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  1. Just a WWII Pinup to entertain the Combatsim.com troops.
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  3. Morning all. 59F under overcast skies. Morning fog, dense in spots. Turning partly sunny. High reaching 80F this afternoon.
  4. Packard Ad - September 1942 1939: First British casualty list published. 1939: The conclusion of the battle of the Vistula bend, with the Wehrmacht taking 170,000 prisoners. Germans suppress a Czech rebellion. Lavrenti Beria, chief of the Soviet NKVD, sets up a Directorate for Prisoners of War and establishes camps for the 240,000 Polish POWs in Soviet custody; about 37,000 will be used as forced-labour. *Joyce Holden 1940: Heavy night raids continue on London; Brighton also suffers badly. RAF continues attacks on invasion fleet in French and Belgian Channel ports. 1940: Minister of Labour Ernest Bevin announces that until the end of August 51,261 men had registered as conscientious objectors. Joyce Holden 1941: Lord Woolton calls the black market in Britain 'a thorn in our side'. 1941: Germans forces take the ruins of Kiev, along with a massive haul of 600,000 prisoners, 2,500 tanks and 1,000 guns. Joyce Holden 1943: British Air Ministry says that Hamburg now lies in absolute ruins and is 'probably the most complete blotting out of a city that ever happened.' 1943: Germans are reported to have been forced out of Sardinia by the Italian resistance. Joyce Holden 1944: After several families who have returned to London are killed in V-1 rocket attacks, the British government orders women and children to remain in countryside evacuation centers. 1944: The British advance from Belgium is now only two miles from the airborne forces at Nijmegen in Holland, but British paratroop forces dropped at Arnhem encounter unexpected heavy German resistance. The Belgian Parliament meets formally in Parliament House, Brussels for first time since May 1940. Packard Ad - September 1943 1944: The Eighth Army occupies the Republic of San Marino, in Italy. 1945: William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) is sentenced to be hanged for treason. Joyce Holden *Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 1, 1930, actress Joyce Holden (born Jo Ann Heckert) made only a handful of films during her brief career. Nonetheless, she starred in several now-cult classic films including "Girls in the Night" (1953; with Glenda Farrell and Harvey Lembeck), "The Werewolf" (1956). Holden signed with Universal in 1949 and landed her first film role in the comedy "The Milkman" (1950; with Piper Laurie). Universal press releases in the early 1950s made much of Holden's youth and inability to gain weight. Miss California of 1948 and Miss Television the following year, blonde Joyce Holden enjoyed some popularity at bustling Universal-International in the early '50s, although she was busier performing than actually appearing onscreen. Today, her reputation rests with creating the role of Mary Wallace Grant on the long-running daytime soap "Guiding Light". Joyce Holden When her contract with Universal International lapsed in 1953, Joyce Holden's film career floundered. She found work as a model and on television, acting in many anthology programs, such as "The Lux Video Theater" and "General Electric Theater" in the mid 1950s. Holden had a brief first marriage to songwriter Arnold Stanford that proved turbulent, ending with their divorce in November 1955. Her second marriage in 1958 called a halt to her acting career. Holden's last film was the effective 1958 American International horror flick "Terror From the Year 5000", originally released on a double bill with "The Screaming Skull". Following the release of this film, she then retired to concentrate on domestic life and her religion. First husband, Arnold ("Dok") Stanford, 16 years her senior, was a songwriter. Upon their divorce in 1955, she was awarded half interest in the songs he had written or would write within a year. She has been married over 50 years to her second husband David P. Mannhalter, a real estate broker. She and her husband reside in California. Appeared on CBS' "Good Morning" show with Will Rogers Jr. for a year as a talk show host and singer. Barbara Walters was her assistant producer at the time. Packard Ad - September 1945
