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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 4, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                                SAVE AM Ant Ammunition For Waste or Throw Me Away COVP DEPARTMENT OF H IST03Y AND AfiCH DCS MO INEO l THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L ited Press and United Press Full Leased Wii Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JANUARY 4 1941 NO it ALLIES MAKING STRIDES FROM NEW LANDINGS Japs Pay Heavily in Effort to Fight Off Thrusts at Bases By MORRIE LANDSBEKG Associated Press War Editor The Japanese are paying an in creasingly heavy price to fight olf thrusts at their hemmedin bases he southwest Pacific while American troops are building up invasionwon wedges in the ene mysown defense system Allied planes striking in the New G u i n e aNew BritainNew Ireland sector bombed key enemy paints damaged 4 Warships and destroyed at least 33 Nipponese planes In the central Pacific a Japa nese broadcast said 14 Mitchell bombers struck at Taroa in a con tinuation of the regular aerial as sault on the Marshall islands Two of the raiders were reported shot down The picture on the allied side was one progress amh develop ment of facilities seizedfrom the Japanese in 3 recent landing op erations U S marines widened their beachhead at Cape Gloucester on the western end of New Britain as patrols advanced from the east ern and western flanks The first American plane a flying boat landed at Borgen Bay to deliver MAKE NEW GUINEA United States 32nd division of which these soldiers are members has landed at Saidor New Guinea north coast without opposition Shown in the Buna sector ofNew Guinea are left to right PvtLawrence L Leishman Peoria 111 Cpl Rodney C Reimer Manitowoc Wis and Pvt Martin De nueli Cumberland Wis NEW GUINEA KnoxStates Softening Up of Marshalls Is Continuing Washington of the Navy Knox reported Tuesday tAmerican air forces are continuing to soften up the Marshall that islands and are encountering weak opposition in the air He referred to continuing on enemy bases at Wotje Kwaja lein Mille Jaluit and other bases We are putting the enemy on the defensive throughput that re gion the secretary said at a news conference There have been several aerial engagements he said but Ameri can forces have suffered few losses In retaliation the Japanese have made 2 raids on American positions at Tarawa and one on Makin island SQUEEZE J A P S Capturing the harbor and airfield at Sai dor in a surprise landing Amer ican troops have cut off Jap forces A being forced north ward from Finschhafen by the Australians Meanwhile anoth er Australian force arrow left is moving up the Ramu valley vital equipment Seabees mean while rushed work on the smashed Japanese airdrome Soldiers of the American 32nd division established a firm grip at Saidor on the northeast coast of New Guinea The Japanese made their first serial attack on the beachhead nearly 38 hours alter the unopposed New Tears day landings killing one man on ground road building pro ceeded in advance of probable re construction of the captured landing field The Japanese also raided U S 6th army holdings on Arawe on the southwest coast of New Britain but the attack was termed ineffective Outpost clashes oc curred on the fight flank with 14 Japanese killed Pacific carrierbased planes cougM 2 Japanese heavy cruisers and 2 destroyers in the Kavieng New Ireland harbor New Years day and set both cruisers and one destroyer afire lost a total of 13 in the accompanying air battle which cost the American force 3 aircraft A fleet of 86 American bombers and fighters bombed and strafed the Lakonai airdrome at Rabanl New Britain just south of New Ireland and destroyed 2t out of H intercepting planes The Solo monsbased raiders lost one lib erator and one fighter Australians advancing north P to the Huon peninsula and with American troops en trenched at Saidor allied planes flew in over the big Japanese base of Madang again to drop 55 tons of explosives Madang is 55 miles north of Saidor On another front of growing importance Maj Gen Daniel Isom Sultan 58 received appoint ment as deputy commander in chief of U S army forces in China Burma and India under Lt Gen Joseph W Stilwell Most of well into south Kettle areahe added enemy air strength seems to be very weak and in such actions as have taken place the Japanese have been on the defensive He described as one of the most interesting actions in the area the New Years day attack by an American carrier task force oil Japanese ships oft New Ireland