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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 24, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DCS KOIKES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH iOWANS NEIGHBORS XL1X ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED FIVE CENTS HOME EDITION irnnri LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JULY 24194 ith FastMoving Yanks in Sicily U S BOMBERS BLAST NORWAY FOR FIRST TIME Large Formations Make Round Trip of 1200 Miles Good LONDON United States bombers attacked Norway for the first fime by daylight Sat urday an official U S headquar ters communique announced i Large formations of big planes flfew a round trip ol farther than if raiding carrying out the assault alonj the east coast less than 100 miles south of Oslo The communique did not specify the targets Neither did the bulletin an nounce the plane losses if anv The principal target however was reported to be a factory at Heroya on the Langesunds Fjord a mile and a half south of Porgs grunn The factory was said to manu facture aluminum nitrates and magnesium for the nazi war ma chine and important supplies of synthetic cryolite essential in the manufacture of aluminum Pilots returning from the lead formations reported little fighter or antiaircraft interference in the operation which entailed a flight 1000 THIS PAPES CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 247 KNOCKOUT BLOW FOR LAST OF SICILY LOOMS The oi photographs was said to show thai the results of the bombing were very good FORCED LANDING IS MADE IN SWEDEN STOCKHOLM Sweden An American flying fortress made a forced landing in Sweden near the Norwegian border Saturday The crew of 10 is safe THINK ALLIES TO OPEN NEW DRIVE Istanbul Expects East Mediterranean Action By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Istanbul dispatches Friday night reported a growing conviction that the allies were about to launch a new offensive in the eastern Mediterranean to link up with the soviet drive in presumably springing from middle east bases where strong American and British forces have been gathering for months This con viction was increased witli the ail attack of 100 planes on Crete in which the allies lost 17 craft Sign in Store Please Do Not Offend Help INDIANAPOLIS Msign over the counter of a southsrde store Please do not offend the help Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazelle carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY thun derstorms Saturday afternoon and early Saturday night Slightly cooler Saturday night Not much change in tempera ture Sunday forenoon IOWA Little change in tempera ture Saturday night Warmer north portion Sunday forenoon Thunderstorms east portion Saturday night ending Sunday forenoon MINNESOTA Little change in temperature Saturday night and Sunday forenoon Thunder showers extreme southeast por tion Saturday evening IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday g2 Minimum Friday night 68 At 8 a m Saturday 69 Rain 18 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 79 Minimum I Stalin Reports Complete Liquidation of Nazi July Drive Foes Toll 70000 Honors 3 Generals for Triumph Over Big German Force LONDON Joseph Stalin in 1111 order of the day to three of his generals congratulat ing them on complete liquida tion ot the German July offen sive said Saturday that the enemy had suffered 70000 officers and men killed in the abortive drive y The order of the day recorded from the Moscow radio by the Soviet monitor said 2900 enemy tanks were destroyed or dis abled and 811 guns 1392 planes and more than 5000 trucks were destroyed from July 5 to July 23 in the fighting about Orel and Kursk July 23 through the successful operations of our troops complete liquidation of he Ger man July offensive was carried out in the area south of Orel and north of Belgorod and in the di rection of Kursk said the order of the day addressed to Generals Rokossovsky Vatutin and Popuv The broadcast was recorded here by the Soviet Monitor From the morning of July 5th German fascist troops with large forces tanks and infantry sup ported bylarge air forces passed tothe6Hensiyeitithe OrelKursk Stalins Victory message said The German command put Into action several tank divisions in the OrelKursk sector anil 10 tank divisions one motorized di vision and seven infantry divi sions in the BelgorodKursk sec tor Thus altogether the enemy hurled into the attack 17 tanks three motorized and 18 infantry divisions Concentrating their forces on narrow sectors of the front the German command stipulated by concentric blows from the north and south on breaking through our defenses and encircling and wiping put our troops near Kursk new German offensive did not take our troops unaware They were prepared not ouly to repulse the German offensive but also to deal mighty counter blows At the cost of tremendous losses of manpower and equip ment the enemy succeeded in driving a wedge into our defenses to a depth of about nine kilome ters in the OrelKursk sector and lo to 35 kilometers in the Bel gorodKursk sector In fierce engagements our troops wore out bled white picked German divisions and followed this up with violent counter blows by