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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 3, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMP T OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES S I 0 I N E 5 I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED FHESS AND UNITED WIESS FUUj LEASED VIIRES VIVE CENTS A COPy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JULY 3 1942 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 227 BRITISH STRIKING FURIOUSLY AFTER DRIVING AXIS NITIAL RETREAT o it Rommel s Forces Withdraw After Fierce Tank Fight at Night C f V s BELIEVE FORCE OF NAZI DRIVE ON KURSK EBBS Offensive Spending Itself on Savage Russ BULLETIN LONDON Mos cow broadcast Friday that al though full details were not available on the great lank hattles raging on the Kursk front preliminary information indicated the German offensive there was spending itself on the savage resistance of the soviet defenders Suspect 2 North Iowa Soldiers in Rollie Kidnaping AUSTIN Minn Pi Federal and slate authorities Friday after noon turned their attention to two northern Iowa soldiers AWOL from tlie army as suspects in the abduction Margaret Rollie 1C near Decorah Iowa late Tuesday One of the two Mower county authorities said knew the Rollie girl and both were acquainted around Hesper Iowa where the girl lived Margaret is still miss ing RECHECK CLUES ON KIDNAP CAR AUSTIN Minn ing one suspect an army deserter sheriffs of Mower and Fillimore counties looked for new clues Fri day for two uniformed men who fled with 16 year old Margaret MOSCOW of ttw most savage battles of the war is j Rollie Tuesday night after raging on the Kursk sector of tha bing her escort of S35 and his car southern front where German tanks forced a strategic river bar rier after losing thousands 01 men and hundreds of tanks and gims the army newspaper Red Star said 1 Friday The enemy tanks were at tacker by Russian armored forces and the engagement is slill in progress the Red Star said The banks of the river already were strewn with thousands of German dead hun dreds ol tanks and the wreckage of many guns the newspaper said The newspaper said that fight ing m the streets of Sevastopol continued but that the whole sit uation on the southern front is growing more tense and the 7nag nitude of hostilities is mounting daily Heavy fighting also was report ed on the Kharkov front in the Volchansk region where the Red Star said that ceaseless German attacks succeeded in piercing the soviet defenses at a few places but ultimately the enemy was driven back with high losses including several dozen tanks and armored cars wrecked on a field littered with German corpses The German communique claimed that a 180mile hole had been hammered into the Russian southern front and that 50000 prisoners were taken at Sevastopol At some points the Russians have seized the initiative in counterattacks that recaptured villages and in other ground is changing hands constantly Ihc Red Star said Several enemy regiments have reportedly lost 50 per cent of their effectives Forcing the river barrier oc curred during a fiveday battle in which the Germans were re pulsed repeatedly The enemy then moved up fresh mecha nized columns supported by strong air squadrons some of which had just been transferred from Crete the newspaper said The Germans have lost so heav ily that they are now throwing in second line troops dispatcher reported Dispatches to the communist party organ Pravda revealed for the first time the magnilure of the German drive around Kursk 275 miles below Moscow On the first day of the offen sive the Russians destroyed 222 German tanks Thursday the fifth day of the Germans hurled hundreds of tanks and masses of infantry and aircraft at the Russians on the mam sector of the front the dis patch asserted 3 The Russians fighting at close quarters and often against su perior force1 held their ground and inflicted such losses that the Germans had to feed secondline men into the battle These forces the dispatch said were constantly under the fire of soviet tanks and unable to ma neuver or dig in Russian counterattacks re gained several inhabited points and many villages repeatedly changed hands Reinforcements of Adolf Hit leripet SS brigades were re ported to have been routed while the red air force Thursday de stroyed 130 German motor trans ports many tanks and antiair ncar Decorah Iowa Outside of the fact that the car was seen speeding west of Mabel in Fillimore county Tuesday night no trace of it or the girl has developed and authorities ex pressed alarm over the girls fate A 21 year old Austin army de serter who was originally sought for questioning has been eliminat ed from the case Sheriff Vic Wubbels of Fillimore county said This was the only clue that had developed Search of the country