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This Day in WWII 18 January 1942 - 1945


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ChevroletAd-Jan1943.jpgChevrolet Ad - January 1943


1942: German-Japanese-Italian military agreement signed in Berlin.


1942: The Red Army encircles several German divisions of the German II Corps at Demyansk near Lake Ilmen. German troops of Army Group B recapture Feodosiya and seal off the Soviet bridgehead at Kerch in the Crimea.


1942: General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan.


Margie%20Stewart1.jpg *Margie Stewart


1943: A wartime ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the United States - aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts - went into effect.


1943: The Russians break through the German stranglehold on Leningrad to relieve the city from the East. In the Caucasus, the Russian advance continues. Cherkessk is captured by the Red Army, who are now less than 250 miles south east of Rostov.


Margie%20Stewart2.jpg Margie Stewart


1943: The Germans counter attack in Tunisia. They gain ground against the Free French, but are repulsed by British forces.


1943: Australian troops capture Cape Killerton and Wye Point in Papua, New Guinea.


Margie%20Stewart3.jpg Margie Stewart


1944: German forces of Army Group Centre repel repeated Red Army attacks in the area of Vitebsk.


1945: British Empire casualties to November 1944 are announced as 282,162 killed, 80,580 missing, 386,374 wounded and 294,438 captured.


Margie%20Stewart4.jpg Margie Stewart (View other "Margie Posters" HERE)


1945: German troops evacuate Kracow. A German offensive begins from Lake Balaton, with the aim of lifting the Red Army's siege of Budapest.


Margie%20Stewart5.jpg Margie Stewart


*Margie Stewart is born Stewart Margery in Wabash, Indiana on 14 December 1919. Attends Indiana University for one year and is chosen Freshman Princess. She moves to Chicago and does commercial photography and models at the Charles A. Stevens Department Store. In January 1941 she moves to Los Angeles. Models at Bullock's on Wilshire Boulevard. Then in 1942 signs a contract with RKO Pictures.


She is asked by the US government to be the official Army poster girl. She poses for George Hurrell for the first three posters, which carry the following message below her photo: "Please get there and back. Be careful what you say or write." Eleanor Roosevelt tries to stop any further posters; she thinks they will make the soldiers too homesick. However, the soldiers request more posters and want to know who the pretty girl is. As a result, nine more posters are ordered. This time, the message, on the right side of the poster and in the form of a letter, asks the GIs to buy war bonds and save their money for their dream homes, etc.


In June 1945 she gives up her RKO contract. Spends 2-1/2 months visiting the GIs in France, England, Belgium, and Germany, which she visits twice. Margie made 20 films in a very short period of time, but her experiences in Europe towards the end of the war led her to relinquishing her film career. A few of her films include "Here We Go Again" (1942), "The Falcon Strikes Back" (1943), "Bombardier" (1943) and "The Falcon and the Co-eds" (1943).


Margie%20Stewart6.jpg Margie Stewart


After the war, Margie would marry Jerry Johnson and spend her life involved in the music industry and Jerry and Margie produced many great shows at the famous Hollywood Bowl including The Beatles, Barbara Streisand and The Beach Boys.


Margie Stewart, the mahogany-haired ingenue who graced millions of morale-boosting posters during World War II as the U.S. military's official pinup, died of pneumonia on April 26th, 2012, at a hospital in Burbank, Calif. She was 92.


Nash-KelvinatorAd-Jan1945.jpg Nash-Kelvinator Ad - January 1945

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