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This Day in WWII 7 February 1941 - 1945

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PackardAd-Feb1943.jpgPackard Ad - February 1943

 

1941: The Italian troops stay between Agedabia and El-Agheila.

 

1941: General Graziani ask Mussolini for substitution as a commander of the Italian forces at North Africa, and as Libyan Governor.

 

Adele%20Jergens1.jpg *Adele Jergens

 

1942: After just over 2 weeks of frenetic action, Rommel's counter-offensive comes to a halt in front of the Gazala line, a series of self supporting fortified boxes running south from Gazala for a 100 miles to Bir Hacheim. Although not complete, it presents too much of an obstacle for the Afrika Korps who by this time are running low on fuel and reserves.

 

1942: Malta has 17 air raid alerts in a span of 24 hours.

 

Adele%20Jergens2.jpg Adele Jergens

 

1942: Lt. General Percival, the commander at Singapore, says city will be held to the last man. The Japanese launch a feint landing on Pulua Ubin Island to the east of Singapore.

 

1943: The government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days, limiting each purchaser to three pairs for the remainder of the year.

 

Adele%20Jergens3.jpg Adele Jergens

 

1944: The first operational 'Schnorkel' U-boat arrives in the Atlantic.

 

1944: The Germans begin a full-scale counter-attack against the Anzio Beachhead. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea.

 

Adele%20Jergens4.jpg Adele Jergens

 

1945: The Germans blow up the floodgates in the Ruhr, flooding the area West of Cologne and preventing the use of assault floating bridges by Allies.

 

1945: Russian attacks north of Königsberg are blocked with the help of naval gunfire by the cruisers Scheer and Lützow.

 

Adele%20Jergens5.jpg Adele Jergens

*Born in Brooklyn on November 26, 1917 (some sources cite 1919 and 1922), beautiful Adele Jergens first rose to prominence in the late 1930s, when she was named "Miss World's Fairest" at the 1939 World's Fair, held in New York. After a few years of working as a model and chorus girl, Jergens landed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1944. One of the first changes Columbia made was to bleach Jergens' brunette hair blond.

 

The Bottle-blonde bombshell of 1940s and 1950s "B" films who gained entry into Hollywood via the modeling and chorus girl venues. She typically played hardcore floozies, burlesque dancers, and the like. Went on to TV and played sexy foils to Red Skelton, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, among others.

After a few small roles, Jergens landed a starring role in the 1945 film "A Thousand and One Nights" opposite Cornel Wilde. The studio tended to cast her in comedies such as "The Corpse Came C.O.D." (1947); "The Fuller Brush Man" (1948); and "Beware of Blondie" (1950; with Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton). In 1949, she met and married actor Glenn Langan (The Amazing Colossal Man). They remained married until his death in 1991. Their only child, actor Tracy Langan, predeceased his mother. Adele Jergens passed away on November 22nd, 2002 in Camarillo, California, at the age of 84 from natural causes.

PackardAd-Feb1944.jpg Packard Ad - February 1944

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