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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 9, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             MARLON t R HIST MEM r o tP r or i o wA cowP NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NlWSFAm THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIOK MASON CITY THt iMOHT VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES riVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 91940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONK NO 158 NAZI ALLIED FLEETS BATTLE j j 1 o A V i i sir ijc 3fc A li W xt sk W 5tc Germany Occupies Denmark Norway Vj bt Jj fc fc jjj jV J jfc jc 5f JC Jj JJC t1 t6 V V V V V V BRITAINS NAVY MOVING NORTH TO FIGHT NAZIS Chamberlain Charges Germany Premeditated Scandinavian Invasion By EDWIN STOUT LONDON AP Britains powerful navy is moving into the north ern conflict to aid Nor way against German in vasion Prime Minister Chamberlain told the house of commons Tues day in a brief lustily cheered speech Chamberlain charged that Germany had pre mmeditated the invasion of and Denmark and he pledged the full attd France to Norway Powerful units of the navy are at sea Cham berlain told the house explaining that details must necessarily be kept secret Reports reached London by way Scandinavian Kings Face End of Rule PROTECTIONIS GIVEN BY NAZI ARMED FORCES K1NGGUSTAV KING HAAKON KING CHRISTIAN BRITISH ENVOY IS UNDER ARREST Copenhagen Minister and Staff Reported to Be Held by Germans LONDON British for eign office was said authoritative ly Tuesday night to have rees tablished c oramunication with Norway and to have been in formed that the Norwegian gov ernment are in good heart anc bent on resistance The German radio was said to have announced that Howard Smith British minister to Copen hagen and his staff had been made prisoners The British assumed this was true because they could not com municate with the legation Britain was said to have no word of her nationals in Denmark The British minister to Norwaj nto the Nor from Oslo t Ha mar a lake village north th capital The British said that a state ment regarding Iceland whic normally is under the Danis king might be made shortly of Paris that allied naval forces already were engaged with the Germans at various points along the Norwegian coast in a heavy storm Chamberlain said it was plain that the German expedition to Scandinavia must have been un andhis staff went n derway before Britain mined Nor government waters Monday otherwise it could not have occupied such laraway points at Trondheim on Norways northern coast as re ported Berlin announced the invasion of Norway and Denmark and oc cupation of the respective capitals of Oslo and Copenhagen stating the action was taken to protect these nations against British ag gression which Germany said was indicated by Mondays mine laying Denmark submitted peacefully to the invasion but there was fighting in Norway If if Opposition leaders Endorsed the governments action to aid Norway calling tor decisive and speedy action that would as lib eral Sir Archibald Sinclair ex pressed it prevent another free nation from being brought under the nazi iron heel Chamberlain said that the Ger man plans for invasion of Nor way and Denmark were made and put into operation long be fore Mondays minelaying Otherwise some of the troops which have landed in Norway al ready would not have been there Chamberlain declared He said that the British govern ment had at once assured the Norwegian government that in view of the invasion His Majestys government had decided forth with to extend their full aid to Norway and will fight the war in full association with them Powerful units of the British navy are at sea Chamberlain de clared This fresh rash and cruel act of aggression will redound to Ger manys disadvantage and contri bute to her ultimate defeat he said Asked whether Britain proposed to give aid to Denmark Chamber lain said I cannot add anything to the statement I have made He said that no suggestion has yet been made about a meeting of the league of nations First things must come first he said There arc other actions that will be more effective than summoning the league BULLETINS STOCKHOLM t was reported here Tuesday that German ma rines disguised as seamen iiavelanded from German ships and have occupied the Norwegian ports of Narvik Bergen and Stav anger The marines it was said landed at Nar vik from a German iron ore freighter and Denmark issued a proclama tion Tuesday directing the popu lations of the two countries t preserve order and place no ob stacles in the way of the raz forces STOCKHOLM It was reported here Tuesday that Norwegian coastal artillery had sunk a German battle cruiser Reports said that the ves sel sunk was the 26000 tons Gneisenau and that Copenhagen and Oslo Occupied by Germans With Speedy Invasion By LOUIS P LOCHNER BERLIN AP The German army navy ant air force invaded Norway and Denmark at dawr Tuesday in a lightning stroke typical of Fuehrei Hitlers now wellclevel oped pattern By afternoon the capi tals of both the northern and Copen in German hands All Denmark which de cided not to resist was Air and Naval Battles Between Germans and British Reported to Be in Progress in North Sea PARIS AP that the allied and German war fleets were in combat off the Norwegian coast WASHINGTON The Norwegian legation Tuesday received word from the Norwegian for eign minister that the Ger mans have occupied Ber g e n important Atlantic coastal city of 100000 in habitants BERLIN German army and air force commanders leading the invasion of Norway it went fjord down in Oslo BELGRADE The German government it was learned oti high authority Tuesday has de manded that Jugoslavia Hungary Bulgaria and Rumania accept German river police along the en tire length of the Danube river to secure this vital supply route for Germany Where Fleets Battle GERMAN SHIP ROUTE LONDON UP The Stockholm radio announced Tuesday that an air battle was in progress off the coast of Norway between German and British air planes British foreign office announced Tues day that the allies had assured the Norwegian roverntnent that they have decided forthwith to extend full aid and have inti mated that they will fight tlie war in full association with Nonvay THE HAGUE Nether lands announced Tuesday that no new periodic leaves for border and coast troops would be grant ed in the immediate future LONDON sources in London confirmed Tuesday that German troops had landed at Trondheim Ber Ken and Vallo and said that Kristiansund on the northwest