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This Day in WWII 13 November 1939 - 1945

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DrPepperAd-Nov1942.jpgDr. Pepper Ad - November 1942

 

1939: HMS Blanche struck a mine and sank off the Thames Estuary. She was the first Royal Naval destroyer lost in the war. Two German supply ships are scuttled when cornered by the Royal Navy.

 

1939: German bombers attacked British territory for the first time, with a bombing raid on the Shetland Islands. No serious damage was done.

 

Diana%20Mumby1.jpg *Diana Mumby

 

1940: Two aircraft of the Wireless Intelligence and Development Unit make the first direct attack on enemy Ruffian navigational radar installations on the Cherbourg Peninsula by homing in on their transmission.

 

Diana%20Mumby2-Yank.jpg Diana Mumby - YANK Pin-up Girl for August 4, 1944

 

1941: Aircraft carrier Ark Royal is torpedoed off Gibraltar by U-81 and later sinks.

 

1941: President Roosevelt announces the arming of American merchant vessels carrying Lend-Lease cargo to Britain. The US Congress and Senate, vote by a small majority to repeal the 1939 Neutrality Act.

 

1941: Temperature near Moscow drops to -80°F (-62.2C).

 

RoyalCrownColaAd-Nov1943.jpg Royal Crown Cola Ad - November 1943

 

1942: The Eighth Army captures Tobruk and Montgomery says: 'We have completely smashed the German and Italian armies'.

 

1942: Lt Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower flies to Algeria to conclude an agreement with French Admiral Jean Darlan.

 

1942: First sea battle off Guadalcanal in the Pacific begins in confusion.

 

Diana%20Mumby3.jpg Diana Mumby Dancing with Sailor - 1944

 

1944: Free French forces under General Leclerc attack from Alsace towards the upper Rhine.

 

1944: German troops evacuate Skopje in Yugoslavia.

 

1945: General de Gaulle is elected head of the provisional French government.

 

Diana%20Mumby4.jpg Diana Mumby

*Diana Mumby was born on July 1, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. Diana's first film was "A Night at Earl Carroll's" (1940). Diana Mumby next appeared uncredited in "Up in Arms" (1944) with Danny Kaye, and was one of many "Goldwyn Girls". Originally, the "Goldwyn Girls" were basically Metro-Goldwyn Mayers musical stock company of female dancers like the "Golddigers" etc. who appeared in many musicals. Many of these ladies danced as "The Goldwyn Girls", "Golddiggers" and even "Ziegfeld Girls" as well as other musicals and movies in the 1920s-1940s. They were sometimes listed as "Models," "Showgirls" or "Chorus Girls.".

Diana Mumby appeared in about 30 Hollywood movies from 1940 to 1956. Her movies include "The Harder They Fall" (1956), "Son of Sinbad" (1955), "G.I. Jane" (1951), "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" (1951), "A Song Is Born" (1948,) "Winter Wonderland" (1947), "The Kid from Brooklyn" (1946) and "The Thrill of Brazil" (1946).

Diana Mumby passed away on May 19, 1974 (age 51) in Westlake, California.

CocaColaAd-Nov1944.jpg Coca-Cola Ad - November 1944

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