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This Day in WWII 13 March 1940 - 1945

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BuickAd-March1943.jpgBuick Ad - March 1943

 

1940: Finland capitulates conditionally to Soviet terms, but maintains its independence. The Finns have lost 25,000 killed and 45,000 wounded, while the Russians have lost an estimated 200,000 killed and an unknown number of wounded.

 

1941: The Luftwaffe carries out a heavy raid against Clydebank, near Glasgow. 35,000 of the towns population of 47,000 are made homeless.

 

1941: Hitler issues an edict calling for an invasion of the Soviet Union.

 

Lorraine%20Miller1.jpg *Lorraine Miller

 

1942: Three German spies in New York get a total of 117 years imprisonment.

 

1942: Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.

 

Lorraine%20Miller2.jpg Lorraine Miller

 

1942: 50 aircraft equipped with Gee receivers attack Cologne. This is the most successful attack to date with the device; estimates put it is being five times more effective than non-Gee equipped aircraft.

 

1942: The Red Army launches an major attack against Army Group B from the Kerch peninsula in the eastern Crimea.

 

MagazinePublishersofAmericaAd-March1943. Magazine Publishers of America Ad - March 1943

 

1943: An assassination attempt is made on Hitler.

 

1943: A Chinese counter-attack throws the Japanese back across the Yangtze River.

 

1943: Japanese forces end their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville.

 

Lorraine%20Miller3.jpg Lorraine Miller

 

1944: The Russians announce the capture of Kherson in the southern Ukraine.

 

1944: British troops take the 'Golden Fortress' (Razabil) in Arakan, Burma.

 

1944: A U.S. submarine, Sandlance sinks a Japanese troopship convoy en route to the Marianas.

 

Lorraine%20Miller4.jpg Lorraine Miller

 

1945: Following a 600-bomber raid by the US 8th Air Force, the RAF with 800 bombers attacks Swinemünde North of Stettin, a major port of disembarkation for German refugees from eastern Germany, causing heavy damage to the docks and killing hundreds of civilians.

 

1945: The 2nd Belorussian Front launches an offensive against the Braunsberg pocket to the South of Königsberg.

 

1945: A surprise armored thrust by the British in central Burma, cuts off 3,000 Japanese in Mandalay.

 

Lorraine%20Miller5.jpg Lorraine Miller

*Lorraine Miller was born on January 5th, 1922 in Flint, Michigan and attended schools in Flint, where she excelled in many areas including debate, singing, acting and numerous club activities. After graduating in May of 1940 from Flint Northern High, she worked as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell until she won a contest as "Rodeo Queen". The prize was a contract with MGM in Hollywood. When she arrived in California she stayed at the "Studio Club", a residence for young actresses. Her roommate there was Donna Reed. She made her screen debut as one of the "Goldwyn Girls". In 1941 Flint celebrated "Lorraine Miller Day", and Life magazine ran a story with pictures about her work in Hollywood. Lorraine was known for her beauty, and she was often referred to as "The Poor Man's Rita Hayworth" and the "Ball of Fire Girl". After a couple of years of mostly cheesecake layouts, Miller performed in a skit with Bob Hope in Paramount's "Star Spangled Rhythm" (1942) and then settled in as a popular B-Western heroine, appearing opposite such low-budget cowboys as Eddie Dew, Jimmy Wakely, and the constellation of Tex Ritter, Dave O'Brien, and Guy Wilkerson, aka PRC's Texas Rangers. Today, Miller is probably best remembered for playing one of the sexy hatcheck girls in the seminal film noir "The Big Sleep" (1946). Lorraine Miller died on February 6th, 1978 in Culver City, California.

 

BuickAd-March1944.jpg Buick Ad - March 1944

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