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1. THIS DAY IN WW2 (28th August 1942)
In Papua New Guinea… At Milne Bay, as their position on the Gama River collapses, the Australians prepare a new defense line at unfinished Turnbull airstrip. A Japanese attack is easily repulsed with air support. Japanese reinforcements (769 SNLF troops) leave Rabaul, New Britain, for Milne Bay.
On the Kokoda Track, the Australian left flank has been forced back to Isurava Rest House, but the right flank holds firm..
In the Pacific… US destroyer-minelayer USS Gamble, sinks Japanese submarine I-123. (all hands lost).
Off Guadalcanal, American dive-bombers based at Henderson Field attack Japanese ships bringing reinforcements to the island. Japanese destroyer Asagiri is sunk (62 crew and 60 troops killed, 135 crew and 135 troops rescued). Yugiri (32 killed) is heavily damaged and Shirakumo (2 wounded) is crippled and towed back to Shortland Island by Amagiri. A second group of Japanese destroyers does reach Guadalcanal unmolested overnight and lands other elements of Kawaguchi’s 35th Infantry Brigade at Taivu Point, 20 miles East of Henderson Field.
On the Russian Front… Outside Leningrad, the Soviet 8th Army advances another 1 mile into the Sinyavino gap against German 223rd Infantry Division. However, they cannot widen the flanks of the salient, as German 18th Army moves troops up from the staging areas in response to the attack.
Off Newfoundland, Canada… U-165 and U-517 attack convoy SG-6. American SS Arlyn is damaged by U-165 and later sunk by U-517 (12 dead, 37 rescued). USS Laramie is damaged and returns to Boston under her own steam for repairs (4 killed, 103 survivors).
In the North Atlantic… U-566 attacks convoy SL-119 and badly damages Dutch SS Zuiderkerk which is scuttled (all 56 crew and 12 passengers rescued) British SS City of Cardiff is badly damaged and sinks 2 days later (21 killed, 63 rescued).
In the Carribbean… U-94 is sunk by Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville (19 killed, 26 taken prisoner).
Over Germany… RAF bombs Nuremberg and Saarbrücken. Neither raid is achieves any useful objective.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
After a couple of days enjoyable slobbing and pigging out, it’s time to move on! The Centred Reiki website needs updating and ironing needs doing! Also need to fit in some mental and physical exercise.
Twitter Followers = 1,525 (no change)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
3. TODAY’S SELF-OBSERVATION
Today feels like “back on my feet” after some turmoil and a time-out. It’s been a period of being confronted with my vulnerabilities, which revolve around disapproval. In environments and relationships where I have lost the will to participate, disapproval does not bother me at all. But where I really want to please, and where I continue to invest effort, disapproval really hurts. I do not see this as a bad thing. Where people have persisted in environments where they can never win approval, I have observed how ill and unhappy they become.
I have learned to become quite ruthless in discarding commitments and relationships where I don’t get the recognition and approval for the efforts I make, even when that involves close family members. This then frees up vast amounts of energy to commit to people and relationships where I can make a meaningful difference.
4. TODAY’S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you where you’re meant to be?
5. TODAY’S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry all day with sunny periods.
Dry awith clear periods overnight.
Wind will be moderate and south-westerly, veering southerly overnight.
Max Temp: 18 degC
Min Temp 14 degC
6. TODAY’S ONELINER
My life has been a “rags to slightly better rags” story : D
7. THE BEST OF MOCK THE WEEK
Unlikely Things to Get Through Your Letterbox
Stalin was only five feet and four inches tall. His left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm was noticeably shorter than the right.
9. THE WISDOM I’VE LEARNED FROM OTHERS
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”
— MAYA ANGELOU