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This Day in WWII 6 July 1940 - 1945


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AnnSheridan4.jpg Ann Sheridan*

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.

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.

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.

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.

AnnSheridan7.jpg Ann Sheridan

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.

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.

*Born Clara Lou Sheridan in Denton, Texas, she was a college student when her sister sent a photograph of her to Paramount Pictures. She subsequently entered and won a beauty contest, with part of her prize being a bit part in a Paramount film. She abandoned college to pursue a career in Hollywood.

She made her film debut in 1934, aged 19, in the film Search For Beauty, and played uncredited bit parts in Paramount films for the next two years. Paramount made little effort to develop Sheridan's talent, so she left, signing a contract with Warner Bros. in 1936, and changing her name to "Ann Sheridan."

The red-haired beauty would soon become Warner's top sex symbol. She received as many as 250 marriage proposals from fans in a single week. Tagged "The Oomph Girl," Sheridan was a popular pin-up girl by the early 1940s, despite the fact that she was generally assigned films that did not show off her talents.

She died from esophageal and liver cancer in Los Angeles, California on January 21, 1967. She had been a chain cigarette smoker for years.

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

Phosphorus bombs were particularly useful in destroying Japanese cities since the Japanese used so much wood and paper in their buildings.

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Bombs.

Before and after of Ann Sheridan would probably look something along the lines of: Before, Long Duck Dong being all mopey and crying with lots of snot, while the Chairman from the Iron Chef (after) grinning and eating an apple would be the After. Or something. :unsure:

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