ern coast had been bombed German control and in Norway where Norwegian troops of fered slight local resist ance the Germans said they had occupied the most important objec tives Germany announced she had extended armed exact nature of it not being clear Norway and Denmark to counteract British aggression against their neutrality Authorized sources divulged that the northern Norwegian port of Kristiansund was bombarded because it offered resistance Kristiansund well up Nor ways west coast is not to be con fused with Kristiansand at the southern extremity of The Norwegian government was no longer in Oslo having with drawn to Hamar to the north but German government orders were issued to put a halt to further withdrawals from Oslo Xonvegian resistance in other sections of Norway was being broken rapidly and constitutes no military problem the Gei mans said were received here Tuesday while urgent conferences continued in London and Paris The reports followed closely an announcement in the allied capitals that measures had been taken to rush full aid to Norway The reports of naval activity gave the impression that a series of engagements were being fought The fighting was said to be going on in a heavy storm along the western coast of Norway LONDON British source said Tuesday night that it understands a naval action is in pro gress somewhere near the coast of Norway between British and German forces This Associated Press map of he sites of reported English and German naval engagements shows how minefields have been laid by the allies off the Norwegian coast path of ships carrying iron ore through Norwegian territorial walers toward Germany Ore carriers must now face either the peril of the mines or if they swing out to sea the menace of the British blockade The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair not so cool Tuesday night except ex treme eastcentral portion part ly cloudy Wednesday wanner east and south MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday probably occasional snow ex treme north and snow or rain central portion slightly wanner west and south Tuesday night southeast Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Monday 45 Minimum Monday night 11 At S a m Tuesday 41 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 26 The high command announced shortly before 7 p in noon EST that military opposition to the Germans before Oslo had beei broken tins afternoon and the city occupied Operations necessitated by the occupation of Denmark and the Norwegian coast proceeded ac cording to plan on April 9 said the communique During the entry into and landings in Denmark no incidents occurred anywhere On the Norwegian coast resis tance worthy of mention occurred only near Oslo It was broken dur ing the afternoon hours and Oslo itself was occupied Germanys occupation of Den mark and Norway was executed with such speed that apparently even the reichs bosom friend It aly was not advised beforehand Also according to authorized forces in the future Germanys moves will be carried out with lightning rapidity The German radio hinlrd at possible blows in other quarters Germany had prepared every authorized sources de completely and 30 mas sively that every possible counter move by Norway or the western allies was taken into considera tion Everything went according to plan it was said The intimation that Italy was not informed until afterward came when one foreign correspondent asked whether Germanys allies had been apprised in advance of Tuesdays action To this an aulh orted spokesman said evasively Everything went like a stroke of lightning The Norwcgiat and Danish le gations in Berlin still function it The British admiralty refused comment on renew ed reports that such a big engagement had taken place or was still in progress but responsible quarters felt that the German occupation was impossible unless the British fleet was being kept busy elsewhere The British Press association said there is reason to believe that good news may be forthcoming within 12 to 24 hours but later asked its subscribers to delete this sentence W STOCKHOLM Sweden occupied Denmark without resistance Tuesday invaded em battled Norway in a lightning offensive on the south ern and western coasts and challenged the combined allied naval and aerial forces in the North sea An air battle between British and German planes was in progress off the Norwegian coast the Stock holm radio announced shortly after the British govern ment had declared that Britain and France were rush ing full aid to Norway and that powerful British naval units were at sea Reports were broadcast that a sea battle already was in progress between German and British units Norway fought back against the German inva sion which struck with lightning speed from Oslo to farnorthern Narvik in a protective campaign which would give the nazis vitally important aerial and submarine bases just across the North sea from the British Isles Oslo fell after being surrounded by German troops and fighting there has ceased ac was staled The Danish would continue to do so in any case it was said As to the Norwegians it was added that depends on how Nonvay arranges herself with us The spokesman added Norivny did not declare war on England either after the Altmark incident or after Mondays mining of Nor wegian waters In the Altmark affair last Feb 13 a British de stroyer invaded Norwegian walers to raid the German prison ship and free British prisoners The legal status of Nonvay and Denmark seemed somewhat of puzzle ft was carefully explained that they were not protectorates like Bohemia and Moravia nor even like Slovakia nor were Ihej enemy countries occupied by en emy troops The best definition seemed to authorized sources to be tha they have been drawn into the war by the allied action of Mon day but arc being protected by the rcich against annihilation cording to advices to Stockholm 3f Jf German troops occupied the Norwegian capital surrounding the public buildings and communica tions centers Fleeing residents were ordered to return to Oslo The Norwegian government at war with the reich fled to Hamar north of the capital The nazi invading forces already had moved into all important areas of Denmark passing through to Aalbovg the main town in northern Jut land German planes landed on Danish soil from which they will be in a position to raid allied shipping in the North sea and the British Isles Advices received in Stockholm said that the Ger man invasion of Norwegian coastal points was car   

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