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Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - September 8, 1942, Lowell, Massachusetts NAZI Germans Held Back on Stalingrad, Volga Line Despite Wild Efforts WRECK AXIS SHIPS American, British Bombers Attack Rommel Supplies Nazi Desert Forces Try to EscapeFront General Seeks to Pull Them Back From Alamein Line By LEOX KAV CAIRO, Sept. 8 Ameri- can and British heavy bombers were reported today to have at- tacked heavily Axis shipping in the Mediterranean as Marshal Er- Rommel sought to puli back the remainder of his desert forces from the south end of the Ala- mein line. A communique reported that American bombers carried out a daylight attack upon the enemy supply line across the Mediter- ranean in co-operation with heavy bombers of the Royal Air Force. The bombers reported a direct hit on a merchant ship and a near miss on a tanker. The first phase of the fall battle of the Nile was over. Rommel had taken a beating but it was indicat- ed that he was preparing to make a stand and any tendency to gloat over his reverses was dis- couraged by British military lead- ers who expected him to try an- other offensive soon, as he had staked his reputation on breaking through to Suez. The front was quiet after a week during which Rommel had attacked with all his power and, it was finally revealed, had reached a point only 35 miles from the vital coastal road from El Alamein to Alex- andria before he- met the main weight of the British Eifrhth army and suffered a setback. Today's communique said the there was nothing to report on the southern sector yesterday, that pa- trols were active in the central and southern sectors Sunday night and that at least six enemy planes had been destroyed yesterday for an Allied loss of one. This indicated the extent to which the lighting had subsided. Dispatches, however, gave the impression that by moans of a rear guard reinforced hy strong tank units, Rommel was trying to maintain a bridgehead in the Allied mine fields wherri he had made his first advance eight days ago. He had established posts around the Himcimat peak at the southern end of the front and apparently was trying to keep a line running THE LOWELL, SUN County News Today on Pages 8, 9 and 10 and o'clock COUNTY Associated News COMPLETE Press Wire-photo 64th Year No. 210 Lowell Mass. Tuesday September 8 1942 18 Pages 3 Cents JAPS HEAD FOR 3000 Axis Soldiers Killed As Enemy Drive Stalls Massed "Red Artillery and Armor Buster Lay Screen of Fire That Besiegers Cannot Penetrate By HENRY SHAPIRO MOSCOW, Sept. 8. Russians have checked a frontal drive on Stalingrad and the Volga river line, killing 3000 Germans, semi-official dispatches said today. Despite the wildest efforts, the Germans have not budged southwest of Stalingrad in 96 hours. Great, new forces of German tanks and 1500 dive bombers and fighter planes had created a perilous situation yesterday, but front- line dispatches today said massed Russian artillery and armor busters had laid a screen of fire that the Ger- mans could not penetrate. Attack after attack, were thrown back with heavy losses. Nips Break Through Mountain Pass Allied Troops Have Been Enveloped and Are Falling Back By HAROLD GUARD SO3LEWHERE Ds AUSTRALIA, "In the area west of Stalin- grad, fierce fighting the Sox'iet noon communique said. "After being repulsed, the Germans threw in new forces supported by tanks and for several hours tried to break through. AH attacks were re- pulsed. Six disabled tanks and more than 200 Germans remained on the battle field." Last midnight's Soviet com- munique, which revealed the Ger- man frontal assaults, had admitted a retreat. Front-line dispatches retreat to new the support of many planes and dozens of tanks. The Soviet high command had I held a mobile force in reserve for just such an attack and they cut I the Germans to pieces. In a sec- jond effort, the Germans made an i abortive attempt to drive a wedge j through the hinge of the Rus- jsian line. The noon communique did not mention the sector northwest of Stalingrad, but it said there was no material change on sectors indicated, however, that the Ger- others than those mentioned. Sept. 5 have broken through the forces Owen Conlinuril oil KTC KlcVc U.S. Helped Turnabout in Fire Razes Concord Barn-20 Cows Destroyed 100 Tons of Hay, One Horse, and Much Farm Equipment Also Lost in Early Morning Fire, (Special to The Sun) estimated at Stanley mountain pass in New Guinea, and are advancing down the southern slopes toward Port Moresby, the great Allied advance ibase on the south coast, less than J50 miles away, United