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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 15, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             DEPARTMENT OF H ISTORY AflCH 1 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSrAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION iirnm VOL XL1X ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LKASED WISES FIVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JULY 15 1843 THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIOt SECTION ONE NO 239 HURL BACK NAZI TANKS IN SICILY Jaws of Allied Clamp Bite Deeper Into Eastern Part of Isle ALLIED TROOPS CLOSING IN ON JAPS AT MUBO Offensive Designed to Pin Nipponese Back to Salamaua in New Guinea ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN SOUTHWEST PACIFIC IP r t American arid Australian troops 1 in the New Guinea theater key I ing their attack to the continuing I allAmerican drive against Munda 1700 miles to the east are closing in on Japanese positions in the IMubo area for decisive action I This new offensive announced iiu a special statement from Gen leral Douglas MaeArthurs heacl f quarters was said by an officia to be designed to clea longcontested Mubo zone o enemy troops and pin toe Jap Janese back to their lines arounc Jsalamaua on the eastern Guinea shoreline 12 miles to Ih north As a preliminary success the allied forces captured Green Hill one ot the key slrong voints in the Mubo defense sys tem following continued pres sure against Japanese positions from both ground andair the announcement said Since July 3 allied air power in the northeastern New Guinea theater has concentrated on bomb ing and strafing the supply lines Heavy Movement of Cattle to Market to Give More Beef Brown Says Corn to Remain at Present Level ot Quotations WASHINGTON Ad ninistnitor Prentiss Brown pre icted Thursday that beefhungry ivilians will receive increased upplies us the result of a heavy movement of livestock to market nd said the pleasure driving ban n the east will be lifted for A ard holders as soon as possible Brown also told a piess confer ence 1 The price of corn will remain at present levels He said corn is now moving to market under the nesent price regulation now that uncertainty has been eliminated by the house agriculture commit tees refusal to require higher prices as proposed by the senate 2 There is no present move to jlace ceiling at the live animal level on beef because OPA wants to give the industry every chance to work out the problem and a beef ceiling would be most diffi Uses Powder Puff to Put Insecticide on Tomato Plants WASHINGTON justice department official is telling this one on his wife The wife bought an insecticide to repel invaders from her vic tory garden Unable to get a spray that would handle the powder she carefully dusted the repellant on each leaf of her tomato plants with a powder puff Neighbors gave her nail scis ors in preparation for the har est cult to work out 3 He now is discussinc with Food Administrator Marvin Jones a proposed maximum price on live hogs but declined to predict whether it would be put into ef between Salamaua and Mubo Now apparently allies i grouped in force are prepared to overwhelm the Mubo garrison and thus remove one of the last major barriers tothe capture or Sala maua itself and its neighboring base pi Lae Allied patrols were reported en gaged in intermittent clashes with the Japanese north of Salus lake which is only seven miles south Salamaua the center of enemy strength in New Guinea The pattern of now launched by the allies at Mubo followed closely hat al ready unfolding before the Japa nese airbase of Munda on New Georgia island in the central Salomon X 3A tf Both had their precedents in the campaigns ot last winter to elim inate the enemy from Buna New Guinea and from Guadalcanal The Munda action at least had even greater hopes for quick suc cess The Japanese defenders ot Bxma who faced a less formidable American air lorce prolonged the fight with men and supplies sneaked to them at night on coastal barges The enemy tried the barge method Wednesday in the Munda sector with dire results Our alert Mitchell bombers one of several categories of planes now on hand hi considerable strength spotted two big enemy barges feet 4 The oil situation is better the war demand remaining the un certain factor in the situation Brown said lie had always opposec the pleasure driving ban and unless absolutely necessary1 feeling that A card holder should be permitted to use thei small rations as they see fit Th pleasure driving ban in the north eastern states wall be lifted as soon as buChotders B C and T books must continue to use then rations for specific purposes Brown declined to discuss background and reasons behind a statement by his onetime close friend Lou R Maxon who quit Wednesday night as deputy ad the assertion that Houdini himself could not untangle OPAs red tape Brawn said it would add nothing to the war effort abroad nor the peace effort on the home front to discuss the personalities involved but he answered spe cific charges made by the De troit advertising executive To the question Has OFA a policy Brown replied It has It is clear and unmis takable Its policy is to bend every effort to comply with the