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This Day in WWII 30 March 1940 - 1946


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Autocar-March1944.jpg Autocar Ad - March 1944

1940: The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.

1941: Claiming their crews are engaged in sabotage, President Roosevelt orders the government to seize sixty ships belonging to Axis countries that are currently docked in American ports.

JeanTrent%201.jpg *Jean Trent

1942: The RAF make a second unsuccessful attempt to sink the Tirpitz while in port at Trondheim.

1942: First trainloads of Jews from Paris arrive at Auschwitz.

1942: The 6th Chinese Army abandons Toungoo, and fails to destroy the bridge over the river Sittang as well. This leaves the way to the Chinese border wide open for the Japanese Army. The abandonment of Toungoo also exposed 1st Burma Corps left flank, whose attacks in the Prome area had been turned back by the Japanese. It was therefore forced to withdraw towards the Yenangyuang oilfields.

JeanTrent-BabesOnIce.jpg Babes on Ice - Pan-American Chess Congress 1945 - Players: Barbara Bates (left) and Dawn Kennedy. Spectators: Julie London (left) and Jean Trent

1942: The Pacific War Council is set up in Washington, with representatives from Britain, Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, Netherlands, Philippines and the the US.

1942: The Allies formally divide the Pacific theatre into two commands. General MacArthur takes control of the South-West Pacific Command based in Australia and covering the Philippines, new Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and the Dutch East Indies. The second command covered the remainder of the Pacific and came under the control of Admiral Nimitz, who was based at Pearl Harbor. His Pacific Ocean Command was then sub divided in to three, which were the North, Central and South Pacific Areas.

1943: Elements of the Eighth Army break through at the Gabes Pass, over 100 miles into Tunisia and heads North.

JeanTrent-Yank.jpg Jean Trent - YANK Pinup Girl March 30, 1945

1944: The RAF suffers its heaviest losses in single raid when 96 bombers (600 aircrew) out of 795 are shot down during a raid on Nuremberg.

1944: Kleist and Manstein are sacked by Hitler and replaced by Schorner and Model.

1944: The Siege of Imphal begins, as the Japanese cut the road to the North.

WarAdvertisingCouncil-March1944.jpg War Advertising Council Ad - March 1944

1945: The U.S. First Army begins a 3 day battle for Paderborn.

1945: Russians troops finally capture Danzig, along with 45 U-boats and 10,000 prisoners. Breslau and Glogau are surrounded, 180 miles South East of Berlin. Russian troops cross the Austrian border to the North of Koszeg. German troops of Army Group Weichsel evacuate their last remaining bridgehead at Wollin to the North of Stettin.

1946: The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.

JeanTrent3.jpg Jean Trent

*Jean Trent information is very scarce. She was from Denver Colorado, but no information when and if she was actually born there. She was in 14 films from 1942 - 1946. All but one uncredited. The most popular films she was in were "Western Mail" (1942) "Saboteur" (1942), "Arabian Nights" (1942), "Salome Where She Danced" (1945).

Autocar-March1945.jpg Autocar Ad - March 1945

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