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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 5, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ACL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS ros aad United Full Leued Wlw Oento MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JULY 5 1944 Fapv CoMlsts of T MO NAZIS QUIT BASE ON WARSAW ROAD Yanks Gain in Blazing Attack FIGHT THROUGH STREETS OF LA HAYE DU PUITS Germans Use Tiger Tanks in Vain Effort to Save French Town By WES GALLAGHER Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force boys fought handtohand late Wednesday through the streets of La Haye du Puits German anchor on their western flank in France after seizing the railway station 300 yards from the heart of that important junction town Fierce fighting raged at ends of the Normandy battlefront as supreme headquarters dis closed that more than 58 French cities towns and villages Had been liberated in the first month of the invasion Besides battering into La Haye du Puits Lt Gen Omar N Brad leys men scored advances of more than 3 miles along the entire front near the town 6 miles inland from the western coast A field dis patch said the railway station fell shortly after 9 a m The Germans counterattacked with infantry and tanks throwing in giant tiger tanks for the first time on the U S sector in Nov mandy in vain effort to save the town the dispatch added Violent fighting flared also at the eastern end of the front near Caen Field Marshal Erwin Rom mel attacked heavily against the lower tip of the British wedge southwest of Caen seeking to break through the allied line and Canadian troops were forced bacjc in the battle for iield due west ot Caen The Germans held all but the northern hangars of the airfield after counterattacking with 30 to 40 tanks a field dispatch said and the Canadians withdrew a few hundred yards But the Canadians consolidated their hold on the town of Carpi quet itself 3 miles Caen and one of the fortress points guard ing that bombblasted city of 61000 population N The Americans closed in on La Haye from 3 sides The Germans resisted bitterly on the Cherbourg peninsula front and little progress was made in the swampy country farther east from St Jores to Carentan The doughboy drive on the pe ninsula had freed 17 villages and hamlets in 24 hours before the final assault that broke inlo the highway center Wednesdays m o r n i n g com munique said the Americans had gained from mile to 2Ji miles through country Local Girl 3 Struck by Car Killed Mason City contributed one death to the nations holiday acci dent toll when Mary Jo Merritt 3 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs L M Merritt 25 South Vermont Mason City was killed at about Tuesday evening when a car driven by Henry Heimsness of 1203 1st S W struck her after the little girl darted into the street from a weed lined vacant lot Eyewitness accounts of the trag edy said that Heimsness was driv ing at a very slow rate of speed the car hitting and passing over the child before the driver was aware of what had happened A womans scream was the first warning Heimsness had of the ac cident The child was taken to a hos both pital butwas dead upon arrival Tuesday was Mary Jos birthday Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at Des Moines The body will lie in state at the Major funeral home from to p m Wednesday and then will be taken to Des Moines Surviving are the parents 1 sis ter Jenny Leslie the grand parents Mrs F L Pollard Boone C S Shirk Fort Dodge and Mr and Mrs A M Merritt Des Moines The Major funeral home is in Gloomy Hitler Makes Desperate Appeal to People to Battle On London Hitler in the grimmest speech of his career warned Wednesday that Germany was fighting for its very existence and acknowledged that the have far outstripped the reich in war production He told German arms and other war production leaders at his headquarters that this gigantic struggle for the fate of the Ger man nation is deciding the future of many generations to come I know that unheard of strength nerves and determina tion are necessary to survive in such times as the present he said But I also know that the guiding star of all our actions is the one unchangeable principle that we will not capitulate how ever great the difficulties that face us In what amounted to a desper ate appeal to his people to keep fighting despite defeats and overwhelming odds Hitler called 011 everyone to emulate his forces at the front where our gallant soldiers are accomplishing what seems impossible and do not shrink from tasks which seem im charge of arrangements ROBOMBS AGAIN STRIKE ENGLAND Some Relaxation of Censorship Predicted London Germans continued sporadic s heroism swampy canalcreased Progress was far from easy The Germans resisted heavily in all sectors and a particularly violent engagement was going on y2 mile south of newlycaptured St Jores east of La Haye The longquiet Carentan sector erupted into Woody fighting when the Americans launched an attack down the CarcnlanPeriers road The doughboys advanced half a mile