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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 23, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             AFHIL 24 1HH 1ST NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME or IOWA OES KOINES u VOL XLVII ASSOCJATOD PBESS AND UNITED WLL LEASED THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASONCITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 23 1941 Tins PAPER CONSISTS orTWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE SECTION ONs Jgg 250000 GREEKS SURRENDER BiS Guns Set THE BRITISH BATTLE 1OC la a lhou starting great fires crushing en the streak nf f BATTLE tLEET BOMBARDING TRIPOLI LIBYA Monday April red hot aims of Britain a Mediterranean battle fleet set Tripoli harbor aflame Monday in what officers said was me biggest and most spectacular bombardment of naval history sand tons of high explosives into the Barbary coast base of the Ger mans and Italians Fifteeninch Cinch and c an mch projectiles from the battic sinps rumbled over the high bas tioned Moorish walls hms last big African walls of Musso tronghold starting great fires crushing en emy striking buses like egg shells and terrorizing the population The guns scorching firing con tinued steadily for minutes irom o a m repeatedly scoring direct hits i aboard the most powerful the streaks of flame from hoi powerful guns They turned black ness into light and the oneton sheMs rumbled through the niglit with a noise like a rushing sub way train The huge shells exploded on Tripoli with shattering force and the entire seafront seemed ablaze ciosc to tnc entire seafront seemed ablaze Too Many Tanks 14TH NATION UNDER SHADOW OF NAZI MIGHT How Many Can Be Saved and What Next Asks London By UNITED PRESS Only a thinning British and Greek rear guard stood between Adolf Hitlers war machine and Athens Wednesday as King George II the Greek government fled to Crete to carry on the war from that island fastness It seemed only a miracle could delay Germany more than a few hours in completing her conquest the 14th nation in Europe to succumb to nazi arms There was no hope either at London or Athens that such a miracle occur For is days ihe Greeks and au elite British expeditionary corps had stood off the pound ing of the wehrmacht Out numbered in man power by odds of anything from five to ten to one and in machines by a far greater margin the allies had fought as stubburn a battle as was within their capability But Germany had too many suns too many tanks too many Slukas too many reinforcements Collapse of the southern Serb ian army enabling the nazis to slice through the Vardar valley and twist down through Biiolj pass turned the allied campaign into one long rearguard action Starting in the northern mountain ranges the British and Greeks slowly gave ground They halted to give battle at each natural barrier then retreated south to the next mountain ranee and fought again Wednesday the Germans had cut through the last barrier that of Thermopylae and there was nothing but a broad flat highway and rear guard detachments who were prepared to sell their lives as deoriy aspossible between the nazi spearhead and Athens Wednesday t w o questions were uppermost in London Haw many British troops have been saved IVhcrc will Hitler strike next To the first question trjerc was no ready answer The Germans have logic would indicate that they are correct that the British in the past few days have been desperately at tempting o evacuate as manv of their troops as possible The evacuation it was assumed still is underway and will con tinue until the Germans through the last human barriers and reach the quaysides where British troops arc moving out to the boats What price Hitler has paid for his Ualkan triumph is not yet known British ami Greek re ports indicate thai the German casualties have been severe pos sibly more severe than in any of the other brief campaigns in which the wehrmacht has en Raged Berlin to the contrary claims that casualties have been low possibly he lowest of any offensive The cost in equipment however is almost certain to be impressive at detailed eyewitness accounts tell now the Germans have kept roll ing over the mountains despite breakdowns of machines and de structions of their advance ele ments by allied artillery fire tiut it London ittctition 1 swinging already to the next phase 3f the war fillers spring offensive is cal culated to have been launched nbort March 1 It has gradually oickeri up momentum on land sea and in the air Nazis Rush Toward Athens fr A pass 100 miles from Greeces Another Dunkerque Is in Full Swing Nazi Spokesman Says By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS A nazi spokesman asserted late Wednesday that another n armies surrendered A Rome dispatch said the Greek front correspondent of II Giornale dltalia reported Wed nesday that British troops had be gun to embark at Piraeus and oth er Greekports as the Germans approached within 35 miles of I Athens La Tribuna another Rome i newspaper said that British I which were cut off were sur rendering white ihc remainder of the expeditionary force was tlec toward embarkation The nazi spokesman declared that British losses were approach ing casualty figures in the bloody retreat from Flanders at Dun kerque France II months ago The conquest of all Greece is practically effected he said As the allied situation grew i hourly the Brit ish insisted they were still holding their reports