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This Day in WWII 27 January 1939 - 1945


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GE-Ad-Jan1943.jpg General Electric Ad - January 1943

1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves the sale of U.S. war planes to France.

1940: Hitler personally takes over planning for the invasion of Norway, 'Plan Weser'.

Connie%20Russell1.jpg *Connie Russell

1941: The United States and Great Britain begin high-level military talks in Washington.

1941: The 7th Armoured Division captures Mechili. Meanwhile the Australians have bumped into strong Italian defences at Derna and so Wavell decides to halt further offensive action until reinforcements and supply can be brought up.

Connie%20Russell2.jpg Connie Russell

1942: The Irish Premier, de Valera protests at the arrival of US troops in Ulster. President Roosevelt is said to be amazed by this.

1942: German troops launch a feint attack from Msus, towards Mechili. This successfully deceives the British in to believing that the Germans will attempt cut the coast road far to the east of Benghazi and so they begin to hurriedly evacuate the 4th Indian Division from Benghazi along the coast road.

1942: Japanese troops land at Pemangkat on the west coast of Dutch Borneo.

1942: First Japanese warship sunk by a U.S. submarine, when the USS Gudgeon sinks the IJN submarine I-173.

NorwichPharmacalAd-Jan1943.jpg Norwich Pharmacal Company Ad - January 1943

1943: 53 of 91 US bombers from the USAAF makes its first raid on Germany with a force of B-17's and B-24's hitting Emden and Wilhelmshaven in daylight.

Connie%20Russell3.jpg Connie Russell

1944: The thirteenth heavy raid on Berlin, inflicts an estimated 6,000 dead.

1944: The Germans counter-attack the French at Cassino.

1944: Leningraders are told that the blockade has been lifted after 900 days. The Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front launches an offensive against Luzk and Rovno. Hitler lectures all his eastern front army commanders on National Socialism as the Russians cut off 60,000 men in Korsun Pocket, 100 miles to the South East of Kiev. Army Group North's commander, Von Küchler orders the eighteenth army to pull back to the river Luga.

Connie%20Russell4.jpg Connie Russell

1945: Russians troops capture Memel on Baltic Coast after the German evacuation, which now leaves the whole of Lithuania in Russian hands. German forces begin evacuating the vital coal mining and industrial region of Upper Silesia.

1945: Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz. By this time, an estimated 2,000,000 persons, including 1,500,000 Jews, have been murdered there.

1945: Chinese forces under Gen. Sultan from Myitkyina and Chiang's Y-Force from Yunnan joined to reopen the renamed "Stilwell Road" to Chungking.

Connie%20Russell5.jpg Connie Russell

*Connie Russell was an American movie actress. Born in New York City on May 9, 1923, she appeared in seven films from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Shapely, sultry singer Connie Russell came from show biz parents and was already performing in her parent's song-and-dance vaudeville act by age two. The New York-born Connie, whose musical heritage included well-known vaudevillian and grandmother Marie Russell, traveled both in the U.S. and Europe during her early days. She turned solo at age 11 and, quite mature for her age, began booking her own shows at popular London night spots in her mid-teens.

Making her musical film debut in "Melody and Romance" (1937) while in England, MGM signed her up and she appeared to good advantage in "Lady Be Good" (1941) in which she sang "Fascinating Rhythm" but, despite her pin-up good looks, did not go on to better things with the studio, appearing in nothing parts in "Joe Smith, American" (1942) and the Red Skelton/Eleanor Powell musical "Ship Ahoy" (1942). She also dubbed Claire Trevor's singing voice in the film "Crossroads" (1942).

Connie%20Russell6.jpg Connie Russell

TV proved to be more viable medium for her when she auditioned for Dave Garroway and became a regular on his "Garroway at Large" (1949) show. She appeared on a number of variety TV shows for such luminaries as Morey Amsterdam, Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, Milton Berle and Eddie Cantor, and appeared in New York clubs in the early 50s. Returning to Hollywood she earned a strong showing in the musical film "Cruisin' Down the River" (1953) alongside Dick Haymes and became a prominent Las Vegas headliner. On the musical stage one of her most popular roles was in 1951's "South Pacific" as Nellie Forbush co-starring Richard Eastham," but hopes for the subsequent film role went down the tubes when the role went to Mitzi Gaynor.

A solid recording artist with a jazzy style, her more popular renditions include "That's What a Rainy Day is For" and "You've Changed." Her last films were in "This Is My Love" (1954), in which she appeared as herself and sang the title tune, and the femme lead in the film noir thriller "Nightmare" (1956) with Kevin McCarthy and Edward G. Robinson. Marrying agent Mike Zimring, she abandoned her four-decade career after giving birth to her third daughter. She died on December 18, 1990 at age 67 of a heart ailment.

GE-Ad-Jan1944.jpg General Electric Ad - January 1944

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