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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 12, 1942, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF D ARCHIVES MO NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOll XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS UNITED FULL LEASED WIBES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JANUARY 12 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE vj jrixv x ifcrfj v 13 vjr i wu arA i j UN DUTCH STRIKE AT INDIES INVADERS RUSSIA TRIES SPeed Main TO TRAP LARGE jap Strategy GERMAN FORCE Advances in Arctic Battle Also Claimed by Soviet Attackers KUIBYSHEV dis patches said Monday that a Rus sian offensive had broken through German advance lines on the snowswept arctic coast and that the red army had pushed through the axis second defense line in a drive to close a pincers on the central front Russian forces that captured Lyudinovo on the BryanskVy azma railroad southwest of Mos cow were reported fighting to close a trap around large enemy units on the central front The drive v had outflanked some German forces and taken control of main communica tion routes but the big objective of the advance was to make a junction with red army units movingdown from the north in the general direction of Vyazma Important advances also were reported from the Arctic front Attacking territory which the Germans and Finns had held for six months the Russian Arctic army opened its drive on the Ry bachi or fishermens peninsula on the Arctic coast the shore batter ies which command the en tranceto the arcticport of Petsamo They drove through the German lines and regained control of the Mousta Tunturi mountain range dispatches said Alpinists stormed three levels of steep rock cliffs to take the po sition A late dispatch from the Mos cow front asserted that the Rus sians had thrust forward 12 miles in the Maloyaroslavets sector north of Kaluira and had driven the Germans from 30 vil lages In the latest phase of a 60mile advance from the Tikhvin sector of the Leningrad front a special dispatch said Russian shock troops captured the headquarters of one general Schmidt and seized even his personal effects The Vichy radio asserted that the Russians had retaken Balac lava scene of the historic charge of the light brigade in the Cri mean war in 1854 and thus had regained possession of the entire southern tip of the peninsula It was at Balaclava 10 miles south of Sevastopol that the light brigade under Lord Cardigan rode up a valley more than one mile long with Russian guns in front of them and on the heights on each side of them A communique had announced earlier the Russian recapture of two key points on the Moscow front Lyudinovo a steel center 40 miles north of Bryansk and Tikhonova Postinya a few miles north of Kaluga In taking Lyudinovo the Rus sians had broken the socalled second winter defense line which the German high command had selected Lyudinovo is on the Bry anskVyazma railroad which marked the base of the German line and it is the junction for a railroad extending westward to Roslavl and Mogilev It is only 110 miles southeast of Smolensk where Adojf Hitler was reported lo have established headquarters for a personal effort to halt the Russian counteroffensive Minnesota Boy 12 Stabs Brother Sister Then Slashes Himself ALEXANDRIA Minn For a 12 year old Loren Soder holm is handy with a carving knife He would rather carve air planes and toy animals from wood than play with his small brother and sister That he said Monday was one reason he stabbed his brother Carl 13 and his sister Evaline 9 and then slashed his own abdo men Saturday night The other reason he said was that they teased him when he asked them to go away and ct him alone Lorcn was in serious condi tion at a hospital but physicians said he would recover brother and sister were same hospital with minor wounds By LOUIS F KEEMLE Of the United Press War Desk Speed is the essence of Japanese strategy in the southwestern Pa cific Even while the first phase of the of Singa pore and the yet to be completed the Japanese are making preliminary moves in the second p h a s e which is occu pation of all the rich East Indies T h e n e w landings on Borneo and the adjacent island of Celebes are not in sufficient force to suggest the beginning of the major as KEEMLE sault on the In dies They are preliminary giving the Japanese another foothold as they inch their way from west and east towards Sumatra and Java First the Japanese took over Sarawak which was riot defended Then they made land ings in British North Borneo to the east and now have descended on Tarakan on the east coast If they can consolidate this last po sition they are in a fair way to gain control of the entire northern half of the island of Borneo in a short time Two reasons for the haste present themselves One is the enormous value of