said nazi panzer columns had anni hilated the British rearguard at Thermopylae and stormed on through the pass toward Ath ens The military spokesman called the control of northern Greece the last act in the intensive military campaign Plymouth Hit Hard Again by Bombers PLYMOUTH England j Many thousands of hvwekss Britj in night dresses or pai wandered in stunned horror out of tlie bombwrecked city of Ply mouth Wednesday after a second REPORT 70000 NAZIS KILLED Istanbul Diplomats Hear 200000 Wounded in Balkan Campaign ISTANBUL UP Diplomatic quarters claimed Wednesday that 70000 German troops have been killed and 200000 wounded so far in the Balkan campaign Neutral diplomats arriving from Rumania reported that the hos pitals of Bucharcsts are over flowing with German wounded and that private houses are being requisitioned for the casualties More trainloads of wounded soldiers continue to pour in they reported J Refugees from Rumania claimed that 65 per cent of Ihc effectives of one German armored division ivcrc lost in Greece but well in consecutive bard men t night of bom Hundreds of German bombers nnunctcil this port for hours Omnpiiiff 1000 fircbonibs and about 500 high explosive bombs in an effort tn destroy l point of entry for war supplies from the Ltutcd States n Gets Sentence for Cursing Sergeant SAN ANTONIO Tex Private Joe L llcCord r 20 year old preacher was courtmartialed I and sentenced to six months in i prison at hard labor He ivas j charged with cursing a sergeant FORMER INSPECTOR DIES inspector of Heroic Heron LONDON the bad news from Greece Britons found time Tuesday to admire and praise the heroic The glad news was broadcast that the herons of Richmond Park a London suburb had ignored the nightly din of antiaircraft guns and produced young which they now were feeding rencc the official mountains despite glowingly as D A Law bird watcher referred to them those truly heroic British birds The heron a longlegged long nckcd bird is turned axvay cioudof fomtr ch smoke thai hung Prym11 i following blaze8that crcatcT a I wy lurid wall of flame during Uie g j night Many refugee1 clutched a ew belongings they had been able i to salvage from the debris of their I homes Thc first groups of j irom the city were taken lo rca I centers but even some of thce centers had been wrecked by bombs cls as wcl1 ns uucks and caUIe lorries commandeered commission here Tues VOILH ivnuc commandeered by the womens voluntary service i transported hundreds to schools in the suburbs Other hundreds wandered out of I ihc city and into the fields quiet He is close io tl the English and many of his ad mirers were fearful that antiair craft barrages and extensive cut ting of for the war tncx would drastically reduce liis numbers and serving meals to the ruefighters and the homeless Emergency feeding centers were established in other parts of the town by the womens voluntary services NATIONAL WANT AD WEEK April 21 April 26 During this week 8 INSERTIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 6 4 INSERTIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 3 Remember GlobeGazette Wont Ads Bring Results PHONE 3800 NAZIS DECLARE PANZERS MOVE ON FOR ATHENS Declare 7 Ships Sunk and 12 Others Damaged in Greek Harbors BERLIN V Authorized sources declared Wednesday the German army had inflicted a crushing defeat on the British real guard at Thermopylae and as serted that at least 250000 had surrendered to axis forces in the Epirus sector Nazi panzer units alrcadv have passed through the historic gateway of Thermopylae and arc relentlessly pursuing the re treating British in the direction of Athens these sources de clared From o 18 divisions consti tuting tlio best of the Greek army were said to have tinown down tlieir arms in on unconditional capitulation on the Epirus from The Germans recalling llial recces Macedonian and Thraeiaji armies already had been polished off asserted that there was so little left of the Greek liehtinn forces that full capitulation rather than an armistice probably will end the campaign in Greece They expressed confidence that only small contingents of Britains Grecian expeditionary force would sec home again Of course if the weather be comes so bad that visibility is very poolsome ships may escape tem later bUt Set them The high command communique rectifying previous statements of these authorized quarters Eaid that m Creek waters Tuesday German combat planes destroyed seven enemy merchantmen to taling 37000 tons and 12 otlicr largc ships were bombdamaged V V Moreover the cijiimiimique went on a IarRe previously icteiitiricd as an armored cruiser was hit a heaviest caliber bomb at outia bay Crete ships attacked chief ly transports which had aboard units of British troops fleeing from Greece the communique said The luftwaffe continued its Mediterranean offensive Tuesday night with another attack on in stallations at Malta British island base causing the heaviest de struction in navy yards fuel tanks in the harbor at Valletta and sewing a hit on a British destroyer The Germans said two British destroyers and one armed mer chantman were victims oC Ger man bombers in the Mediterran ean These destroyers possibly were in addition to the destroyer claimed hit nt Malta As evidence of thp Oritish informed Germans said observn tion pilots reported these Oiirjs missing after an attack on a con voy ciiroutc from Malta o the eastern Mediterranean The high command claimed de struction of LM planes on the