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This Day in WWII 14 June 1940 - 1944


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TexacoAd-June1943.jpg Texaco Ad - June 1943

1940: Germans enter Paris as Rommel's 7th Panzer Division takes Le Havre. The French government leaves Tours for Bordeaux. Army Group C, with 24 divisions, prepares to cross the upper Rhine to attack the Maginot Line in Alsace. All remaining British troops in France are ordered to return to England.

1940: Spanish troops enter Tangier. British troops capture Fort Capuzzo and Maddalena, destroy the fixed guns and emplacements and then retire back to Egypt.

MyrnaDell1.jpg *Myrna Dell

1941: President Roosevelt orders the freezing of all German and Italian assets, as well as those of occupied countries.

1941: The RAF begins fighter sweeps over Northern France.

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1941: Croatia joins the Tripartite Pact.

1941: Hitler meets with his top generals to discuss matters concerning the upcoming campaign against the Soviet Union. The 'Lucy' spy ring passes information to the Soviet Union, detailing the start date for a German attack as the 22nd June.

MyrnaDell3.jpg Myrna Dell

1942: Air Marshal Harris is recognized for his achievements with the recent 1,000 bomber raids with a knight-hood.

1942: German troops of the 16th Regiment of the 22nd Airlanding Division take Fort Stalin in Sevastopol.

NorthAmericanAviationAd-June1944.jpg North American Aviation Ad - June 1944

1942: Auchinleck tells Ritchie that Tobruk must be held, a fact that Churchill reiterates to him. The Eighth Army now holds a line directly in front of Tobruk, running from the coast to Acroma, then southeast to El Adem and then directly south to Bir El Gobi.

1942: The first axis attacks are made against the 'Harpoon' and 'Vigorous' convoys. 'Harpoon' loses a freighter and receives damage to a cruiser from an axis air attack off the Tunisian coast. 'Harpoons' escorting aircraft carriers turn back at this point. In the late afternoon, the 'Vigorous' convoy passes out of air cover range and promptly losses two freighters to axis air attacks. Another freighter is forced to return to Alexandria as it is deemed to slow.

MyrnaDell4.jpg Myrna Dell

1943: RAF Coastal Command begins daily patrols over the Bay of Biscay with aircraft equipped with new detection devices to locate and destroy German U-boats leaving and entering their bases on the French coast.

1943: A German report shows that 100,000 cases of typhus were reported on the Russian front during 1942, with a fatality rate of 15%.

MyrnaDell5.jpg Myrna Dell

1944: His Majesty the King and de Gaulle visit the Normandy front (separately). Carentan is finally in U.S. hands after a week's fighting in Normandy.

1944: The allies take Orvieto, 65 miles Northwest of Rome.

MyrnaDell6.jpg Myrna Dell

*Marilyn Adele Dunlap was born on March 5, 1924 (for her stage name she took her nickname, Myrna, and shortened her middle name, Adele, to "Dell", which she used as her last name) in Los Angeles, California. She started her career as a showgirl in the famous Earl Carroll Revue in New York, and made her film debut in "A Night at Earl Carroll's" (1940). Signed by MGM, she appeared in "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941), but MGM didn't pick up her option and she returned to Earl Carroll's. She soon was appearing at the Billy Rose Nightclub, then spent a season in the "George White's Scandals" revue. However, the taste of Hollywood never left her, and she went back in 1943 and appeared in a string of westerns with such cowboy icons as Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson. She had a small part in the classic "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), and shortly afterward signed a contract with RKO Pictures. RKO kept her busy, putting her in more than 20 films over the next few years, even appearing with future US President Ronald Reagan in the 1949 comedy "The Girl from Jones Beach" (1949). She gave a good performance in an atypical role as the ambitious, murderous daughter of a powerful rancher in the offbeat western "The Bushwhackers" (1952). She worked steadily over the years, not only in films but on TV as well, and had a recurring role in the Dan Duryea adventure series "China Smith" (1952). At one point she wrote a gossip column, "Hollywood: Then and Now".

Myrna Dell died from natural causes on February 11, 2011 at her studio apartment one month shy of her 87th birthday.

MobilgasAd-June1945.jpg Mobilgas Ad - June 1945

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