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This Day in WWII 31 December 1939 - 1944 *1946


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AssociationofAmericanRRAd-Dec1942.jpg Association of American RailRoads Ad - December 1942

1939: Allied merchant shipping sunk by U-boats, world-wide from the out break of war to year's end 1939 is 165 ships, equaling 693,557 gross tons. 9 U-boats were lost worldwide in the same period.

1939: Finnish troops destroy yet another Russian division.

Joyce%20Taylor1.jpg **Joyce Taylor

1940: British civilian casualties figures for the month: 3,793 killed, 5,244 injured.

1940: Allied merchant shipping sunk by U-boats, world-wide from January to year's end 1940 is 567 ships, equaling 2,771,483 gross tons. 24 U-boats were lost worldwide in the same period.

Joyce%20Taylor2.jpg Joyce Taylor

1941: All further German attacks against the Crimean fortress of Sevastopol are halted for the winter.

1941: Allied merchant shipping sunk by U-boats, world-wide from January to year's end 1941 is 503 ships, equaling 2,530,011 gross tons. 35 U-boats were lost worldwide in the same period.

Joyce%20Taylor3.jpg Joyce Taylor

1941: Lieutenant General George H. Brett takes command of US forces in Australia.

1941: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is appointed to command the US Asiatic Fleet.

PhilcoAd-Dec1942.jpg Philco Ad - December 1942

1942: In what is to become known as the 'Battle of the Barents Sea', the German pocket battleship Lützow, cruiser Admiral Hipper and 6 escorting destroyers are intercepted at 9.30am by the British cruisers HMS Jamaica, HMS Sheffield and five destroyers before they can reach convoy JW-51B. During the naval exchanges that follow, the British lose 1 destroyer and a minesweeper, which had been searching for stragglers from the convoy, whilst the Germans lose a destroyer. By Midday the Germans have decided to withdraw and the battle is over.

1942: Allied merchant shipping sunk by U-boats, world-wide from January to year's end 1942 is 1,323 ships, equaling 7,047,744 gross tons. 87 U-boats were lost worldwide in the same period.

Joyce%20Taylor4.jpg Joyce Taylor

1942: The Red Cross are now spending £375,000 per month on food parcels for allied POWs.

1942: After five months of battle, Emperor Hirohito allows the Japanese commanders at Guadalcanal to retreat.

Joyce%20Taylor5.jpg Joyce Taylor

1943: Allied merchant shipping sunk by U-boats, world-wide from January to year's end 1943 is 588 ships, equaling 3,042,371 gross tons. 242 U-boats were lost worldwide in the same period.

1943: Russians retake Zhitomir, 80 miles East of Kiev.

1943: The Battle for Razabil in the Arakan begins between British and Japanese forces.

WillysAd-Dec1943.jpg Willys Ad - December 1943

1944: Allied merchant shipping sunk by U-boats, world-wide from January to year's end 1944 is 251 ships, equaling 978,892 gross tons. 252 U-boats were lost worldwide in the same period.

1944: Rochefort is back in U.S. hands. Third Army launch new counter-offensive near Bastogne. At about 11pm the Germans launch their 'Nordwind' offensive towards Strasbourg.

Joyce%20Taylor6.jpg Joyce Taylor

1944: Hungary declares war on Germany.

*1946: President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

Joyce%20Taylor7.jpg Joyce Taylor

**Joyce Taylor was born Joyce Crowder on September 14, 1932 in Taylorville, Illinois. Her father is a singer with his own radio show in St. Louis. Joyce Taylor sang in amateur shows at age ten and turned professional when she was a very grown-up-looking 15, signing on with Mercury Records. She was under contract to Howard Hughes' RKO in the 1950s but the eccentric and enigmatic tycoon only allowed her to act in one picture, a small part in "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (1956). After the end of seven frustrating years "bottled up" by Hughes, she became a regular on the TV sci-fi/adventure series "Men Into Space" (1959) and acted in many other TV shows (as well as a handful of features). She appeared in the unaired pilot for the TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1963). Other notable television shows Joyce appeared in are "The Real McCoys" (1958), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958), "Sea Hunt" (3 episodes in 1959), "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (3 episodes in 1959), "Wagon Train" (1962), "Bonanza" (1962) and "My Mother the Car" (1965).

NestlesAd-Dec1944.jpg Nestle's Ad - December 1944

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That Nestles ad brought back a memory. My old man went across the Channel in late June, '44, and spent a couple months in France, then moved up to Belgium at a couple different airfields, working on P-61s and a few P-47s, until just before the war ended, when his unit moved into Germany.

He never mentioned anything about women in England, France or Belgium, probably because my stepmother didn't want to know about his escapades. But late in the 1990s he started telling me (when she wasn't around) about bars, booze, and women. I asked him one day what a night with a French or Belgian woman cost. "Oh," he thought for a moment, "a pack of cigarettes, a couple chocolate bars, stuff like that." Then he laughed. "They'd had the Germans for four years -- they were damn glad to see us."

I wonder why Nestles didn't include that "use" of chocolate bars in their ad?

:D OG

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