direction of the stabilization act and maintain the general rela tionship and levels of prices and Time Getting Shorter for Kiska Drive By JOHN M HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON time for an American offensive against the Japanese base on Kiska island in the north Pacific is growing short Responsible opinion here is that the strategic base is to be recaptured from the enemy this year weather conditions make it essential that operations begin as soon as possible An amphibious attack on Kis ka where the Japanese have elaborate defense installations an unfinished airfield and a force estimated as high as 10000 men wcjild be a logical follow up to I of AXIS U S soldiers tight survey the fivst contingent ol axis pris oners returned from the battle of Sicily The war department ordered the blotting out of the prisoners faces Associated Press photo by radio from TJ S signal corps Russians Smash Ahead in Drive Against Orel AJong 2 Wide Fronts f Attu and a halt ago 1 LONDON when it will be made is a high command secret which the bombbattered outflanked Kiska garrison may try to figure out as best it can mer offensive of the war against the German salient an chored briOrel1 announced that it had smashed two great gapsin the nazi lines upto 27 miles and killed more than 12000 enemy troops A special red army communi que broadcast from Moscow 11 days after the Germans undertook The basic elements with which nejr unsuccessful drive on the Ihe American commanders have to work have been put on the record however and in the ab sence of more recent official in formation on the subject are cur rently arousing intense specula tion here Possibly the most important of these considerations is the weath er in the Aleutians area which is nevergood ami at this season is above strait them Munda in the Btackett Their bombs destroyed 4 RANGERS TAKE 42 ITALIANS Charge Heavily Mined Beach Fight Briefly ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA American rangers charging a heavilymined beach at Gela dur ing the American operations there captured 52 Italian officers in one building after a short fight Amer ican observers reported Thursday i The ranger detachment landed at one of Ihe most heavily dc I fended points on the south Sicil jjl jan coast Saturday German mines type which jump four feet in the air on contact and spray fragments over i wide been thickly sown by the enemy But the American spearhead wages as of Sept 15 In cooperation with the other agen cies we are aiming at that goal There has been a six per cent rise since Sept 15 with a one per cent decline the last month We have hoped for a further decline when the current figures are released To Masons statement thai some people in OPA think the govern ment should take over manufac ture and distribution of all com modities Brown said I have never heard any such proposals by any individual and certainly there is absolutely no intention on the part of this of fice to undertake any such con trol Price administration oper ates under law The life of the agency expires on June 30 ID1 and can only be renewed by con gressional enactment There is nothing to this charge Brown said he has no inten tion of resigning so lout as the president wants him to remain although he personally would like nolhins better than to re turn to his Michigan home He formally announced ap pointment of Chester Bowles OPAs state administrator for Connecticut as the No 2 official of OPA Bowles will become senior deputy administrator and steadily going from bad to worse By October sleet storms and bliz zards are added to the common place fog rain and 100 mile an hour winds Presumably any campaign for tliis year wpulc be planned with u view to smashing Japanese resistance before that time The battle of Attu required about three weeks beginning on May 11 The enemy force there numbered only about 3000 men and defenses were not nearly so well developed as on Kiska The alternative to an attack this year is to let the Japanese suffer the ravages of anoihei rough Aleutians winter with fcv if any supplies reaching them They can be bombed repeatedly when weather permits the near est American airbase on Amcliit ki island being only 63 naulica miles away Already they virtuallyblockaded with Amchit ka on one side and Atlu on Ih other 173 nautical miles to Ih northwest despite enemy machinegun fire crossed the deadly shore strip and Bowles a sort of general manager for the organization Asked Bowies business back ground Brown laughed and re plied Bowles was like Muxoti He was an advertising manI His firm is Bcnton and Bowles New 1OWAN TAKES PART LONDON Sgt wood Wicgand of Spirit Lak Iowa was among United Stal airmen who participated in Amor can bombing sweeps over Franc Wednesday He is a tail gunner relBelgorod front said the at eking soviet forces had cap urcd more than 110 inhabited aces and more than 2000 pris ners in three days of violent ghting north and cast ot Orel he hinge of the southern and entra fronts Two thousand Germans ware apturcd east of Orel md 12000 illed the announcement said Tn the Ihrecday drive the oinimmique said the district ccn cr of UJynnovo and the large icpulated places of Staritsa Sor kino Molnovo Budorovsky Lu nily Protivno Shvanovo Yagod nayu Yclcnsk and Klcn were apturcd