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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME T COM cePAPTcr OF HIilCHY C c a I C I C j A THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASm VWES MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 1942 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS THIS CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE 91 0 MASSED TANKS GAIN AT KHARKOV Axis Armored Forces Wheel South on Libyan Side of Frontier CAIRO armored forces moved southward on the Libyan side of the Egyptian fron tier Wednesday apparently in tending to wheel eastward and crash into Egypt many miles be low the coast in the hope of out flanking the British defenses In the coastal zone German cannon sent shells over the British lines and German Italian forces encased British mobile units west of Salum ap parently as a mask for German marshal Erwin Rommels flank ing scheme The British were making final dispositions in their plan to hurl the invaders back however and there was every indication that it the axis armies should lunge into Egypt one the desperate and decisive battles of the war would ensue Smashing at Rommels supply lines by land and sea British and South African bomber and fighter planes were in operation day and night in an attempt to impede the reorganization and massing of axis assault forces A communique reported re peated attacks on enemy trans port concentrations between the coast and the El Abd track west of the Egyptian border The big Ain El Gazala airfield was bomber in force with good re sults Tuesday night the war bulletin said Extending their operations to the supply lanes across the central Mediterranean British torpedo carrying planes were said to have scored several hits on two med iunvsized merchants ships as well as a hit causing an explosion on one of four escorting destroyers The communique said this at tack took place Tuesday off Cape Spartivento the southern tip of Italy A powerful enemy force of all arms was on the march south of Gambut a desert town midway between axis occupied Tobruk and Eardia and a military com mentator declared a major action for Egypt was imminent Hour by hour the opening of a mighty invasion attempt was expected as a sequel to the whirl wind German Italian campaign that wrested eastern Libya from British hands British forces engaged small axis parties all day Tuesday west of Salum Egyptian port near the frontier and our mobile columns ivere active to the west of our positions a communique said V if Asserting that axis sea lines to Tobruk would be difficult for sur face ships to cut an authoritative London source said the British navy would be able to make a effective attack only with large numbers of submarines The axis advance also limited fighter protection that could be given Maltabound British con British naval base at Alexandria Military observers said Rom mel apparently intended lo as sault northern British positions perhaps usinf this to mask a sweep by his armored forma tions around the British left flank through Fort Maddalcna 50 miles southwest of Salum and Bir El Shegga 20 miles far ther inland from the Mediter ranean ITALIANS CLAIM 33000 PRISONERS TAKEN ROME From Italian Broad Thirtythree thous area the high command said Wednesday This was an increase of 5000 from the previous GermanItalian figure on prisoners at the EgyptianLibyan frontier a com tiunique said These two pictures show incidents of a recent Atlantic convoy In top photo an escort vessel alert to the presence ot an enemy submarine lurking nearby drops a depth charge In lower picture members of the crew of a collier may be seen swimming for safety following loss of their vessel which apparently hit a mine Pictures passed by the United States navy censor CARIBBEAN SHIP LOSSES LISTED 13 United Nations Boats Were Sunk in Period of 13 Days By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wholesale death and destruction the like of main never saw was wrought by the Spanish in pirate days enemy subma ivoo Ljy enemy yoys he said and brought German rines which over a 12day period bombers within 300 miles of the sent 13 united nations merchant men to the bottom of the Carib bean This was disclosed by the navy Tuesday on the blackest day of its announcements of ship sinkings since the war be gan and with the announced loss of two more vessels in the Atlantic swelled to 309 the war total of western Atlantic area sinkings Casualties ran high with 48 known dead and 87 missing inthe Caribbean sinkings occurring be tween June 3 and 14 tiiree dead and 85 missing in the June 15 Juilu ia and prisoners were taken in the sinking of a mediumsized U S capture of Tobruk and the mopup merchant vessel off the New Eng of British resistance in the Tobruk land coast and five dead in the torpedoing of a British freighter the same day in the same area The Caribbean victims were five U S ships two medium sized and three small five Brit There has been local activity of ish merchantmen four medium advanced elements on the ard one small and one Honduran Buy war savings bonds and Mamps from your GlobeGazclic carrier boy one Norwegian and