Mason City Globe Gazette, October 11, 1943

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 11, 1943, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES NCS NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL L Associated and United Press full Leised Wircj Five Cents a Copy MASOV ciry IOWA MONDAY OCTOBER 11 Iaper Consists oi Two One NO X BRITISH MIDGET SUBS HIT TIRPITZ Smash Outer Defenses of Kiev RUSSIANS PUSH TOWARD GATES OF FIERY CITY Both Sides Hurling Masses of Men Tanks Planes Into Battle armies Moscow UR Red steadily widening and lengthening their Dnieper river bridgeheads ill battles of unparalleled violence were reported Monday to have penetrated the semicircular outer defenses and approached the gates of blazing Kiev capital of the Ukraine The British radio said the Ger man command had ordered the evacuation of Kiev started ac cording to Moscow advices in or der to save the garrison from the fate of the nazi 6th army at Stal ingrad Assault forces that struck across the Dnieper below Krem enchug 115 miles downstream from Kiev smashed 10 to 15 miles beyond the west bank in a race to trap huge German armies in Ihe Dnepropetrovsk Zamporozhe Bulge and the Cri mea front dispatches said Both sides were hurling masses of infantry tanks and aircraft into battle at focal points in the en virons of Kiev and southeast of Kremenchugand fighting raged at a pitch surpassing that at Stalin grad With the Germans being pushed back beyond artillery range of the Dnieper the Russians forced that river at a number of interme diate points between Kiev and Tanned out north and southin anatiemptto estab lish a bank Red air force planes put up an aerial umbrella over the pontoon bridges and assault boats carrying an endless stream of soviet infantry tanks and selfpropelled guns across the river Kiev was reported in flames as the Germans apparently sacked the city A Russian thrust to the Black Sea from the Kremenchug area might doom tens of perhaps hundreds of of German troops in the Crimea and southern Ukraine Hadio London said the red army was only 5 miles from Go mel in the southeastern corner of White Russia The Germans were throwing thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks and planes against the red army all along the Dnieper front but the Russians continued to push relentlessly westward A strategic height and a village were captured Sunday the soviet high command said The Germans counterattacked 8 times in a futile effort to re gain the village a communique said but each time were thrown back with heavy losses Some 2 009 Germans were killed and 36 tanks were destroyed in the re pulse of other enemy counterat tacks Nineteen German planes were shot down Russian forces also gained new ground in their frontal assault on the axis defense line in White Russia More than 140 towns and villages were seired on the approaches to Vitebsk at the nor thern end of Ihe front alone Ad vances of up to 7b miles were recorded and Ycnovichi only 20 miles east of Vitebsk was cap tured Confusion in Origin of Some LendLease Supplies Inevitable Washington rank ing lendlcase officials discussing a report that Great Britain is dis posing of some lendlease items in foreign countries as Britishmade goods said Monday that some confusion about the origin of such products asserted that playing us The is inevitable the British absolutely square with re is no evidence of the British trying to grasp credit for they any lendlcase said Returning globegirdling sena tors charged that Britain was re shipping lendlease supplies to other countries and thus enhanc ing her prestige WILt TRAP BEAVER Des Molnes if Permits lo trap beaver will be issued in Iowa this year for the 1st time in the states history Bruce Stiles chief of the fish and game division of the state conservation commission said i Saturday THIS FLYING FORT number of flying forts in the sky form a background for tail gunner Sgt Hams Goldberg Brookline Mass as he stands beside the shattered tail of the bomber that carried him on his 57th mission over enemy territory The plans was hit bv a 0 mm shell Urges Repeal of Chinese Exclusion Law Washington JP President Roosevelt gave his unqualified support Monday to legislation to repeal the Chinese exclusion law and let Chinese residents of this country become American citi zens He told congress in a message I regard this legislation as im portant in the cause of winning the war and of establishing a se cure peace By repealing the exclusion laws he said we can correct a his toric mistake and silence the dis torted Japanese propaganda The house immigration com mittee already has approved a bil to repeal the exclusion act of 1882 let Chinese enter this coun try on a quota basis and grant citizenship to Chinese now resid ing in America About 105 Chinese could enter the United States an nually under the quota Mr Roosevelt spoke of Chinas gallant struggle against great