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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 22, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVE 0 E S M 0 I N E 5 I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT ASSOCIATED PBESS MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ttASONCITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 22 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS I ii AiCiQ CMVitK tUIVSlbTS OF TWO SECTIONS 0KB NO 140 YANKS BRITISH SQUEEZE ROMMEL Mareth Line REDS CAPTURE DUROVO ADMIT BELGOROD LOSS Russians Report Nazi Forces Unable to Cross Donets River MOSCOW red army has captured the railway town of Durovo 57 miles east of Smolensk on the main line from Moscow and the Russian column driving southward toward the raiJ line from Bcly has made new progress the Russians announced Monday as the battle lor the Donets river line southeast of Kharkov grew in ferocity Durovo was occupied by he the same Rusian force which broke through the German de fenses at Vyazma to crack the nazi salient so Ions pointed theateningly at Moscow The ad vance was made In the face of repeated German counterattacks that cost the Germans heavily in men and material the midday communique said The Russians on the march south of Bely seized two strongly forti fied German positions the com munique said and in one place moved in over the bodies of 275 Germans Alter conceding the loss of Bel gorod 50 miles north of Kharkov Sunday night the Russians re ported Monday they were holding stubbornly east and southeast of the city in the area of Chuguev TheGermanshaye tried repeat edly to cross the Donets river arid continue their advance but each time they have been thrown back by the red army defenders it was said The German high command communique broadcast from Ber lin and recorded by the Associated Press said that Russian attempts to break through the nazi lines southwest ot Vyazma and south of Lake Ladoga were frustrated Sun day y y Laying claim to having in flicted enormous casualties on Ihe Russian forces the com munique declared 270 armored cars had been destroyed since March 18 in the area southwest of Vyazma alone A Finnish war communique broadcast from Berlin said that 36 enemy planes attacked Hel sinki Sunday night One child was injured but there was little ma terial damage said the broadcast recorded by the Associated Press MOHAWKS TO BE FETED TUESDAY Banquet for Champs lo Be Open to Public Mason Citys championship bas ketballsquad including the par ents of the boys on the team will be honored at a banquet Tuesday evening at the Hotel Hanford starting at The affair is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at 77 cents each at the Chamber of Com merce office in the GIobeGazeUe building Jim Harris duration football coach at Ihe University of Iowa will be the guest speaker The tickets may be purchased until noon Tuesday Fuel Oil Users Are Cautioned to Save Ration Identity Stub WASHINGTON office CROWD IAILS CONQUERING HEROES AS MOHAWKS RETURN t f i ors to save the identity stub of thenhealing ration This stub OPA said will be re quired when next winters rations are issued The identity is what is left of the coupon sheet after the coupons have been re moved It contains the code num ber the ration the date of issu ance and expiration the amount of the ration and other informa tion Present plans call for the issu ance of next winters rations early in the summer to permit the fill ing of tanks before told wcalhcr J A Judge Gvimsley said Sun day that he had achieved the dream of all coaches to have a state championship football and basketball team in one year He is shown above sumnnided by the state champion Mason City basketball team on the platform in Central park where they were given a noisy welcome back to Mason City Sunday afternoon of the huge crowd which STORY OiV SPORTS PAGE stamped its feet in the March chili for nearly an hour waitinjr for the privilege of cheering itselt hoarse is shown in the lower picture The team members can be seen on the improvised plattorm a truck standing in front of the poster board m Central park Bob Dull vice president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce which staged the celebration is standingin the cen ter ot the platform with the public address microphone which carried speeches by the coaches and team members to the audience Mayor Arleigh Marshall warmly praised the players and conches The crowd filled Federal avenue in the block fronting the park and one lad even perched in a tree as can be seen in the Picture in order to get a closeup view of ins sports idols Lock photos Kavenay en FORDE WARNS OF NIPPON PLANS Says Japan Decision to Invade Is Intensified By The Associated Tress Australian Army Minister Fran cis Forcie declared Monday Japan was more determined enemy power in the islands on Ihe fringe of the continent The allied victories in the Solomons New Guinea mid Bis marck sea merely intensified Ja pans determination to invade Australia Forde said Jt can only be assumed that when they are ready the Japanese will launch an attack on Australia more ferocious than any yet ex perienced in the Pacific MacArthuvs bombing attacks that jSrowjug more numerous north Australia centered un tack Australia than ever before as C off Dutch New the range of Gen Douglas Mac Arthurs bombing attacks empha sized the growing concentration of Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Slightly warmer Monday afternoon M o n d a y night and Tuesday forenoon Lowest temperature