one Dutch vessel oil small Six hundred thirtyfive sur vivors including 126 passen Kcrs related tales of suffering and heroism on being landed at a Caribbean port told of en countering Englishspeaking axis submarine commanders and of being photographed by a German cameraman aboard one of the undersea craft Torpedoes shell fire or both ueie used in sinking the allied ships they revealed The June 15 sinking nf the American ship 75 miles off the New England coast was one of the wars worst torpedo disasters to a U S merchantman with more persons lost than rescued The three dead were U S sol diers while 15 other American soldiers were among the 85 miss ing Eightyone survivors in cluding 23 more soldiers brought to an east coast port by vessels which were nearby when their ship sank said She was blown to hell Two enemy torpedoes found their mark as the ships engines going full blast and the stricken vessel heaved over on its side and went down in three min utes before its 10 lifeboats could be launched Germans Believed to Be Trying Flanking Move NAZI SHELLS ON EGYPTS COAST BELIEVED MASK Give and Toke for Convoys f R SIGNS BILL ON ALLOWANCE AND ALLOTMENT Provides Financial Aid to Dependents of Men in Armed Service WASHINGTON Roosevelt signed the service mens pay allotment and allowance bill Wednesday paving the way for financial aid to dependents of fighting men and reclassification ol married men for tlie draft Providing for federal pay ments to supplement allotments trom service mens pay checks to support their dependents the legislation also contains a pro vision enunciating a congres sional policy that selective ser viee should not break up the institution of the home W To carry out this policy con gress wrote into the bill authority for selective service officials to defer any and all categories of men having dependents with whom they maintain fide family relationship in their liomes Under this provision members of the house military affairs com mittee said selective service prob soun would set up separate Yes Mam DES M01NES prob ibly be Yes Mam No Mam ind Right away Mam in the womens army Obviously the Sir1 which 3very buck private and junior of ficer learns to use in addressing 5 superior officer is hardly suit able for the womens army aux iliary corps Officials at the WAAC officers training school here said Wed nesday Mam probably will be he substitute Until the first WAAC officers are commissioned they will be addressed as Miss Soandso and Mrs Soandso as the case may be Puzzled on Whereabouts of Son Who Writes of Barefoot Dancing Girls GRIFFIN Ga and Mrs C T Elliott are just a little puzzled as to exactly where their son Clarence is stationed with the marines The only hint he gave in a letter came in describ ing a dance given the marines by the natives Imagine our surprise he wrote when the girls showed up barefooted But that didnt stump us We took off out shoes too and enjoyed the dance groups within the registrants now in class three In the first group would be men with a working wife in the next men with a non working wife then men with one child and on down the line Be fore any men in class three would be inducted all eligible regis trants from classes one and two would be called The legislation recognizes the financial aspects of dependency but departs from existing policy in that it stresses the family re lationship Congress wrote in the defer ment provision after members voiced fear the allotments provid ed for in the legislation might per suade local draft boards to start drafting men with dependents on the ground fhe payments provided were adequate to maintain the de pendents While the payments are to be considered by draft boards congress emphasized that thev were not to be deemed ly to remove the grounds for de ferment The allotment and allowance provisions apply to men in the army up to and including the rank of line sergeant and in the navy to men up to and including third class petty officers They provide for financial aid to two proups of dependents defined as class A and class B In the former are wives ana children and former vives en titled to alimony in the latter are parents brothers sisters and grandchildren In cases where a service man has class A dependents the de are mandatory and amount to S22 To this the government adds S2f for a wife and uij t ujjw accruals irom one child with S10 additional for June 1 are not payable until next each child after the first for Nov 1 Settle Dispute Over Deliveries of Milk to Minneapolis Homes MINNEAPOLIS UR Mem bers of the Milk Drivers and Dairy Employes union AFL Wednesday ended a fourclay tie up of milk deliveries in Minne apolis when they voted to accept an agreement readied by com pany and union officials The agreement provides for a S2 weekly wage increase retroactive to May 1 and effective until Oct 1 when an additional SI will be ndded The union had asked a 54 weekly raise for drivers Oelwein Man to Tour Town to Collect Rubbei OELWEIN men are going to don overalls here Fri day night in a citywide rubber collection drive They will tour the entire city of 8500 in a fleet of 40 trucks Boy Scouts already have called