Two enemy heavy cruisers were hit with I000p9und bombs and torpedoesandsuhkor beached at KaviengIn addition 2 destroyers were bombed and strafed one probably sinking and the other suffering severe damage Planes from the task force Knox reported were intercepted by 20 io 30 Japanese fighter planes He said 11 of the enemy fighters were shot down and 4 probably destroyed in addition to one Japanese medium bomber shot from the air School Superintendent Succumbs at Boone Boone J Van Ness 48 superintendent of schools here died at the Boone county hospita Monday following a 2i months llness Van Ness who held degrees from Columbia university and Cornel college Mount Vernon Iowa hac served as principal at Denison and Sed Oak Iowa before coming to Boone He is survived by his widow 2 sons his mother and 3 sisters CONDITION IS POOR Bridgeport Conn at Bridgeport hospital said Tues day thatthe condition of Miss Ida M Tarbell 86 noted historian and biographer ill with pneumonia remained LAN HEARINGS ON PROHIBITION Petitions Pour Into Washington on Issue By WILLIAM F ARBOGAST Washington to de mandsof more than 100000 indi vidualpetitioners for immediate egislatfveTactipn a house judici wil begin pub lic hearings next week on national prohibition legislation Chairman Hobbs D Ala said the hearings probably would start on Wednesday 2 days after con gress reconvenes with prohibition advocates as the first witnesses The hearings will be onlegisla tion introduced last March by Representative Bryson D S to outlaw beverages contain ing more than one half one per cent alcohol by volume the pro hibition to remain in effect until the termination o demobiliza tion at the end of the war Its professed purpose is lo re duce absenteeism conserve man power and speed production of materials necessary for the win ning of the war A bitter fight is expected to de velop over the proposal which has strong house backing Oppon ents contend it would be unfair to members of the armed forces to impose prohibition by statute at a time when they can not express their views in a referendum We did it in the last war and 4000000 soldiers jumped on con gress for its action said Repre sentative Ramspeck of Georgia democratic whip There will be at least 8000000 of them ready to complain if its done again 1 will never support such legislation Petitions pro and con have been pouring in since Bryson in troduced the bill Flying Forts Blast Villa Perosa Plant By WES GALLAGHER Allied Headquarters Algiers S flying fortresses knocked out the bearing plant at Villa Perosa in northern Italy Monday and battered the Turin railway yards it was announced Tuesday while aground 8th army Indian troops seized a hill and ad vanced inland from the Adriatic Soggy terrain stymied large scale land fighting but American troops probed defenses of San Vit tore guarding the Rome road anc other patrols also stirred up Ihe nazis Allied flyers wrecked or dam aged dozens out of hundreds of German supply trucks found snow bound in mountain passes and bombed the Jugoslav ports o Split and Sibenik The fortresses of the 15th air force soaring out for the firs time under command of MajGen Nathan Twining wrecked the main building of the Villa Perosa plant producing 8 per cent of thi nazis output of bearings Vilk Perosa is 23 miles southwest o Turin A Berlin broadcast declared a terror attack was made Mondaj on the communications center o Pistoia 21 miles northwest Florence On the 8th army front Indian forces captured a hill a mile and a half from recentlywon Tomas so and advanced up the road from prtona almost to Toilo 5 miles inland The nazis replied to American patrol stabs on the 5th army sec tor with a shelling of Mignano The main fortress was de livered against Villa Perosa and photographs showed the main building 600 by 1200 feet at the bearing plant was hit directly Other hits were scored on nearby buildings apparently housing workers There was little doubt the plant making bearings for air planes tanks submarines and other war vehicles would be out of operation some time Two waves of bombers struck Villa Perosa meeting fairly heavy antiaircraft fire but no fighters Two other formations simul U S BOMBERS AGAIN ASSAULT FRENCH COAST Fires Reported Still Burning in Berlin From Heavy Raids by RAF Powerful Red Army Sweeps Over Old Polish Frontier BULLETIN London fll United Stales tanebusly pounded the rail yards at Turin meeting nearly 30 Ger man fighters A good concentration ofbptnbs hit the yards sidings warehousesandindustrial objec tives starting fires and severing the main line railroad Ice Forming on Some