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This Day in WWII 22 January 1939 - 1945


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BoeingAircraftAd-Jan1944.jpgBoeing Aircraft Ad - January 1944

 

1939: A Nazi order erases the old officer caste, tying the army directly to the Party.

 

1940: Destroyer Exmouth torpedoed off Wick, Scotland by U-22; all hands killed.

 

Virginia%20Patton1.jpg *Virginia Patton

 

1941: Destroyer Hyperion sunk by mine off Cape Bon, Tunisia.

 

1941: Tobruk surrenders to British and Australian troops who capture 25,000 Italians, along with 208 guns and 87 tanks. Combined British and Australian losses were about 450. The British government now orders Wavells XIII Corps to capture Benghazi.

 

Virginia%20Patton2.jpg Virginia Patton

 

1942: Rommels command is redesignated as Panzer Army Afrika. German panzers capture Agedabia and trap part of the British 1st Armoured Division in the Antelat - Sannu area, destroying about 70 of its tanks.

 

1942: Reinforcements reach Singapore as an Indian Brigade is landed.

 

1942: General MacArthur orders the withdrawal of US and Filipino troops to the Bagac-Orion line, which is the final defensive position in Bataan. After dark the Japanese make two Battalion sized landings at Quinauan Point and Longoskawayan Point to the rear of the US-Filipino positions in Bataan. However, US and Filipino reserves successfully contain these beachheads.

 

DOTFastenersAd-Jan1945.jpg DOT Fasteners Ad - January 1945

 

1943: Axis forces pull out of Tripoli for Tunisia, destroying bases as they leave.

 

1943: Japanese forces are routed at Sanananda, putting paid to their resistance in Papua.

 

1943: On Guadalcanal, the Americans make important gains in the battle round Henderson field.

 

Virginia%20Patton3.jpg Virginia Patton

 

1944: The U.S. Fifth Army lands two divisions (36,034 men and 3,069 vehicles) under Major-Gen. John P. Lucas at Anzio, 30 miles South of Rome.

 

1945: The Red Army captures Insterburg and Allenstein in East Prussia.

 

1945: The land route from India to China through Burma is declared free of Japanese and now open to convoys.

 

Virginia%20Patton4.jpg Virginia Patton

 

*Virginia Patton was born on January 1, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. Virginia graduated from Jefferson High in 1942. Her high school goal was to "make it in Hollywood". Some of her movie credits include "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943), "Hollywood Canteen" (1944), "Janie" (1944), "The Last Ride" (1944), "The Horn Blows at Midnight" (1945), "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) and "The Burning Cross" (1947). She gave up acting in the late 1940s to concentrate on raising a family with her husband, Cruse W. Moss in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She considered "It's a Wonderful Life" as a once in a lifetime movie role. She occasionally sees other surviving cast members at various functions.

 

Patton has been married to Cruse W. Moss since 1949 and gave up acting in the late 1940s to concentrate on raising a family with her husband in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is president of The Patton Corporation, an investment and real estate holdings company in Ann Arbor and is also involved in community work. Patton still gives interviews about It's a Wonderful Life. With the death of Argentina Brunetti in December 2005, Virginia Patton is the only credited adult actor in "It's a Wonderful Life" still alive.

 

BoeingAircraftAd-Jan1945.jpg Boeing Aircraft Ad - January 1945

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