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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Feb. 15, 1941

February 15, 2011 | 11:56 am

  Feb. 15, 1941, Yugoslavia Yields to Germany  


Aug. 2, 1943, Ploesti Raid Feb. 15, 1941: Tom Treanor, who died covering World War II for The Times, has an interesting and, in fact, prophetic piece about the difficulty of any attack on the oilfields of Romania to keep the Nazis from obtaining gasoline. I won’t get into the famous raids on the Ploesti oilfields but here’s The Times headline from Aug. 2, 1943.

”The wells themselves are nearly impossible to put out of commission,” Treanor says.” It takes almost a direct hit to blow up a well. With the Germans on hand fully prepared for firefighting, the percentage is also against success with incendiary bombs. In other words, general bombing of the fields doesn't offer much hope.”

Jimmie Fidler says: Great excitement on the Warner Bros. lot the other ayem when Merle Oberon, working in "Affectionately Yours," discovered she had lost her handkerchief -- a major catastrophe since it happened to be wrapped around approximately $5,000 worth of jewelry!

  Feb. 15, 1941, Tom Treanor  

  Feb. 15, 1941, Jimmie Fidler