Nations of- ficial quarters reported today. Allied advance troops holding the narrow mountain gap have been enveloped and are falling back on the main defense lines under thc weight of a persistent enemy at- tack in which it was believed, the largest Japanese forces so far en- gaged in New Guinea are operat- ing. The most serious threat to date to Port Moresby, which is 375 miles from Cape York at thc northeast tip of the Australian continent, was combined with the first enemy air attack on Port Moresby since Aug. 17 and the shelling of Aus- tralian troops in the Milne bay area at the southeast end of New Guinea who had driven Japanese landing parties into the jungle. It was indicated that thc bitterest and most important lighting yet seen in New- Guinea was in prospect as the enemy advanced toward the Allied main defense lines on 1he south side of the Owen Stanley mountains. The enemy had moved stealthily inland from their base at Buna and the Gona mission on the north New Guinea coast, occupied was caused by a fire early this morning which destroyed a large barn, 20 cows, one horse, 100 tons of hay and a large assortment of farm tools and machinery. The barn was the property of Thomas L. Eldridge and was located across the road from his home on the Fitchburg turnpike, in the Ninej Acre corner section of this town.j A passing truckman and Leg- gett Teal, herdsman on a near- by farm, both discovered the lire at about 5.20 a. m., and three minutes later an alarm was sounded from box 553. Both Concord and West Con- cord companies responded. When firemen arrived, the barn was a blaAing inferno, and it was impossible for the fire-fighters to force entry in an attempt to save'cause of the fire. the greater part of the live-stock. One horse that broke loose from i its stall was saved, and about 100 i hens also escaped the flames. Sev- eral hen-houses and other small i buildings near the blazing barn were saved by firemen, who laid 1000 feet of hose from a brook and brought several streams into action. Flames from the blazing hay and cattle barn were visible for miles. Several electric light poles were damaged and wires were burned, but power coin- mans had attacked, not so much I in an effort to reach Stalingrad as1 to eliminate Soviet flank attacks from the xvest against German forces fighting on the northwest and southwest sectors. Notwithstanding: the commu- nique, dispatches to military newspapers said the Russians had killed Germans and destroyed 19 tanks, 13 cannon and 40 machine guns west of Stalingrad. The Germans attacked around (The sudden dropping of this area from official reports might indicate that the Rus- sians had launched a counter- offensive northwest of Stalin- grad. The Germans reported "the heaviest kind of fighting" and claimed they had knocked out 192 Soviet tanks in re- newed counter-attacks on northern sector.) "Southwest of Stalingrad, Soviet troops were engaged in defensive righting and several enemy at- i _ fortified points they had set up'tacks were the noon to protect their flanks, but failed the exception of one Soviet continued on Page reicvcn Japan-Russia Break May Come at Any Moment Now Chungking Hears the Reds Have Found Nippon Suggestions Unacceptable 'REDS HOLD FOE IN THREE MAJOR AREAS IN SOUTH RUSSIA pany repair crews were on the the Russian armies stiffened their resistance alonq all lines, scene before the fire had been 3 extinguished and made emer- three major areas of fighting became evident on the southern Kcncy repairs. The loss is par- ;Russian front. Circled in map at top, they are the region west- tially covered by insurance. r i- i n i i Fire Chief Harrv E. Tuttle from Stalingrad where the Reds have stopped fierce Ger- rected the firemen at: the scene and man thrusts; the Mozdok vicinity in the south where the Ger- now is conducting an investigation I in an attempt to determine thejrnans were also held in their latest drives and around Novoros- Uisk, east of the Crimea, where the Reds have retaken Taman- CHUNGKING. Sept. S ports circulated in foreign circles j today that Japanese Ambassador] Naotake Sato had presented re-i jcent -suggestions" to Prussia which were said, however, to have been laid before the Russians since the resignation of Shigenori Togo as Japanese foreign minister last week. An army spokesman said at a the Soviet government found press conference that China had ceptable, and that as a result a j no new knowledge of Japanese break into open conflict between troop movements outside of China, the two nations was expected at any moment. These reports did not spec- ify what suggestions Japan was alleged to have