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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 9, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVE KOINES IA NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JUNE 9 1941 TUU Paper Consists of Two One NO INVASION CRAFT BRING BACK AMERICAN WOUNDED Army medics here pre pare to remove litters carrying American soldiers wounded in action in the invasion of France off an invasion craft which returned to England These men were among the first to engage the enemy on French soil FIERCE TANK BATTLES RACING ALLIES GAIN DUCKS SWIM TO THE FRENCH ducks swim in from landing craft lying offshore to near the invasion coast or Franceto landin thebeachheatJTthrust Fartherout in the water are larger vessels Eds Large black spot in upper left is cen sors mark blotting out restricted TOWN 55 MILES ABOVE ROME IS WON BY ALLIES Nazis on Adriatic Begin Withdrawing Fearing Encirclement Maneuver By NOLAND MORGAARD Rome army troops racing after the retreating Ger mans captured Viterbo prize road and rail junction 40 miles north west ol Rome in a swift 7mile dash Friday and also seized Tar quinia near the coast 55 miles above Rome There were no signs the nazi command had been able to reor ganize the fleeing remnants of the 14th and 10th armies sufficiently to attempt a determined stand The allied advance also envel oped Vetralla on a lateral road from Tarquiniaand about 6 miles southwest of Viterbo The German high command earlier announced evacuation of Tarquinia and said its real guards were withdrawn north of the town rapid was the drive above Rome that German forces guard ing the Adriatic sector also began to retreat to avoid encirclement and allied troops were rolling for along the entire Italian Striving to maintain close con tact with the fleeing enemy who has shpwn no disposition as yet to males a determinecl stand1 toe alliedth raced steadily north and northwest from Rome Li Gen Mark W col umns driving north from the cap ital occupied the entire Lake Bracciano area and moved on to capture Caparola 34 miles north of Rome on the east side of Lake Di Vico and about 10 miles southeast of the highway junction Famed Allied Divisions Are in Normandy London men of the If S first infantry division and the British 50th Northumbrian division who spearheaded the al lied invasion from the sea into French Normandy were measur ing up Friday to their great tradi tions of gallantry Fighting in the van was no new experience for these troops It has been their custom to lead the way Headquarters has offi cially announced both now have made excellent progress on the fields of France after smashing German counterattacks Three times the 2 divisions have fought side by side They did it before in the deserts of north Africa and then in the mountains of Sicily The first in fantry division formerly was part of the American 5th army and the Northumbrians part of the British 8th army Originally most of the boys in the first came from the east hundreds of them from Brooklyn but it has had so many replace ments it now is an allAmerican outfit The Northumbrian division consists of sturdy fighters from the windswept pastures of Eng lands north lake country The German controlled Calais radio in a broadcast recorded by the ministry of information said Thursday night that the German high command had named these allied formations as participating town of Viterbo To the northwest allied units U S BOMBERS HIT MUNICH AIR BATTLES RAGE BBC Reports All R R Bridges on Seine Have Been Destroyed By GLADWIN HILL Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force S heavy bombers striking from the south 500 to 750 strong battered prime targets in the Munich area of southern Germany Friday in a new pincers attack on the nazi war machine coordinafed with disruptive blows on German po sitions in France from the west The bombers flying into the Munich area for the first time from Italy and their escorting Light ninss JIustaiiKS and Thunderbolts fought through clouds of German fighters to reach their tarkets Swiss dispatches reported ex plosives in the Munich and Augs burg areas A BBC broadcast said the al lied whiplash from Britain had destroyed ALL RAILWAY BRIDGES on the Seine river be tween Paris and the sea For the first time since DDay official reports however made no mention of allied airborne opera tions Thursday night During operations of the past 24 hours 52 German planes were de ALLIED LANDING CRAFT streams from a U S coast guard landing boat approaching the French coast after German machine gun fire caused an explosion by setting off an American soldiers hand grenade GUN AIMED AT GROWN PRINCE Royalist Demonstration in Italy Broken Up Rome wild burst of gunfire apparently aimed at Crown Prince Humbert broke up a royalist demonstration before the Quirinal palace Friday as Marshal Pietro Badoglio turned over the government of liberated Italy to a new regime headed by Ivanoe Bonomi 71 year old Italian underground leader Humbert to whom King Victor Emmanuel delegated all his royal powers after the liberation of Rome last Sunday was making one of his first formal appearances in the capital since he fled to escape the German occupation forces last September He had juststepped out on a palace balcony to wave to some 5000 royalist demonstrators gath ered in the Piazza Quirinale when the revolver shots rang out Police searched the crowd and in the confusion arrested the wrong man The gunman escaped First reports from eyewitnesses indicated the man was attempting to stage a counterdemonstration against Humbert but it was nol clear whether he actually had fired at the prince Police arrested the wrong man in the excitement and the one who fired the shots escaped Witnesses said the man with the gun appeared to be against the prince and seemed to be trying to put on a counter demonstration Sea Choppy WARD STRIKE From Breeze Over Channel London which be gan falling early Thursday night on Dover Strait had ceased fay 9 a m Friday and the breeze from the southwest was freshen ing a little The temperature at that time was 54 degrees A low blanket of misty clouds still lay over the strait and