odds in the war and renewed his oft repeated promises of substantial aid for China HS soon as possible He said China has understood that the strategy of victory re quired concentration of the great er part of allied strength on the European front and that the amount of supplies being made available to her has been limited by transportation difficulties Chief Justice Stone Observes 7 j st Year With Usual Duties Washington is Chief Justice Stones 71st birthday The jurists program consisted for the most part of presiding over a session of the supreme court to announce whether nearly 300 petitions filed during the summer have been granted or denied Stone appears to be in 1A summer vaca condition after lion in New England He has not been absent once from the bench because of illness since early in 1937 Friends say that he will con tinue to serve as chief justice as long as his health permits A New England republican he was appointed an associate justice in 1925 by President Coolidge his Amherst college mate After gain ing a nationwide reputation as a liberal he was promoted to chief justice in 1941 by President Roosevelt DIES AT RED OAK Red Oak J L Sea bloom 70 Red Oak physician for almost 40 years died Saturday at Ihe home of his brother in St Paul Ammunition Found as Louisiana Guardsmen Put Sheriff in Office FointeALaHache La State guardsmen were finding rifles and shot guns hidden in Piaquemines parish court house Monday as they maintained Wal ter J Blaize in the office of sher iff against the wishes of a local political faction alleged to be in rebellion against the state of The weapons were hidden by followers ot District Attorney J R Perez for use to oppose the efforts of Ihe slate to install Blaize in office it was said But acting under a proclamation of martial law the state guard took over the parish Saturday driving the Perez men to cover Brig Gen Thomas P Porter commandant of the guard re leased part of his force Sunday night and will release more Mon day But the parish will under martial law for several days until there is no longer any possibility of a coup detat on the part of the Perez faction Blaize Was appointed sheriff by Gov Sam Jones after the death of the elected sheriff Perez maintained that the state consti tution required a special election to fill the office and his follow ers refused to permit Blaize o take office though the courts had ruled in his favor remain several 3rd Victim of Webster City Accident Dies city i William Sheker 16 son of and Mrs V C Sheker of near Moorland died in a hospital here Sunday from injuries received in a headon au tomobile collision 12 miles east of here Saturday Sheker was the 3rd victim of the accident 6 Killed When Plane Crashes in Nebraska Wayne Nebr heavy bomber from ihe Fairmont army air base plunged into I a cornfield near here Sunday kill ing the 6 crew members and scat tering the planes wreckage over a h mile area Officers of the Sioux City Iowa army air base wno investigated the crash said they would announce names of the dead following notification of next of kin PLAN MEATLESS DAYS Des Moines number of eating house managers reported they will plan meatless menus as a result of red point deficits One establishment owed 40000 red points on meats and tats already dohvercd and used Nazi Plane Toll Exceeds 300 in 3 Days Over Europe London Jt Boosting nuzi plane losses to more than 300 in 3 days American flying fortresses and escorting thunderbolts shot clown 102 enemy planes Sunday as the bis bombers tore through stubborn defenses to blast the important German transportation centers of Mueuster and Coesteld Thirty bombers and 2 fight ers a communique said were lost by the American forma tions which also hit an enemy airfield near Enschcde Holland in the blazing climax to a week end of violent allied aerial ac tivity that riddled the Germans fighter strength TRIUMPHS ARE MARKED UP IN PACIFIC DRIVES Series of Victories Emphasize Increasing Ferocity Against Japs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A stream of stunning American successes in the central and south Pacific brought clarity Monday lo Premier Tojos recent wainin to Japan that the war situaliori is gaining in ferocity dav by day Unofficial estimates from the south Pacific headquarters oC Ul iiuial William F Halsey Jr placed Japanese casualties in clearing out of the central Solo mous area at approximately nul men An equal number While tne size of the attacking j thought to have escaped in evnc American formations was not of ficially disclosed there was ren son to believe that they may have approximated the record concen trations of 400 bombers which hammered German targets on each of the 2 preceding days The American raids reached a new high in strength of numbers on Friday when fortresses and liberators bombed the Stuka fac tory in Bremen and submarine shipbuilding yards at Vegesack nearby and on Saturday when they