in an attack starting at noon Tuesday Each foot of the advance had to be covered with artillery Swamps and canals channelized the fight ing to the narrow area along the road j On the Carentan Tilly Sur i Seulles sector of the front there was only patrol activity East of Gavrus at the butt of the Odon river bridgehead the Germans launched a night coun terattack but it was smashed by Gen Bernard L Montgomerys big gun batteries Another sim ilar attack to the south 3 hours later also was smashed The Germans have lost a largenumber of men killed and considerable number tanks the allied supreme command said in describing the repulse of a long series of German counterattacks The British advance which cap tured Verson 2 miles below Carpiquet and 4 miles southwest of Caen encountered only light opposition But to the north where the Canadians captured Carpiquet 3 miles west of Caen the Germans resisted violently and heat back all attempts to cap ture the airfield Field Marshal Gen Erwin Rom mel had tanks dug in on a ridge overlooking the airfield These tanks swept the field with fire and even rocketfiring Typhoons failed to dislodge them Digging tanks in to the turret is a device the Germans used with consid erable success in Russia and at Cassino in Italy during the past winter ardment of southern England with robot bombs Wednesday night and Wednesday and damage and cas ualties were reported from a number of localities Censorship prevented publica tion of details of fatalities but the London Daily Mail said there was good reason to believe that some slight relaxation of the present policy of secrecy may be allowed soon The Daily Mail said publication of casualties at regular intervals and some general indication of where the bombs have fallen apart from the stock designation southern England should sat isfy those outside the affected dis tricts who believe cither that London is a smoking ruin or that a lot of fuss is being made about nothing At this stage of the war the public is not so willing to take it without retaliation as it was when we had nothing with which to give it the Daily Mail added It is felt that with the enormous resources now at the disposal of possible to If you will look to thi you will understand my unshake able faith Hitler said will reward us for everything the individual has sacrificed for all the troubles which we have had to shoulder and for all the blood sacrifices made by families The speech reported by the German Transocean and DNB news agencies was regarded here as the gloomiest and most fore boding ever made by Hitler ex ceeding even that folio wine Italys capitulation last Though hedidhbtThentlbiithe allied invasion of France the An gloAmerican victories in Italy and the armys breakthrough on the eastern front Hitler ac knowledged that a magnitude of difficulties was confronting Ger many The pessimistic tone of the speech coupled with the fact he chose to make it before German war production leaders led to the conclusion that he was making a final effort to squeeze out still greater efforts from German workers already laboring to the limits of their endurance The speech was Hitlers 2nd public utterance since the allied invasion of France Last week he spoke at funeral services for Gen Edward Dietl former commander of German forces in Finland who was killed in an airplane crash This war cannot be measured ui the events of the day he said Vcdncsday In such a gigantic truggle when eternal history is made temporary success or failure Iocs not play any decisive part In this the greatest struggle SMASH 5 SHIPS IN HEAVY RAID ON BONIN ISLES 88 Planes Destroyed in Task Force Attack 615 Miles From Tokyo By J B KUUEGER Associated Press War Editor An American fleet spoiling for I battle has stabbed into Japans Bonin islands 615 miles from Tokyo to destroy 5 ships 88 planes and to deliver another compelling invitation for the Japanese navy to come out and fight The alarmed Tokyo radio Wed nesday said the Fourth of July carrier planewarship attack was still going on All four of the Pacific war fronts flamed into action but the thrust of Adm Raymond Spru ances fifth fleet task forces into the Bonins and adjacent Volcano islands was a slap in the face the Japanese admirals could hardly ignore FOUR KILLED AND 50 is the wreckage of the Santa Fes Chief crack transcontinental train which piled up spectacularly Tuesday while rounding a slight curve enroute to Los Angeles Associated Press wirephoto Kayenay engraving Earatroapxlandingsyj fpor island inGen domain imminent finish of the Saipan invasion and important gains in Burma filled out the pic ture of heightening allied pressure on the enemys buckling defenses Only in China were the Japanese successfully on the offensive AdmChester Nimitz Tuesday night announced the BoninVol cano raids On July 3 carrier planes blasted Iwo Jima in the Volcano group destroying prob ably 79 planes against a loss of 3 the allies the government is not being so tough with the enemy as it might be Thief Takes Commando Outfit From Store Los Angeles case of fur ther invasion at least one burglar is