Posts Tagged ‘WWII August’

Aug 04

Diana Mumby YANK Pin-up Girl for August 4, 1944

Diana Mumby was born on July 1, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. Diana's first film was "A Night at Earl Carroll's" (1940). Diana next appeared uncredited in "Up in Arms" (1944) with Danny Kaye, and was one of many "Goldwyn Girls".→ Read more

Aug 04

Diana Lewis – YANK Pin-up Girl – 4 Aug 1944 “Down Under Edition”

Diana Lewis was born on September 18, 1919 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Lewis began her film career in "All the King's Horses"→ Read more

Aug 04

World War II Today: August 4

1940 The Italians begin their invasion of British Somaliland, East Africa. Using some 25,000 troops, they push the small British garrison back towards the port of Berbera.

1941 Stimson shows Hull the Magic intercept of Toyoda’s “encirclement” message to Berlin, that Japan and Germany will encircle their enemies, Russia and India.

The US Far East Air Force (Philippines) activated under Major General Lewis Brereton.

The United States commits to send arms to USSR

1942 Advance units of 4th Panzer Army cross the Aksay river in their drive toward Stalingrad.

The British government charges that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress Party favor “appeasement” with Japan.

1943 U.S. bombers drop 153 tons of bombs on Kiska, Aleutian Is., a new one-day record.

U.S. troops are halted by fierce opposition at Furiano River and at Troina, Sicily.

The Red Army retakes Orel, as German 9th Army withdraws towards Bryansk, to avoid encirclement.

1944 An RAF Gloster Meteor pilot T. D. Dean becomes the first pilot to destroy a V-1 flying bomb, when he tips the pilotless craft’s wing, sending it off course.

A purge of the German Army is announced. In northern France, the allies take Rennes, Evrecy and Esqutsy.

The 19th Panzer Division crosses Poniatowski Bridge in Warsaw, as the fighting ceases in the suburb of Praga. The Red Army forces a bridgehead across the Vistula at Baranov.

Florence is evacuated by German forces.

Anne Frank and family arrested by Gestapo in Amsterdam, then sent to Auschwitz. Anne and her sister Margot are later sent to Bergen-Belsen where Anne dies of typhus on March 15, 1945.

Aircraft from a U.S. carrier task group, cruisers and destroyers attack a Japanese convoy and other shipping in the Chichi Jima area, Bonin Is. Simultaneously, aircraft from a second carrier task group bomb airfield facilities on Iwo Jima.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: July 7 WWII Today: December 8 WWII Pin Up Anne Gwynne

Aug 03

World War II Today: August 3

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

Italian troops under General Guglielmo Nasi invade British Somaliland from Italian Ethiopia.

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.

Army Group Centre takes 38,000 Soviet prisoners after the Roslavl battle of encirclement.

1942 Lieutenant Commander Mildred McAfee is named the first director of the WAVES, becomes the first female officer in the US Naval Reserve.

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.

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

The Italians begin evacuating Sicily.

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

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.

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.

Czechoslovakia denies citizenship to ethnic Germans and Hungarians.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: May 23 WWII Today: June 27 Yamamoto Quote

Aug 02

World War II Today: August 2

1940 Montreal mayor Camillien Houde publicly urges Quebecers to not sign up for national registration for war duty.

Lord Beaverbrook appointed to War Cabinet.

French military court sentences de Gaulle to death in absentia.

Italy reported to be massing troops on Libya-Egypt border.

British Royal Navy bombards Italian naval base on Sardinia.

1941 US and USSR agree on US aid.

All radios in Norway are confiscated.

Soviets blow up a huge Japanese fuel and ammunition dump at Tatutzuchuan in Eastern Manchuria.

US Office of Production Management seizes silk supply and takes control of silk industry, restricts use of rayon, reserves steel for government use only.

1942 The British convoy, code-named ‘Pedestal’ leaves Britain for the strategically-important island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The convoy consists of 14 fast merchant ships loaded with fuel, food, and ammunition. The convoy is accompanied by 2 battleships (Nelson and Rodney), 3 aircraft carriers (Victorious, Indomitable, and Eagle), 14 destroyers, and 3 anti-aircraft cruisers.

