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This Day in WWII 5 March 1940 - 1945

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StudebakerAd-March1943.jpgStudebaker Ad - March 1943


1940: Italian collier ship seized by Allies.


1941: The Royal Navy begins escorting British and Commonwealth troop convoys from Egypt to Greece.


Lucille%20Bremer1.jpg *Lucille Bremer


1942: The RAF launches an attack against Essen in the Ruhr, but with disappointing results.


1942: German reconnaissance planes locate the British convoy PQ-12 bound for Murmansk.


1942: General Sir Harold Alexander arrives at Rangoon to take over command of Burma Army from Lieutenant General Hutton. Wavell had given Alexander orders to hold Rangoon at all costs. Immediately, orders were issue for the 1st Burma Division to counter-attack the Japanese from the north and 17th Indian Division which had be reinforced was to attack east of Pegu. Both attacks failed and Alexander realized that Rangoon could not be held. He ordered that Rangoon be evacuated and his troops withdraw north to the Irrawaddy Valley to regroup.


Lucille%20Bremer2.jpg Lucille Bremer


1943: Bomber Command commences The Battle of the Ruhr, an attempt to seriously deplete Germany's industrial strength.


1943: Bomber Command report the 'first effective attack on Essen' due primarily to the use of a new navigational aid 'Oboe'.


1943: The only jet aircraft to serve with the RAF in World War II, the Gloster Meteor, is flown for the first time.


StudebakerAd-March1944.jpg Studebaker Ad - March 1944


1944: Leon Degrelle, leader of the Belgian fascists and commander of the Belgian Waffen SS legion in Russia, visits Paris in an effort to shore up morale among his French counterparts.


1944: Koniev 2nd Ukrainian Front launches an attack towards Uman.


1944: Gliders and air-transport-borne 'Chindits' set up 'Broadway' a stronghold behind Japanese lines, North East of Indaw.


Lucille%20Bremer3.jpg Lucille Bremer


1945: Advance patrols of the U.S. First Army reach Cologne.


1945: Germany is now conscripting 15 and 16-year-olds into the regular army.


1945: The German Second Army is cut off in Pomerania as Russian 19th Army reaches the Baltic. The fortress city of Graudenz on the Vistula surrenders to troops of the 2nd Belorussian Front.


Lucille%20Bremer4.jpg Lucille Bremer

*Bremer was born on February 21, 1917 in Amsterdam, New York but the family moved to Philadelphia while she was still quite young. She began taking ballet lessons at age 7 and before she was even a teenager, the promising dancer was accepted into the Philadelphia Opera Company. At age 16 she became a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York and toured with the girls throughout Europe. Bremer, along with fellow stars Vera-Ellen and June Allyson, appeared as a 'Pony Girl' in the Broadway musical Panama Hattie in 1940. Spotted by a talent scout, she was taken to Hollywood where her screen test impressed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer mogul Louis B. Mayer. An accomplished dancer, she was also considered to display potential as a dramatic actress.

She made her screen debut in "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944) as Judy Garland's sister, and followed this with a co-starring role opposite Fred Astaire in the exotic and lavish Technicolor musical fantasy "Yolanda and the Thief" (1945), directed by Vincente Minnelli, and a featured dance performance, once again with Astaire in two memorable sequences in "Ziegfeld Follies" (1946). Her last major film was "Till the Clouds Roll By" (1946), but after this MGM began to lose interest in promoting her. After a few minor films, she played her last starring role in "Behind Locked Doors" (1948).

Lucille%20Bremer5.jpg Lucille Bremer

Reportedly disappointed with her Hollywood career, she elected not to renew her contract and left the film industry. Lucille then wisely focused on her private life. While filming "Adventures of Casanova" (1948) on location, she met millionaire Abalardo Louis Rodriguez, the son of a former interim president of Mexico. The couple married in July of 1948 and she officially retired. Although there were infrequent talks of a "comeback," nothing materialized and Lucille remained adamant about not returning to show business in any way, shape or form. After living wealthily in La Paz and Mexico City. The couple, who had two sons, Nicholas and Torre, and two daughters, Christina and Karen, divorced in 1963 and Lucille eventually moved to La Jolla, California, where she later owned and operated a children's dress shop. She traveled extensively in he twilight years and died at a La Jolla hospital following a heart attack at age 79 in 1996.

StudebakerAd-March1945.jpg Studebaker Ad - March 1945

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