side was being conducted on Hie theory the fugitives had hidden out in abandoned farm buildings At Decorah officers sought to reclieck possible clues in the pur ported kidnaping There was the report to he slate bureau of investigation that a soldier and a girl had been seen hitchhiking west out of Fort Dodge late Thursday At the time of the alleged ab duction Miss Rollie reportedly was ennuitc to a dance near De corah with Orville Salveson 30 year old Hesper Iowa farmer Salveson said he offered the two men a ride and then they ordered him to drive on to a side road where they took his money and his car and fled taking the gir with them Miss Rollie daughter of Mr and Mrs Julius Rollie of Hesper will be a junior in the high school next year in Mabel Minn She has three sisters and two brothers One brother Harold is serving with American forces overseas A sister Mrs Alfred Sanders lives in Hesper and the others live in Minneapolis REPORTS ON MAX WHO ESCAPED MARSHAL AUSTIN Minn SUR A 16 yearold Austin girl told police Friday that Laverne Sherburne 21 was shot Wednesday night by a Mabel Minn town marshal who had sought to question him about the kidnaping of a girl ncar Decorah Iowa Police said the Austin girls story eliminated Sherbume as a suspect in the kidnaping She told authorities she met him at Rush ford Minn where lie sought medical treatment of an ankle wound She said she did not know his present whereabouts The Mabel marshal fired nt Sherburne and another man be lieving they might have informa tion about the kidnaping Police said Sherburne was wanted on a charge of passing worthless checks craft men batteries and killed 1300 BIGGEST BATTLES IN YEARS RAGE Hitlers summer offensive ap peared to be developing quickly as probably the biggest battles of the years raged in the 150 miles between Kursk and Kharkov areas At least three German parallel spearheads were jabbing eastward toward railroads and rivers vital soviet but apparently much success against Semyon Timoshenkos to the without Marshal troops The Germans paying no heed to losses hurled masses of men tanks and planes against the Rus sians in a series of synchronized massive blows The Auk and Fox Match Wits i i i zy Gen Sir Claude Auchinleck fieklMarihal JtrwinSammel Apparently hoping to hold Nazi Field Marshal Envin Rommels German and Italian dmsons along a line extending southward from El Alamein indicated on the map above Gen fanClaude Auchinleck is pouring all available allied forces into the intensifyiriE bat fZ irP r t was Rommels forces wore thrown backward Success of the allies would prevent the axis from gaining control of the Suez canal the big Al exandria naval base and the entire eastern Mediterranean Auchinleck is pictured upper Jell Rommel at upper right To Hold 1942 North Iowa Fair Exposition on Labor Day Holidays Set The North Iowa fair will be held this year The 1942 fair however will be the last for the duration of the war That was the decision of the board of directors of the North Iowa Fair association after a lengthy study of the situation growing out of the request of Jo seph B Eastman defense trans portation director that fairs be cancelled out as far as possible The board based its decision which was reached without a dissenting vote on two import ant reasons President Charles W Gasswinl pointed out In the first place the dates of the 1942 fair Sept 3 4 5 6 and 7 are on the Labor day weekend when it has become customary to take trips We believe that the North Iowa fair on these dates will give 30000 people in Mason City incentive for staying home and that more people will actually travel less distances with the fair than without it Mr Gassivint stated Secondly contracts for amuse ments at the fair were signed last February at which time Secre tary of Agriculture Claude R Wickard was urging fair associa tions to go ahead and hold their expositions Advertising had been purchased and premium books printed by the time the Eastman request was made Because of these commitments the fair association has already incurred a tremendous expense Mr Gasswint added It was also pointed out at the directors meeting that the Friday and Saturday before Labor day are traditional shopping days bringing many families to Masoii City It will not add perceptibly to the rubber consumption lo have these people visit the North Iowa fair A number of county fairs throughout Iowa have voted to hold their expositions particular lyafter the Eastman request was qualified to the extent that local fairs which draw patrons to nor mal shopping centers would not add to the wear and tear on tires The program for the fair this year is an outstanding one It includes Two days or worlds champion ship dirt track racing with Emory Collins Eddie Nicholson and other auto speed aces Tivo afternoons and an evening of rodeo shows with 