which they not only hurled back the enemy and completely restored their Position occupied before Jlily 5 but also broke through enemy defenses and advanced15 to 25 kilometers toward Orel carried out in the liquidation demonstrated the high miliiary skill of our troops Unprecedented examples of stub borness steadfastness and hero ism were displayed by men and commanders of ail arms includ ing artillery and mortar gunners tankmen and airmen German plans for a sum mer offensive can be considered as having completely failed Thus the Icngend that the Ger mans always are successful in their summer offensives and that soviet troops arc compelled to re treat is exploded During the engagement from July 5 lo July 23 the enemy suf fered the following losses 70000 officers and men killed 2900 tanks destroyed or disabled 195 scUpropelling guns 844 field guns 1392 plnncs destroyed and over 5000 trucks In the fighting for liquida tion of the German offensive those who particularly distin guished themselves included troops under Lieut Generals Tokov Golanin Kotin Roman enko Shadov Shemirov and Krichenkov and the air force commander Golovanov I congratulate you and the troops under your command on She successful liquidation of the German summer offensive I ex Jress my gratitude to all men commanders and political work crs of the troops under your com mand for excellent operations Immortal glory to the heroes fell on the battlefield in the ruggle for freedom and the honor of our motherland The message was signed su preme commanderinciiief mar shal of the soviet union J v Stalin July 24 1943 JAP EFFORT TO R R Station Hit Lightning Is Destroyed by Fire DALLAS CENTER ning struck here twice Fire started by lightning de royed the M and St L railroad station at a m Saturday The building was one which was irccted to replace a structure de stroyed by fire in 1912 wlieii lightning also was the cause C F Beard station agent said Die building was worth 52800 Nothing was saved The loss in cluded records and freight stored n the building The blaze was discovered by D S Armington Des Moines bread aiesman who drove around town blowing the horn on his truck to spread the alarm U S Bombers Blast Reinforcement Attempt By SPENCER ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC bombers sank a 3000 ton Japanese seaplane lender off Bougainville island and damaged one four escorting destroyers Thursday in disrupting another Japanese attempt to reinforce their hardpressed central Solo mons positions The action announced Saturday in Gen Douglas Mac communiqueiw also told of new cost de stroyed or damaged against loss of six American planes A large force of erators avengers and was sent after the seaplane tender and destroyers They were pro vided strong fighter cover for their goal was deep in enemy territory While the fighters took care of intercepting zeros shooting down five our bombers pressed their attack in the face of intense anti aircraft fire from the warships lost three fighters The tender was one of the Nisshin class which carries about 14 planes and repair facilities Apparently badly hurt by the allies incessant bombing and strafing attacks in the Sala mauaLae area the Japanese in recent days have sent stronger air fleets to protect their hold ings Friday a total ot CO Japanese fighters attempted to intercept heavy bombers attacking Bogad jim 20 miles south of Madang New Guinea The bombers were escorted by P38s however and the enemy force was decisively defeated and dispersed the com munique said Thirteen Japanese planes were shot down five more probably were destroyed and five others destroyed or damaged Two of our fighters were lost While the P38s were fighting the zeros our bombers dropped 61 tons of fragmentation and de molition bombs on Bogadjim starting large fires Liberator bombers with Kitty hawks as fighter cover in sweeps along the Japanese supply lines oft New Guinea arid New Britain de stroyed 12 enemy barges and destroyed or damaged 13 others Japanese barges attempting to run supplies lo Kolombangara is land across Kula gulf from New Geoigin encountered allied light surface PTboats Two of the four barges in the formation were set afire There were no reports on Amer ican ground positions at Munda New Georgia but the communique said divebombers attacked the area in support of ground troops E Awards Presented to 2 Clannda Firms CLARINDA the first such joint award ceremony in Iowa the armynavy E was presented Friday night to the Lisle Corporation makers of magnetic drain plugs and ParrisDunn As sociates makers of training rifles Participating in the ceremony were Col Harry Adamson com manding officer at Fort Crook Nebr Lt Commander Truman Jones Iowa naval recruiting of ficer LI Col E F Venn of the J S marine corps and Capt A C Speer of the Chicago ordnance district AIR ATTACKS MADE ON CRETE RAF and Greek Bombers Hit Ammunition Dumps CAIRO bombers of the RAF and Greek air force made widespread attacks on Crete in daylight Friday the middle cast air command an nounced Saturday Ammunition dumps were blown up and tented camps gun posi tions and wireless and power sta tions were shot up by the at tacking airmen the announce ment said Seventeenv plajieswere listed as missing V The Berlin