made. They but reports reaching other quar- ters in this capital continued to describe a steady flow of Japanese forces into Manchukuo, across the border from Siberia. Churchill Credits Yariksfor Progress in Middle East Other Stories. Back Page) LONDON, Sept. S The United States was largely respon- sible ;he recent turn lor the better in British military perform- ance in Egypt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the house of commons today. turnabout: of fortunes in !ir sr.iri, -must, largely be attributed to liie Unilod States. "President Roosevelt approved my persor.nl request in March for the loan of American ships to transport, befwoon 40.000 anrl 000 rcinfornemrnts to the Midrlle East. -At the critical moment we had rounding the Cnpc a very Inrge and well-equipped force." LOWELL WAR MOTION PICTURI RALLY WEDNESDAY 12 m. to 1 p. in. REX GRILLE SHOW Continued on ISlcvon in War Bonds Sold to Date Motion Picture Industry's Drive Roaring Along As the local portion of the coun- try's billion dollar war bond drive swung into action today, at the beginning of its second week in total of had been pur- chased or pledged. Yesterday afternoon was purchased and pledged under the auspices of local D. A. R. chapters, and Saturday was subscribed at a huge children's day performance. Today the police department sponsors the show and it is out to break all records. One.of the most, varied cnlortain- i iiiuoil on I'nsrr. Klevrn THE D. L. PAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES That they are discontinu- ing their temporary ice cream branch at the corner of Moore and Gorham Sis. This location is no longer under the management of iho Page Company. Many Attend Funeral of Pr. Johnson Bishop Heads Large Delegation of Priests at Pinehurst Church (Special to The Sun> riNEHURST, Sept. fu- neral of Rev. Charles Johnson, pastor of St. Mary's church, tool- place yesterday. The body was brought to the church Sunday afternoon and the office of the dead was chanted at 4 o'clock. From then on hundreds of people from Billerica and other towns in which he served came to pay their last respects. A special mass was held at S Continued 01 Tlirec Fined After Chelmsford Auto Crash Billerica Motorist Pays Elderly Persons Injured the result of a two-car collision in Acton road, Chelmsford, Sunday afternoon in which two elderly persons were injured. Joseph Potsavich, 70, of Weed Brook road, Billerica, plead- ed guilty to drunken driving charg- es in district court today and paid a fine. Greater-Lowell police Continued on PJIRTC Throe WIREPHOTO. Death Takes Lowell-Born Navy Notable Capt. E. L Bennett, Retired, Class of '88 at Lowell High Word was received iere todr.y of tho death, Monday, in San Diego, Calif., of Capt. Er- "icst L. Bennett, S. N., retired, former chief of the navy bureau of engineering, and at. one time commander of the battleship New York. Capt, Bennett was Lowell- born nnd was well known to many oca! residents. He was tho son of John Cotton Bennett, hardware denier, with U. S. and Britain Warn Hitler Full Scale Allied Offensive Soon (Sec Second Front Page) By THE UNITED PRESS America and Britain today put Adolf Hitler on warning that a "full scale" Allied offensive will hit Xazi Europe at a moment of the United Nations' own choosing. In parallel statements, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the White House hrcathed confidence in the Allied war potential and indicated plainly the day of increasing: offensive action is at hand. Churchill was careful. to give no hint of where and when the Allied might will strike, preferring, he said, to let Hitler worry about that question. The White House attitude was the same. Churchill and the White House spoke at a moment" when reports from the war fronts around the world had assumed a comparatively optimistic trend in contrast with the dark succession of setbacks which had formed a backdrop for so many of the prime minister's addresses. But Churchill emphasized that a time of hard lighting lies ahead and his statement was echoed hy the White House. Both, however, (left no doubt that a second front in Europe is coming and that the jdecisions to open that front have boon agreed upon by Britain and I America. Churchill expressed confidence in the imperial position in Egypt, whore he. said the defenses now are in shape to hold for months ahead and that "further developments may be awaited with good heart." THE GREATER GLORY Lieut. John J. Powers Ranked Among U. S. A.'s Heroes (See Picture, Back Page) WASHINGTON, Sept. S (INS) "Missing in J.ieut. John J. Powers, 30-year-old navy pilot of New York, today is