visi bility was no more than 3 or 4 THREAT LOOMS Firm Denies WLB Right to Extend Contract miles The enough breeze had freshened by early afternoon to make the sea choppy with a nasty swell and a light drizzle was falling There were whitecapped breakers off the English coast As the low cloud formations often came down to sea level visi bility was very poor at times not more than a mile New Type of Customer Buys Shirt Puts It on Immediately Kansas City cloth ing merchants have a new type of customer He comes in buys a shirt and then says dont bother to wrap it Ill just put it on This poor fellow doesnt really want a shirt the merchants ex plain He just cant wait longer for his laundry any Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from yoftr CiobeGazetle carrier boy VVashington IP Another Montgomery Ward strike in Chi cago shaped up as a possibility Friday with a union statement that if it comes the government again will be asked to take over the plant A special house committee which wound up public hearings Thursday on the authority of President Roosevelt to seize the Ward plant in April developed this set of facts war labor board has again ordered Wards to extent CIO contract which includes a union maintenance of member ship clause officials challenged the WLBs right to impose such a condition union said that a new strike was quite probable as a result and that the president would be asked if that happens to seize the property again Samuel Wolchok president of the International Retail and Wholesale Workers told the committee that if Wards con tention that it is not a war in dustry is upheld it would be nec essary then for the union to say it had no obligation to stay on the job He told reporters that if Wards refuses to obey the new WLB order to extend the old contract there would be a strike racing on from Civitavecchia were reported to be shelling Tar quinia 55 airline miles from Rome and about 3 miles inland from the Tyrrhenian coast An allied spokesman said that among prisoners taken in the Lake Bracciano area were nazis from the 20th German luftwaffe j field division This division came to Italy rom Denmark which according o the prisoners it left only a veck ago said the spokesman The 20th luftwaffe field division liffers from the normal infantry division only in the fact that its personnel is drawn from the luft vaffe ground staff as in the case of the Hermann Goering panzer division The 5month standstill on the ines in the Adriatic sector ended with the Germans starting a with drawal between the coast and Crecchio 5 miles inland Eighth army forces moved up 2 miles and occupied Tollo which is only mites from the provincial capita of Chieti The naxis promptly be ean shelling the advance In the 5th army surge north of Rome the troops moved 7 miles north to win the Bracciano area Another element seizedthe town of Sutri 6 miles north of Lake Bracciano The Bth army conformed with this drive by a continued thrust northward along the east side of the Tiber but progress there was slower due to demolitions and in the Normandy fighting Vire estuary and east S 1st 4thand 29thinfantry divisions and the 506th parachute regi ment 6th airborne division of the 3rd British and 3rd Canadian Men of the first division are determined to equal the record of their predecessors of the last war Its a mansized ambition for the fighting first of World war I vas the first American di vision to go into action in France It took every objective as signed to it during 1917 and 1918 and captured 100 German prison ers for every man the Germans took from the division Chiang Tells Defenders of Changsha to Fight to End Against Japs Chungking Chiang KaiShek Friday ordered the defenders of imperiled Chang sha to fight to the end against powerful Japanese forces now battling on the northern edge of the city A military spokesman said 80 000 enemy troops were attempting to breach the northern defense line of Changshn key junction on the CantonHankow railway and main Chinese base in Hunan pro vince North of Changsha Chinese forces attacked furiously at Nanh sien Thursday front line dis patches reported The Japanese resisted in strength and severe fighting was in progress the dis patches said Chiangs order of the day urged government and party workers as well as troops defending Chang sha to do their utmost to repel the enemy attack He said due re wards would be given those giv ing meritorious service in defense of Changsha stroyed in the air and 20 others were accounted for on the ground asagainst an allied loss of 35 fight ers and 5 bombers Germans made 4 fighterComb er attacks against the invasion beaches between earJy Thursday morning and late Thursday night employing some GO planes but were driven off each time Several hundred RAF heavy bombers flying through rain and thick clouds hit the switching yards und rail Hermes Fougeres Alencon May enne and PontaubauH Thursday night These lie south and west of the Normandy fighting front Two of the heavy bombers are missing from these operations By noon Thursday allied air craft had flown more than 27000 sorties individual plane flights since the invasion began Head quarters reported 289 allied planes had been shot down barely one per cent of the number of sorties flown In the same pe riod 176 German planes were de stroyed The lower toll of the Germans was due chiefly to the fact that they had few planes up to shoot down It is likely that a large part of the allied losses resulted from antiaircraft fire rather than from enemy fighters More Towns Fall in Advance Nearer Port of Cherbourg BULLETIN Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force troops have captured Ste Mere Eglise 19 miles southeast of Cher bourg and the Germans said they had pushed on a mile closer toward the port U S infantry and parachute troops have joined forces in a 28mile salient in this narrowest neck of the Cherbourg peninsula The total bag of German prisoners has risen to at least 2400 Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force powerful American thrust has plunged within IS miles of the prize port of Cher bourgafter capturing Ste Mere Eglise the Germans conceded Friday