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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - November 28, 1942, Oakland, California OAKLAND TRIBUNE, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1942 8 l J i 1 ALLIED PORTS HOLD GUI HANDS TO Russ Close ANY ESCAPED ERENCH NAVAL UNITS Trap on Foe FRENCH SHIPS IN Admiral Darlan Appeals AFRICA EXPECTED TO JOIN ALLIES To Ships to Flee to Africa Klettkoya Retaken; Soviet Troops Around Besiegers JAP AIR ATTACK SMASHED AS US. STRENGTHENS GUADALCANAL UNITS Sky Block With Torpedo Planes, Protected by Zero Fighters, But Men and Supplies Are Put Ashore Without Loss from Page 1 Continued from fzgt 1 definite lift for the hard-pre.ssed 'Allied and a severe for Germany fleet put up a desperate Although all information concern- ffeliant six-hour fifiht to keep I'm Gtormans off their ships, ;ind that fBey mov.ed down v.Uh machine- film all German and Italian troops who approached. "-fcHdrid said Axis columns reached dock where the battleship Strasbourg was moored and an Italian-German storming party tried to board the ship, but was repelled machine-gun fire. They watched, while the ship was blown Mp, diipatches said. Jean de Laborde, com- Manding the fleet, hastily sum- moned a group of trusted young Officers to pass the word along to out Plan was for every commander to try to tfeay with his own ship and if he IJlUled, to blow it up. '.ijome vessels tried to get up steam, fcqt were attacked by German jpjfenes, the Spanish advices said. FEARED KILLED Ihe muni bauenfcs ui tar udU were exploded, Madrid re- parted, with the result that it was Relieved most of the men aboard feme killed. According to these diapatchei, flnr lix hours the Italians and Ger- tried again and again to storm Various ships, but failed, and by itVrn. yesterday sll that remained W a proud fleet was the few masts one turret the battleship controlled souices, there was little dispoMtion in London to question the accounts of the scuttling. Ob- servers said that Allied reconnais- sance planes probably already had brought back pictures of the harbor scetie and that the Germans would know there would be swift detec- tion of a hoax there. This morning members of the Fighting French Navy and the Ad- miralty staff here in London marched to the French Admiralty courtyard and observed a minute's iilence in tribute to the French sail- ors who died at Toulon. Flags at Fighting French headquarters and the Admiralty were at half mast. FLAGS HALF-MASTED Gen. De Gaulle and Adm. Phil- ippe-Marie Auboyneau, commander- of the Fighting French Navy, ordered all flags on Fighting jContinaed Pate 1 dragonfhes took 'the Germans tried to terrific beating today attempting French ships half-masted and1txna.usted divisions converging on.Io raid the harbor walcr, between r large town of Sta ingr-d, Guadalcanal md little Florida Is- nb'ervante of a one-minute silence at 10 a m in memory of the French. sailoi.s who died their ships. Dsilv Exore-1; naval rommen- tator, W A. CnimJcy, expressed the belief that the Germans piobably would not even attempt to salvage the estimated tons of war- ships. It would take the better part of two years to float and refit them, he said. It was generally agreed that the elimination of the Toulon fleet as a possible hostile force ended a ma- jor Allied anxiety that the warships might be "united with the Italian Fleet in the Mediterranean. -hand where reinforcements of Amer-1 ican soldiers and Marges were be-1 Btankerque, the water. which stuck up from dispatches agreed with his .They said the Germans, fighting through Toulon in tanks and cars, attacked the port With rub-machine guns and headed for the ships while German roared overhead. ''-The Swiss dispatches indicated two submarines at least got but said a third that tried to was blown up by a magnetic which German planes had told. fTBEET FIGHTING The dispatches quoted Havas jfVws Agency as reporting that many fcnons were killed in street fight- IBfat Toulon. ''These reports, which largely 'footed the Havas Agency and thus were received here with reserve, v indicated that not a single ship re- that, in all shore bat- teries, naW Installations, lion and fuel dumps and depots U'firc destroyed. Vichy communique brondcast IQT the Germrin radio said: "November 27 new mourning day tor the wuiot think French Navy. One without emotion of tin proud ships of our Navy, now defenseless wrecks It is all the more painful for Frenchmen be- cause this is the result of lack of dignity by certain leaders who be- trayed their country and broke their .Mth." Many French merchanirr.cn in African haibors me expected soon io be sailing with French crews in Allied service. Dodecanese Islands And Sicily Raided CMltlhoet) from Pafe 1 Turkish coast, 375 miles