birth, the female shark loses her appetite so she won’t be tempted to eat her own pups.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Peace is found when you reach out and make an effort to understand and embrace someone who is different from you.