ranked among America's outstanding war heroes. The heroic flyer was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor nation's highest military dec- President Roosevelt for the part he played in the great Coral Sea battle in the Pacific j early in May. During the first two days of the battle, Powers, flying; a ship-based dive bomber, sank a sunboat and aji aircraft car- rier, and damaged another gunboat, an aircraft tender and a large transport. On the next day he dove so low over an enemy aircraft carrier that his plane was destroyed hy the explosion of his own bomb as it hit its target. Mr. Roosevelt told of Power's exploit on that third day in his Cont Kleven Four Lowell Priests Involved in Series of Oblate Appointments ('nnlfniinl on Throe Rommel Lost More Than 10G of His 270 Front-Line Tanks Last Week... Willkie (See Willkie. Story on Back Egypt. Now, in ordinary language, ANKARA, Sept. 7 (UP) in a hell of a hole, Field Marshal Er-j "i vvas there and I saw the tanks win Rommel lost, more than lOOUvhich had been destroyed. I was Lowell priests were included in a list of new ap- pointments announced this morn- ing by the Very Rev. James T. McDermott, O. M. I., provincial of the First American Province. Ob- lates of Mary Immaculate. The Lowell priests 'involved were: Kev. John J. Handley, O. M. I-, formerly of Duck C'reck, to the. Oblate mission House, Gary, Ind.; Rev. Thom- as F. Wood, O. M. I., formerly of Toledo, O., to the Oblate. Mission House, Clinton la.; Brendan J. Hunt, O. M. I., newly ordained, to the Oblate House of Philosophy, New- burgh, N. Y-, Rev. Harold W. Fraser, O. M. newly or- dained, to post-graduate work at Catholic university, Wash- ington, D. C. It. was also announced that the names of four Oblate fathers have been submitted for chaplaincies with the armed forces. Their t on Kleven BIGGEST Is a black Persian cat, weighing 17 pounds, and winner of a car- ton of cat food in Stock Market of his 270 first line tanks in last week's fighting on tho Alamein line, Wendell L. Willkie said to- day on his arrival from Egypt. He made it plain that in his opinion, which he formed in course, of a tour of the, battle front in company with the higher British officers, includ- ing Lt. Gen. Genard L. Mont- gomery, commnmlor-in-chief of the British eighth army, that Rommel had suffered a serious and big scale defeat. extent of the United Na- tions victory has not yet been re- Wi'llkie said. -The Axis calls it a reconnais- !s'Kn of lhc turn of thc tidc'" sance in force. It there are many; more such reconnaissances there on the battle licld two days ago. Rommel was repulsed. Thc rea- sons for the repulse are: "Gen. Montgomery proved him- self a superb fighting field general. Air Force ana American army air force planes gave superb support to the ground forces. of America and the rest of the United Nations made itself felt. "I talked to the soldiers at the front. Their morale wa.s high. They knew the extent; of their victory. Smallest Local School Enrollment in Years Fewer Than Pupils Expected to Begin New Year Tomorrow; Sharp Drop at High School LOWELL Fewer than smallest number in expected to be present at public school openings tomor- NEW YORK, Sept. 8 Small be any Germany left, fractions were chipped off leading about '10 per cent stocks in today's early market i transactions. Lower at a quiet opening were, of his first line tanks, .100 out of 270. He was out. to take think this battle is a visible row. according to an r estimate made today by school officials. At the high school where the enrollment pyramided for years until it approached the 4000 mark, it is believed that fewer than 3000 students will i TODAY'S SUN INDEX falling birth rate, crease being felt. with the de- in the upper Continued on Vnisrc Ten AdvcrtL-otiicnt Amusements 14'is Radio' Rocky Anaconda. U. S. Rubber. Santa; THE WEATHER Fe> Nntlonal Distillers. Now York; Occasional Light Rains mountain news biggest-cat-m- Central. J. T. Case and Great! Today anrl Tonight; be on hand at the ringing of i class hells. i Public school attendance totals! Denver contest. i Northern. S. and Brihlc-i Cooler TVvlny hem managed to edge forward. i Comics ifi, 17J14 Sampascoopies! Deaths Silt Serial! Kxlitorials.....t 12. IS Ma'Ion 6 Women's! in the city began to drop j Pr arson j'i.> Classified: years ago because of several and; Kilcnllen 17 7 Mrs. Roosevelt i varied reasons, chief of which, ac-' tnr ftntr? Runyon Al Williams j cording to school officials, was a TONIGHT WBZ 7.45 FOR GOVERNOR PUTNAM Democratic Candidate Tntroducod hy Mnin. for Olil rSPAPERf
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