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This Day in WWII 29 November 1939 - 1945


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BoeingAd-Nov1942.jpgBoeing Ad - November 1942

 

1939: After being attacked by Spitfires of Nos. 602 and 603 Sqns over Lothian in Scotland, an He 111 bomber becomes the first German aircraft to be shot down over the UK.

 

1939: The USSR forces Soviet citizenship on all residents of Polish territory under their control.

 

1939: Soviet planes bomb an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.

 

Brigitte%20Bardot1.jpg *Brigitte Bardot

 

1940: British and New Zealand troops under General Freyberg occupy the whole of the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean.

 

1940: German High Command issues draft plan for invasion of Russia.

 

Brigitte%20Bardot2.jpg Brigitte Bardot

 

1941: A No. 502 Sqn Whitley makes the first successful attack by a Coastal Command aircraft on a German U-boat. Flying alone, and using ASV radar, the aircraft sinks U-206 in the Bay of Biscay.

 

1941: Depleted by continuous savage fighting, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, Army Group Centre's offensive begins to grind to a halt as German units find it increasingly difficult to make ground. The Russians launch a counter-attack at Rostov-on-Don, forcing the German to evacuate the city and withdraw west towards the river Mius.

 

BoeingAd-Nov1944.jpg Boeing Ad - November 1944

 

1942: British paratroops drop south of Tunis.

 

1942: Prime minister Churchill warns the Italian government that RAF bombing of Italian cities will continue until Italy abandons the war.

 

1942: Coffee rationing begins in the United States; in fact, almost none is available. Word of the upcoming measure has leaked out and prompted a run on grocery stores.

 

Brigitte%20Bardot3.jpg Brigitte Bardot

 

1943: The Australians chase the retreating Japanese towards Wareo in New Guinea.

 

Brigitte%20Bardot4.jpg Brigitte Bardot

 

1944: Russian troops cross Danube into southwest Hungary, making large gains.

 

1945: Films of concentration camp atrocities are shown at the Nuremberg trials.

 

Brigitte%20Bardot5.jpg Brigitte Bardot

*Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934, in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Her mother was 14 years younger than Brigitte's father and they married in 1933. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15 Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine "Elle". Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952 she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in "Crazy for Love" (1952). Two more films followed and it was also the same year she married Roger Vadim. The two had known each other years earlier and she wanted to marry him when she was 17, but her parents quashed any marriage plans until she turned 18. The union lasted only five years. Capitalizing on her success in French films, she made her first US production in 1953 in "Act of Love" (1953) with Kirk Douglas, but she continued to make films in France. Brigitte's explosive sexuality took the US by storm, and the effect she had on millions of American men who hadn't seen a woman like her in a long, long time--if ever--was electric. Her sexuality gave rise to the phrase "sex kitten" and fascination of her in the US consisted of magazines photographs and dubbed over French films--good, bad or indifferent, her films drew audiences--mainly men--into theaters like lemmings. In 1965 she appeared as herself in the American-made "Dear Brigitte" (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene).

Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies after filming "The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot" (1973). She prefers life outside of stardom. While it enabled her to become internationally famous, it also carried with it annoyances. It wasn't anything for her to have "fans" enter her house or wander around the grounds of her home in the hopes of getting a glimpse of her or to take something that belonged to her. Paparazzi constantly hounded her with their cameras. She has been so soft-hearted that some people even have taken advantage of her generosity. After her life in the spotlight, Brigitte went on to become a leading spokesperson for animal rights and started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" dedicated solely to that cause. Her work in that realm is, perhaps, far greater than any film she could have made.

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 35-1/2B-19-35 (officially measured October 1958), 36B-20-35 (filming ...And God Created Woman (1956)) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Spouse:

Bernard d'Ormale (16 August 1992 - present)

Gunter Sachs (14 July 1966 - 1 October 1969) (divorced)

Jacques Charrier (18 June 1959 - 20 November 1962) (divorced) 1 child

Roger Vadim (20 December 1952 - 6 December 1957) (divorced)

Breast cancer survivor.

Was charged with inciting racial hatred in her best-selling book "Un cri dans le silence" ("A cry in silence"), expressing worries about the "infiltration" of France by Islamic extremists. She could have faced a maximum prison term of one year, but was finally fined EUR 5,000 (2004).

Consolidated%20Vultee%20Ad-November1945.Consolidated Vultee Ad - November 1945

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