north of Orel East of Orel the red army oc cupied the large populated places of Yazhik Orlovka Vysokoye obednoye Sykuhka and Brezo vykh In the course of the offensive Ihe German 56th 262nd and 293rd infantry divisions were routed ilong with the fifth ami 18th tank divisions it was said MOSCOW Sta lins powerful red armies have halted the attacking Germans everywhere in the Belgorod sec tor and have dislodged them from several positions with local coun terattacks which ire gaining mo mentum daily dispatches from the Russian front said Thursday The Germans meanwhile linve discontinued their attacks alto gether on the other end ol the Kursk salient where they tried in vain to breach the Orel sector At the same time the red air force resumed its night opera tions with a fierce attack en the Orel railway junction The German Thursday com munique said numerous attacks and counterattacks were reported in continued heavy fighting on the Orel and Belgorod sectors but made no claim of any nazi ad vances The communique said that weather conditions were vapidly letcriorating and asserted thit so iet counterattacks were being aunchcd with weaker forces than on previous days The enemy was repulsed everywhere with heavy osscs the communique added and it listed 336 soviet tanks and 0 plnncs destroyed by the Ger man air force Wednesday Boating Trip for Chicago Family of 4 Ends With Tragedy CHICAGO Edward mother and tw young sailing iu the 35foot yawl in Lake Michiga Wednesday night for the firs tune this summer ThcyWwe hiding a gay tmi amusingthemselves by throwing a small buoy into the water and recovering itOnce when ii drifted out of reach ihc father Fred 49 put a life jacket on his 3roimgcst son Djiniel 9 and dropped him into the water to retrieve it But when Daniel began drifting away from the boat Edwards leaped into the lake to rescue him He lired however and called for aid from his wife and their son William 11 They threw him a life jacket and a they fell short and Edwards drowned Meanwhile Mrs Libbie Ander son who was in a boat nearby rescued Daniel and then towed the Edwards craft into harbor Coust guardsmen failed to rccov Think Major Fight May Be Shaping Up LONDON mili tary observers after reading Thursdays allied and enemy com muniques from tUe Sicilian fight ing fronts expressed the opinion that a major battle might be shaping up on one or both flanks ot the allied advance into the is land Although there was no hint that the allies hid encountered a set back at any point it was not thought in London that the axis had yet been smashed enough to remove the possibility of the Ger ans and Italians making a stiff and soon or counterattacking in rength Gen Sir Bernard L Montgom rys eighth army was known to e encountering German armor or the first time as it edged into Catania plain The impression ere was that General Montgom rys force consisted mainly oj oops placed under his command nice the fighting in north Africa nded with many of his veteran attle toughened units of the des rt campaign standing by for vhalevcr jobs may be coming up The most cheering news from nformed quarters in London was hat the enemys air effort over Sicily had dwindled by half since he first days tUe invasion anc hat the axis might soon be fprcec to abandon both the strategically valuable Catania and Gcrbini ai fields er Edwards body GIVEN E AWARD MARSH ALLTOWN IP The Fisher Governor company makers oT automatic controls for fluids was awarded the armynavy E flag Wednesday for its production achievements on war contracts Deputy Collector Has No Car Use Stamp SALT LAKE CITY Among owners of automobiles tagged by U S internal revenue department employes for failure to have auto use tax was stamps on windshields A deputy collector internal revenue department SUPPLY ISSUE LARGELY MET Nimitz Says Initiative to Stay in Our Hands PEARL HARBOR T II Problems supply and reinforce ment for Americas fighting men in the Pacific have been over come in large measure says Ad miral Chester W Nhnil and with forces of all our services co ordinating their operations most successfully the initiative is cer tain to remain in American hands The commandcrinchicf of the Pacific fleet made his encourag ing report Tuesday in ceremonies held aboard a submarine to hon or members or the fleets sub marine and air personnel for val or and distinguished accomplish ment New ships and plynes and troops trained and fully equipped for battle now ave coming into the Pacific in satisfying numbers to insure our retaining the initia tive Nimitz said our submarines continue their destruction of ene my Japan can ill afford to lose much of it within gun range of important Japanese bases BRITISH DEFEAT ARMORED UNITS IN PUSH NORTH Americans Capture Another Airdrome and Important Heights ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA jaws of an allied clamp have taken a deeper bite on eastern Sicily after a Curious battle in which the British eighth army hurled back a powerful counterattack by nazi armored forces head quarters reports said Thursday The greatest advance was scored y a combined Ameri can Cai dian and British force in the i nter where a of six or n miles was made in the RaeusaViziini sector on a line parallel with the British east coast push Led by Lt Gen George S Pal ton Jr