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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 11, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Colder CWemther DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 Russians Make New Progress Jn Three Sectors In Stalingrad Area NAZI DEAD LITTERS FIELD By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 11 fighting flared along a broad area of the central front today with a break in the blizzard which had swept the plains for several days while on the Stalingrad front the Red Army has made fresh progress in three the Russians re ported Resumption of bigscale opera tions in the snowcrusted Velikie LukiRzhev west of was reported to have started with heavy but ineffective German counterattacks upon wedges driv en into enemy lines in the recent Red These clashes developing all along the 140mile strip be tween Rzhev and Velikie where Soviet forces now stand on ly 90 miles from the Latvian bor On the Stalingrad Soviet dispatches and otficial announce ments listed three active areas oi with the Red Army scor ing gains in The biggest clash about the Vol ga city was reported to the south where a battle was in prog ress for a Jarge populated The place was not but the fighting presumably was pro gressing along the StalingradTik horetskaya where the Russians were advancing toward Garrison Seized Occupation of trenches long held by the Nazis was reported in Stalingrads southern Northwest of the the Red Army announced seizure of one heavily fortified garrison between the Don and Hundreds of German dead were left on the Stalingrad the noon communique and dis patches from the front In one sector southwest of Stalin grad seven picked guardsmen of the Red army held off repeated at tacks by a company of German in fantry against their height and then forced them to leaving SO dead the communique The occupation of the German defense declared to be one of the most significant phases in fighting of recent came after an attack by Soviet soldiers on one of many garrisons hastily established by the Germans in the sector between the Volga and Don the Russians Dispatches described the Rus sian soldiers as showering their ob jective with hand grenades and then storming in to take the place in closequarter Red the army newspaper reported that in another sector northwest of Stalingrad a large Russian rifle unit outflanked Ger mans in a group of stronglyforti fied hills disregarding strong cut off an important The enemy resisted furiously at Red Star and then be gan a quick leaving dozens of bodies of soldiers and The German force reorganized and tried to dislodge the Russians but Red Star Another Red Star story from the front disclosed that a battle for an unidentified populated point southwest of Stalingrad was in its third day after the Germans had massed reserves against the Rus sian It described the enemy as fight ing from fortified brick houses be hind fields on the outskirts of the This was taken to mean that the locality was of since brick houses generally are not found in small Russian settlements or Infantry Routed West of on the central about two companies of en emy infantry were reported routed during a Russian advance and three enemy attacks were beaten off with heavy losses to the Germans near Velikie the communique An earlier communique said that German counterattacks in the RzhevVelikie Luki area had won the Germans a slight advance but their losses were heavy and the Russians stopped their men an In three sectors of the Stalingrad a succession of Axis counter attacks were detailed in the early communique but in each case the Russians said held their posi tions and some advances were re In one sector northwest of Stal a German infantry regi ment supported by 40 tanks was fought off in clashes that lasted throughout the the com munique and 10 tanks were disabled and more than two com panies of the foe were wiped out This was in the area between the Don and Volga The communique listed at least Axis soldiers slain in addition to the heavy but unspecified losses it said the Russians exacted in the central front Among the ruins of the factories and homes of Stalingrad Russian troops operated in small groups to destroy enemy and on the southern fringe of the city Soviet units broke into more German trench the offi cial Russian report SOLDIERS ARRIVE IN NEW GUINEA Marching away from one of the transport planes background which has carried them part of the way across New United States soldiers eel off on a twoday trek through rough jungle country to the advanced positions assigned to them in the Allied drive on the SLIPPERY STREETS 2 Inch And A Quarter Of Snow Fell Yesterday Adriansicesheeted streets con tributed directly to two traffic ac cidents yesterday Edward a taxi driver of 235 South Main was charg ed with failing to yield the right of way after the taxi he was driv ing on Lincoln Avenue at oclock struck the front end of a car driven by Wilfred Hawley of The mishap happened at the intersection of Lincoln Ave nue and South McKenzie Street when driving east on Lincoln was unable to slop on the ice and skidded inlo the Hawley car which was going north on McKenzie A car driven by Judson Bowers of 519 Joseph Street skidded out of control on the West Maumee Street curve near Wol verton Avenue at oclock yes terday and struck a truck