at nearly all homes reminding residents to have their scrap rubber ready and all per sons having telephones are being reminded again Thanks for Scorch CHICAGO Robert son a Scotsman supplied blood for a transfusion needed by his son Hugh Jr navy lieutenant seriously ill in a Mississippi camp On fathers day he received from Lieutenant Roberlsou the follow ing wire Best wishes and thanks for the extra pint of Scotch child but no wife and SIO for each additional child and no wife A working wife or wife with other income comes under bene fits of the act as well as a wholly dependent wife The deductions for class B de pendents are optional with the service man and amount to 22 monthly if there are no class A dependents and 55 monthly if there are class A dependents The federal payments to class B de pendents are Slo for one parent for two parents and S5 for each brother sister or grandchild designated for aid Administration of tlie legisla tion is vested with the secretaries of the navy and the war depart ment The payments arc effective as of Juno 1 1342 but first pay ments including accruals from CHINESE TRY TO CUT JAP LINES AT KWANGFENG Nipponese Report Strong New Drive in Chekiang Developing BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Chinese dispatches reported Wednesday that Generalissimo Chiang KaiSheks armies had captured two outposts of Japa neseheld Kwangfeng killed or wounded 3000 Japanese and now directly menaced Kwangfeng itself Kwangfeng is an important base supplying Japanese columns driv ing westward into Kiangsi prov ince in eastern China The Chinese said the attack on Kwangfcn was part or a maneuver o cut off the Japa nese army which is attempting to complete its conquest of the important ChekiangK i a n g s I railway leading into central China Only a 50mile stretch remains in Chinese hands Japanese dispatches said that a strong new Japanese offensive was developing in Chekiang prov ince and that Lishui the last airport still in enemy hands in th provincc was almost dcstroyec by aerial assault Tuesday Domei said Japanese troops storming deep into the mountain fastnesses south of Wuyi ara braving torrential rains were making steady progress Wuyi is 23 miles southeast o Kinwha Japaneseheld capital o Chekiang province Lishui is 3 miles south of Wuyi In the meantime Chungking dispatches said Chinas need for more planes and big guns in anticipation of a fullscale clash with the Japanese was believed to have been stressed in recent talks of Chinese Foreign minis ter Dr T V Soong with Presi dent Roosevelt and Primr Min ister Churchill in the United Stales f Observers in the Chinese war time capital said indications wort increasing that Chinas rich Hunai province an important breadbas ket for General Chiangs armies might become the scene of a mijoj ChineseJapanese test of power While the heaviest fighting noi rages in Kiangsi and Chckian provinces in the east the Chines were said lo regard Hunan as more favorable battlefield becaua the Japanese communication line would be stretched thinner Drives Up to Service Station to Get Husband Out of Locked Trunk PARIS Mo tip Mrs R O Bornhouscr drove her car into n service station enlisted aid of the attendant in opening its locked trunk The attendant finally managed to open the out crawled Mr Bornhousor Hed been inside with a flash light trying to fix the lock Ortiz Quits as President of Argentina BUENOS AIRES Roberto M Ortiz ill and inaciivo or nearly two years signed his Wednesday just as the prudently neutral administra ion of Acting President Ramon 3 Castillo announced it was pro csting vigorously to Germany igainst the sinking of an Argen ine ship by a German submarine With in control since Ortiz retired July 3 1940 Argen tina has been steered along cau tious paths anu is the only American republic besides Chile which maintains relations with the axis Ortiz resignation bidding to turn the responsibility for the government over to Castillo in name as well as fact is expected o be received by the senate Wednesday afternoon or evening Ortiz resigned once before Aug 22 1910 in an internal political affair but the resignation was re iected This time reconciled lo his physicians views that his near bit tidness cannol be remedied he already has started to move 1m personal effects from the presi dential mansion Thus Castillo is left with rc snonsibility for the handling of he tense public and diplomatic situation created the sinking of the freighter Rio Tercero off the Atlantic coast of the United States Castillos foreign minister En rique Ruiz Giiinazu announced after a long conference with Cas tillo that a protest was being made to Berlin against the submarine Aggression Foreign office circles said the protest was in most energtic terms and Ruiz Guinazu himsel declared Due to the circumstances this cose deserved most energetic con demnation and consequently the protest will demand full categoric satisfaction because this act is n such a character that it cannot be disregarded in defense of he sov ereignty of the state Sinking of another Argentine ship early in the war was handled amicably Castillos administration expressed