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This Day in WWII 11 May 1940 - 1945

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ChesterfieldAd-May1943.jpgChesterfield Cigarette Ad - May 1943

 

1940: King signs proclamation canceling Whitsun holiday.

 

1940: Seven out of eight Battles fail to return from an attack on enemy forces in Luxembourg. No. 114 Sqn's Blenheims are annihilated on the ground in a low-level German raid.

 

DoloresMoran1.jpg *Dolores Moran

 

1940: German troops occupy the Duchy of Luxembourg. A glider-borne parachute detachment of 1st Fallschirmjäger Regiment led by Hauptmann Koch and Leutnant Witzig captures the "impregnable" Belgian border fortress of Eben-Emael.

 

1940: President Roosevelt expresses his dismay to King Leopold of Belgium about the German invasion.

 

1940: Allied troops land in Dutch West Indies.

 

DoloresMoran2.jpg Dolores Moran

 

1941: The RAF launches a heavy raid against Hamburg.

 

1941: German troops complete the occupation of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

 

1941: Japan makes proposals to the USA in order to improve relations. They demand that the USA stop supplying war materials to China and that they normalize trade relations. These are rejected by the USA, although both sides agree to continue talks.

 

DoloresMoran3.jpg Dolores Moran

 

1942: The Luftwaffe sinks three British destroyers, Lively, Kipling and Jackal to the South of Crete.

 

1942: German troops continue their attack at Sevastopol, surrounding some defenders at Ak-Monay. The Luftwaffe is making about 1,800 sorties per day.

 

1942: British retreat across Chindwin completed.

 

DoloresMoran4.jpg Dolores Moran

 

1943: The British evacuate Maumgdaw before the monsoon arrives in the Arakan. All ground gained since September 1942 for the loss of 5,000 battle casualties is lost.

 

1944: The British Eighth and U.S. Fifth Armies begin an attack on Gustav Line in central Italy with a 2,200-gun bombardment.

 

1944: 72,000 Chinese begin an advance along the Burma Road.

 

DoloresMoran5.jpg Dolores Moran

 

1945: The German garrison at Dunkirk surrenders to Czech troops.

 

1945: The Red Army launches a final assault against the remnants of Army Group Centre, which is still holding out in Moravia.

 

1945: In a new offensive, the U.S. Tenth Army reaches the suburbs of Naha, the capital of Okinawa. Wewak is captured by the 6th Australian Division.

 

DoloresMoran6.jpg Dolores 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.

 

DoloresMoran7.jpg Dolores Moran

 

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 of cancer on February 5, 1982 at age 56 in Woodland Hills, California.

 

MartinAircraft-May1945.jpg Martin Aircraft Ad - May 1945

 

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