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This Day in WWII 23 May 1940 - 1945


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Studebaker-May1943.jpgStudebaker Ad - May 1943

 

1940: Heavy fighting around Boulogne. Units of the German 6th Army cross the Scheldt river at Oudenarde in Belgium.

 

1940: Sir Oswald Mosley and other British fascists arrested. 76 IRA men arrested in Northern Ireland.

 

AngelaGreene1.jpg *Angela Greene

 

1941: During the evening, the cruiser HMS Suffolk sights the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Straight. The Home Fleet makes ready to intercept at dawn on the 24th May.

 

1941: Further German attempts to land troops by sea on Crete are repulsed as heavy fighting continues around Canea.

 

1941: Luftwaffe sinks two more British destroyers off Crete, Kashmir and Kelly.

 

AngelaGreene2.jpg Angela Greene

 

1942: The British C-in-C of the Home Forces orders an end to 'blood-lust inculcation' in battle training.

 

1942: Air Marshal Harris issues his orders for operation 'Millenium'. The target is to be Hamburg, with Cologne as an alternate. The raid was to take place on the night of the 28th/29th May, or the first suitable night thereafter.

 

1942: The 6th Army and Kleist's Panzer's meets thereby pinching of the Russian salient Southeast of Kharkov.

 

AngelaGreene3.jpg Angela Greene

 

1943: The heaviest RAF raid of war to date is made against Dortmund, during which 2,000 tons of explosives are dropped.

 

1943: The British claim that 313 Axis ships have been sunk in the Mediterranean since the battle of El Alamein.

 

AngelaGreene4.jpg Angela Greene

 

1944: General Hans Cramer, the last German commander of the Afrika Korps, who was captured in May 1943, arrives in Berlin. Imprisoned in a POW camp in Wales, his deteriorating health caused him to be repatriated to Germany through the Swedish Red Cross. He was brought first from Wales to London, the route taken brought him through the south and south-west of England. He was allowed to see the massive build up of tanks, planes and ships getting ready for the D-Day invasion. What he didn't know was the exact area of England he was being driven through. He was told it was southern and eastern England and this is what he reported to his seniors in Berlin, adding emphasis to the Allied propaganda that the invasion would take place in the Calais area.

 

StudebakerAd1-May1943.jpg Studebaker Ad - May 1944

 

1944: The U.S. Fifth Army begins an offensive from the Anzio bridgehead toward Rome. Canadian troops breach the Adolf Hitler Line to the South West of Monte Cassino.

 

1944: Chinese forces counter-attack in central China, and also make ground along the Burma Road.

 

AngelaGreene5.jpg Angela Greene

 

1945: British troops arrest the Donitz government and the remnants of the German High Command at Flensburg.

 

1945: Himmler commits suicide at the British Second Army HQ on Lüneburg Heath.

 

1945: The heaviest air raid so far on the Japanese homeland, see USAAF bombers drop 4,500 tons of incendiaries on Tokyo. 21% of the city is now burnt out, but the firebombing continues for next four days.

 

AngelaGreene6.jpg Angela Greene

 

*Angela Greene was born Angela Catherine Williams in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of Margaret and Joseph Williams, the only girl among six brothers. She goes to the States at age 6 after being adopted by her uncle, Eddie Greene, Margaret's brother, a Flushing fireman, and his wife Catherine. She grows up in Flushing, New York. In her late teens becomes a Powers model, and in 1941 is crowned "Miss Rheingold". On the July 26th, 1941 cover of the Saturday Evening Post painted by Norman Rockwell. She is rumored to have been one of Jack Kennedy's girlfriends during the early 40s. On December 7th, 1946 she marries Los Angeles realtor Stuart Warren Martin at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. They're both 24. Martin's the son of Mrs. Richard H. Hoffman nee Strauss of 870 Park Avenue and the late Herbert S. Martin. He studied at the Lawrenceville School and Bard College and served with the 26th Infantry Division during the war.

 

In films from 1946, Angela Greene alternated between standard heroines and brassy good-time girls. Her co-stars included Martin and Lewis in "At War With the Army" (1950), Johnny Weissmuller in "Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land" (1951), and the "Bowery Boys in Loose in London" (1954). Active at least until 1976, she was one of Elvis Presley's amours in "Tickle Me" (1965) and essayed a supporting role in "Futureworld" (1975). On February 9th, 1978 Angela Greene dies at age 56 following a stroke in Los Angeles, California.

 

Oldsmobile-May1944.jpg Oldsmobile Ad - May 1944

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