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This Day in WWII 22 September 1939 - 1945


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BuickAd-Sept1943.jpgBuick Ad - September 1943

 

1939: Germany and Russia agree on partition of Poland. 217,000 Polish troops who are fighting against the Red Army surrender at Lvov. The NKVD begins rounding up thousands of Polish officers and deporting them to Russia where they will be executed a year later in the forest of Katyn near Smolensk. A Polish regiment repels attacks by forty Soviet tanks and infantry units at the Battle of Kodziowce. Soviet losses amount to hundreds killed and twenty tanks destroyed.

 

Barbara%20Nichols1.jpg *Barbara Nichols

 

1940: Moscow Radio reports that RAF bombing has largely destroyed the German invasion fleet along the Channel.

 

1940: Vichy regime accepts Japanese ultimatum: Japanese troops enter French Indo-China.

 

Barbara%20Nichols2.jpg Barbara Nichols

 

1941: Italian one-man submarines, sometimes called suicide subs because they seldom survive their mission, sneak into the harbor at Gibraltar and sink three British Ships.

 

1942: The 6th Army and 4th Panzer Army split the Soviet 62nd Army in two and capture nearly the entire southern part of the city, including the huge grain elevator which was successfully defended by 40 Soviet marines for over a week.

 

Barbara%20Nichols3.jpg Barbara Nichols

 

1943: Six British midget submarines attack and damage the Tirpitz in Alten Fjord, northern Norway.

 

1943: The British 78th Division begins landings at Bari on the South East coast of Italy.

 

1943: Troops of the 9th Australian Division land near Finschhafen in New Guinea.

 

Barbara%20Nichols4.jpg Barbara Nichols

 

1944: The British Second Army is now five miles North of Nijmegen, but still six miles from Arnhem. The U.S. First Army halts its offensive West of Aachen. German troops holding out in the port city of Boulogne finally surrender to Canadian forces.

 

1944: The Russians occupy Tallinn and Reval in Estonia.

 

Barbara%20Nichols5.jpg Barbara Nichols

 

1945: President Truman accepts U.S. Secretary of War Stimson's recommendation to designate the war World War II.

 

Barbara%20Nichols6.jpg Barbara Nichols

*The archetypal brassy, bosomy, Brooklynesque bimbo with the highly distinctive scratchy voice, Barbara Nichols was born Barbara Nickeraeur in Queens, New York in 1929. The dame with the shapely frame began as a model and burlesque dancer, providing rather cheesy cheesecake in the late 40s and early 50s before managing to draw some attention in TV drama. Hardly leading lady material, she found herself stealing focus anyway in small, wisecracking roles, managing at times to draw both humor and pathos out of her dim characters - sometimes simultaneously. Consigned for the long haul to playing strippers, gold-diggers, barflies, gun molls and other floozy types named Lola, Candy or even Poopsie, Barbara made the best of her stereotype, taking full advantage of the not-so-bad films that came her way. Most of them, of course, emphasized her physical endowments but she could also be very, very funny. By far the best of her lot came out in one year: "Pal Joey" (1957), "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957) and "The Pajama Game" (1957). By decade's end, though, her film career had hit the skids and she turned more and more to TV, guesting on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), "Adam-12" (1968), "Twilight Zone" (1959) (2 episodes in 1961; including the genuinely terrifying "Twenty-Two"), "The Untouchables" (1959) and "Batman" (1966), to name a few. She landed only one regular series role, the very short-lived sitcom "Love That Jill" (1958) starring husband-and-wife team Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling. Barbara played a model named "Ginger". She also co-starred on Broadway with George Gobel in the musical "Let It Ride" in 1961 and scraped up a few low-budget movies from time to time, including the thoroughly mediocre sci-fi flick "The Human Duplicators" (1965) starring George Nader and Richard Kiel, who played "Jaws" in the James Bond film series. By the mid-70s, Barbara had developed a life-threatening liver disease. Her health deteriorated rapidly and she died in 1976 at the age of 46. Looking back, you have to hand it to Barbara. As the song from "Gypsy" emphasizes, "You gotta have a gimmick". Barbara did -- and she worked it. Like such other lurid platinum-blonde bombshells as Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Joi Lansing, Barbara Payton and Diana Dors, she rolled with the punches. Unlike those others, she had genuine talent.

Barbara%20Nichols7.jpg Barbara Nichols

TRIVIA:

Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Measurements: 34-25-35 (in 1948), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Was the cover girl for Modern Man Magazine September 1956.

BuickAd-Sept1944.jpgBuick Ad - September 1944

 
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