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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (27th August 1942)
In Papua New Guinea… Japanese dive bombers raid the Gili Gili airfield at the end of Milne Bay, escorted by 12 Zero fighters, causing minimal damage and lose 1 aircraft shot down. A poorly-planned handover on the East bank of the Gama River leaves the Australians unable to defend a sudden Japanese attack and they withdraw in disarray across to the West bank of the Gama River (43 killed, 26 wounded).
On the Kokoda Track, Australians at Isurava hold out despite several Japanese probing attacks and heavy fire from the mountain gun and mortars. A Japanese flanking attack on the Australian 53rd Battalion forces their retreat, and the 2nd and 16th Battalions, held in reserve, are sent in to repel this attack.
In the North Atlantic… U-156 sinks British SS Clan MacWhirter (12 killed, 74 rescued). U-517 sinks US liner SS Chatham (14 killed; 549 rescued).
In the Caribbean… U-511 attacks convoy TAW-15, sinking British tanker SS San Fabian (26 killed, 33 survivors) and Dutch tanker MV Rotterdam (10 killed, 37 survivors ) and causing major damage to American tanker SS Esso Aruba (no casualties) which is run aground at Guantanamo Bay to prevent sinking.
In Portuguese East Africa… At the port Lourenço Marques (now Maputo, Mozambique), exchanges of Allied and Japanese diplomats and civillians begins.
In the Mediterranean… British submarine HMS Umbra sinks Italian transport ship Manfredo Campiero.
In the Arctic Ocean… German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer shells Soviet military installations on Dikson Island in the Kara Sea, badly damaging freighters Dezhnev and Revolutsioner in the harbour.
On the Russian Front… Soviet Volkhov Front launches the major branch of the Sinyavino Offensive to close a 10 mile gap to the Leningrad Front and thereby open a corridor to Leningrad. However, the German 18th Army is nearby, preparing for its own offensive against Leningrad (Operation Nordlicht). The Soviet 8th Army attacks out of the Krualaia Grove against the German 223rd Infantry Division, advancing 2 miles.
The German 16th Panzer Division runs out of fuel after driving to the Volga. The 4th Panzer Army is held up by Soviet resistance around Lake Sarpa, 15 miles South of Stalingrad.
In Moscow… Soviet General Zhukov is promoted to Deputy Supreme Commander, second only to Stalin, and then dispatched to take command at Stalingrad.
Over Germany… The RAF attacks Kassel with 306 bombers targeting the Henschel aircraft factories. 21 Wellingtons, 5 Stirlings, 3 Lancasters, 1 Halifax & 1 Hampden are lost.
In the Baltic… 9 Lancaster bombers unsuccessfully attack the German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin under construction at Gotenhafen (now Gdynia, Poland) and Soviet bombers raid Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russian Federation)
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
“Slob” Day! Spending most of the day chilling with Son with some me time. Missus time in the evening.
Twitter Followers = 1,525 (down 1)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 1
3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
A restful Sunday worked its magic and I feel much better. I will enjoy this second day of rest before making a fresh start and getting proactive on Tuesday. Expressing how I feel has really helped and enabled me to just accept my situation and get on with it.
4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are carrying something alone that actually needs to be shared?
5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning.
Heavy rain moving in during the afternoon will finally clear overnight.
Wind will be moderate with strong gusts and will veer gradually from south-easterly to south-westerly.
Max Temp: 15 degC
Min Temp 11 degC
6. TODAY’S ONELINER
I wrote on my wife’s birthday card “I still love you. See last year’s card for full details” 😀
7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Commercials That Never Aired
Elton John chose his name as a tribute to bluesmen Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. Pink Floyd was similarly named from bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
— MARTIN LUTHER KING JR