assurance that Ger many would make restitution af ter the war and the damaging of another ship recently biough German expressions of regret The new case which has aroused tlic Argentine public maj cause a sharp turn in Argentinas foreign policy Crete Parachutists Seen as Threat CAIRO EGYPT F T obselTevS said expected the next German move in the Libyan Egyptian campaign would be coordinated with a nazi parachute invasion from Crete broken arrow intended to strike behind British lines in Egypt German forces in EgPVan Uioken anew with the SUM canal as an objective Bengasi meanwhile was the points C1S 3 hCaVy raid lhe KAF alone other ROBERTO ORTIZ presidency Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Scattered ligh showers Thursday forenoon slowly rising temperature Wednesday afternoon throng Thursday forenoon IOWA Not quite so cool Wednes day afternoon through Thurs day forenoon except iitth change in temperature in ex treme west portion Wcdncsdi afternoon scattered light show ers Thursday forenoon and ii south and west portion Wednes day night in extreme ives portion Wednesday afternoon MINNESOTA Slowly rising tern pcraturc Wednesday aftcmoo through Thursday forenoon ex cept little change near Lak Superior Scattered light show crs west portion Wcdnesda night and south and west por lions Thursday forenoon IN RIASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 71 Minimum Tuesday niglit 42 At 8 a m Wednesday 6 YEAR AGO Maximum S3 Minimum 51 SUPERIOR NAZI FORCES PRESS ON SEVASTOPOL Reds Declare Nazis Recklessly Hurling Divisions Into Battle MOSCOW Reckless charges by hundreds of nazi tanks followed by infantry have driven i wedge into the red army de enses on tlie Kharkov front in fhe Ukraine and are bringing over jowering strength to bear against he faroutnumbered defenders beieged Sevastopol in the Cri mea the Russians conceded Wednesday At a single poinl on Hie Khar kov front the Germans massed 200 tanks in an onslaught which began on June 22 first anni versary of the German invasion and has been increasing con stantly in fury and force said Russian dispatches from the battlcfront Dispatches to Izvcstia from be sieged and hardpressed Sevasto pol declared tiiat the fight for the important port continues with unabated ferocity and said su perior enemy forces are furiously pressing toward the town The government newspapers account said thousands of German dead littered the battlefields after every attack against the soviet held bastions at which the Ger mans have hurled tanks by the score and infantry in waves At Sevastopol the overwhelm ing force of the German offensive was indicated by a report that the nazis sent divisions of infan try up to to 30000 men and nu merous tanks into tlie attack in a single narrow strip The infantry crept forward under camouflage and through ditches and shell craters behind the tanks hut the Sevastopol earrison managed to establish a flanking fire that checked the enemy Then n counterattack forced the Germans to retreat said the Russian account This apparently was on a pen insula in the bay north of Sevasto pol where the German high com mand claimed Russian remnants were annihilated At another point north ot Se vastopol the Russians mustered the strength to recapture a hill top but the Germans still poured more men and machines into the assault now in its twentieth day On the Kharkov front the story was similar The Germans apparently arc oblivious to immense losses as they throw in ever greater num ber of tanks planes and in fantry but they still have not managed to achieve any real success declared Red Star of ficial army paper While the defenders of the be sieged Crimean port of Sevastopol staved off superior enemy forces in a battle now in its 20th clay thc strong attack in the Kharkov area began Monday and had gained in vigor ever since the Russians said The enemy is supporting his troops with large numbers of air craft raiding many advanced lines of our defenses and he ad joining rear said Red Star Our flyers patrolling over thfi front area are repulsing the enemy in the air They ara greatly assisted by our reinforced antiaircraft defenses The Germans are using bijj tank masses to clear the way for their infantry Tuesday 200 enemy tanks fol lowed by several infantry units attempted to break through in one sector Our roops staunchly mcl the enemys blow Tlic experi ence of previous battles with Germin tanks helped them cor rectly lo organized antitank defense The enemy is sustaining heavy losses in war equipment and man power but continues lo increase the weight of attacks and in one sector succeeded in wedging some what into our defense line Simultaneously the Germans attempted to break through in other sectors bringing into action groups of 20 to 30 tanks each They met with no success however and after stiff engage ments only a few of our units were compelled to retreat and take up new defense lines For the first time the soviet in formation bureau told Wednesday of night combat about the Crimean citadel saying the out numbered red army men marine sailors and guerrillas fought on   

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