Highways in State LightSnow Forecast Des IMoinrs was form ing on highways in some sections of Iowa Tuesday and colder weather was forecast for Tuesday night i The ice resulted from drizzles and heavy fogs The state highway commission said lhat in the south ern half of the state roads were icy andcareful driving was neces sary to avoid trouble Some curves and hills were sanded the com mission said Colder weather was forecast for the entire state with light snow at Fort Dodge Mason City Wat erloo and some other places Highest temperature Monday was 48 at Burlington Spencer recorded Monday nights low of 15 above heavy bombers attacked objectives in northwest Germany Tuesday Eighteen bombers are missing London Slates ma rauder medium bombers heavily attacked military objectives the Pas De Calais area of France Tuesday in the wake of RAF mos quito forays into western Ger many All planes returned from both operations The marauders were escorted by RAF dominion and allied fighters As the day advanced the Ger mancontrolled Danish radio left the air followed by the Norweg ian lonerange transmitters at Oslo and Tromsoc This some limes is an indication that Brit ish or American aircraft are over head in those areas Shortly after 10 a m a force of medium bombers strongly es corted by fighters swept out across the English channel in the direction of Pas De Calais ru mored site of emplacements for Germanys rocket guns The attack on western Ger many Monday night by the speedy osquito formations was the 2nd icceESive night raid on this gen area by these planes and was arried out without loss the air inistry said Fires meanwhile were re orted still burning in Berlin from ic 2 previous night assaults on 1C German capital and advices clayed from neutral Sweden said hat traffic within the city re mained virtually paralyzed Two fires were raging Monday i Hitlers reichschancellory and undreds of persons were be eved trapped in shelters be eath the ruined building these dvices said The main administration build ng at Berlins great Tempelhof irdrome also was reported dam ged heavily by fire and destruc ion was said in actory districts in the southeast rn part of the city The air ministry announced RAF dominion and allied ighters and fighter bombers had ieen active over northern France Ionday bombing military ob ectives and carrying out exten ive patrols Two enemy aircraft Iere shot down and 7 allied tlancs were missing in these op erations A communique said that one of he bombers reported missing rom Sunday nights operations anded safely in England reduc ng the losses for that night to 27 aircraft missing Officers Called by First Has Ears Washington trees have the southwest Pacific islands and its worth your life to be addressed as colonel or sir Thats why the war department said Tuesday American jungle fighters have taken to to their officers by their first names Accounts reaching the depart ment from men and officers of the 37th Buckeye division on Bougainville island in the Solo mons indicate that formalities of military life have completely dis appeared in jungle warfare A buck private may address his commanding officer as Charlie or Bob Officers get code names or nicknames The army says Japa nese snipers are adept at picking off the officers So the officer wears no insignia One day a privatewas trying to get his jeep through a swahip Another jeep came along Riding in it was a brigadier general He wore no insignia to indicate any rank Get the hell off this road and let me get by yelled the private Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Man Walking in Sleep Carries Alarm Clock Pasadena Cal Nicholas 52 went sleepwalking clad in underwear and carryini an alarm clock set to ring at 6 a m Police beat the clock in wak ing him HEAVY HOG RUN HITS packers were unable to cope with the huge Sthipments of hogs which poured into the 12 principal livestock terminals in the corn belt The worst congestion was in hog butcher center where 54000 pigs squeezed into the bulging pens Two strings of unloaded stock cars pull away from the unloading pens above in Chicago The supply in Chicago was the largest since 1934 Ive got front line supplies Without a change of expres sion the general motioned his driver to pull off the road so the supplies could go through The enemy listens carefully said the men Snipers a few hun dred yards from a regimental supply dump listened to the calls going out from a field telephone Most of the calls were for Hipp which was the name given to a major who was a supply officer During the night the men said the Japs would call