beins firmly entrenched before the British and Americans caught improp erly prepared can brinp their full weight to bear and stem the tide The other is the state of Japans resources strained by more than four years of major warfare in China It is doubtful that Japan could go through a long war with the United States if she went at it more cautiously It is imperative for her to get her hands on the resources of the Indies and do it soon so that scorched earth damage can be repaired and they can be exploited to enable Japan to settle down for a long war So Japan shot the works in a wellconceived plan to deliver telling body blows in the first round of the fight So far they are succeeding Despite the wide range of their operations there is no sign that they have spread themselves too thin There is no ground for optimistic hope that they have shot their bolt and will begin to lose steam If Japan takes Singapore the allied task of defending the Indies will be made vastly more Blaze Destroys Ringsted Building Heavy Guns Battle in Luzon difficult The loss of its naval and air base facilities will lie keenly felt Sumatra separated from Singapore by a narrow strait would he open lo furious assault by landbased planes and by parachute and waterborne troops Even so the Indies would be no pushover for the Japanese The Dutch have built up their defenses strongly They have a large and welltrained army and an efficient navy and air force The latter has given an excellent account of itself in current China sea This second phase of the war might extend into the unpredic table future If the Japanese win it in a reasonable time however the united nations will face a much more formidable foe The Japanese already have coal In the Indies they would find all the oil they need plus rubber tin and other important supplies Japan still would be short of iron ore and some other basic metals but probably not enough to ham string her war efforts Moreover by taking the Indies she will have deprived Britain and the United States of their main source of some vital materials notably tin and Flames Destroy Car Firemen Save Tires KANSAS CITY de stroyed a car belonging to C W Cramer of Chicago two miles from suburban Independence but fire men werent entirely too late They arrived in time to salvage all his nearly new tires Jopon Strikes at Dutch East Indies j 4 pictured above areexterior and interior views of the Ringsted Implement comDaiiv building and Chmtensen clothing store at Ringsted destroyed in a fh SaTu nfght mtha loss estimated at more than 25000 Photo by Ralph Anderson Ringsted Fire Causes Loss in Ringsted RINGSTED Damage estimat ed at between 525000 and S30000 destroyed the Ringsted Implement company building and Christcnsen clothing store in a Saturday night fire here The fire started at p m Saturday in the implement com pany building of undetermined origin and was brought under con trol at 4 a m Sunday The Arm strong and Fenton fire depart ments assisted the Ringsted fire men Lost in the implement store were two tractors a combine some milk separators and other new machin ery Ernest Oskvjg and C H Reed owners of the implement store said that insurance would cover part of the loss In addition to the loss of the clothing stock in the Christenscn store there was much damage to a stock of hardware in the mcnt stored there for Mr Chris tcnsen s brother who operates a hardware store across the street One of theArmstrong firemen received arm cuts from broken glass requiring five stitches Cecil Brown Reports Military Authorities Banned His Broadcasts NEW YORK Brown correspondent of the Columbia Broadcasting system reported to its headquarters here Sunday night that British military authorities in Singapore had banned him from the air CBS said Radio Singapore gave as the reason for the action The effect of Mr Browns broadcasts was detrimental to lo cal public morale and the manner of Mr Browns broadcasts over a period of several months showed an attitude which led the author off the coast of Malaya last month cabled that a British military in telligence officer admitted that the pessimistic picture painted by some of my broadcasts was justi fied by the facts and had im pressed the United States with the urgency for aid The order does not extend to cabled dispatches he said CBS said it ovdcr JAP CHUTISTS SEA FORCE TRY TO MAKE GAINS Dutch Allies Bomb 2 Nipponese Cruisers Destroyer 2 Transports BATAVIA N E I Netherlands Indies fighting forces on land and in the air struck back at strong Japanese invasion foot holds on Borneo nnd Celebes and claimed ihat aided by their allies they bombed two Jananese cruis ers a destroyer and two trans ports The allies apparently were United Slates and Australian air forces The war Washington said department at its Sunday communique that American planes an enemy cruiser and two large transports in the Celebes Put