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This Day in WWII 6 July 1940 - 1945

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ElectricBoatCompany-July1943.jpgElectric Boat Company Ad - July 1943

 

1940: After spending 8 weeks in the west supervising the German offensive, a triumphant Hitler returns to Berlin and is cheered wildly by the population of Berlin.

 

1940: German aircraft and minesweepers sink 4 British submarines, Narwhal, Spearfish, Shark and Thames. The first German U-boat base in France is opened at Lorient.

 

Rochelle%20Hudson1.jpg *Rochelle Hudson

 

1941: Army Group North continues its advance, reaching a line from Lake Peipus through Reval to Parun, North of the Gulf of Riga.

 

1941: Axis aircraft bomb Tobruk and Sidi Barrani.

 

Rochelle%20Hudson2.jpg Rochelle Hudson

 

1942: U-132 (Kptlt. Vogelsang) enters the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Canadian East coast and sinks 3 merchant ships.

 

1942: Despite continuous attacks by the British Eighth Army, Panzer Army Afrika manages to hold on to its positions before El Alamein.

 

Rochelle%20Hudson3.jpg Rochelle Hudson

 

1943: The battle of Kursk continues with unabated ferocity, with the northern pincer of 9th Army is struggling to make any significant progress, the southern pincer of 4th Panzer Army advances some 12 miles.

 

Nash-Kelvinator-July1944.jpg Nash Kelvinator Ad - July 1944

 

1944: Churchill makes a statement about the 'Doodlebugs' and say that 2,754 have been launched, causing 2,752 dead and 8,000 injured so far.

 

1944: The Soviet 1st Belorussian Front recaptures Kovel to the southeast of Brest-Litovsk.

 

Rochelle%20Hudson4.jpg Rochelle Hudson

 

1944: The British Eighth Army captures Osimo 20 miles South of Ancona.

 

1945: Operation Overcast begins in Europe--moving Austrian and German scientists and their equipment to the United States.

 

1945: Norway declares war on Japan. More than 800 Norwegians are in Japanese POW camps.

 

1945: B-29 Superfortress bombers attack Honshu, Japan, using new fire-bombing techniques.

 

Rochelle%20Hudson5.jpg Rochelle Hudson

 

*Rochelle Hudson was born Rochelle Elizabeth Hudson on March 6, 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was an American film actress from the 1930s through the 1960s. Hudson was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931. The actress may be best remembered today for costarring in "Wild Boys of the Road" (1933), playing Cosette in "Les Misérables" (1935), playing Mary Blair, the older sister of Shirley Temple's character in "Curly Top", and for playing Natalie Wood's mother in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955).

 

During her peak years in the 1930s, notable roles for Hudson included: Richard Cromwell's love interest in the Will Rogers showcase "Life Begins at 40" (1935), the daughter of carnival barker W.C. Fields in "Poppy" (1936), Claudette Colbert's adult daughter in "Imitation of Life" (1934).

 

She also played Sally Glynn, the fallen ingenue to whom Mae West imparts the immortal wisdom, "When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her!" in the 1933 Paramount film, "She Done Him Wrong".

 

Rochelle%20Hudson6.jpg Rochelle Hudson

 

Hudson was married four times. Her first husband was Charles Brust. Little is known of the marriage other than it ended in divorce. She remarried in 1939 to Harold Thompson, who was the head of the Storyline Department at Disney Studios. She assisted Thompson, who was doing espionage work in Mexico as a civilian during World War II. They posed as a vacationing couple to various parts of Mexico, to detect if there was any German activity in these areas. One of their more successful vacations uncovered a supply of high test aviation gas hidden by German agents in Baja California.

 

After their divorce in 1947, she married a third time the following year to Los Angeles Times sportswriter, Dick Irving Hyland. The marriage lasted two years before the couple divorced. Her final marriage was to Robert Mindell, a hotel executive. The couple remained together for eight years before divorcing in 1971.

 

She was actually born in 1916, but the studio made her two years older for her to play a wider variety of roles, including romantic roles, so they reportedly "made her older". Hudson died of pneumonia brought on by a liver ailment on January 17, 1972 (aged 55).

 

Packard-July1945.jpg Packard Ad - July 1945

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