Wound in raids on air bases in Greece and the knocking out of several antiaircraft guns Another British plane shot down over Malta the high command said In Ihc period of April the communique asserted tlir apparently Britain and j lost rS planes as against j II by the Germans i 1 Wednesday informed sources said German combat planes con tinued to harass British m several place destroying the few remaining roads to the south I addition the forward pre sure by land netted the vast amounts of abandoned war material as well as prisoners Autsralian troops which cov ered the British retreat with New Zealand units suffered hcaw losses these sources adding that prisoners were taken among the New Zealandcrs par ticularly In response to n question from the correspondents these quarters admitted the theoretical possi bility that advance German forces already might be before Athens about 100 miles rrom Thermopylae Whether this was actually true it was apparent that Germany hoped that Greece would capitu late before the question of taking Athens arose It has been reiter ated that no Gorman bombs have been dropped on the classic Greek King Flees to Crete Nazis Crush British Line at Thermopylae Ky THE ASSOCIATED IRKSS Greeces army of Epirus surrendered Wednesday King George II fled Athens with his government to the Isle Crete and Berlin reported that Adolf Hitlers blitz krieg armies had annihilated the British rearguard at inermopylae and swept on through the pass Thus in 18 days of violent assault the battle of the Bal kans appeared to have all but ended in an allied debacle Nazi quarters in Berlin said at least 250000 Greek troops capitulated unconditionally caught in an axis trap in their retreat from Albania The Germans said nazi panzer columns plunging through historic Thermopylae pass 100 miles from Ath ens were relentlessly pursuing the British expeditionary forces in retreat toward the Hellenic capital With German Stuka divebombers reported to have de stroyed seven ships totalling 37000 tons and damaged 12 others in Greek waters within the past 24 hours Berlin spokesmen expressed doubt that few B E F soldiers in Greece would ever see home again ships attacked were chiefly transports which had aboard units of British troops ileeinc from Hitlers high command said Only God and the weather can save the British u nazi official asserted Our scouts arc watching every bay and harbor in Greece II the weather becomes so bad that visi bility is very poor some ships may escape tempor arily foul we will get them later KING GEORGE II lo Crete British Force Makes Raid at Bardia Libya LONDON British raid ing forcevs mulct at Canda Libya Saturday iiistit British military announced Wednesday It up a bridge fired military stores ami made four const defense guns useless A major part of the force returned o its base but about CO failed to reembark and arc presumed to have been captured of Despite the reported nazi break through the pas Thermopylae and the collapse of Greek armies in the northwest the London radio declared that Brit ishGreek forces were still fightingstubbornly and holding their lines unbroken in new positions Iiemicr Mussolhiis high command jinnoimced thai ho JinY1 TUS chtimatccl jn fascist press dispatches at 150000 down thenamid at p m 2Q4 p m 1 a8kcd ror icrnwThc iml inimTi Hint the i i n iP7i duS1RIKd a r h surmuor i wiiy binds the free Of lhaL Clinics 01 he movmr with ins government to FORECAST MASON CITY Fair and colder night with lijjbt to locally heavy frost Lowest temperature in ciiy IB in surrounding country Thursday partly rloiidy and warmer IOWA Fair slightly cooler south and cast light to locally hcavv irost Wednesday night day partly cloudy and warm er possibly light showers ex treme west in afternoon or night MINNESOTA Fair slightly cool er northeast and extreme south east frost or freezing tempera ture Wednesday night Thurs day partly cloudy and warmer showers in afternoon or ot night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 63 Minimum Tuesday night At 8 a m Wednesday 20 MOSQUITO SHIPS TO BRITISH Knox Declares Fast Naval Molor Boats Ready for Delivery Our will the will of Ihc enimcnl and of the Greek people mean resistance to the end on the pan of Creek troops which stubbornly fought beside tho inghsh allies who rubied to help us and are still fighting on Greet terntory the king said Greek peop i invaders days will Knov said Wednesday that i 20 fast naval motor torpedo boats j were ready for delivery to Great j Britain as a part of the lend lease program and possibly were on the way now Knox said the boat capable of speeds of more than a mile a by i i again I The fate of i outnumbered ws uncertain en Ifavo come the British badiv and outgunned t h c o C of hc Two choices ap capital and tiquity treasures of an Tiain Tuesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 42 n inch 05 1 To abandon Greece en tirely presumably in a Dun kcrniie escape win ihc help of the British fleet attempt i hazardous retreat through Athens lo the minute were lo be shipped across the walclifob rather than undcrtakin th o i transAtlantic trip under their i j own power The navy had 23 available i Knox said and the British were j supplied from these Other mosi fHiito craft mostly of a type i aiC VlmCr The German radio averted that iiO000 British soldiers had gone down with transports sunk by nazi divebombers m Greek wa t tors month Albanian campaign had   

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