Pressure on MacArthur WASHINGTON P A heavy artillery battle along the entire front in the Philippines was re ported Monday by the war depart ment with around activity in creasing as fresh Japanese troops moved up accompanied by re newed air attacks on American and Philippine defense Corregidor the island fortress guarding the entrance of Manila bay as well as front line defenses of Gen Douglas MaiArthurs troops were subjected to new as saults from the air the department said as fresh enemy troops in creased the pressure on the de fending forces The text of the morning com munique number 53 based on re ports icceivcd here up to a m theater A heavy artillery battle is in progress along the entire front Ground activity is increasing as m ine usuviiy is increasing as with undetermined results fresh Japanese troops move into The Batavia report spccilieally mentioned Australian planes in action also in that area Japanese parachutists and seaborne forces were battling doggedly in an effort to improve the positions they won early Sunday at the oil center island of Tarakan off northeastern Borneo and on Ihc northern arm of Celebes The fight at both invasion points continues stubbornly a special NEI armed forces state ment declared Of the NEI and allied aerial blows at the shipping which car ried and supported the invasion the special statement said Our allies are energetically taking part in the fight against the invaders Allied planes Sunday shot down four Japanese planes over Mina hassa northern Celebes while they further scored two direct hils on aJapanese cruiser and a near miss on a destroyer This morning two Australian planes near Mcnado where the Japanese landed on Celebes weie shot down in flames by the Jap anese Our bombers Monday morn ing scored a direct hit on a Japanese cruiser lying off Tara kan white our American made Glenn Martin bombers also scored two direct hits on two Japanese transport ships lying there A communiciue reported bitter fighting on the little island of Tarakan off the northeast ccast of Borneo and on the island of Celebes on the east where the Japanese effected their landings Sunday despite a bombardment by Dutch planes which were said to have damaged two transports Japanese imperial headquar ters claimed the capture of Mcna do a town of 12000 at the north ern til of Celebes but the Dutch did not acknowledge Ihc claim The communiciue gave no details of the fighting on cither of the invaded islands beyond declaring that the Dutch forces were putting tip a stiff fight and acknowledg ing the loss of one Dutch seaplane at Tarakan The Balavia radio declared however that it had been an ticipated thai Tarakan could not hold out long in event of an attack and thai arrangements had been made to destroy in stallations here If it became necessary to abandon the island f The Japanese claimed Tarakan had surrendered The Batavia radio continued oil fields of Tarakan have been thoroughly mined and it may be relied upon that prepar ations have been made with usual Dutch thoroughness to such nn ex tent that nothing will be left to the enemy the broadcast said Mickey Rooney and Bnde on Honeymoon at Del Monte Cal HOLLYWOOD UP Mickey lies to him as persona non Rooney who played kid parts up c to the day of his marriage at the only American cor 21 and his actress bride 19 year t aboard the British old Ava Gardner honeymooned cruiser Repulse when it was sunk Monday at fashionable Del Monte Oil till PnZlSL ni ATalaV3 mnnH on the central California coast married Saturday afternoon at the little town of Billiard Cal 40 miles from Santa Barbara The rho f3 Of til KirJ 1 XIH fact they had obtained a license was known but they kcpl the place and ciate secret After a brief stay at Del Monte they arc scheduled lo start cast inij 11 tineauica 10 siarl c appealing the for Boston where Mickey has I professional engagement front line position Enemy air at tacks are being renewed on de fensive installations and fortifica General MacArthur reports that Japanese troops occupying Manila are attempting to suppress the use of radio receiving sets by civilians This apparently is designed to pre vent the reception of broadcasts from the United States and Eng land even though the action also prevents reception of propaganda broadcasts from Tokio 2 There is nothing to report from other areas BASES IN EIRE SOUGHT AGAIN Britain and U S Renew Pressure No Progress Shown in Requests LONDON and the United States were reliably re ported Monday to be renewing m their pressure for war bases neutral Eire New overtures combined with a concerted British press campaign for ports and airfields in Eire both to defend the island and to aid the allied war in the Atlantic so far have been mainly informal but official it was said Prime Minister Eamon de Valera of Eire has said lie sympathized with the United Slates in its war but that it would promote