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This Day in WWII 10 June 1940 - 1945

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CurtissWrightAd2-June1944.jpgCurtiss Wright Ad - June 1944

 

1940: The remaining troops of the Norwegian Army (6th Division) surrender, after Norway surrenders unconditionally.

 

1940: Italy declares war on Britain and France, effective from the 11th June 1940.

 

ElaineRiley1.jpg *Elaine Riley

 

1940: President Roosevelt condemns Germany and Italy and promises material aid to both Britain and France

 

1941: British advance breaks through Vichy opposition in Syria.

 

ElaineRiley2.jpg Elaine Riley - Yank Pin-up Girl - 6 October 1944

 

1942: Prague radio announces the extermination of Lidice, a village of about 2,000. All the men were shot and women sent to concentration camps. All buildings are razed to the ground as a reprisal for Heydrich killing.

 

1942: Another German offensive in the East begins as two German armies of 33 division, five of them Panzer, attack from Kharkov on the Volchansk Front, a massive assault that will roll on until the 26th,scattering the Russian forces ahead of them.

 

ElaineRiley3.jpg Elaine Riley

 

1942: Panzer Army Afrika finally captures Bir Hacheim, a strongpoint fiercely defended by Foreign Legionnaire's of the Free French Forces. The British Eighth Army is pushed towards the Egyptian border.

 

United-CarrFastenerCorpAd-June1944.jpg United-Carr Fastener Corporation Ad - June 1944

 

1943: A co-ordinated air offensive is begun, with the US 8th Air Force, flying precision bombing missions by day and RAF Bomber Command, flying area saturation missions by night, against major German cities.

 

ElaineRiley4.jpg Elaine Riley

 

1944: German counterattacks against Allied invasion forces are unsuccessful for lack of armoured reserves in the area. Troops of the 2nd SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich' massacre the inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane in France.

 

1945: The Australian 9th Division makes two landings in Brunei Bay, Borneo.

 

ElaineRiley5.jpg Elaine Riley

 

*Elaine Riley was born on January 15, 1923 in East Liverpool, Ohio. The brunette actress entered Hollywood in 1943 as an extra for the RKO Pictures, debuting in Higher and Higher. She left her job as secretary to the managing director of WINS radio in New York City to pursue her career in movies.

In 1946, she signed with Paramount Studios, where she became a recurring leading lady for Hopalong Cassidy. She worked with stars such as Charles Laughton, Tim Holt and Gene Autry.

 

She retired from acting in 1960, having more than 70 credits to her name. In 2004, Elaine Riley won the Golden Boot Awards, which honour actors, actresses, and crew members who have made significant contributions to the genre of Western television and movies. She died on December 7, 2015, aged 98.

 

CurtissWrightAd-June1944.jpg Curtiss Wright Ad - June 1944

 

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