and supreme headquarters reported armored combat rising in intensity on the plains of France Allied headquarters progress all along the 60mile beachhead front said Friday night that both sides were throwing more and more armor into the battle Canadians and British had joined forces for a coordinated assault on Caen pivot city at the east ern end of the combat zone Ground has been gained and the main German counter attack hurled back in that sector supremo headquarters Field dispatches told of Canadian tanks firing at point blank 200yard range into massed German formations These dispatches described the tank buttle as the biggest yet and the Germans said handtohand fighting was taking place in Caen Central spearheads captured Formigny between Bayeux and Ste Mere Eglise and astride the main communications linking Cherbourg with the rest of France With the doughboy general Lt Gen Omar N Bradley ashore and personally leading his Ameri can forces headquarters disclosed that the allied beachhead strength included the Canadian 3rd divi sion This was the 4th allied divi sion officially disclosed as on the BRADLEY LANDS IN NORMANDY Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Gen Omar N Bradley the doughboy general has landed in France and personally is directing the American advance below Cher bourg which German accounts said had reached within 18 miles of that great port and captured Ste Mere Eglise B r a d 1 e ys troops also occupied Formigny 20 miles southeast of Ste Mere Eglise on the CaenCarentan rood BULLETINS Stockholm Berlin dis junctions at to the newspaper Afton bladet said the Germans may be forced to abandon Cherbourg New York said Fri day that Berlin radio is appar ently getting ready for a possible fall of the Vichy government which is meeting Friday It re corded a Berlin broadcast saying the peoples national government is ready to take over if the French government does not do its duty Stockholm UR The German controlled Scandinavian telegraph bureau said in a Berlin dispatch Friday that allied tank spear heads were approaching St Lo 20 miles southwest of Bayeux and halfway across the Normandy peninsula The advance followed violent battles G miles southwest of Bayeux and at the Senile river southeast of Bayeux STB said London The Paris radio reported Friday that people flee ing from the battle zone in France were meeting endless columns of German motorized units panoramic view of the French Normandy coastline where the invading allies established their first beachheads is shown above Driving into the vaunted German west wall the allies reached Caen pivotal link to the Cherbourg peninsula Main beachheads reports said were established at points along the coast 2 indicated by blackened areas Paratroop landings at Rouen 3 and others near Havre and Honfleur 4 were reported by German sources Other German dispatches told of allied efforts to isolate both Havre and Cherbourg with pincer movements also of allied paratroop landings on the islands of Guernsey A and Jersey French Chutists Are Helpful as Guides Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force parachute troops arc participating in the invasion of Cherbourg pen insula proving especially effec tive as guides through their knowledge of terrain Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Cloudy Friday night and Saturday with occasional light rain in the north and central portions Friday afternoon and in the east portion Friday night somewhat warmer in the west and central portions Saturday Sunday considerable cloudiness with showers Minnesota Partly cloudy Friday night except light rain south east portion Saturday partly much change in cloudy Not temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 56 Minimum Thursday night 53 At 8 a m Friday 54 Rairl 129 inches YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 59 54 11 beachhead The others arc the 6th British airborne the first Ameri can and the 50th Northumbrian British division Brig Gen Paul L Williams Detroit was disclosed ns the com mander of the 9th ailforce troop carrier command who helped plan and direct DDay airborne operations to the beachhead which German reports picturedas more than 10 miles deep at places While guns roared alone the front allied warships roamed up and down the coast as roving ar tillery spotting German pockets and sfronspoints Deteriorating weather again fell upon the channel but headquar ters said the wind was in a more favorable direction for unloading streams of supplies and reinforce ments Field dispatches disclosed that the British and Canadian landings on 0Day were in the region ot BernicrsSurMcr at the mouth of the Orne river and north of Caen Bcrniors is in allied hands The German communique con ceded the loss of Ste Mere Eglise astride one of the main German arteries leading to Cherbourg sayiiitr the Americans were push ing north and south from the lauding head there Then a later Berlin broadcast said U S troops had advanced a mile beyond the town toward Valognes 12 miles southeast ot the port that would form a great funnel for allied reinforcements and supplies into the battle for France American Rear Admiral John Leslie Hall Jr on a tour of the beachhead told correspondents operations were going well but stressed the necessity of quickly building up our forces At Icasi 1600 prisoners have been taken A field dispatch Friday said Americans had cap tured 600 including some Rus sians and Poles Doughboys have occupied 1or migny on the road from Caen to Carenlan a field dispatch said Formigny one of the few towns identified of many reported taken is 9 miles northwest of Bayeux and 3 miles inlajid Other Berlin broadcasts report ed street fighting in Caen and an allied push toward Carcntan 40 miles to the west and 29 from Cherbourg Supreme headquarters gave no confirmation of these or other de tails but declared the steadily augmented allies were holding firm under counterblows ot in creasing weight and making progress on all sectors Front dispatches said the battle was developing into a race for supplies and it looks as if the allies are winning There was a   

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