disunity for Eire to become involved United States representatives in Dublin it was said have been ex erting so much pressure on the Eire government in personal con tacts that some of their old popu larity is waning New Hampton Army Man Is Seriously Wounded in Action NEW Minnie Kolthoff has been notified tiiat her son Clifford 31 had been seriously wounded in the battle near Manila on Dec 31 The war department letter advised Mrs Kolthoff that she would be further advised The soldier had been re leased by selective service but he reenlisted Weather Report FORECAST MASON Monday aft ernoon and Monday night cold er Monday night lowest tem perature about 10 IOWA Fair Monday afternoon and Monday night somewhat colder in cast portion Monday night MINNESOTA Fair to partly cloudy Monday afternoon md Monday night colder southeast and extreme cast not so cold northwest Monday nisht with lowest temperature 8 to 16 over north and 20 to 26 over south portion IN MASON7 CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 32 Minimum Sunday night 5 At 8 a m Monday 11 YEAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 23 for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum Saturday nislil At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum BRITISH FORCES RETREAT FROM KUALA LUMPUR Malayan Defenders State Foes Quickly Follow Up in Selangor By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Japans allout gamble for it quick sweeping victory bc 1ove the united nations can take the offensive carried her troops dangerously closer to Singapore Monday touched off a preparatory artillery battle along the entire Philip pine front and stirred up a hornets nest of resistance in the Netherlands East Indies The outcome of the land sea and air battles for vital outposts in the Dutch archipelago was stil in the balance the lighting was mounting in bloody destructive Jury For assistance the Dutch had United Stales warships and Amer ican and Australian planes The Dutch surprisincly fount it possible also to help in the defense of Singapore N E T fighters were said to have shot down three Japanese raiders at tacking the British base Monday 7n the Philippines Washington announced a heavy artillery battle flamed along the entire front Ground activity increased arid ait attacks were renewed as the Japanese moved fresh troops into front line positions Indications were that a new Japanese of fensive wad at hand The Japanese appeared intent upon wiping out Ihe valiant resist ance of General Douglas MfVrthur nnd his AmericanPhilippine army which stood as a diversion of strong Japanese forces from other theaters of Ihe way Japan would need thousands of additional troops to close in on Singapore or lo expand her inva sion footholds in the N E I The most that Japan could claim after the first shock of her attack on the N E I was possession of the small city of Menado on north ern Celebes a narrow arm of the Dutch archipelago south of the Philippines and the island of Tarakan off the coast of Dutch Borneo to the northwest of Cele bes Both points were naturally diffi cult to defend 1APS 150 MILES FROM SINGAPORE In Malaya the Japanese despite the succession of British imperial vvillidrawals were still more than 150 miles from Singapore on the western side of Malaya and prob ably no closer on the eastern side although there has been litllc exact word on the locations of that front Nevertheless the Japanese had negotiated an important barrier nn their way toward Singapore with the capture of Kuala Lumpur Loss of Kuala Lumpur second largest city of British Malaya was indicated meanwhile by the British when they acknowledged another retreat on the road to lo neu nosilions before Scrcmban 35 miles southeast of Kuala Lum pur The Japanese followed the imperial forces with heavy as saults Tokio announced officially that Icr troops on Sunday entered Kuala Lumpur one of the greatest centers for crude rubber in thp world and capital of the Federated Malay States Kuala Lumpur is in Selangor With British withdrawal In the Scrcmban line the battle for Sing apore moved into another state of Malaya Negri Sclimban the last one of the northeast before Johore which up the southernmost tip of the Malay peninsula Across a narrow strip of water from the Johore shore lies the island of Singapore bristling with guns modern fortifications and naval installations the place which the British long have called their Gibraltar of the cast pivot of united nation strategical hopes in the far cast Regardless of the sweep of the Japanese through almost two thirds of Malaya in little more than a month of war Sinsaporc xvill he no easy nut to crack The most the Japanese can hope for Is a costly victory after terrible siege V f The Japanese supplemented Ihtjir drive toward Sineapovc from thq northwest with fierce air stacks
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