75 cowboys and cowgirls and many carloads of livestock brought here by Clyde S Miller A thrill day with Jimmv Lynchs Death Dodgers tops in their haz ardous profession and headed by Jimmy Lynch in person Three evening performances by BarnesCaruthers state fair revue VOTE TO HOLD DAIRY CONGRESS WATERLOO After a ques tion had risen as to whether Ihc show would be held because of transportation conditions direc tors of the Daily Cattle congres and National Belgian horse sho announced Friday lhat the 194 exposition would be held Sept rlT as scheduled The action was taken It was said afler carefui considera tion of a statement by Joseph B Eastman director of defense transportation that holding of fairs and shows must be left to the judgment of the locality in volved A livestock exhibitors circui has been arranged so that the con gress will fit in with other show to reduce transportation require ments it was explained Directors said that six state fairs in this area from which live stock usually comes here as well as most county fairs in Iowa and other central states will be Allies Seize Initiative in Desert Fight By DE WITT MACKENZIE Wide World War Analyst With exceeding caution one ob serves that latest reports from airo indicate easement of the illieci position in the bloody battle for Egypt as the result of a sud den seizing of the initiative by the British in ji fierce counterat tack against the axis flanks This action is said to have thrown hack Nazi Field Mar shal Rommels main assault affainst the British position at El Alamein with severe losses and to have forced him to fall liack to the west The imperial posi tions were left holding firmly This is encouraging in that it ihovvs the British finally have ac quired the reinforcements neces sary for a counter stroke It is even more encouraging to see that Allied Commander General Sir Claude Auchinleck was on his toes and ready to seize the opportu nity However we must remem ber that the battle isnt yet fin ished that Rommel is one of the most resourceful leaders of our time and that our danger is still terribly grave This counferotlack a bril liant tactical move by the canny Scotsman in whose hands the fate of Egypt rests It was one of those fastthinking actions for which Rommel himself has become fa mous What happened apparently was this to judge from very in complete accounts thus far re ceived The battle front lay roushly north and south be tween El Alamein on the coast and the great Qaflara depres sion some 35 miles down In the desert The British line was an chored at El Alamein Rommel decided to make his main attack on the British con centration in the neighborhood of El Alamein with the idea of crushing the defenders in a swift frontal thrust and opening a di rect route to the great naval base of Alexandria some 05 miles fur ther east The German comman der launched his assault flinging into it all available forces As a result the British suddenly found the pressure cased on their left flank near the Qattara de pression Auchinleck forthwith flung a counterattack against this enemy flank and started lo roll the axis forces back At the same time lie made another coun terstroke against Rommels northern wing and this too met success With both his flanks roll ing back there was nothing for Rommel lo do but pull his army out oC the trap which was devel oping V Obviously this is only a phase of the conflict and the battle may have been resumed in full force again even as this is hcinsr written One thing is made clear in despatches from the front it is a fiehf lo a finish between Rommel the nazi and Auchinleck the Scotsman Either Ihc allies or the axis will lake a murderous beating We arent told of course the strength of the reinforcements which Auchinleckhas received in men and equipment but appar ently it has been very consider able The allies still claim superi ority in the air despite German reinforcements and the American and British air forces working in conjunction are reported to have been giving Rommels supply bases and attenuated communi cations a fierce blasting As pre viously pointed out these lengthy supply lines are one of the Ger man commanders weaknesses one Auchinleck is fortunate to have such an air fleet in support held CAXCFI FAIR IV CLAV COUXTV SPENCER of the Clay county fair announced Iri VIOLENT BATTLE IS RAGING WEST OF EL ALAMEIN By ROGER D GREENE Associated Tress War Editor Britains Egyptian armies clashed with the axis in violent battle west of El Alamein again Friday after driving Field Marshal Envin Rommels Africa corps into at least tempo retreat in the three day old battle ol the bottleneck Dispatches from the front said the British rallying at the eleventh hour were striking furiously at the axis invaders Details were lacking as to whether Rommel had returned after withdrawing Thursday night