and a car which were parked on the south side of the street Bowers was driving west when her car skidded sideways The truck was owned by the Railway Ex press Agency and driven by Fran cis Peterson Spririgbrook Avenue and 1h car was Owned Mrsj Eliiabeth W Carr of 617 Finch Street Both accidents were reported to city Streets and sidewalks still were slippery today and city employees covered the busiest street inter sections with sand to prevent skid One and a quarter inches of snow fell the largest amount recorded since the fiveinch snowfall of the last week end in Temperatures dropped during the At 9 the mercury in the official government thermometer here stood at 6 de grees but had crawled up to 20 de grees by 11 The ice melted as the temperatures mounted and were that the mercury would jump a few more degrees during the One year ago lo the minimum temperature was 11 degrees and the 27 Charges Hoffman Played Into Hands Of Agents Of Nazis 11 Democratic colleague in the House charges that Clare Michigan played into the hands of Nazi agents by in serting certain subject matter in the Congressional McGranery DPa said in the House yesterday that Hoffman saved Nazi agents thousands of by inserting propaganda articles in the record in and making possible free distribu tion underthe franking The kindest thing I could say of the gentleman was that they fooled McGranery The gentleman from Michigan had them inserted in the record and lent the use of his frank to these paid Nazi McGranery said he was referring to organizations which had sought to have the articles The Pennsylvania Democrat made his remarks while taking ex ception to statements by Hoffman in the House At that time Hoffman criticized a number of newspapers and William Power government for unethical publication of grand jury proceedings regarding alleged seditious with other members of was grand jury wit He objected to publication of some of the Maloney was defended by Majority Leader McCormack D McCormack said that Hoffmans criticism of Maloney was the highest compliment that could be paid to Holland following McGranery to the said Con gress had been shocked by misuse of the franking He ask ed Hoffman to explain why hehad sent thousands of copies of a speech in which he referred to the President as Judas to persons out side his district Some of these Holland have been indicted for subversive City Hall Canopy Is Being Removed A landmark that at its best was an unsatisfactory band stand and lately has become a menace to the safety of all who pass beneath it is to be no Workmen today were tearing down the battered metal and wood canopy over the front entrance of the city The move will furn ish a substantial amount of scrap iron for the war The canopy was not a part of the city hall when it was constructed but was added in 1908 to furnish what was designed lo be a vantage point from which the city band could serenade its listeners during a homecoming The celebration was a success but the new band stand was too small and cramped the style of As a its sole function dur ing most of its existence has been to protect persons entering and leaving the building from the Lately it hasnt even been doing a satisfactory job at Of Five Must Remedy State Order Says The owners of five apartment buildings in Adrian have been ord ered by the fire division of the Michigan State Police to remedy hazardous conditions in the build ings during the next 30 The orders resulted from a recent in spection conducted by Detective William Massengill and Fire Chiel Jack Of the five apartment buildings three of them owned by Gerald Fidler are at 409 State 132 Front Street and 464 466 South Main The other owned by Albert are at 205 South Locust Street and 235 South Main Outside stairways to second and third floor apartments were ord ered installed in all five instances to furnish a second means of egress for families living in second and third floor quarters who now would be cut off entirely if fire should envelop the single stairway in the Defective electrical wir ing also was ordered replaced and a number of other to remove fire hazards were The investigation wasordered by Louis Adrian com missioner of public after he had received reports of the grow ing practice of squeezing families into attics and spare rooms without adequate provision for their safety under of the citys acute housing Another inspection of the build ings is to be made in 30 days to make certain that the owners com plied with the Wants Decoration For His Bomber 11 a decoration ever is given an air plane by the Major Felix Hardison one for the Flying the Susy Speaking on the March of Time broadcast over the National Broad casting Company network Mast the 30yearold San a Dative of Spring said his plane was credited with downing 95 Japanese Zero fighting And Suzy Q is proud that five of that crew shot 10 Zeroes apiece and some more than he Altogether the Suzy Q is credited with 95 Jap He declared the Sergeant Durwood Fesmire of had sunk or dam aged Jap ships than any other bombardier in the service and that every member of her crew had been decorated at least But if there is ever a decora tion given for airplanes I want one for Suzy earned he AUCTIONS northeast of Deer Al Auct See on Market BE EM COUNTY One Company Will Honor Most Books Have Been Issued Fuel oil users of Lena wee coun ty