Mason City 8 IOWA a r m c r Monday and Tuesday forenoon MINNESOTA Warmer Monday night and Tuesday forenoon except becoming colder with light snow extreme northwest portion Tuesday forenoon fresh to strong winds Monday after noon and again Tuesday fore noon IN MASON CITY Minimum Sun night I below At 8 a m Monday 2 above YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum 23 The figures for Sunday Maximum Sunday 23 above Minimum Sat night 8 above At 8 a m Sunday 13 above YEAR AGO Maximum 4 Minimum 28 Precipitation JK where bombs dropped around two cargo and a destroyer in convoy off Cape Namaripi Dutch New Guinea where three small mer chant ships and some barges were bombed and strafed At goer in the Kai islands machine gun posts were silenced and two luggers damaged In the area northeast Of Aus tralia a Japanese destroyer was sen limping as a result of iwo bombs hits from an attack in the Solomon sea Other raids were made on Gasmata and Cape Gloucester New Britain and Madaiif and Finschhafcn New Guinea Another enemy ship was left in sinking condition at Borgen bay In one of the periodic tiffs be tween Moscow and Tokio the soviet newspaper Pravda asserted Monday that Japanese newspaper stories thnt a soviet ship in the cast China sea had been sunk by an American submarine were false On March 14 the Tokio radio had quoled four Russian sailors as saving their ship the GOOO ton Kola had been torpedoed by Americans Pravda said the story was not to be trusted In Burma allied bombers con tinued their milk runs over Don balk on the Mayu peninsula north of Akyab liatbedaung in the same area The airfield near Tounguo in central Burma and other tarels including a railway line in a worse m Ihe Katha district but there was no change in the ground posi 2 Gas Attacks by Japanese Claimed in Chinese Dispatch Chungking Says 100 Soldiers Affected British Gain Near Sea on 6 Mile Front By VIKC1L WNKLEY ALLIED HEADQUARTERS North Africa The British ighth army advancing along sixmile front against still enemy pposition has taken all of ils pre liminary objectives in the earlv stages of nu allout offensive to drive the axis from Tunisia front reports said kite Monday Gen Sir Bernard L nionfgom veteran eighth army struck he Mareth line positions Saturday night and Mondays communique said progress was satisfactory and described the fighting ls tierce A terrific aerial assault in which Montgomery used fourcngincd liberator and Hali fax bombers in his favorite echnic of shuttle bombing preceded the ciffhth armys as sault The ground attack beginning in the moonlight Saturday was against a sixmile sector between Medcnine and the sea Late front reports Monday said the Germans had heavily mined the ground and Hie eighth army sappers were clearing the field for the main ad vance Rommel apparently has decided to try to blunt the edge of the eighth armys attack rather than make a stand against the Ameri cans The U S columns were en countering only slight resistance in their march toward the sea but they were proceeding cautiously aware that Rommel the desert fox might have one more trick in his bag m the form of a trap There was nothing subtle about the fighting along the Mareth line itwas an outsndout match with those two old adver the eighth army and the Afnka throwing their best punches Allied pilots controlled the air along the Mareth line All dav Sunday allied bombs rained on German positions and fighter es corts hovered protectively around the biR bombers But resistance from the German air force was so slight that the allied fighter bagged only one enemy a Mcsscrschmitt 109 The eiRhth armys aerial attack was beautifully coordiiialetl with liombiiiRS as far north us Gabes Almost every type of lilane in the allied arsenal joined in the assault The imminence of decisive bat tle was apparent in a message from General Montgomery to Gen Dwight E Eisenhower command crmchief of allied force in worth Africa We all look forward to joininr up with United States forces very shortly and after that we will fin ish off the business very quickly The communique reported i mg was still in progress in the iOmmutee JJecllneS suburbs of Hwaj Second Day of Spring Has Some Aspects of Season for State MOINES second day of spring took on some of the aspects of the season in Iowa Monday Temperatures were ris ing and the weather bureau fore cast gradually warmer reading at least through Tuesday fore noon Higher marks were appre ciated in many parts of the state following a cold night Mason Citv reported the low reading at one below 7cro South of Yangtze River CHUNGKING Japan ul iwajung and the seci have used 00 twice j AP against Chinese Ioops during the support were reported U have Nomination fighting south of the Yangtze riv made repeated thrusts againt Chi vMIHIiailOn IO 1 ncsc positions but all were driven and the ivmv WASHINGTON WtThe ate judiciary committee dcuimcu on a U to tie vote Monday to report favorably President noose Severe cr in llupch province a Chinese Buy War Savings Bonds and Mamps from your GlobcGazctic carrier boy The communiciuc from General issimo Chiang KaiSheks hcad Ituirters gave Ibis version of the Sjs ittacks On the morning of March 11 and the evening of March la a contingent of our forces counter attacked the enemy at Mitoushih The retaliating Japanese resorted to gas attacks More than 100 Chinese of ficers and men were affected suffering skin blisters sore throat vomiting suffocation and slomich pains Those seriously affected fainted Use of these mean tactics by he enemy to camouflage