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This Day in WWII 9 April 1940 - 1945

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Buick-April1944.jpgBuick Ad - April 1944

 

1940: German troops invade Denmark and Norway simultaneously. There is very little opposition by the surprised Danes, with Copenhagen being captured within 12 hours. The Germans make sea-borne landings in Norway at Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Trondheim and Narvik. An airborne landing is also made against the airfield at Stavanger. Norwegian defenders move inland. Major Quisling sets up 'National Government' in Oslo.

 

1940: The Kriegsmarine loses the cruisers Blücher, which is sunk by Norwegian coastal batteries, plus Königsberg and Karlsruhe to British naval and air attack.

 

DeloresMoran1.jpg *Delores Moran

 

1941: The RAF attack Kiel in an attempt to knock out the port facilities.

 

1941: German forces capture Nis and Monastir in Yugoslavia. German tanks enter Thessalonika, trapping the Greek 2nd Army in the Metaxas line, forcing them to surrender.

 

DeloresMoran2.jpg Delores Moran

 

1941: Rommel's forces take Bardia.

 

1942: The Germans make some limited advances towards their surrounded units at Kholm-Staraya Russa. Russian troops attack furiously at Kerch in the Crimea, but there have no success because of the stubborn German defense.

 

DeloresMoran3.jpg Delores Moran

 

1942: Mahatma Gandhi arrested in India.

 

1942: Japanese aircraft sink the British carrier Hermes, the destroyer Vampire and three other warships in Indian Ocean.

 

DeloresMoran4.jpg Delores Moran

 

1942: US-Filipino forces surrender on Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. 78,000 troops are captured, including 12,000 Americans, but 2,000 escape to Corregidor. This is the largest capitulation in US History.

 

1943: Exterminations at Chelmno cease. The camp will be reactivated in the spring of 1944 to liquidate ghettos. In all, Chelmno will total 300,000 deaths.

 

DeloresMoran5.jpg Delores Moran

 

1944: The remains of the 1st Panzer Army regain the German lines after a 150-mile forced march. The Red Army breaks through the German lines at Kerch in the eastern Crimea.

 

1944: Fierce fighting across the District Commissioner's tennis court at Kohima. The Japanese renew their struggle with the 17th Indian Division, South West of Imphal.

 

DeloresMoran6.jpg Delores Moran

 

1945: The British Eighth Army launches its final offensive in Italy with a 1,800-plane and 1,500-gun bombardment of the German positions East of Bologna. The U.S. Fifth Army begins its offensive toward Bologna and the Po river valley.

 

1945: Army Group E is now completely isolated from the main German forces, but continues its struggle against Titos partisan forces in Yugoslavia.

 

DeloresMoran7.jpg Delores Moran

 

1945: Russians secure Königsberg, after the commander of "fortress Königsberg" General Lasch surrenders (and for this condemned to death in Germany).

 

1945: The Red Army is repulsed at the Seelow Heights on the outskirts of Berlin.

 

DeloresMoran8.jpg Delores Moran

 

*Moran's brief career as a film actress began in 1942 with some uncredited roles in such films as "Yankee Doodle Dandy". By 1943 she had become a popular pin-up girl and appeared on the cover of such magazines as Yank. She was given supporting roles in films such as "Old Acquaintance" (1943) with Bette Davis and Warner Bros. attempted to increase interest in her, promoting her along with Lauren Bacall as a new screen personality when they co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" (1944). The film made a star of Bacall, but Moran languished and her subsequent films did little to further her career.

 

The "Horn Blows at Midnight" gave her a leading role with Jack Benny and Alexis Smith but her film appearances after this were sporadic, and she suffered ill health that reduced her ability to work. Her film career ended in 1954 with a featured role in the John Payne and Lizabeth Scott western film "Silver Lode".

She was married to the film producer Benedict E. Bogeaus in Salome, Arizona in 1946. Their son, Brett Benedict, born 30 August 1948 in Hollywood, later became a successful businessman. They divorced in 1962, he died of a heart attack in 1968. As Dolores Moran Bogeaus, she dies on February 5, 1982 at age 56 in Woodland Hills, California.

 

Buick-April1945.jpgBuick Ad - April 1945

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