radio said Friday night in abroadcast heard by NBC that German airfields on the Greek island in the eastern Medi terranean were a particular tar get The Germans called the dam age insignificant and said the raid obviously was made for the main purpose of probing axis de fenses in The middle east announcement called the raid a large scale of fensive operation Factories engaged in enemy production at lerapelra and Her aklion were targets of the light bombers and direct hits were re ported scored Wei over 100 planes took part in the raid and ranged all over the island the British radio said m a broadcast recorded by CBS HEAVYRAIDS MADE ON KISKA CoOrdinated SeaAir Offensive Under Way WASHINGTON navy disclosed Saturday that heavy American air raids preceded and followed the American warships Bombardment of Japanese posi tions on Kiska island Thursday As a result of the combined op erations enemy coastal batteries antiaircraft positions and build ing areas were hit many fires were started and one large ex plosion was observed The communique also disclosed that Canadian flyers are partici pating in the campaign to soften up Japanese defenses on Kiska stating that some of the tighter Planes in the attack were piloted by RCAF flyers One American plane was shot down by anticraft fire but the crew was rescued The naval bombardment had been announced Friday A com munique said that heavy and light surface units assaulted enemy shore positions and that enemy guns replied but no ships were damaged Saturdays war bulletin gave he first intimation of a coordi nated seaair drive to preparethe way for amphibious invasion of Kiska and strongly indicated that much heavier damage than was expected had been accomplished Thursday Snatches Tray of Diamond Rings Flees JOLIET III young man looked at a tray of diamond rings at a jewelry store tried one on then told the clerk Mrs Lucille Scherblich I like this one very much In fact I like them all Snatching the tray he fled out the door and escaped in an auto marked nearby Proprietor Leo Seligman told policahe valued the rings at PATTON FORCES THOUGHT TO BE SWINGING EAST Marsala Falls With 50000 More Expected to Be Taken Prisoner BULLETINS LONDON Radio Rome indicated Saturday night that the allies were landingtroops on the east coast of Sicily above Catania and said that Italian bombers sank an 8000ton allied ship off Acireale where it was assisting numerous landing barges in these waters5 Acireale is on the coast east of Alt Etna above Catania NEW YORK The Algiers radio reported Satur day that Canadian troops be yond Enna in central Sicily have swung to the east to link forces with the British eighth army The broadcast was recorded by United Press in New York NORTH AFRICA 7 forces have captured the western Sicilian port o Marsala allied headquarters announced Saturday and many of Lt Gen George S Pattons seventh army units were believed swinging eastward to join British troops in a knockout blow at axis defenders clinging to the islands northeast corner A rapidly diminishing por tion of the island is all that re mains to the axis said the al lied headquarters disclosing that the Americans were mopping up enemy resist ance in western Sicily and had captured large numbers of prisoners and huge quantities of enemy equipment South of Catania the Germans still were fiercely resisting the British eighth army although al lied warships drawn up along the const poured a destructive naval bombardment into the enemys shore positions It was disclosed officially that the allies have taken a total ol 60000 prisoners while the Amer icans are expected to round up at least 50000 more The American seventh army accounted for 40 000 of the enemy troops already in allied hands These were said to average about three per cent Ger mans The Germans were trying fran lically to reinforce their divisions in northeast Sicily but the Ameri cans cut the north coast road well east of captured Palermo blocking the land route from the west to Messina headquarters said The first Canadian division un der Maj Gcu Guy Simonds was reported making progress against the tank troops of the 15th Ger man armored division All airdromes in Sicily now have been either captured or neutralized and enemy air power is virtually nil Allied planes kept alt enemy reinforcement routes under smashing Assault Friday Reports reaching allied head quarters Friday indicated allied forces in central Sicily protected from the west by an American armored drive into Palermo on the north coast were on the move northeast ol Enna From that they could bear directly upon the western flank of the axis army now block ing the British drive up the east coast at Catania cither pressing the nnzis within range ot the big guns of the allied fleet off the east coast or plunging to Messina and cutting oft the only escape route remaining open Lt Gen George s Pattons American forces uerc left free lo thrust eastward Friday by the fall of Palermo a drive that may have trapped western axis forces esti mated at 45000 men The west Sicilian city of Tra pani Italian naval base remained to be overrun by the swiftlystrik ing American column but allied headquarters apparently cotaid 1   

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