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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (10th May 1945)
Isolated German units around Prague surrender
In the Baltic...
German vessel Carl Peters is sunk by a mine
General Heinz Guderian surrenders to US troops
The German garrison of L'Orient surrenders, amounting to 24,850 prisoners
U-510, arriving from Asia, surrenders at St Nazaire
Incidents of retribution take place against collaborators and female fraternizers of German troops
8 U-Boats arrive at British ports and surrender
General Doolittle, commanding US 8th Air Force, is ordered to return to the US in preparation for transferring his forces to the Pacific theatre
Australian 6th Infantry Division, with RAAF support, captures Wewak
In the Pacific...
US 6th Army is attacking around Woodpecker Ridge and Ipo
US 108th Infantry Regiment lands unopposed at Macajalar Bay
US 10th Army is attacking Japanese 32nd Army around Asa, Shuri, and Zebra Hill
Offshore, USN destroyer Brown and minelayer Harry F. Bauer are damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft
Two Japanese vessels are sunk and a third damaged by mines
East China Sea:
Two Japanese vessels are sunk by USN aircraft
110th Infantry Division of Japanese 12th Army halts unsuccessful attacks against Chinese 1st War Area around Hsipingchen and Chingtzekuan
British 14th Army attacks Japanese 33rd Army along the Sittang River and captures Nyaungkashe and is engaged against withdrawing Japanese units west of Irrawaddy River around Shandatkyi
IJN cruiser Haguro and a destroyer unsuccessfully attempt to reach the Nicobar Islands on a supply mission, turned back by a strong Allied naval presence
Today's Air Raids...
Kataoka naval base and offshore shipping, Shumushu Island by US 11th Air force
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Marcus Island by US 7th Air Force
Amami-O-Shima by US 20th Air Force
Tokuyama, Otake, airfields and military targets in Japan by US 20th Air Force
Canton, China on strategic bridges by US FEAF
China on bridges and targets of opportunity throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
On the other hand, it's a good testing ground for mental and physical discipline, and I'm getting some good fat-burning exercise hiking there along a reasonably scenic route. This will stand me in good stead in the other departments of this character's experience.
Son, bless him, has asked for quality time. Being a fickle teenager, it seems to have slipped his mind that we previously had a regular quality time slot that he himself abandoned. I chose not to remind him of this. Whether this is a one-off whim or becomes a regular thing remains to be seen.
On the way home last night I couldn't help thinking of the power this character could wield over other minds if only I didn't have to spend so much energy managing my own. Its tendency to overreact, overheat and wander into dark traumatic memories and fantasies is hard work to rein in. Never mind. I am getting better at it all the time. Now I am reconciled to the fact that I require ultra-high levels of concentration to achieve my aims and need to spend considerable mental energy all the time on it, with acceptance comes more power, as I am not wasting it on what isn't or can't be.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you prepared to do what it takes to achieve?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy and mild throughout with a moderate southerly wind
Max Temp = 15 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 10 degC at 10am
Sunrise at 05:14
Sunset at 20:53
Weathertrack: Britain is between a depression in the Atlantic and an anticyclone over Europe. This will draw up warm air over the country from the south. It will be cooler/wetter towards the north-west and warmer/drier towards the south-east
Air Pressure: 1022 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jimmy Carr on hecklers
The largest fish ever caught with a rod and reel was a Great White shark. It weighed 2,664 pounds and was almost 17 feet long
9. ZEN WISDOM
The greatest tragedy in life is not to die, it is to live as if dead, to let the life within us wither. Toward what goal or achievement are we striving in life? This is the important question to ask ourselves.