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This Day in WWII 10 January 1940 - 1945

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electriccompaniesadjan1.jpg American Electric Companies Ad - January 1942

1940: German planes attack 12 ships off the British coast; sinking 3 ships and killing 35 people.

1940: Hitler informs his commanders that the attack in the west will begin on the 17th January. On this same day a German light aircraft makes a forced landing at Malines in Belgium, near the German border. The planes occupants were carrying details of the German plans, which alerted the Belgium and Dutch governments to German intentions.

lisagaye2.jpg *Lisa Gaye

1941: Roosevelt introduces his 'Lend Lease' bill to the House of Representatives as House Resolution 1776 (H.R. 1776), after recognizing that neither Britain or China could continue paying indefinitely for material supplied. This allowed the fighting allies to pay the USA back in kind, but after the war. He likened this to 'lending a neighbor a garden hose to put out a fire'.

lisagaye7.jpg Lisa Gaye

1941: The RAF begins Circus operations - co-ordinated bomber and fighter attacks on targets in France. Six Blenheims, escorted by six/nine squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes attack supply dumps south of Calais.

lisagaye6.jpg Lisa Gaye

1941: Heavy air attacks begin on Malta.

1941: German aircraft surprise the Mediterranean fleet, which is escorting 3 merchant ships to Greece. 40 Ju-87 Stukas attack them, scoring 6 hits on HMS Illustrious and severely damaging her. HMS Warspite also receive damage. Both ships make for Malta and arrive the next day.

1941: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a fresh treaty, which recognizes their existing spheres of influence and affirms current trade agreements.

lisagaye5.jpg Lisa Gaye

1942: Colonel-General Ernst Udet, head of Luftwaffe aircraft production and development, commits suicide because of his failure to provide adequate replacements and new improved aircraft models to the Luftwaffe.

1943: After a 55-minute bombardment by thousands of guns and rocket-launchers and employing seven armies, the Red Army begins Operation Ring, the final annihilation of the tattered remnants of 6th Army defending themselves desperately against all odds in the ruins of Stalingrad.

lisagaye4.jpg Lisa Gaye

1944: All but one of the Fascist ex-ministers on trial are sentenced to death at Castel Vecchio.

1944: The Russians capture Lyudvipol, 2-3 miles across the Polish border. The Russians propose new Polish border further west on the so-called ‘Curzon Line’. German forces in Dnieper bend are attacked by the Russians for the next five days, but and early thaw aids the German defense.

lisagaye3.jpg Lisa Gaye

1945: The German 7th Gebirgsdivision retreats from it's positions in Lätäseno. Only a very small portion of Finland is still in German hands.

lisagaye.jpg Lisa Gaye

*Born Leslie Gaye Griffin on March 6, 1935, in Denver, Colorado, Lisa Gaye was the youngest of a show business family: her sisters are actresses Debra Paget and Teala Loring, and her brother is Frank Griffin, an actor turned makeup man. Their mother, a former actress, was determined to get her children in show business and moved the family to California in the late 1930s.

Lisa Gaye embarked upon an acting career while in high school, and by the time she graduated, she was picking up bit parts on the Universal lot in such films as "The Glenn Miller Story" (1953; with James Stewart, June Allyson, and Charles Drake) and "Yankee Pasha" (1954; with Jeff Chandler, Rhonda Fleming, and Mamie Van Doren). Gaye signed a contract with Universal which ran through 1955; afterward, she freelanced in a variety of films and television shows. Lisa played a standard leading-lady role in "Drums Across the River" (1954). She also did such typical '50s genre pictures as "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) and "Shake, Rattle and Rock" (1957), but was busier on television, where she appeared on "The Bob Cummings Show" and the popular series "Death Valley Days" and "Perry Mason". She also appeared in episodes of "I Dream of Jeannie", "The Wild Wild West", "The Mod Squad", "Get Smart", "The Flying Nun", "Have Gun, Will Travel", "Wagon Train" among many others.

Gaye married businessman Bentley Ware in August 1955, and the couple welcomed a daughter in July 1963.

Gaye acted in relatively few films during her 15-year acting career, working more often in television until late 1969, when she called it a day to raise her daughter, Janell. Her last film was the western "The Violent Ones" (1967; with Fernando Lamas, Aldo Ray, Tommy Sands, and David Carradine). Gaye was widowed in January 1977 and has never remarried. She is now a resident of Texas and lives close to her sister, Debra Paget.

TRIVIA:

Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Bently Clyde Ware (11 August 1955 - 16 January 1977) (his death) 1 child

Best known for her role of "Gwen Kirby" in 13 episodes of "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1957).

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Love those advertisements :)

1941: Roosevelt introduces his 'Lend Lease' bill to the House of Representatives as House Resolution 1776 (H.R. 1776), after recognizing that neither Britain or China could continue paying indefinitely for material supplied. This allowed the fighting allies to pay the USA back in kind, but after the war. He likened this to 'lending a neighbor a garden hose to put out a fire'.

Thank the Lord that FDR didn't listen to those like old Joe Kennedy who figured the war was a waste of time and effort. Lend/lease quite probably changed world history. Also my dad worked at a lend/lease base (Ft. Pepperel) here in St John's and made a good living for our family.

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