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This Day in WWII 7 September 1939 - 1944


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NashKelvinatorAd-Sept1942.jpgNash Kelvinator Ad - September 1942


1939: King George VI gives assent to National Registration Bill, providing government control over labour and introducing identity cards.


1939: Nine divisions of the French Army penetrate in to the Saarland, but their advance is very slow and no effort is made to attack the 'Westwall' itself.


Beverly%20Tyler1.jpg *Beverly Tyler


1939: Polish forces trying to hold the line at the Narew River, start to collapse. Krakow surrenders to German troops. The German 10th Army closes ever nearer to Warsaw. A deeper defensive line is prepared by the Poles at the Bug River, as their battered armies begin a withdrawal toward that line. The BBC commences daily radio broadcasts in Polish.


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1940: The codeword "Cromwell" is passed nation-wide, and church bells ring out in warning that a German invasion may be underway.


1940: Eastern and Southern England Commands are on full invasion alert, when at 16.56 London's air-raid sirens announce the arrival of 375 German bombers and supporting fighters. They come up the Thames to London from the sea and set the London docks ablaze. The day-light raiders are gone by 18.00, but the fires are still burning when the night raiders arrive to inflict more damage at 20.10 during which 306 are killed and 1,337 seriously injured. The British make extravagant claims that 347 German aircraft have been lost in past week against just 128 British.


Beverly%20Tyler2.jpg Beverly Tyler


1941: The offensive of the German 20th Mountain Army in northern Finland to capture the vital Lend-Lease port of Murmansk, Russia, comes to a halt.


1941: The German 6th Army achieves a breakthrough at Konotop in the Ukraine.


Beverly%20Tyler3.jpg Beverly Tyler


1942: Roosevelt threatens to override Congress unless they take action to curb inflation.


1942: The Sixth Army begins a four-mile advance through Stalingrad to the Volga.


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1942: The Eighth Army stabilizes its line at Alam el Haifa, after Montgomery suspends the battle.


1942: US Marines launch a surprise raid on the Japanese base at Talou, Guadalcanal.


Beverly%20Tyler4.jpg Beverly Tyler


1943: The RAF bomb V1 (flying bomb) launch sites on the North French coastline.


1943: The German 17th Army begins the evacuation of the Kuban bridgehead across the Strait of Kerch to the Crimea. Himmler and Goring order an evacuation of their rear area forces from the eastern Ukraine.


1943: Japanese aircraft bomb Nanumea, Ellice Is.


Beverly%20Tyler5.jpg Beverly Tyler


1944: Romania declares war on Hungary.


1944: The British 11th Armoured Division crosses the Albert Canal, to the East of Antwerp. The U.S. Third Army crosses the Moselle. U.S. 9th Air Force fighters, supporting elements of the U.S. 7th Army in southern France, destroy an estimated 500 German vehicles along a 25km section of road. Germany's armoured forces have been shattered along the western front. German Army Group B has only about a hundred operational tanks.


1944: U.S. Army forces supported by naval vessels land on Soepiori Island in the Schouten Is. off New Guinea.


Beverly%20Tyler6.jpg Beverly Tyler

*Born Beverly Jean Saul on July 5, 1927 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tyler studied piano and voice as a young girl. Barely in her teens, she began singing on various radio shows, attracting the attention of MGM Studios. At age 14, MGM offered her a screen test in New York City, which led to a $75 a week contract with the studio. She and her parents quickly relocated to California, where she made her first film appearance in a bit part in "The Youngest Profession" (1943), using her real name. She was given the more attractive marquee name of "Beverly Tyler" before the ink had barely dried on her contract. Her career showed some signs of improvement after appearing opposite Tom Drake in "The Green Years" (1946) and Peter Lawford in the lightweight comedy "My Brother Talks to Horses" (1947), but then she was forced to wait out a lull.

Strangely enough, other than for a brief singing bit in "Best Foot Forward" (1943), Beverly was never promoted in musicals by MGM, or any other studio for that matter -- although she did test once for the Kathryn Grayson part in "That Midnight Kiss" (1949) starring Mario Lanza. She did, however, appear in the short-lived Kurt Weill musical "The Firebrand of Florence" on Broadway in 1945, and performed in the musical "Miss Liberty" in Los Angeles in 1950. Beverly also sang on TV on such variety shows as "Cavalcade of Stars" and "Shower of Stars."

She returned to the camera after a three-year absence in 1950 with Mickey Rooney in "The Fireball" (1950), and in another horse film, "The Palomino" (1950). Most of the roles offered had her playing an altruistic love interest amid rugged surroundings in such western adventures as "The Battle at Apache Pass" (1952) and "The Cimarron Kid" (1952). She made only a handful of films over the course of her career, which effectively ended once "Voodoo Island" (1957), "Hong Kong Confidential" (1958) and "Toughest Gun in Tombstone" (1958) were in the can. A serviceable co-star, little attempt was made by the Hollywood powers-that-be to effectively challenge her multiple talents.

Beverly%20Tyler7.jpg Beverly Tyler

She went on to make several guest appearances on TV, including the shows, "Bronco", "Mike Hammer", "Bonanza", The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hazel".

Although she dated the likes of Tom Drake, Peter Lawford, Audie Murphy, Mickey Rooney and Rory Calhoun, this lovely sparrow did not settle down in marriage until 1962 when she wed comedy writer/director Jim Jordan, Jr. ("The Colgate Comedy Hour"), who was the son of the famous "Fibber McGee & Molly" radio couple. Beverly instantly retired from the business and together the couple produced a son. The only performing she has done over the years was to appear in a few local theater productions in Reno, Nevada, having moved there in 1972. Her husband later became a developer.

Beverly died at age 78 of a pulmonary embolism on November 23, 2005, and was survived by her son, James W. Jordan, and three step-daughters.


Entertained troops during the Korean War.

NashKelvinatorAd-Sept1944.jpg Nash Kelvinator Ad - September 1944

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