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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (6th May 1945)
On the Russian Front...
German transports and Kriegsmarine warships are evacuating 45,000 refugees from Hela to Copenhagen
The isolated German garrison of Breslau surrenders to the Soviet 6th Army
Soviet 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Ukrainian Fronts launch an all-out offensive against German Army Group Centre based in Czechoslovakia - the German lines quickly collapse and Soviet armies advance from three sides
German Army Group E, isolated in Croatia, attempts to break out to the west
In the Baltic...
U-1008 is sunk by RAF aircraft
Kriegsmarine S-boat S-226 is damaged by air attack and scuttled
In Nazi-held territory...
Mildred Gillard, a US/German citizen and known as "Axis Sally" makes her last radio broadcast
The Danish Infantry Brigade crosses from Sweden into Denmark unopposed
On the Western Front...
US 3rd Army under General George S. Patton captures Pilsen and advances toward Karlsbad while patrolling into Czechoslovakia, but is ordered not to advance to Prague to support the Czech uprising
US troops liberate Ebensee concentration camp
Representing OKW and Reich President Doenitz, General Jodl is flown from British 21st Army Group headquarters to SHAEF headquarters at Reims to conclude German surrender
U-3523 is sunk by RAF aircraft
The Portugese government severs diplomatic relations with Germany
RAF Balkan Air Force air drops supplies to civilians
In the Atlantic...
U-853 is sunk by USN destroyer escort Atherton and frigate Moberley
U-881 is sunk by USN destroyer escort Farquhar in the last sinking of a U-boat by US forces during the war
In the Pacific...
Australian forces land and quickly secure the island
Australian II Corps crosses the Hongorai River
Australian 26th Infantry Brigade is mopping up around Tarakan town and the airfield whilst US FEAF strafes Japanese positions
South China Sea:
Japanese vessel Kinrei Maru is sunk by USN submarine Hammerhead
US 6th Army is attacking around Balete Pass, Kempu Plateau, Sugar Loaf Hill, Mount Binicayan, and Ipo
US 8th Army is attacking around Guma and Colgan Woods
US 8th Army is attacking around Odlumon, Virgne Ridge, and Patog plain
US 10th Army repulses Japanese attacks and resumes attacking around Yafusu, Awacha, Maeda Escarpment, and Kochi Ridge
Offshore, Japanese aircraft attack a US convoy, damaging floating drydock ARD-28, whilst kamikaze aircraft damage USN vessel Pathfinder and seaplane tender St George
Japanese vessel Sagamigawa Maru is sunk by a mine off Kyushu
East China Sea:
Six Japanese vessels are sunk and three damaged by USN PB4Y and PBM aircraft
Chihchiang operation (Battle of Western Hunan):
Main force of 47th Infantry Division arrives to reinforce Japanese 20th Army
Chinese forces recover Hsinning
British 14th Army attacking toward Mawli east of the Sittang River and is ordered to prevent Japanese forces from withdrawing across the estuary of the Sittang River. Elements have advanced down the Sittang River to meet the spearhead of Indian 26th Infantry Division, which has landed at Rangoon and advanced toward Pegu - that Division now comes under direct command of British 14th Army
Battleships, cruisers, and destroyers of RN Task Force 63 bombard Port Blair
Today's Air Raids...
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Borneo and Celebes Island on airfields by US FEAF
Formosa on military targets by US FEAF
Dong-Hoi, Indochina by US FEAF
China on Hsihhsiassuchi Bridge and targets of opportunity throughout southern and eastern China
Burma on coastal targets by Aircraft from RN 21st Carrier Squadron
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
However, it's had a reasonably long run since the last problem and I have the peace-of-mind of a maintenance contract. This time, with the failure happening at a reasonably benevolent time, it won't affect my day too much other than curtail blogging.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How well do you respond, cope and adapt to disappointments, defeats, frustrations and adversity?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Bright sunny start, but rain arrives by mid-morning and will turn heavy by noon
Rain will move away in the evening and skies will clear overnight
A moderate-to-strong southerly will turn westerly by mid-afternoon
Max Temp = 8 degC at noon
Min Temp = 6 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 05:22
Sunset at 20:46
Weathertrack: A depression north of Scotland will drive a weather front across Britain
Air Pressure: 995 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I've started studying Psychology - how do you feel about that? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Imran Yusuf on the England football team
About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep
9. ZEN WISDOM
No matter what the state of society or the times, each of us can contribute to peace in our immediate environment. We can do this by encouraging just one young person and enable them to tap into their potential.