ready From a store window display he stole a commando out helmet rifle and knife ORDER FLYNNS ARREST Hollywood UR Errol Flynn appeared Wednesday to be headed towards another courtroom drama time on a charge of failing to make a boulevard stop A war rant for Flynns arrest was or dered Tuesday when he failed to appear in court to answer a traf fic citation or the fate of the German na ions everybody has his task to fight and work relentlessly for victory We shall survive these times and in the end win this war Hitler praised the heroism of ihe German soldier and asked In view of such heroism should leadership such as Ger manys which has Ihe fortune to be able to say that for 4 years it has achieved nothing but success fail in the test No He acknowledged that allied technicians had equaled and in some cases excelled the Germans in technical inventions but as serted that the German genius of invention is about to restore the technical balance in order to cre ate the prerequisite for finally changing the course of this war Weather Report FORECAST Mason cloudy Wed nesday night and Thursday Slowly rising temperatures Highest Wednesday afternoon 90 to 95 Iowa Fair and continued warm Wednesday night and Thursday extreme south cloudy with occasional showers north and central portions Wed nesday night and Thursday lit tle change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics j Maximum Tuesday 86 Minimum Tuesday night 63 At 8 a m Wednesday 69 YEAR AGO Maximum 86 Minimum 63 Precipitation 01 Relics of Theodore Roosevelt Are Saved in Fire on Estate Oyster Bay N T less relics of Theodore RooSevelt were saved Wednesday when fire broke out in a garage on the Saga more Hill estate of the late presi dent and spread to the main house gutting a wing of the mansion Volunteer firemen confined the blaze to a section of the home away from where the Roosevelt mementos are kept The Long Island home was un occupied Mrs Roosevelt widow of the 25th president was report ed vacationing in Connecticut Origin of the blaze which de molished the garage and a cottage on the estate was undetermined Fire officials did not estimate the amount damage The next day cruisers and de stroyers moved in close to shell shore Iwo Jimas warehouses and hav Coroner E bor installations Carrier planes firing rockets also hit Iwo Jima and flew northward to thump Haha Jima and destroy 25 more planes against a loss of 6 These scores brought to 826 the number of enemy planes downed since the Saipan operations began June 10 and the toll of ships to 36 Three of the vessels knocked out July 4 were destroyers Tokyo declared without confir mation that a powerful U S task force was still prowling off Chi chi Jima main island of the Bonin group and that severe fighting continues While Nimitz did not mention Chichi Jima Tokyo said it was shelled Tuesday by war ships and that several hundred planes joined the attack t Tokyo also conceded steady American advances on Saipan Nimitz said U S forces have con quered seveneighths of the island including the cities of Garapan and Tanapag with the latters good harbor Thousands of and crowding into Saipans northeast tip for a last desperate stand Paratroops dropped on Noem foor to back up sixth army troops driving toward their second air port on the island which lies 800 mites from the Philippines Para chute landing of troops has been rarely used in the Pacific Chungking said its troops cap tured a village 22 miles west of Tengchung narrowing to 26 miles the gap between these forces and Gen Stilwells troops in Burma The latter Chungking casually mentioned has a force at Sanon 31 miles east of Myitkyina Sanon and the captured village Chan hsi possibly indicate for the first TWO MEN DROWN IN CRESCO POND Lose Lives Trying to Save Girl Companions Cresco Two boys were drowned late Tuesday afternoon in Vernon Springs mill pond on of Leonard Reicks 21 son of Mr and Mrs Tony Reicks farmers living miles west of Cresco on highway 9 and Joe Mrachek 21 son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Mrachek farmers south of Cres co were riding in a motorboat with 2 girls Matilda Pecinovsky and Rita Reicks when the boat capsized and all 4 occupants were thrown into the bond Miss Reicks is a sister of Leonard In trying to rescue the girls both boys were drowned but the girls were saved by others on the U S Subs Sink Cruiser Destroyer 15 Other Ships Washington Secretary Forrestal reported Wednesday the sinking of 17 Japanese vessels including a light cruiser and destroyer by American marines operating in Pacific waters He disclosed the latest bag of American underseas craft at a L Bradley Sheriff Percy Haven and Dr W A Bockoven all of Cresco were called to the scene Life of the 2 youths was extinct when the bodies were recovered soon after wards1 The bodies were taken to the Bradley funeral home The girls were taken to St Josephs Mercy hospital where they quickly re covered Funeral arrangements were pending word from relatives The upset of the motorboat is said to have resulted when the pilot swerved it to avoid hitting a post in the water The 2 young