  5. Morning all. 51F under clear skies. Isolated showers late in the day. Partly cloudy otherwise. High of 78F.
  6. Bendix Aviation Ad - September 1943 1939: The Wehrmacht and Red Army stage a joint parade in Brest Litovsk. 1941: Russians conscript all men aged 16 - 50. Units of Army Group South capture Poltava in the Ukraine. The Russians evacuate Kiev, but the fight to the death continues in the area for a week. *Mary Meade 1942: The RAFs Pathfinder Force flies its first mission, which is against Flensburg. 1942: Reduction of food rations for Jews in Germany. Mary Meade 1942: In spite of intense pressure from U-boats and the Luftwaffe, convoy PQ-18 reaches Murmansk. Its losses amounted to 1 destroyer, 1 minesweeper and 13 merchant ships. In return for this the Germans lost 3 U-boats sunk and 5 damaged, along with 41 aircraft destroyed. Jarman Shoes Ad - September 1943 1942: The Russians launch an offensive on the Voronezh front, 250 miles North west of Stalingrad. 1942: British forces land on the east coast of Madagascar and occupy Tamatave. Mary Meade 1944: The U.S. Ninth Army finally takes Brest after a long struggle. The Germans launch heavy counter-attack in Arnhem sector. 1944: Donato Carreta, Mussolini's director of prisons, is hauled from a courtroom in Rome by an angry mob. The crowd beats Carreta and throws him into the Tiber river, chases him down the river in rowboats and beats him to death with oars. Mary Meade *Mary Meade was born in Louisiana on 24 November 1923. Mary Meade was an American film actress of the 1940s. In 1944 she begins her film career as a show girl in the film "Show Business ". Her films included "Assigned to Danger" (1948), "In This Corner" (1948), "T-Men" (1947), "The Thrill of Brazil" (1946) and "Wonder Man" (1945). She entertains GIs in the Philippines and Iwo Jima during WWII. Mary was known to have dated Joe DiMaggio in 1959. Columnist Walter Winchell reports that "Joe DiMaggio's baby stare was put there by Mary Meade..." Marries assistant director John Richard Bremerkamp, the ex of actress Marguerite Chapman, in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 29th, 1973. Mary Meade Bremerkamp died on December 10, 2003 in Apple Valley, California. Chrysler Ad - September 1944
  7. Morning all. 64F under overcast skies. Received a quarter of an inch of much needed rain overnight. Isolated showers possible this morning, then turning mostly sunny. Cooler today with a high of 74F.
  8. Curtis Wright Ad - September 1943 1939: American aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh makes his first anti-intervention radio speech. The U.S. non-intervention movement is supported not just by Lindbergh, but by former president Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Henry Ford and a number of senators and congressmen as well. 1939: The Aircraft Carrier HMS Courageous is torpedoed by U29 (Kapitanleutnant Schuhart) south-west of Ireland, killing 515, but 687 sailors survive. *Kathryn Grayson 1939: Kutno and Brest-Litovsk are captured by German troops. 1939: The Red Army invades Poland from the East with a million troops on the pretext of "protecting Poland's Byelorussian and Ukrainian population." The Polish government seeks asylum in Romania, where it is interned. 1939: The Polish Air Force scores its last kills during the battle for Poland, by shooting down a German Dornier bomber and a Soviet fighter. Kathryn Grayson 1940: Churchill announces in the Commons that in first half of September 2,000 civilians have been killed and 8,000 seriously injured in air raids; the figure for service casualties, for the same period was 250. 1940: Liner City of Benares, evacuating children to Canada, is sunk by U48; 77 out of 99 children lost, total killed 260. 1940: Hitler postpones Operation Sealion, the plan to invade Britain, until further notice. Kathryn Grayson 1941: The US allocates $100,000,000 to the Soviet Union for the purchase of war materials. 1941: British and Russian troops occupy Teheran, after Iran failed to comply with their demand to expel all Axis nationals. 1941: Beginning of general deportation of German Jews. Dot Fasteners Ad - September 1943 1942: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad. 1942: Bitter street fighting in the north west suburbs of Stalingrad. 1942: Peace talks in Madagascar break down. Kathryn Grayson 1943: Stalin announces the capture of Bryansk. 1943: The Germans begin a withdrawal from Salerno as the British 8th Army joins forces with British and U.S. troops in the Salerno bridgehead. Kathryn Grayson 1944: Monte Altuzzo finally falls to the U.S. 85th Division. 1944: Operation 'Market Garden' begins with First Allied Airborne Army drops at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem to secure bridgeheads, as the British Second Army pushes north into Holland from Belgium, to link up. Canadians launch all-out assault on the Boulogne garrison. 