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This Day in WWII 6 November 1939 - 1945

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CurtissWrightAd-Nov1943.jpgCurtis Wright Ad - November 1943

 

1939: First big air battle on Western Front.

 

1939: The Gestapo rounds up 183 professors of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and sends them to Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. In Soviet occupied Poland, Ukrainian peasants murder 200 Polish refugees after offering them food and accommodation.

 

Shirley%20Patterson1.jpg *Shirley Patterson

 

1940: Under-Secretary for War announces measures to give Home guard more permanent shape and better equipment without changing its 'local and friendly character'.

 

1940: Royal Canadian Navy destroyer Ottawa and Royal Navy destroyer Harvester sink Italian submarine Faa di Bruno off Ireland.

 

1940: Britain promises financial assistance to Greece, starting with £5 million advance.

 

Shirley%20Patterson2.jpg Shirley Patterson

 

1941: The German blockade runner 'Odenwald' which is disguised as a US merchant, is captured by the US cruiser Omaha and the destroyer Somers.

 

1941: US gives Russia $1,000m interest free loan.

 

1941: Finnish advance halted on the Northern Front.

 

WalterKiddeCompanyAd-Nov43.jpg Walter Kidde & Company Ad - November 1943

 

1941: Stalin claims Axis casualties on Eastern Front now 4.5 million, when actually less than 700,000. First cases of frostbite in the German Army recorded.

 

1941: The Japanese Southern Army is ordered to prepare detailed operational plans for the up and coming offensive.

 

Shirley%20Patterson3.jpg Shirley Patterson

 

1942: Halted before Ordshonikidse in the Caucasus, the 13th Panzer Division is fighting to prevent itself being cut off by superior Soviet forces attacking its flanks and rear. In a speech to the Congress of Soviet Deputies, Stalin warns the United States and Britain that 'the absence of a second front against Fascist Germany may end badly for all freedom loving countries, including the Allies themselves'. He declares that 'the aim of the coalition is to save mankind from reversion to savagery and mediaeval brutality'.

 

1942: Further progress made by the Eighth Army with 20,000 further Axis prisoners being claimed.

 

1943: The Russians take Kiev and split the Fourth Panzer Army into three.

 

1943: The Japanese land reinforcements North of Empress Bay.

 

BendixAd-Nov1943.jpg Bendix Ad - November 1943

 

1944: Middelburg is surrendered by the 2,000 Germans.

 

1944: Tito's forces take Monastir in southern Yugoslavia and now control the whole border with Greece.

 

1944: The Chinese 22nd Division crosses the Irrawaddy in northern Burma.

 

Shirley%20Patterson4.jpg Shirley Patterson

 

1945: Foreign Commissar Molotov announces that Russia will soon have the atomic bomb.

 

1945: The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.

 

Shirley%20Patterson5.jpg Shirley Patterson

*Shirley Patterson, sometimes billed as Shawn Smith, was born on December 26, 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Patterson began her acting career after being a beauty contestant in pageants in California in 1940. She graduated from the Mar-Ken School in Sherman Oaks, California in 1941, and shortly thereafter she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Her career spanned forty films, a small quantity of television appearances, and a serial. Her movie and TV roles beginning around 1953 she was credited as "Shawn Smith".

A beautiful woman in her youth, Patterson played the role of Linda Page, the heroine and Bruce Wayne's girlfriend in the fifteenth chapter of the "Batman" serial (1943). In 1944 she starred in "The Vigilantes Ride" alongside Russell Hayden and Bob Wills. In 1946 she accompanied Eddie Dean and Roscoe Ates in the film "Driftin River", and starred with them again that same year in "Tumbleweed Trail". Two of her last films was the 1957 movie "The Land Unknown", and the 1958 Sci-Fi film "It! The Terror from Beyond Space", which also starred Ray "Crash" Corrigan who played a monster from outer space.

Patterson had a long fight with cancer in her later years, and died on April 4, 1995 (aged 72) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

BuickAd-Nov1943.jpg Buick Ad - November 1943

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