men supported the girls in the water and succeeded in starting to shore with them but the young men became ex hausted and went down They drowned while the efforts of those on shore were directed toward saving the girls Violent Death Toll in Iowa Reaches 17 Buy War Savings Bonds and time the route of the projected Le doBurma road Stilwell is straining lo get in operation The Chinese surrounded in Hengyang refused to yield the city Chungking said despite fierce assaults of infantry artil lery and poison gas Germans Report Troops Fought Way Backwards London fP From Wednesdays Des Moines Iowas death toll reached 17 for the July 4 hol iday weekend A soldier whose identity was not to be disclosed until relatives were notified drowned in Crystal Lake near DeWitt Iowa The body was removed to the Schick army hospital at Clinton Nahlon Foster 32 died Tuesday of injuries received Monday when the gasoline truck in which he was riding overturned and bumed on highway 34 near Chariton Iowa At Oskaloosa Raymond Sparks 29 was killed late Monday night when a truck in which he was rid ing crashed into a telephone pole in the residential district The driver Dale Siillc 27 was held for investigation But not all Iowas casualties were set in holiday trappings Some were fatally injured while on the job in the farm field at the workshop Of the 16 reported deaths in the period from 6 Friday night until midnight Tuesday night 4 died of injuries received while doing work on the farm Two were fa news conference at which he re ported that the submarines de the lions share pi the Vre3if for Knockmg the props from under Japans conquest Forrestal said that the rate of sinking ot the Japanese merchant fleet would be accelerated and lias caught up with the Jap re treat Japan he said is losing mer chant ships faster than she can afford to and continuation of the current trends will leave her by the end of 1944 with a sizable and growing deficil The war against Japan he said had moved at a faster pace than we had hoped for But he warned against over confidence saying that the main battles are stil to come and they will be bitter and costly We are now approaching he said the place when wo cat force the Japanese in the Pacific to stand up and fight Jlain battles still to come he predicted will likely occur on land with infantry organizations beating the Jap army The war goes well Forrestal said but it still is a long war The new sinkings by American subs raised lo 791 the number of Jap craft of all lypes sunk prob ably sunk or damaged by Ameri can subs alone The breakdown shows that of that total 640 defi nitely have been destroyed In the latest bag in addition lo the two combatant vessels there were 2 mediumsized tankers medium cnrgo transports 3 small cargo vessels a large cargo trans port 3 medium cargo vessels and 1 small cargo transport Forrestal also made public chart showing the number of Jap merchant vessels sunk since Jan 1 1942 and including 740 merch ant craft definitely destroyed of RUSSIANS NEAR PREWAR LINE ON FINN FRONT Germans Evacuate Kowel 490 Miles Southeast of Berlin London German com mand announced Wednesday the evacuation of the old Polish city of Kowel 175 miles southeast of Warsaw and west of the Pripet marshes and the whole bitterly contested salient around it in or der to shorten the front A Berlin commentary said that in White Russia to the north the Soviets had driven to within 25 miles of Wilno to a position within 122 miles of the East Prus sian frontier At midnight the Russians an nounced the capture of Polotsk and nearly 900 other places in cluding Dubova 8 miles from a corner where old Poland Latvia Lithuania and Russia meet Mos cow said 14000 Germans were tilled and 2500 including Lt Gen Von Luetzow commander of the 35th German array corps were captured Advances announced on he Finnish front carried almost lo the prewar frontier The Germans also announced that Russian forces had landed on 5 islands in Narva bay between Estonia and Finland The Finnish communique said the Russians have begun large scale landing operations on the northern shores of Viipuri bay in southern Finland ill an apparent attempt to estab lish a bridgehead behind Finnish lines The enemy said Kowel was abandoned without any fight ing although the abandonment of such a strategic center sug Rested that the Russians might have launched another offensive at the northern end of the south ern front I Kowel is but 35 mi lea east o the Polish Bug river part ol II A 1 U L J which defines what the Russians HUVt in AarhUS Harbor call the now Polish frontier NAZI MUNITIONS SHIP BLOWS UP Report 80 Killed 300 Stockholm Free Dan ish Press service asserted Wed nesday that a German munitions ship blew up in Aariuis harbor Tuesday causing damage esti mated at close to 325000000 First reports from underground sources indicated Iliat at least 80 persons were killed and 300 in jured by the blast which dam aged possibly 1000 buildings in Aarhus the 2nd city of Denmark and set fire to several other ves sels in the harbor Earlier the agency had said that order and normal condi tions are