1944: Russian forces push towards Baltic through Estonia. Kathryn Grayson *Kathryn Grayson was born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on February 9, 1922. Her childhood was spent in St. Louis where she studied voice before training with Frances Marshall of the Chicago Civic Opera and later was signed by RCA Red Seal records at the age of 15. Her first fim appearance was in Andy Hardy's "Private Secretary" (1941) as Andy Hardy's secretary Kathryn Land. Though she started out as MGM's answer to Deanna Durbin in films such as "Seven Sweethearts" (1942) and "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), she became a top star in "Thousands Cheer", "Anchors Aweigh" and "Two Sisters from Boston", and in the film versions of the Broadway hit "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). In this film, she teamed up with Howard Keel, with whom she had starred earlier in the 1951 Technicolor remake of "Show Boat", and in 1952's "Lovely to Look At", a 1952 Technicolor version of "Roberta". She and Keel also appeared together in a highly successful cabaret act in the 1960s. She also appeared in a duo of films with tenor Mario Lanza, "That Midnight Kiss" (1949) and "The Toast of New Orleans" (1950). Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson & Gene Kelly in "Anchors Aweigh" Grayson appeared on television occasionally. Her first TV appearances were in the 1950s, and she received an Emmy nomination in 1956 for her performance in the "General Electric Theater" episode "Shadow on the Heart" with John Ericson. More recently, she appeared in several episodes of Angela Lansbury's series "Murder, She Wrote" in the late 1980s. Kathryn Grayson With the end of MGM's great era of musicals, so ended Grayson's film career. She was on stage in numerous stage musicals such as "Show Boat", "Rosalinda", "Kiss Me, Kate", "Naughty Marietta", and "The Merry Widow", for which she was nominated for Chicago's Sarah Siddons Award. This led to her as a replacement for Julie Andrews on Broadway in 1962 in "Camelot", scoring a great success as Queen Guenevere, before going on to star in the National tour for over sixteen months, after which she left the show due to health problems. During her period with the Camelot tour, all box-office records were broken and she gained uniformly excellent notices. Grayson had a lifelong dream of being an opera star, and she appeared in a number of operas in the 1960s, such as "La bohème", "Madama Butterfly", "Orpheus in the Underworld" and "La traviata". Her dramatic and comedy stage roles included "Night Watch", "Noises Off", "Love Letters" and "Something's Afoot" as Dottie Otterling. According to her secretary, Grayson died in her sleep from natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, aged 88. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m) Spouse: Johnny Johnston...(22 August 1947 - 3 October 1952) (divorced) 1 child John Shelton......(11 July 1941 - 17 June 1946) (divorced) Pullman Ad - September 1944
  9. Morning all. Clear skies and 66F. It’s definitely going to feel a lot like summer this afternoon once again. Highs will reach near 90 degrees. On the bright side, it won’t be terribly humid.
  10. Western Cartridge Company Ad - September 1943 1939: Convoy OB-4, sailing from Liverpool to North America, is attacked by U-31 (Johannes Habekost), becoming the first "clear" convoy contact in British waters of the war. U-31 sinks 1 ship, the 4,060-ton British freighter Aviemore. 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. *Joi Lansing 1940: Piccadilly, Park Lane, Bond St. hit in night raids. 1940: Italian advance in Egypt continues with occupation of Sidi Barrani, 60 miles from frontier. At this point the Italians halt their offensive and begin to construct a number of fortified camps. Joi Lansing 1941: The US announce that it will provide escort for ships carrying Lend-Lease material up to 26°W, which meant that clashes with U-boats would become more likely. 1941: Guderian's Panzer Group 2 and Kleist's Panzer Group 1 meet east of Kiev, trapping five Red Armies. 1941: The Shah of Iran abdicates and his son, Crown Prince 'Mohammad Reza Pahlavi' takes over. Joi Lansing 1942: The Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) are established in the U.S.. The armed forces will be supplied with more than 1000 auxiliary pilots through this organization. 1942: Stalingrad railway station changes hands several times. Joi Lansing 1942: The Governor General of Madagascar asks for an armistice. 