north of pt, a communique today. reft hits tlc or. docks ships were mooied at Portn Bay, the communique said, in Allied Forces Drive Hard Toward Tunis early accounts ot the stirring drama at Toulon, lapsed into periods of unaccountable hilence. The Vichy broadcaster said nil the ships had been sunk and coastal batteries de- stroyed ai the German troops, moved in to occupy the port on Adolf Hitl- ler'x orders. SMOKE STILL RISING said a saber tack blocked the and wcie being hacked to pieces CuMruLK i OJ JOOQ, aillinLUllUOll theie was a fierce en- cessities. By NORMAN LODGE GUADALCANAL, Nov. down by fighters and 11 additional planes by anti-aircraft and based fire. American planes, and oce pilot is known to be safe. That is par for any course Nary a one of the unloading ships U.S. Bombers Raid Hankow Jap Military Areas Blasted, Gunboat And Steamer Hit By J. REILLY O'SULLIVAN WITH AMERICAN FORCES IN In quick succession five others j followed the oiigmal Nip into ocean, flared up and then disap-, CHINA. Nov. peared beneath the calm waters. 'American making their first One torpedo plane fell into the'night dive-bombing assault on sea close by a transport ship The j Japanese :n China set the Yangtze pilot, his left leg hanging in shreds, j dock area aflame at Hankow and jng ianded, along with huge cuppliesjv, as not one of the unload-1floated the starboard beam mjscored hits on a gunboat and big gngement in the hills south- west of the city when the Germans made an attempted stand but after a night and day of fighting the Nazis were reported forced anew their retreat, closely pursued Unlike the Armistice Pay hit-run raid in which our losses were about half the invaders', today saw a force of torpedo planes, protected by Ze- roes, come across the mountains. over Henderson Field and toward by Soviet tanks. the channel to attack the landin operations, newspaper Red Star Anti-aircraft fire opened up on WIPED OVt The Army said that not a single German was left on the west bank of the Don The Vichy radio, after giving in the battle sector west of Stalin- CratlniM frm after suffering "important losses" under attacki by U-boita and planes. The approach of decisive combat within Tunisia had been indicated by the Berlin radio yesterday with the announcement of a clash at Mateur, on the coastal railway 25 miles south of Bizerle and 40 miles northwest of the Capital, A DNB dispatch broadcast from Berlin today .said Allied forces in the Tunisian highlands had been strengthened "by several more units" recently, but declared they apparently wetc waiting for more weapons and greater air support before attacking. It said German planes repeatedly raided Allied tank and supply col- umns and shot down 12 British air- craft. Hard fighting has been forecast by Allied commentators in the final phases of the efforts to squeeze' shut the vise upon Hitler's last North African strongholds. Tank troops and air forces ap- parently make up a large part of Ihe Axis detachments, estimated as high as men, hastily moved in to take over major fortifications ot the French Protectorate. How- ever, Anderson's Legion is likewise strong in planes and armored units rt th" honvv nfrfttflrv for action against fixed obstacles. Some slackening in the pace of Gen. Sir Bernard Montgomery's British Eighth Army in the pursuit of Marshal Rommel's battered forces acroM the vast stretches of Libya has been indicated by Cairo com- muniques this week. U.S. Secretary of War Stimson said yesterday that the Germans were expected to make R determined stand before the El Agheila cor- ridor. (Italian reports put Allied air losses in Africa yesterday at IB, and said others were destioyDd on the ground. The Germans claimed 20 Allied planes were shot down.) Still Nothing Told Of Rommel Pursuit CAIRO, Nov. 28. For the second day in succession, British Middle East headquarters an- nounced today there was "nothing !o icport" from Gen. Sir Bernard Montgomery's Eighth Army, which s pursuing Marshal Rommel's forces within Libya. Successful bombardment of the hcrbim Airdrome of Sicily and fortolago Cay of the Dodecanese Islands reported among Allied serial operations, night that "thick clouds of smoke are still rising from the loadstcad." "Explosions aie heard from time to time from the ammunition cham- of the scuttled it 'aid. The Swiss radio told of long lines of French sailors being led through the streets of Toulon as Axis pris- onen. The German occupation of Tou- lon and the radio reports of the scuttling were expected to stimulate French resistance to the Germans both in France, now completely un- der the rule of German Field Mar- shal Karl Rudolf Gerd von Hund- Stedl, and in Africa. 