flew a round trip or 1800 deepest penetration of Tiazi hit the for mer free city of Danzig the for mer Polish ciiy of Gdynia and other targets in eastern Germany Lt Gen Ira C Eaker comman der of the U S 8th air force dis closed that the attacking force on both Friday and Saturday totalled 400 bombers and more than 4000 men and said these and other raids to follow were in prepara tion for an allied invasion of Ger many acrossthe English channel and the North sea The biff push into Germany when it comes will cost lives Just as the landings at Salerno did General Eakcr added It is the task ot the 8th air force and the RAF to destroy factor ies and transport and weapons of the Germans so our invasion casualties will be cut down This is our stern assignment this winter We shall not shirk it fight now is at white A DNB dispatch broadcast by Berlin and recorded by the British ministry of information said the American planes Sunday dropped bombs in the heart of Muenster The broadcast added Casualties among the popula tion were considerable as well as damage to residential cixinrlers churches and public buildings London tabulations showed the weekend attacks boosxed to 53 the number ot German aircraft shot down in the last 8 days against a loss of 241 allied bomb ers and fighters Nelson Meets With Russian Authorities Moscow M Nel son chairman of the United Stales war production board met with soviet authorities Monday to map his plans to see Russias war plants in action Told he can see anything he wants to sec Nelson was expected to start shortly on a concentrated tour Ifelson said he is eager to accept all the invita tions of his soviet friends and view their great accomplish ments Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Warmer Monday aft ernoon continued warm Mon day night and Tuesday fore noon Iowa Slightly warmer in north central portion little change in temperature elsewhere Monday night and Tuesday forenoon Minnesota Little change in tem perature west warmer east portion Monday night and Tues day forenoon scattered showers northwest and north central portions IN MASON CiTY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 69 Minimum Sunday night 48 At 8 a m Monday 53 YEAR AGO Maximum 70 Minimum 35 The figures for Sunday Minimum Saturday 41 Maximum Saturday 7fi At 8 a m Sunday 45 YEAR AGO Maximum R7 Minimum 32 period of stocks of were left niun these uations running over several weeks Large supplies and materiel behind Besides a heavy loss in power the enemy suffered reverses 1 Loss of Vila airfield and all of Kolombangara lo American forces who occupied the island without a shot being fired It gave the U S strategic control of the central Solomon islands 2 Loss of 61 planes and at least temporary neutralization of Jap anese army and navy installations on Wake island in the midPa cific Admiral Chester W Nimitz Pacific fleet commander disclosed that 320 tons ot bombs were loosed by American carrierborne arid landbased bombers in t scries of coordinated strikes Oct 5 and 6 In addition powerful U S xvnrships battered the en emy with deadly effect without encountering surface opposition At least 2 small ships were sunk obstructing fa cilities 3 Apparent loss of the once im portant enemy seaplane base at Rekata Bay Santa Isabel island 100 miles south nnti cast of KO loinbangara Without allied con firmation Berlin broadcast a Tokyo dispatch describing a Jap anese air raid on the former en emy base 4 Liquidation of n stubborn rearguard force of Japanese hold ing a road block inland from Finschhafen on the northeast New Guinea coast Australians after withstanding a 3 day enemy coun terattack wiped out the force and counted more than 400 Japanese dead It cleared another route to Madang 200 miles to the north More Japanese were being killed in U S attacks on barge traffic still attempting to flee to ward Choiseul and Bougainville islands the Japanese possessions in the northern Solomons These positions formed the final barriers to a possible thrust at Rabaul New Britain by Admr Halseys sea and air forces and conceiv ably could be bypassed Mystery Surrounds Death of Minneapolis Man in Chemical Vat Minneapolis autopsy Monday may help clear away some of the mystery surround ing the death of a MinneapolisHon eywell Regulator Co employe whose body was found partially submerged Sunday in a chemical vat al the plant County Coroner Russcl R Heim said a postmortem examination may determine whether Oscar En ger 42 3521 Clinton avenue died from fumes arising from the tri chlorclhyicne in the degreasing cabinet be was tending from drowning or from a fall into the cabinet Heim sairl lie also would inves tigate the charges of Mrs EnRcr that her iursband had argued re cently with other employes nt the plant and that a wallet containing S96 was missing from his person Dornier Bomber Shot Down by Minesweeper London American made B V M S 38 lifted itself above more