returning to Copenhag en after a 5diy general strike and disturbances which forced concessions from German occupa tion nuthorities The Germans promised to with draw their Schalburg counter botage corjs lift the curfew nortly enforce no reprisals be ause of the strike fire on no rowds unless weapons are seen nd agree to the request of tram ay workers to close the trnns ort sjstem at 9 p m instead of p m the service said Avhich 570 are credited to subs The chart shows a steady growth in the destruction of the enemy merchant fleet and For reslal said the rising trend of sinkings speaks for itself Our at tack against the lifelines of the Jap empire progresses with mounting success even though some of our sub skippers have be gun to complain about the scarcity of targets He added that as push our ring of advance bases closer proper air and sur face attacks of Jap shipping are becoming more and more profi table It will be accelerated by our advance into the Marianas German communique South of Minsk German for SUmps from your Globe Gazette mations fought their way further flAV carrier boy backwards tally hurt working in their shops while Four persons were victims of traffic accidents Four drownings were reported and therewas one accidental shooting One young man died in a plane crash 7000 Mile Bombing Trip Completed by American Fortresses Supreme Headquarters Allie Expeditionary Force J Flying Fortresses which flev from England to Russia on Jun 21 and then to Italy returned t England Wednesday completin a 7000 mile bombing trip The hit railroad yards in France o the Italy to Britain leg of the trip STIMSON TALKS WITH POPE PIUS Received in Audience in Papal Library Vatican City States Secretary of War Henry L Stim on was received in a prixatc audi ance by Pope Pius XII Wednes day He was accompanied by Myron C Taylor President Roosevelts personal representative to the Vatican and a 20 minute confer ence was held in the papal library Well informed Vatican sources ndicated that important interna ional questions as well as war problems were discussed Stimson and Taylor also visited with Luigi Cardinal Maglione papal secretary of state Stimson arrived in Rome Tues day aboard a coal train the first lo arrive since the allies took over the city He told Romans the al lies were in their city not as con querors but as deliverers of a great ancient capital Before going to Rome Stimson stopped off at Naples and took a jeep ride to the Cassino battle field Stimson wearing a light brown suit and a sun helmet was met at the station by Lt Gen Mark W Clark commander of the 5th army and Maj Gen Harry H Johnson military commander Rome He entered a 4 star car and rode 3 blocks through flag decorated streets to his hotel Kowel lies 490 miles southeast of Berlin on the main route through Warsaw and open country above the Carpa thians which is hard lo defend Moscow has said nothing of Kowel in recent months Russian troops drove to the citys ap proaches in the winter campaign in which Rowne and Luck were captured but were halted by vio lent German counterattacks Kowel is 70 miles southeast of Brest Litovsk an objective of the army groups rolling west in White Russia toward Warsaw The wild pace of the soviet advance slowed down consider ably in White Russia the Berlin radio said This was not due lo stiffened German resistance by bringing up reserves The fact is that enemy armored forces which have advanced a lone distance have not yet received full sup port of infantry masses Far behind enemy tank spear heads outflanked German for mations are engaged in a struggle with the main body of soviet in fantry German formations are fighting their way further west ward and thus disturbing supplies for enemy tanks Radio Berlin said the main Russian objective at present is Wilno formerly a Polish city of 207750 which was awarded to the Lithuanian republic in the last partition of Poland The nazis said strong Russian armored and motorized masses were concen trating in the area of captured Polotsk manifestly destined to carry out an advance in the last instance on Riga Riga is a major Baltic seaport the capital of Latvia and 260 miles northwest of Polotsk Field dispatches declared the Germans appeared wholly unable to halt the red army drives to ward Latvia and Lithuania Russian planes hammered Wil no Vilna in softeningup at tacks The Berlin radio acknowledged that the soviet advance is sweeping so fast a considerable number of German forces sud denly found themselves in the rear of the soviet lines By London estimates the ad vancing red army troops were within 10 miles of the Latvian border and 15 or 17 miles from The railway connecting Berlin and Warsaw with line which runs through Poland hitting Bialystok Grodno and Wilno and connecting at Daug vapils with the line to immediately before the advanc ing Russian armies This is one of Europes best railways and is highly important to any German hopes of holding the Baltics or eastern Poland Without U either task would be extremely difficult The sector where the red army   

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