1942: The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers. Joi Lansing 1943: The Dambuster squadron makes a disastrous first use of 12,000lb 'Tall Boy' bombs with a raid on the Dortmund-Ems canal. 1943: In a sign of the increasing confidence and audacity of the French Resistance, Julius Ritter, an aide to Nazi Labour Minister Fritz Sauckel, is shot to death in broad daylight on the Etoile in Paris. Fifty Frenchmen are taken hostage and executed by the Nazis in reprisal. Campbell Soup Ad - September 1943 1943: British occupy Leros in Aegean. German counterattacks against the U.S. bridgehead at Salerno are halted. Tito's partisans are reported to have captured Split on Yugoslavia coast. 1943: The Black Sea port of Novorossiysk is captured by the Russians after a week of amphibious and land operations. Joi Lansing 1944: Conclusion of the Quebec meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill who sign off on the Morgenthau Plan for the treatment of post-war Germany. 1944: Dr. Goebbels exhorts all Germans to resist with the utmost fanaticism. Joi Lansing 1944: Over objections from his top generals, Hitler decides to launch a counteroffensive through the Ardennes region of Belgium in an attempt to stop the Allied advance on the western front. The result will be the Battle of the Bulge. 1944: The British make am unopposed landing on the Greek Island of Kythera off the Peloponnese. The Russians enter Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. 1945: Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain. Joi Lansing *Joi Lansing was born Joyce Renee Brown in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6, 1929. She was a young lady who developed, physically, early as a teen. Because of her striking good looks, she began to model and was extremely successful throughout the 1940s. It was only natural that her physical assets eventually landed her on the silver screen. Her first go at films occurred in 1948 with roles as - what else? - a model in "The Counterfeiters" (1948), "Julia Misbehaves" (1948) and "Easter Parade" (1948). She was 20 years old. Her acting wasn't exactly polished in the beginning, but producers didn't care - she was hired because of her looks and her body. Joi Lansing The following year brought more of the same, getting parts (mostly uncredited) in films as nothing more than a showpiece. Joi took a hiatus from films in 1950 while she concentrated on her modeling career. She returned to the big screen in 1951 to play minor roles, but this time it was a little better. She played Susan Matthews in "FBI Girl" (1951) and Marilyn Turner in "On the Riviera" (1951) - at least she had names to go along with her characters. Then it was back to being a showpiece. In 1952 she had an uncredited role in one of the most popular movies of all time, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952). Another minor role as the Maxim Girl in "The Merry Widow" (1952) followed. She began appearing on television in 1955 when she played in an episode of "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1951) and one of "I Love Lucy" (1951) the following year. In 1955 Joi landed a recurring role as Shirley Swanson in the TV series "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955). It was this show that proved to all that Joi could, indeed, act and act well. Because of this series, she began to get a few more substantial parts in films such as "The Brave One" (1956), "Hot Cars" (1956) and "So You Think the Grass Is Greener" (1956), all in 1956. Then it was back to bit roles. For the balance of the 1950s she continued to appear in B movies with less than quality roles. After appearing in "Who Was That Lady?" (1960) in 1960, Joi landed the part of Goldie in the "Klondike" (1960) TV series. However, most viewers remember her as the wife of Lester Flatt in "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), which she appeared on and off from 1965-1968. As Gladys Flatt, her beauty even surpassed that of Ellie May, played by Donna Douglas. Her film career was winding down. In 1967 she appeared as Boots Malone in "Hillbillys in a Haunted House" (1967). This B movie went nowhere. Joi was diagnosed with breast cancer, and died at the age of 43 on August 7, 1972, in Santa Monica, California. TRIVIA: Measurements: 38 1/2-23-35 (on "The Bob Cummings Show" (1955)). (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m) Was married four times. Her first marriage occurred at the age of 17 but lasted less than a year. Her second, to Columbia sales manager Jerry Safron, was over within four months. Her third, to handsome actor Lance Fuller, ended in separation and divorce after only a year and a half. She was long estranged from fourth husband, Stan Todd, an investment broker who became her manager, by the time she died of breast cancer in 1972. Philco Ad - September 1945