out Hipp youre wanted on the telephone It was finally broken up by some truck drivers with automatic rifles When the troops leave the com bat area all the informality be tween officers and men ceases but while fighting is on the officers carry entrenching shovels and dig their own foxholes TRAP MAY BE CLOSED WITH 2 PRONGED DRIVE Belaya Tserkov Capture Opens Threat of Red Advance Down Dnieper London Russian armies were reported sweeping across the prewar Polish frontier on a 50 mile front Tuesday and fanning out through the western Ukraine in a 2pronged drive that Ihreatened to trap 1000000 nazl troops in Germanys greatest dis OSS 6f American Destroyer on Duty in Atlantic Is Revealed Washington The navy TIGHTEN UP ON GAS COUPONS Must Wait 30 Days If Books Are Lost Des Jloines who mislay their gasoline ration hooks or allow them to be stolen will be forced to wait 30 days before they can get any more gasoline rations R E Walters Des Moines district OPA director said Monday Exceptions will be allowed for person who can show their local rationing boards that they would suffer extreme hardship through the rule or that their books have been last or destroyed insome unavoidable manner such as by fire he said We have so many cases in which motorists are reporting their books lost or stolen that it has become necessary for us to fake this step Walters said A man who never loses his money or exposes it to possible theft will take surprising chances with his ration books The office took another step to tighten up gasoline control in a warning against the delivery of gasoline bytank wagons to con sumers generally farmers with the understanding that the farmer will send in his coupons for it later Gasoline can be delivered in this manner only to consumers who use 960 gallons or more a month and have a ration bank account as a consequence of their large usage Such users can send in their coupons within 7 days Others must give coupons when the gas oline is delivered Chorus Scores Hit in Musical Premier Given by WACs in Algiers Algiers Sister WAC Swing the first army over seas musical held its world pre mier on the Algiers opera house stage Monday night before a re ceptive audience of GIs and of ficers A smoothstepping chorus of 50 WAC beauties drew applause dwarfing that previously accorded to visiting stars from Hollywood Several catchy the title song and the new hit of Algiers It Doesnt Matter Its the dances planned and di rectedby Sgt Art Crafa Brook Monday disclosed the loss of a de stroyer in the Atlantic on Christ mas eve by an enemy torpedo The announcement followed by only a few hours the destruction of another near the entrance to ower New York bay by 2 blasts Anorilv That of undetermined origin rtHgniy LSeilldllU 1 Ildl The destroyers were he 41st and 42nd lost since the stiirt of he war of a total of 137 naval ves sels of all types which have been ost through enemy action acci aster of the war The northern wine of Gen Nik olai Valutins 1st Ukrainian army was reported rolling swiftly into Poland in pursuit of a disintegrat ing German army opening the way to the flat plains bordering Germany itself Simultaneously Valutins south ern wing lashed out south of Kiev to capture the highway and rail road junction of Belaya Tserkov in a thrust aimed at closing off the last escape routes open to the huge iiazi forces pinned in the Dnieper bend Belaya Tserkov had been all but encircled for days but its fall opened the floodgates to a red army drive down into the Dnieper bend that increased the gravity oE the German position with every mile of its advance Front reports indicated that German resistance was collapsing everywhere in the path Vatu tins triumphant advance and that thehardpressed nazis were ttraining to extricate the bulk of theirforces from the rapidlyclos ing Russian trap An estimated 1000000 or more German troops were believeed pinned down inside the Dnieper lyri N Y gave the show pros pects for a long run in the army camps and possibly on Broadway The plot revolves about the amusing misadventures of Sad Sack the army cartoon character as he seeks his first stripe and gets mixed up with the harem beauties of Algiers dent or destruction to prevent cap ire The navy communique nn the Atlantic sinking did not disclose whether the torpedo had been fired by a submarine airplane or surface craft The blast which sank the de stroyer at New York hurled men and guns into the sea Coast guardsmen rescued 163 men in cluding 108 wounded before the ship went down There was no navy announcement regarding loss of life but destroyers in wartime