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This Day in WWII 3 August 1940 - 1945


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CurtissWrightAd-August1944.jpgCurtiss Wright Ad - August 1944



1940: Churchill warns nation against believing rumours that invasion threat is over.


1940: Italians occupy British Somaliland in East Africa.


Chili%20Williams1.jpg*Chili Williams



1941: The Archbishop of Munster gives a sermon in which he calls the Nazi euthanasia program murder. The archbishop is imprisoned in a German concentration camp until the end of the war.


1941: 38,000 Soviet prisoners are taken by Army Group Centre after the Roslavl battle of encirclement.


ChiliWilliams-YankMag.jpgChili Williams - Yank Pin Up Girl - Feb. 18, 1944


1942: The FBI arrests 89 'dangerous aliens' in USA.


1943: The Red Army launches an offensive from Belgorod area toward Poltava after the failure of Operation Citadel. The Soviet Voronezh and Steppe Fronts penetrate into Army Group South's left flank forcing the Germans are to retreat.


Chili%20Williams2.jpgChili Williams


1943: Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice.


1943: The Italians begin evacuating Sicily.


Chili%20Williams3.jpgChili Williams



1944: Hitler orders a counter-attack against the U.S. troops from east of Avranches, in order to re-establish positions on the coast.


1944: General Stilwell's troops, the NCAC, with the help of reinforcements, succeed in securing the town of Myitkyina in North Eastern Burma, but the 600 surviving Japanese are evacuated after holding out for 79 days.


Chili%20Williams4.jpgChili Williams



1944: Soviet spearheads in the area to the east of Warsaw, are destroyed by German counter attacks.


1945: The USN announce on Guam, that the complete blockade of the Japanese homeland has now been achieved.


Chili%20Williams5.jpgChili Williams


*Known as "The Polka Dot Girl" of World War II pinups, Chili Williams (born Marian Sorenson Uhlman on December 18, 1922) was discovered by a modeling agent in 1943 at Fire Island in New York. The modeling agent's photographer, Ewing Krainin, took her picture while she was frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean surf, and a series of photos appeared in the September 27, 1943 issue of LIFE Magazine. Krainin had stitched together a black-and-white polka-dot dance-set (which would later come to be known as the "bikini") for her. The photos were so well received, that 100,000 fans sent in letters requesting copies. The pinups eventually found their way into the hands of homesick GI's fighting during the final phases of World War II. She signed a movie contract later in 1944 and moved to Hollywood, California, where she appeared appeared in 17 films, including the wartime favorites "Girl Rush" (1944), "The Falcon In Hollywood" (1944), "George White's Scandals" (1945), "Johnny Angel" (1945), "Wonder Man" (1945), and "Having A Wonderful Crime" (1945). Chili died on October 17, 2003 in California.


CurtissWrightAd-August1945.jpgCurtiss Wright Ad - August 1945


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