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This Day in WWII 8 January 1940 - 1944

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RemingtonRandAd-Jan1943.jpgRemington Rand Ad - January 1943


1940: Rationing of butter, sugar and bacon begins in Britain.


1940: Finnish troops capture 1,000 Russian soldiers near Suomussalmi.


Edwige%20Fenech1.jpg *Edwige Fenech


1941: 96,000 people now sleeping in the Underground and Tube stations, 40,000 less than in October.


1941: US budget includes $17,500,000,000 defense appropriation.


Edwige%20Fenech2.jpg Edwige Fenech


1941: RAF Wellingtons, flying from Malta attack the Italian fleet in Naples, badly damaging the battleship Giulio Cesare. This attack underlines the importance of Malta as an offensive base. Two days later, German and Italian aircraft begin a concerted air campaign against the island.


Edwige%20Fenech3.jpg Edwige Fenech


1942: The Red Army begins an offensive near Lake Ilmen.


Edwige%20Fenech4.jpg Edwige Fenech


1943: General Rokossovsky, C-in-C of Don Front, issues a surrender ultimatum to the 6th Army, guaranteeing "their lives and safety and after the end of the war their return to Germany". He also promises that "...medical aid will be given to all wounded, sick and frost-bitten...". Paulus rejects this demand for surrender.


1943: The British hand Madagascar over to the Free French.


Edwige%20Fenech5.jpg Edwige Fenech


1944: The trial of Count Ciano and 18 other Fascists responsible for Mussolini's downfall opens at Castel Vecchio, in Verona.


1944: Kirovograd falls to Russians.


Edwige%20Fenech6.jpg Edwige Fenech

*Stunningly gorgeous and charismatic brunette actress Edwige Fenech was born as Edwige Sfenek on December 24, 1948 in Bone, French Algeria to a Maltese father and Italian mother. Edwige began her show business career as a participant in beauty contests (she won the title of "Miss Mannequin de la Cote d'Azur" at age 16 and even won a Miss France beauty contest) and worked as a photo model prior to making her film debut in the 1967 comedy "All Mad About Him." Fenech appeared in such saucy West German sex farces as "The Blonde and the Black Pussycat" and "Sexy Susan Sins Again" in the late 60's. With her lustrous long black hair, lovely, sensuous face, full, shapely figure, and smoldering screen presence, Edwige soon became a very popular and much sought after actress in a diverse array of European productions made in Italy, France, Spain, and West Germany. Fenech achieved her greatest enduring cult cinema popularity by starring in several superior Italian giallos for director Sergio Martino: "Next!", "Demons of the Dead," and "Your Vice Is a Closed Room and Only I Have the Key." (She was the onetime girlfriend of Martino's producer brother Luciano.) Edwige also acted for Martino in a handful of racy Italian sex comedies and the Italian mini-series "Delitti Privati." Other noted Italian film directors Fenech has acted in movies for are Mario Bava ("Five Dolls for an August Moon"), Guliano Carnimeo ("The Case of the Bloody Iris"), Andrea Bianchi ("Strip Nude for Your Killer"), Umberto Lenzi ("The Great Battle"), Steno ("Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot"), Dino Risi ("I'm Photogenic"), and Ruggero Deodato ("Phantom of Death"). She demonstrated her exceptional range and skill as an actress with enjoyably uninhibited performances in such amusingly bawdy Italian comedic romps as "The Naughty Nun," "Ubalda, All Naked and Warm," and "Sexy Schoolteacher." Edwige became a television personality in the 80's and made frequent appearances on an Italian chat show along with fellow giallo goddess Barbara Bouchet. Moreover, Fenech launched her own fashion line and founded her own film production company Immagine e Cinema S.r.l. with her son Edwin (she co-produced the 2004 movie "The Merchant of Venice" as well as various Italian TV mini-series and made-for-TV features). In the mid 90's Edwige was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo. More recently Edwige Fenech made a welcome return to acting with a funny small part as an alluring art class professor in Eli Roth's "Hostel: Part II."

LockheedAd-Jan1944.jpg Lockheed Ad - January 1944

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