normally carry crews ranging from 150 to 300 men Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Light snow and colder Tuesday night and Wed nesday lowest temperature in Mason City 15 Iowa Cloudy Tuesday night light I drizzle southeast portion early Tuesday night colder Tuesday night and in southeast and eastcentral portions Wednes day Minnesota Fair Tuesday night and Wednesday Colder Tuesday night Considerably colder south and east portion Continued cold Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 41 Minimum Monday night 26 At 8 a m Tuesday 26 YEAR AGO English Villagers Angrily Demand Moseleys Be Removed ShiptonXJnderWychwood Ox fordshire petition de manding removal of Sir Oswald Moslcy former head of British fascists and his return to prison has been signed by 120 residents of this Cotswold village with a prewar population of 639 We dont want him here said the petition addressed to Prime Minister Churchill and Home Secretary Herbert Morrison Simi lar petitions are being circulated in neighboring towns The angry villagers said they resented the fact that the Mos Icys are living in comparative luxury not even required to serve as fire watchers or air raid wardens while their own hus bands sons and sweethearts are fighting on the battlcfronls against fascism Moslcy and his family were re leased from Holloway prison on Nov 20 after spending 2 years in jail and have been living at the village inii here U S Seizes 5243 Cases of Frozen Eggs Shipped From Ottumwa Chicago U S mar shals have announced seizure of 5243 cartons of frozen eggs valued at 550000 which were shipped from the IowaPacific Butter and Egg company Ottumwa Iowa to the Produce Terminal Cold Stor age company The seizure was made Monday on a condemnation order by Fed eral Judge William J Campbell after John M Kiely assistant U S attorney charged the eggs con tained adulterated substitutes and food and drug violated federal regulations Kiely said it was necessary to condemn the entire lot to permit examination of some cartons sus pected lo be contaminated AWARD FOR ANTHEAI New York of the new soviet anthem have received cash prizes totaling 537740 Tass said Tuesday in a dispatch re corded by the federal communi cations commission Composer A V Alexandrov received onehalf the award while Lyricists S Mikhalkov and E Registan shared the remainder Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snowfall 20 10 08 inches Order Placed for 20 Giant Mars Planes Washington for 20 more of the giant Mars flying boats the first of which has set new records for cargo transpor tation and overwater flight have been placed with the Glenn L Martin company of Baltimore Secretary of the Navy Knox an nounced Tuesday He disclosed that the original Mars biggest operating plane in the world shortly will go into service in Ihe Pacific bend andin the Crimean penin sula Lwith only 2 main Russian railroad lines for a pos sible withdrawal The destruction of these armies would mean a disaster for Ger many 3 times as heavy as that suffered at Stalingrad where 300000 men were killed or cap tured Soviet Premier Josef Stalin an nounced the fall of Belaya Tser kov in an order of the day and ordered Moscows 124 victory tins to fire a 12salva salute to Vatutins victorious troops There was no official tribute however to the more spectacular Russian surge across the borders of prewar Poland borders which Moscow already has claimed as Russian territory 170 TOWNS CAPTURED WITH LATEST GAINS Moscow army forces under Gen Nikolai Vatutin liber ator of Kiev were rolling over the flat terrain of old Poland Tues day after capturing the former frontier town of Olevsk and smashing their way across the prewar RussianPolish border Fall of Olevsk and Novograd Volynski 12 miles to the south was announced Monday night in a Russian communique which de clared that 170 villages hud been recaptured in the swift soviet ad vance Front line dispatches dis closed that Russian vanguards pushing on rapidly from Olevsk along Ihe KicvWarshaw railway had crossed the old frontier a short time later The spearhead advancing from Olevsk a former customs station 135 miles northwest of Kiev was supported on the left by another column which had occupied Emil chino 28 miles to the southeast The point at which the Russians War Savings from yonr carrier boy Kallnkovichi RUSSIA RUSSIANS REACH by Siberian in fantrymen Gen Nikolai Vatutins forces have smashed across the old Polish border taking NovogradVolynski Olevska top arrows and reaching into the Pripet marshes in Poland WPf   

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