the Americans on the west Hank dug into the difficult mountains marking up a gain about lour miles capturing an other important airfield and tak ing important heights Another Italian genera com manding the 54th Napoli division surrendered with his staff south of Vizzini Vizzini is about 25 miles west and slightly south ot captured Augusta and about the same distance northeast of Gtla Hurling itself forward against sterner resistance the Britiih eighth army of L Montgomery droye v town ofBrucoli north ofthe port ot Augusta after weathering a crisis Wednesday in which Ihe German armored forces mounted a powerful counterat tack and actually reached the harbor at one time A British brigade in the strate gic harbor city under allied domi nation since Monday evening was isolated temporarily by the furious enemy thrust but the British counter attacked and drove on to Brucoli Thursdays Gen Dwight D headquarters said communique from Eisenhowers the British Buy War Savincs Bomis and Stamps from your GlobeGazelle carrier boy Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy quickly began mopping up the Hamm who left OPA in June tovn itself i Hamm was lop assistant to for i mer Administrator Leon Hender son Brown said he could not predict when the pleasure driving ban might be lifted in the northeast MEXICANS WIIX HELP STORM LAKE if Between 300 and 400 Mexican nationals will begin work in this area Aug 10 de tasseling com for the Dekalb Agri rultxua Association Inc plant here Hie company has announced They will be brought hert from Billings Mont would be taken if it be came apparent that it would result in increased supplies in he east and equalizing of the unfair burden on the Atlantic seaboard Immediately after Browns con ference OPA announced that sell ers of womens rayon hosiery MO longer will be required to mark hosiery as grade A or grade B The hosiery grading order was one ot the OPA actions to which took particular exception The change in the hosiery regulation will not however pro hibit any person Irom marking the hosiery with grade symbols or from continuing to sell hosiery enf state but said prospects for so marked but will leave the will succeed John good Asked Ihe prospects of fur ther gasoline restrictions in the Brawn Mid such getting more gasoline arc very choice in the hands of the seller All other marking requirements including ceiling price and gauge or needle count will continue in force Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Thursday forenoon and Thursday night thundcrshowers Friday fore noon IOWA Warmer Thursday after noon and Thursday night Scat tered thnndcrshowers beginning north and west portions Friday forenoon MINNESOTA Warmer Thursday night cooler northwest portion Friday forenoon Scattered thundershowers extreme north west portion Thursday night and northwest and extreme west portions Friday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 83 Minimum Wednesday night 55 At 8 a m Thursday 61 YEAR AGO Maximum 74 Minimum S9 Precipitation 23 lAazar SICILY Potto Imped ocle tttfittnfnton SM T Coomoir m ALLIES GAIN ON POTH S forces on the western wing A of the allied drive into Sicily have captured Naro and the Corniso and Ponte Olivo air bases On the eastern flank the British were reported on the outskirts of Catania Warships sym bols supported the land forces Black line approximate present front gained some miles Wednesday and that Augusta was now firmly in allied hands military sources said the bat tle at Augustq began at dawn when the German tanks hit the British line and broke through temporarily But Montgomery immediately reformed his lines and by noon not only had knocked the Germans hack bat had taken Brucolt and Melilli six miles to the southwest as well This concerted assault by enemy forces in which the crack German nivnored Hermann Goering divi sion look part indicated that the Italian and Gorman commanders had shifted the bulk of their forces rom positions confronting the nicricans in order to block the ritish path up Ibc cast coast Tlic Goeiing outfit previously id received a bad mauling at the ands ot the Americans Consequently heavier opposi on is cxpeetctl along the route f the eighth army and the latest evelopments indicated that the xis commanders have firmly de dcd to commit their main forces battle to hold the British and anadians below Catania 35 miles p the coast from Augusta Italian divisions too were reported makiiif a more de termined show of resistance T However new waves of British and American parachute and troops had carried Dut what the communique called successful operations and it was liscloscd thai units of the French irmy which arc now operating in he battle onc are Goums the terrorinspiring pigtailed war riors who fought so effectively along the Mediterranean coast in Tunisia The Germans are believed to have concentrated considerable strength including tanks and ar tillery at the town of Lenlini 13 miles south of Catania and at a road junction where the Catania plain begins Hard fighting can be ex pected before the capture of takes place it was saMI This center of resistance is about five miles from the evast An NBC correspondent in a radio report from a British cruiser off eastern Sicily t   

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