hum ble tasks last wctk and achieved the distinction of shooting down a Dornier 217 bomber with i blast of fire As a result an obscure British seaman is enjoying tho sobriquet 1 Round Roberts Thomas Roberts the seamangun ner who fired the shot said to press the trigger 1 second and see a plane in flames the next was the biggest surprise of my life The Americans certainly can turn out a wizard gun Bay War Savinns Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier hoy ALLIES GROSS troops have massed along a 44mile front on the Volturno rivetnorth of Naples smashing across the river with advance patrols on their drive to Rome increasing their pressure on the 7 German divisions On the eastern side of the Italian mainland the British 8th army pushed Germans back 1 to 4 miles alone a 30mile front 5th Army Smashes Through Defenses on Galore River Wedge Driven Into Nazi Line in Italy Mud Hampers Advance Allied Headquarters allied 5th army smashing through the Calore rivor defenses in force has sliced a 50 square mile pocket out of the German line in ad vances of Si to 13 miles winch captured Pontelandolfo and a dozen other villages it was an nounced Monday Lt Gen Mark W Clarks troops turned the Volturno line the main on the roafl to Romeby a plunrc across its Ca lore river extension h i c h wiped out the German salient in Ihe allied line before veitlo atirt established a wedite in the nazi positions Allied artillery was mussing along the south bank of the Vol turno and pounding ceaselessly at the German defenses beyond the stream and athwart the coastal routes to Rome The line on which Clarks Americans and British were wheeling into position for he push un Romt now runs straight from the sea at the moulh of the Vol lurno to Pontclandolfo and Snn Marco and thence northward to the Tcrmoli area on the Adriatic coast AloiiK the SO mie front stretching up to Termoli Gen Sir Bernard I Montgomerys 8th army pushed ahead at some points between 2 and 3 miles The Germans definitely were on the backward move before the British hut they were moving with their usual methodical Plan of razing everything in their path Once more the northwest Afri can air force pounded nazi targets in Greece Rhodes and Crete in the heightening campaign of the east ern Mediterranean Flying fortresses bombed the Tatoi air field outside Athens and Araxos in the northwestern Pe loponnesus Sunday At Athens 20 to 30 German fighters tried lo in tercept Ihe fortresses In n half hour battle 4 etiemv planes were destroyed The raiders were un challenged at Araxos i r 1 The main weight of Ihe batile I Valued at for Italy however was on the AngloAmerican 5th army for the moment Wallowing through ihe mud and mountains the troops were getting into position for be under pontoons must heavy fire The strengthening of the patrols already across Ihe river conse quently was a slow process To get the allied guns and tanks over the barrier required the seizure of a wide stretch of both banks Bridging the riveris a slow and difficult job it was said of ficially in explaining why the troops seemed to be marking time for the moment on the river it self Pravda Cites British U S Superiority Over Nazis in Sea Warfare Mon day on the latest Roosevell Churchill report on submarine warfare the communist party or gan Pravda said the early crush ing of the Germans is an actual possibility and should be carried out in short order In view of the United States and British victory at sea the article headed Bank ruptcy of the Hitlerite Sea Strat egy said Great Britain and the United States have ail overwhelm ing and increasing superiority of forces over their enemies in all healers of naval warfare Gun Capable of Blasting Turret Off Tank at 1500 Yards Developed London gun firing i 17 pound shell capable of blasting the turret off a tank at 1500 yards is Britains newest secret weapon and her answer to the powerful and heavilyarmored tiger tank recently introduced by the Ger mans The gun is slightly more Ihnit 24 feet long from muzzle to trail and Fives a fixed charge similar to the cartridge of a rifle Breech action is seminulomaiic permitting a high rate of fire An official British statement said the gun received its first battle test in Africa showdown in Ihe first singe of ihe battle for Rome if Marshal Al beit Kcsselring elected to stand and fight The capture of Pontclandolfo meant an advance of 5v miles in the 5th armys central sector and added to the threat against the Gerirfan positions In the coastal area The spearhead was well beyond Ihe Calore a tributary of Ihe Vnlturno put tins Ihe allies in shape for wheeling movement westward asainst he flank The maximum gain of around 13 miles was in the area north west of Benevenlo where the German salient was rolled back Along the Volturno the massed artillery was stepping up its bom bardment of the German lines across the river seeking to flat ten the pillboxes and permit