or whether the British seizing the initiative were pursuing the axis forces A bulletin from British imperial headquarters said Rom mels army withdrew to the west leaving our positions in after a fierce tank bat tle Thursday evening at El Alamein less than 70 miles west oC Alexandria Dispatches said the Or manI t a 1 i a n mechanized armies retreated three or four miles to regroup aft er the initial repulse Italian headquarters Thursday claimed the capture of El Ala mein which was described as the last British stronghold guarding Report AEF Fighting at El Alamein STOCKHOLM troops arc fighting with Ihc Brit ish Imperial army at E Alamein in Egypt the Berlin correspond ent of the newspaper Allehanda reported Friday ciuoting German advices from Egypt The dispatch said the troops were members of the First American Expeditionary and were several thousand strong anil excellently equipped There were rumors several days ago that U S armored forces had landed in the middle east and would shortly go into battle against the axis in Egypt but they never were confirmed Fridays reports originated in Berlin and conceivably were disseminated by the German military in hopes of drawing enlightening comment from a united nations source Sub Attacks Puerto Limon Costa Rica SAN 1OSE Costa Rka submarine attacked Puerto Limon Friday night presumably with its deck gun sinking vessel the San Pablo which was rt clock disclKUgiug its cargo the great Alexandria naval base Frontline dispatches said the twilight tank battle in the desert the first major setback for General Rom mels armies in their sweep toward the Nile climaxed bitter allday righting in which the invader launched a general nltncl ngainst E Ala mein Our mobile and armored forces counter allackci the enemy flanks a British com nuiniiiue said inflicting such heavy losses that Rommel called a retreat Throughout the battle our light bombers fishier bombers and fighters were employed in increasing numbers and heavily attacked enemy southwest of El British said concentrations Alamein the Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Xot much change in temperature Friday after through Saturday fore noon noon IOWA Not much change in tem perature Friday after noun t h r o u g h Saturday forenoon Light showers extreme south cast portion in early afternoon MINNESOTA Not much change in temperature Friday after noon through Saturday forenoon except somewhat cooler ex treme Fouth portion Kriclav aft ernoon and Friday night Scat tered light showers Friday afl rrnoon rncl Friday night and Saturday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday Minimum in Night At 8 a m Friday Italys high command locating the scene of battle as southeast of El Alnmcin asserted Hint more British troops had been capluveri and declarer axis operations were developing fa j vorably The British ccmmmmiue re porting Uic GermanItalian in vaders hail withdrawn west of KI Alamein disputed the axis claim Thursday lhat Rom mels forces hail broken through tliK main British position Alamein is the northern anchor of the 35mile British line protecting the bottleneck gate way to Alexandria The line ex tends from the Mediterranean coastal escarpment to the deso late Qntiara salt sink Bolstered by very consider able reinforcement w h i c h 75 65 day they had decided to accede to the request of Defense Transpor tation Administrator Joseph B Eastman and deferred the event here for the duration of the war The Clay county fair was one of the largest in the middle west drawing an attendance of about 175000 during its six days last year Part of he fairgrounds here is i occupied by an army air school YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum TO PRESS EARLY The Mason City Globe Gazette will go to press early on July 4 The business office wilt be open until 2 oclock in the afternoon Prime Minister Churchill an nounced Thursday were arriving at the front Gen Sir Claude Auchinleclcs imperial armies were said to bo throwing every thing they had into Ihc struggle to save Ksypt nul perhaps tie entire middle cast Disnatrhts from flic front even hinteii lhat General Rom mel known as Ihc fox of the desert may have fallen into as ncal a Iran as lie ever de vised for the British These dispatches said a flying column of British tank and mo bile artillery swept arouml Rom mels right flank in surprise thrust and encircled the cnemv It was not immediately clear whether this mcreiy a light harassing force to slash at Rom mels vital lines of communica tion or a fullscale encirclement maneuver If the latter it would appear that General Auchinleck had otitfoxed fov draw ing Rommel deep into the coastal bottleneck and then cutting off the escape loute to the west Withdrawal of R o m m e s heavy mechanized columns through the Qattara salt marsh es would be virtually im possible