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This Day in WWII 11 March 1940 - 1945

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OldsmobileAd-March1944.jpgOldsmobile Ad - March 1944

 

1940: A coal strike in New South Wales begins.

 

1941: British diplomats from Bulgaria reach Istanbul, although 2 people are killed when a bomb in their luggage explodes.

 

Jean%20Porter1.jpg *Jean Porter

 

1941: The German 5th Light Division has now completely arrived in Libya and is ordered to prepare for an attack on El Agheila. Meanwhile, Rommel has flown back to Germany for further orders and has been told that when the 15th Panzer Division has arrived in Libya at the end of May he is to recapture Benghazi.

 

1941: Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Rome and Berlin.

 

Jean%20Porter2.jpg Jean Porter

 

1941: The US House of Representatives passes the Lend-Lease Act 317-71, the Senate having already passed it 60-31 on the 7th March, where upon it is immediately signed by President Roosevelt. Initial priority for war supplies was to be given to Britain and Greece.

 

1942: General MacArthur leaves Corregidor and the Philippines for Australia, after being ordered to assume command of the new South-West Pacific area, which in effect meant all Allied forces in the Pacific. General M. Wainwright takes over command in the Philippines.

 

Jean%20Porter3.jpg Jean Porter

 

1943: The north Atlantic convoy ONS-169 is attacked by wolfpack 'Raubgraf' between the 11th and 12th March losing 2 ships for 10,531 gross tons. Atlantic convoys SC121 and HX228 are also attacked by other wolfpacks and lose 17 ships for the loss of just U-444 and U-432.

 

1944: Zhukov is stopped on River Bug after a 60-mile advance.

 

1944: Some 12,000 Chindits are now behind Japanese lines in Burma. British forces capture Buthiduang on the Arakan front.

 

Jean%20Porter4.jpg Jean Porter

 

1945: An RAF Bomber Command record for the largest tonnage dropped on a single target in single day is achieved at Essen when 4,661 tons are dropped.

 

1945: The US third Army captures Kochem on the lower Moselle river.

 

1945: The Red Army advances towards Gotenhafen, a vital port of embarkation for tens of thousands of refugees from East Prussia.

 

Jean%20Porter5.jpg Jean Porter

*One of MGM's more vivacious secondary stars during the 40s, petite and lovely Jean Porter was born in Cisco, Texas on December 8th, 1925 but left the state while young to pursue her dream as an actress. Following some vaudeville experience, she made her uncredited film debut in 1939 (age 14) and slowly graduated to sweet-natured ingénues in light, wholesome "B" fare. Most were sentimental trifles, such as Andy Hardy's "Blonde Trouble" (1944)and "Easy to Wed" (1946), or western action with such obvious titles as "Heart of the Rio Grande" (1942) and "Home in Wyomin'" (1942). Despite her promise and talent, none of her approximately 30 films managed to set her apart and top stardom remained elusive.

 

Jean's finest screen roles probably came with "The Youngest Profession" (1943) and "Till the End of Time" (1946), where she met future husband, director Edward Dmytryk. They married in 1948 and had three children: Richard, Victoria and Rebecca, the latter becoming a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator. Not long into their marriage, Dmytryk was branded a Communist as one of the "Hollywood Ten" (he was admittedly once a member of The American Communist Party) and the next decade or so would be a dark period of time for them.

 

Unable to work, the blacklisted director moved his family to England where he found some employment. In 1951, however, Dmytryk decided to return to the States and was jailed for six months before giving testimony and being granted a reprieve. As a result, he was allowed to return to directing. Jean's last film, in fact, would be "The Left Hand of God" (1955) starring Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney, which was directed by her husband. Throughout their ordeal Jean and Edward remained a loyal couple and in later years wrote a book together "On Screen Acting" in 1984.

 

Porter died in Canoga Park, California, on January 13, 2018 of natural causes, at the age of 95.

 

TRIVIA:

Height: 5' (1.52 m)

ThompsonProductsAd-March1944.jpg Thompson Products Ad - March 1944

 

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