'HEROIC GESTURE' The French newspaper published in London, said: "We must salute the heroic ges- ture of these officers and sailors, who, not having been able to take their ships out to fight because of the detestable policy of Vichy, pre- ferred destruction and death to dis- honor." The German radio, which gave the scuttling far more prominence than has been given the recent events in Africa and Russia, said that civilians had been cleared from coastal areas at Toulon and Mar- seille. Estimating the armistice army maintained by the Vichy Govern- ment at men, the Berlin ra- dio that of them would return to their homes within the next few days. The diplomatic correspondent of Transocean said the German Reich rt always bren "hnnnrahlfi" with defeated Jt'ci mental idea! and "the funda- intentions of Ger- mun policy toward 1he French peo- ple have not been changed by the events nf Toulon." grad and further advances were claimed northwest and southwest of the city despite German reinforce- ments and ft heavy snow that ham- pered fighting. Northeast of Tuapse on the Black Sea the Russians claimed the cap- ture of an important height. Before Stalingrad the Russians were icported to have taken four more Verkhny Gmlovsky. M a r i n o v k a, Novo-Aksaiski and In the northern part of the city a Soviet unit was credited with a 450-yard advance. Eilimaled Axih casualties in and captured rose past the level during the day. Extent of Germ on oss To Be Known in Few Days LONDON, Nov. 28. (If) The gravity of the blow to the Germans at Stalingrad should be clear within the next three or four days, a Brit- ish military commentator caid to- day. The commentator, who must re- main anonymous, said a large Axis army undoubtedly was surrounded in a pocket south of Kalach. He cautioned, however, that their destruction was not necessarily im- plied and that two alternatives were open to the try to fight his way out or to try to bring reinforcements in from outside. Russ Attack Repulsed, Says German Command BERLIN (from German broad- Nov. 28. (Pi Russian at- tacks between the Volga and the Don and in the great Don bend in the Stalingrad area have been re- newed with great force but have been repulsed, the German high commatid said today. Heavy fighting it continuing southwest of Kalinin and in the nector about 240 miles northwest of Moscow and idi> rnues from the Latvian border, the com- munique added. Russian attacks in the western Caucasus also were reported repulsed. land and sea, the fighter planes cir- cled for altitude, land-based heavy cannon ripped holes in the cloud- filled sky, and when it was all over here was the box score every American can be proud of: Japanese two-engined torpedo planes and five Zeros shot among the huge landing party was injured The action was delightful to wit- ness. The alert wa.-- "iven shortly after 2 pm. Suddenly shore gun- ners shouted "there .they go" and put up a terrific barrage. Torpedo planes, barely skimming the top of the water, swooped in from the east. The sky was black with these and small clouds of anti- aircraft smoke interspersed with red tracers. From a low-flying formation a two-engined job nosed right down into the sea and the sergeant gunner reached across the cannon and marked one white chalk stripe. ne wjb iibntu jrner steamer eaiij out with boat hooks and taken' Medium bombers followed up this ashore and buried. That's more thanjraid by a few hours with punishing the Japs do with our boys under like conditions, which fortunately are not often. The Zeros, supposedly a protec- tion umbrella for the torpedo planes, remained at a high Our planes which had been circling for altitude suddenly darted into the formation, and quick as the eye could spot them, five Zeros became just that. The raid was over within 20 min- utes, but as the rumble of anti- aircraft fire died, huge clouds of green-black smoke were seen on the horizon. attacks on Japanese military con- centrations at Yochow and Sienning in the Yangtze bend southwest of Hankow on the Hupeh-Hunan bor- der. Here great damage was in- flicted and many Japanese were be- lieved killed. These destructive forays into the enemy's Central China made a total of eight attacks within 77 hours upon the enemy from Hankow to Haiphong, in Indo-Chlna of miles to the south. AH of the raiders returned today, although some had been shot up by anti-aircraft fire. 5 Die, Several Hurt In Bomb Plant Blast MINDEN, La Nov. jei.'ons were killed and several others injured in an explosion in i bomb line at the Louisiana ord- nance plant here yesterday. The dead, four rompanv rm- mspcc- raid ropoiteri that Trip aUfickiiiK Noi o I 1 n n d. ciiused "numerous" deaths and wounded many bul it wns that only slight materiel! dam- age was done) Allied medium bombers hit hangars and other buildings in
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