  11. Same here. The Cat had puppies, the dog picked up smoking and the wife is paying attention to me!
  12. Morning all. Clear skies and 64F. Mostly sunny and hot. Breezy at times. High reaching 91F.
  13. Lethal. Yes, very lethal.
  14. 3M-Scotch Tape Ad - September 1943 1939: The Polish submarine Orzel arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, after escaping the German invasion of Poland. 1939: Gdynia is captured by German forces. A Polish breakout attempt from the Kutno pocket fails. 1939: The Australian Government announces the creation of a 20,000 strong defense force. ***Jane Wyman 1940: The climax of the Luftwaffe's daylight raids against the London docks is reached with the Luftwaffe's biggest raid on London so far. The British originally claim 185 Germans aircraft shot down, but later revise this to 56 German and 26 RAF planes lost. 1940: In the mid-Atlantic, south-east of Iceland, the Canadian merchant ship Kenordoc is sunk en route to Bristol, England. Jane Wyman 1941: The US Navy begins to take over the convoying of British ships as far as Iceland, which seen as an un-neutral act by the German government. 1941: German soldiers attacked in the Champs Elysees in Paris. 1941: Siege of Leningrad begins. Baby Ruth Candy Bar Ad - September 1943 1942: Fierce fighting between German and Soviet forces erupts for possession of Mamayev Kurgan, the strategic hill overlooking Stalingrad. 1942: A Japanese submarine torpedo attack near the Solomon Islands results in the sinking of the Carrier WASP, and damage to the Destroyer O'BRIEN and Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Jane Wyman 1943: Mussolini proclaims his return to power and re-establishes fascism in northern Italy. The Axis is resumed and the death penalty introduced for all Italians carrying arms in German occupied areas. 1943: The Chinese government announces that the Japanese have offered to pull out of China, except for Manchuria and Formosa, but only if the Chinese will switch their support to the axis. 1943: The Australian 7th and 9th Divisions capture Lae in New Guinea after very heavy fighting. Jane Wyman 1944: Twenty-seven RAF Lancaster bombers from an airfield in Northern Russia pound the Battleship Tirpitz with 12,000lb Tall Boy' bombs in Kaa Fjord, Norway, scoring a direct hit through the Tirpitz's forecastle and burst deep in her hull. 1944: The U.S. First Army reaches the Siegfried Line, to the East of Aachen and less than 40 miles west of Bonn. Maastricht and Eysden in southern Holland liberated. The US First Army occupies Nancy. 1944: All the V bomb launch sites are neutralized is southern Holland. RAY-O-VAC Battery Ad - September 1943 1944: The Germans start a new flying bomb campaign, launching them from aircraft over Holland. 1944: The Red Army achieves a breakthrough at Narva. 1944: US Marines land on Peleliu Island in the Pacific, but suffer 1,100 casualties trying to establish a shallow beachhead. Jane Wyman 1945: The fifth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, sees 300 RAF aircraft fly over London. *1935: In Berlin, the Reich under Adolf Hitler adopts the swastika as the national flag. **1937: Prime Minister of England Neville Chamberlain flies to Germany to discuss the future of Czechoslovakia with Adolf Hitler. Jane Wyman ***A button-nosed star actress of the 1940s and 50s, Jane Wyman began her career as a radio singer and entered films in the mid-1930s as a bit player and chorine using the name Jane Durrell. Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Faulks). Wyman was pigeonholed as a peppy blonde, sometimes wisecracking, sometimes ditzy, with occasional leads in mostly low-budget fare and plenty of supporting roles in more important films. She acted such roles for a decade before garnering recognition for her sensitive performance in Billy Wilder's harrowing "The Lost Weekend" (1945), opposite Ray Milland. Invariably a close-cropped brunette after that, Wyman went on to distinguish herself, typically as sensitive, intelligent, placid types, in several fine dramas and the occasional (if generally less worthy) comedy or musical. Among her career plaudits were her four Oscar nominations for Best Actress for her dramatic roles as a stern mother in "The Yearling" (1946), as a deaf-mute rape victim in "Johnny Belinda" (1948, which won her the award), as a self-sacrificing nursemaid in "The Blue Veil" (1951) and as Rock Hudson's "Magnificent Obsession" in the 1954 Douglas Sirk melodrama. Jane Wyman In the mid-50s, Wyman appeared regularly on TV as host of "The Jane Wyman Theatre"; though her feature stardom began to slide rather abruptly, she also continued performing in films including Sirk's fine "All That Heaven Allows" (1956). One of her last notable feature leads came in the Disney film "Pollyanna" (1960), in which she revisited the role of the stern matriarch who learns to love which she had played in "The Yearling". Following an absence of several years, she resurfaced in a number of TV-movies and later emerged as Angela Channing, one of America's favorite nasty matriarchs, in the popular CBS TV soap, "Falcon Crest" (1981-90). Wyman's second husband was actor and future US President Ronald Reagan, with whom she collaborated to produce daughter Maureen Reagan, sometime actress, singer and White House adviser who died in 2001. They also adopted a son, Michael, a radio personality. She later twice married and divorced Fox musician and vocal coach Fred Karger. Jane Wyman died at the age of 90 at her Rancho Mirage home on Monday, September 10, 2007, having long suffered from arthritis and diabetes. TRIVIA: Height: 5' 5½" (1.66 m) Her name changed to "Jane Faulks" when she was unofficially "adopted" by the Faulks family, middle-aged neighbors of her single mother. Moved to So. California with Mrs. Faulks when she was widowed in 1928. Several sources have given her date of birth as January 4, 1914, which would mean she was one of the first (and one of the very few) actresses to make herself older. She is a serious convert to Roman Catholicism, attending Mass with good friend Loretta Young. Bell Telephone Ad - September 1944
  15. Morning all. 59F under clear skies. Mostly sunny, warmer. High of 90F.