a large scale crossing Patrols al ready had forged across the Vol turno where the allies were faced with steep banks and a rainswol len river Normally the Volturno is about 4 feet deep Now it is a raging torrent varying in width from 100 feet to 200 yards At most places the banks are to 15 feet high The bridges are gone and Seized in Des Moines Home OIL SPREADS 2 MILES ON SEA AFTER ATTACK Sortie Made Through Intricate Defenses of Base at Altenfjord London UR British midget ubmarincs in thuir 1st announced action ot the war sailed boldly into i great naval base in norllt Nor vay and torpedoed the German battleship Tirpitz leaving her fallowing in oil which spread 2 miles An admiralty communique Mon day announced the attack oc curred on Sept 22 The Tirpitz whose tonnage has been estimated as high as 50000 was the pride of the German navy The bold venture involved hazards of the 1st orrder the admiralty said In paying an un usual tribule lo the men whn hammered it home with suc Although the communique said he sortie through the intricate de fenses of the German naval ban in Altenjord northern Norlhway was aimed at main units of the German battlefleet it mentioned no damage inflicted except on the rirptlz Three of the midget submarines Britains new weapon which had been a well kept lost in the attack But a reference in the communique to questioning the crews of other submarines which took part made it clear thai some came back Reports of the crewmen to sether later aerial scouting now leave no doubt despite enemy claims lu the contrary that the attack met with suc cess the admiralty said Air pictures taken after the at tack snowed that the Tirpitz sis ter ship of the Bismarck had not moved from her nnchorage and was surrounded by Ihick oil which spread more than 2 miles from the ships berth Several small unidentified ves sels were seen alongside the Tir pitz They were believed lo be re pair ships or craft for providing power and light to the battleship presumably incapacitated in that respect by the British attack The admiralty to give some idea of the magnitude and difficul ties of this remarkable achieve ment said the task force sailed 1000 miles from Ihe nearest Brit ish base to the Altenfjord in Fin mark most northerly province of Norway and more than 200 miles inside the Arctic circle Despite her tremendous strik ing was believed to mount R 15inch guns and carry 4 planes wilh a complement of lSflO Tirpitz never risked action on the high seas The nazis knew that sooner or later the allies would hunt down the Tirpiti as they did the BismarckEvidently they feared the heavy Wow o the German morale in the loss of the 2ml of the 2 ships wilh which the nazis originally dreamed of reviving the naval ambitiniis of imperial Germany Even so the existence of the Tnpilx in the northern hideout always ronslUulcd a menace which the allied navies could not ignore Since being launched in presence nt Wilhelmshaveu in April lino the Tirpilz always was Ihe mystery ship ot European waters On July si 1942 a Russian communique said a soviet sub marine had hit and seriously dam aged the Tirpitz in the Barents sea Ottumwa largest liq uor raid in Iowa in recent years was staged here Saturday when officers confiscated 163 cases of liquor from the residence of Mr and Mrs Peter Alexander R W Ncbergall chief of the stite bureau of investigation who led the raid estimated the bottle value of the liquor at more than 58000 The Alexanders were not at home when the officers searched ihe place and found the liquor the basement One case was gin and Ihe rest was whisky The liq uor bore Illinois and Missouri seals Rosy Glow of Good Deed Is Shattered New Britain Conn rosy glow of a good deed well done filled Frank Schades sou as he walked down the street afte mailing a Christmas package to Marine Staff Sgt Edward Jurczyk in the south Pacific for the past 2 years A booming voice from the other side of the street broke the there was Sergeant Jurczyk back home for a while to train more junglefighters Civilian Enrollment at Colleges in Iowa Declines 43 Per Cent DCS Moines en rollment at 25 Iowa universities and colleges dropped 43 per cent compared wilh a year ago fall en rollment figures showed This year enrollments totaled Inst year they were 21 057 The decline is attributed to the war through drafting of men and labor demands for war industries and farm work Though civilian enrollment de clined some schools facilities are being used by a larger number of students than previously because of the large military enrollments The State University at Iowa City serves 35SS military students and 2809 civilian students Last there were 5401 civilian students and in 1341 6343 Iowa State college Ames re ported an enrollment of 2755 this fall compared with 6008 last year Military training programs how ever include 3190 men and 91 women there ;

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