their defeat has been reported on many pre vious occasions is some 30 miles to withdraw toward the cilv with Ihe Chinese in pursuit was reported lo have broken out north of which is 23 miles south of Shisi on Ihe road to ChaiiK teh The Japanese destroyed dykes On Saturdas he Chinese made a fierce attack and killed 100 of the enemy Then on Sun day noon Ihe Chinese broke into Ihe city and drove Ihe enemy out after handlnhand fighting t Three columns of Japanese re inforcements were brought up i one ot which entered Michitsi SIME CHfANG TO TALK CHICAGO rvMme Chiang KaiShek planned a quiet day without any public engagements in order to cunservc her limited velts nomination of James V Alfred former Texas governor as judge of the fifth circuit court of appeals During hearings before the judiciary subcommittee which two weeks ago recommended ap proval of Allred opponents as serted the Texan was nominacd to the circuit court is 1 payoff for resigning s federal district judge to make his unsuccessful race against Senator ODanicl DTex who frequently opposed the administration PLANE CANOPY AIDSATTACKING ALLIED ARMIES Signs Seen That Nazi Desert Fox May Be Retreating Already By CARL f CKANMER Associated Press War Editor American armored forces were rcpoitod within sight of Maknassy only 52 miles from the coast and the British eighth army was of ficially declared to be making progress in penetration of the foi midable Mareth line fortifications Monday in a rapidly unfolding of fensive from south and west in smash Marshal Erwin Rommel and drive the axis from Tunisia Striking in unison uudcr a widespread canopy of planes which blasted at forts KUIV em placements and airfields Americans anJ British were driving to destroy the head of the axis in southern Tunisia and Possibly had forced Rommel to begin already the withdrawal of his German divisions With a swift attack which forced Kalians to flee in such haste as to leave prepared meals of meat balls and spaghetti behind the Amer icans had paved the way for a quick thrust across the Tunisian bottleneck by seizins Scned sta tion Sunday while the longpre pared offensive oi Gen Sir Ber nard L Montgomery was sprung against the Mareth line in the south on Saturday In the north however the Brit ish first army was driven from the station of Ncfsa 17 miles south west of Bizertc and only two miles from the vital allied position ot Djebel Abiod by the intensified operations uf German Ccncrat Jurgen von Arniin The possibility that Rommel was withdrawing his German di visions was suggested by a Ger man high command communique which said strong British and American forces had attacked Italian positions in south and central Tunisia Heretofore Rom mel has always left Italians as his rearguard when beginning a Signalizing the start of the loiiffprcparcd offensive allied headquarters announced that Gen Bernard I Montgomerys forces were making satisfactory progress in their efforts to pene trate the touffh defenses of the Marcth dcsert line in the south and that American troops in the central Tunisian sector had scored several successes Dispatches from Ihe front said American infantry under an ad vancing curtain of artillerv fire had crossed some of the greatest natural military defenses in the world m n clavntodiisk thrust Sunday from E Guetar This plunge through the hills placed forward elements le than 70 enI miles from the Pert of Cubes Capturing from 1000 lo 1100 Italians the Americans under command of Lieut Gen George S Patlon Jr were reported dashing on toward Cabcs whenthey would throttle Marshal Uommcl by blocking his supply lines American casualties in the oper ation were surprisingly source said they numbered no more than ambulances shuttled from the front lo base hospitals all day carrying axis wounded Other dispatches said the American armored and motorized WASHINGTON easy on Ihe butter boys and girls its all you get this week Retail sales were halted by the government last midnight and will not be resumed until rationing starts next Monday Sales of margarine lard and other edible fats and oils which will go under point rationing along with meats and cheeses next Week also were frozen for the period Restaurants are not affected by Sales Halted thc order and may continue to ob tain butter and other foods from Iheir wholesalers Mayonnaise and olher salad dressings arc not rationed and hence are not included in the sales freeze The office of price administra tion said its sudden action was de cided on because stocks now on nand are not large enough to support heavy buying during the one week remaining before ra tioning V The retail sales freeze said OPA tloei not apply lo any of the cheeses or meats involved in the new rationing plan and sales of these foods will continue as usual between now and March 23 Sales of canned fish and canned meat which were frozen Feb IS will continue to be suspended un til rationing starts The order was announced al 3 p m caslcrn war time Sunday lo the corner delicatessen found the butter department empty The one week freeze said the announcement will allow store keepers to obtain supplies so as to be in a position to make ration sales against red stamps from war ration book two on Monday morn ing March 29 On Wednesday OPA will an nounce the point values for the articles in the new ration Iki The flamingballlefront Tunisia is shown in the above map The British arc assaulting the Marcth line while Americans have advanced 4 in a tlirusi niniorl CMC milieu   

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