1943 PT-109, commanded by future president Lt. John F. Kennedy, sunk off Solomons by Japanese destroyer Amagiri; the survivors swim 4 hrs to a deserted island.

The ninth attack on Hamburg in eight days. More bombs have now been dropped on Hamburg than on London during the whole of the Blitz. Estimated 50.000 killed, equal to Britain’s entire civilian losses by bombing in the war so far.

Hitler orders that German armies are to hold fast in Russia, but Manstein ignores him and uses a flexible defense in the Kharkov sector. The Russian gains around Orel continue., but German forces repel massive Soviet attacks at Izyum and the Mius river line.

The US Army drafts Sicilian mules into service to carry supplies to soldiers fighting in the mountains of Italy. The mule train commander reports that few of the draftees “seem to like army life.”

Two hundred Jews escape from Treblinka extermination camp during a revolt.

1944 Churchill makes a statement to the House of Commons and says after seven weeks of non-stop V1 attacks, 5,340 having being launched, that 4,735 have been killed, 14,000 injured and 17,000 houses completely destroyed.

The U.S. VIII Corps moves West from the Avranches area along the Brittany coast, but the main force drives eastward. Turkey ends diplomatic relations with Germany.

The First Polish Army gains a Vistula bridgehead, 40 miles to the south of Warsaw.

1945 Potsdam conference ends after more than two weeks of deliberations. Allied leaders have been discussing what should become of Germany.

US B-29s drop 6000 tons of bombs on Nagasaki and Toyama, Japan. Japanese suffocate 387 Allied POWs in mine on Sado off Honshu.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: January 3 General Eisenhower Quote “Acclaim Earned in Blood” WWII Today: July 18

Aug 01

World War II Today: August 1

1940 RAF bomb Krupp works at Essen.

British Order in Council declares the start of the grouse shooting season to be August 5 instead of the 12th.

Hitler signs Directive No.17, requiring the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine to increase their attacks against Britain and her shipping, in preparation for ‘Operation Sealion’.

Russian Foreign Minister Molotov reaffirms Soviet neutrality and Russo-German pact and verbally attacks Britain and US.

1941 Roosevelt stops US oil supplies to the ‘aggressors’.

Fighting flares up around the perimeter of Tobruk.

The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight.

Army Group Centre continues its liquidation of the Smolensk pocket. Soviet troops put up fierce resistance near Orsha and Vitebsk west of Smolensk. A powerful counter-offensive is launched at Gomel south of Mogilev against German bridgeheads over the Dnieper River.

First convoy to Murmansk.

1942 Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.

An interlocking convoy system is introduced along the entire US eastern seaboard, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

The 15th Panzer Division fails to break through the British 8th Army’s lines in the battle of Alam Halfa and advance toward Alexandria, 120km away. The German lose about 30 tanks and are forced to withdraw.

Army Group A continues to fan out into the Caucasus region, while advance units reach the Kuban River. Army Group B continues its fight to cut off the Soviet defenders near Kalach in the Don bend near Stalingrad.

Japanese establish puppet government in Burma.

1943 The USAAF loses 54 B24s out of 178 in a disastrous raid (the longest yet attempted) on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania while inflicting only superficial damage.

Increasingly heavy fighting continues on Sicily, with some of the fiercest fighting yet seen.

Hitler orders the immediate evacuation of the Orel salient.

Lydia Litvak, the top scoring Russian female fighter pilot of the war (12 kills), is shot down and killed.

The Japanese destroyer Amagiri sinks USN PT-109 in the Solomon’s, which is commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy.

1944 Patton’s U.S. Third Army is activated.

The Russians take Kaunas and cut all roads from Germany to Baltic States. Bor-Komorowski leads the Warsaw Uprising by the 38,000 strong Polish underground Army. They receive no support from Soviet forces who are already on the eastern bank of the Vistula opposite the city.

The Finnish President Risto Ryti resigns, with his place is taken by Marshal Karl Gustav Mannerheim.

U.S. Marines complete the capture of Tinian Island losing 389 killed for 9,000 Japanese.

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Apr 21

Gale Robbins Yank Pin Up April 21, 1944

Little known singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking hazel-eyed redhead who made a slight dent in post-war Hollywood.→ Read more