entered the period of coupon rationing as the December 10 deadline for the system but one Adrian oil com pany said that a telegram from its head office instructed it to con tinue to sell fuel on the system until further Among other companies each said that no further sales will be made unless the purchaser turns in the proper The Lenawee county rationing board said today that no further notice has been received from OPA headquarters regarding the continuance of tlie The periods for the validity ol eachof the ration coupons were announced by the board The first period has run ning from October 1 to November Jhe coupons which were good during the first period may be turned in for oil December to allow delivery of 011 ordered before the first period The second began Nq 30 and January Persons who ordered oil during this period may turn in their cou pons through January to allow Each coupon unit the first and second periods is good for ten gallons of This ration is sub ject lo change for the fourth and fifth depending on the severity of the The third period runs from Jan uary 7 to February and custom ers may in their coupons upon delivery of the oil through Febru ary The fourth period will last frpm February 9 to March and the coupons can be turned in any time up lo March The fifth or summer pe begins March 18 and lasts un til September The ration board said that the work of turning out the fuel oi books is going ahead with prospects of finishing all applications by the first part of next Smaller users were taken care of the board because the larger ap plicants were expected lo have enough on hand to carry them sev eral if not Some oil dealers have already picked up canceled stamps for O purchases of and they report that the consumers are neglecting to write the number of on every Failure to do this means that it must be done at the offices of the oil and many hours of work are required to take care of this ALLIED AIR FORCE ACTIVE ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In 11 States forces holding the approach es to the Buna airdrome laid down punishing artillery fire on Japa nese beach reports from the New Guinea front said after throwing back a Japanese night counterattack hear Buna Withthe Gona 12 miles to the cleared by Aus tralian forces that swept up the river valleys and stormed the mis sion Australian patrols now were reported to be advancing down the coast toward Cape Kil six miles northeast of and the big push to drive the Jap anese out of their beachhead pock ets was being Allied air forces continued to support the land laying their bombs on the Japanese po sitions from Cape Killerton south ward through Buna to Cape En three miles southeast of One other enemy force was re ported still holding out on the Soputa about six miles in land from and P40s strafed and bombed their The size of the force was not Todays headquarters commun describing the Japanese counterattack said that bitter handtohand fighting ensued throughout the position in a strug gle for pillboxtype enemy ma chinegun emplacements and re ported that it collapsed under heavy The fight for the Buna airdrome was described in todays reports from the front as an artillery bat 6ENGINED AXIS PLANE SHOT DOWN 11 long range fighters shot down a giant sixengined Axis plane and damag ed two others in a battle off the north coast of Tripolitania yesler a British communiquS report ed A fourengined enemy plane also was reported severely damaged by allied fighters in the same The enemy planes were not identified as to make but they pre sumably were transports or cargo carriers used by the Ger mans to ferry men and supplies to north Allied con tinued to hammer at enemy bases in setting fire to stores being unloaded from a freighter at Sousse and pounding in the vicinity ofi Although major engagements were reported on the Libyan land the British said that Axis advance forces at El Agheila ap peared to be in a state of some nervousness as the result of con tinued pressure by British British fighters and fighter bombers were reported active over the battle machinegunning and bombing concentrations i of troops motor Four Axis fighter planes were shot down in this headquart ers said British losses in all the aerial activities mentioned the communique were given as four TROOPS REPULSE Allied JAPANESE ATTACK Australian Patrols Reported Moving Down Coast To ward Cape Killerton The Japanese employed 75milli meter guns and mortars against the Allies 105millimeter howitzers and mortars that threw 25pound Direct hits were scored on an enemy antiaircraft NEW 11 announcing the ol General Kurt Zeitzler as chief ol the general staff of the German the Berlin radio disclosed in offhand fashion last night that two other comparatively littleknown men are holding the positions of chief of staff in the German air force and The two were identified as Hans Jesschonnek and an Admiral both of whom ap parently have had meteoric careers under the aegis of Adolf Although the German radio said casually that Jesschonnek had been serving as chief of for the air force when he was a mere tile information came as a surprise both here and in Lon There was no record of any pre vious German announcement ol his appointment and his name is unfamiliar to most allied observ Equally surprising was the ref erence to Admiral whose identity is more or less of a mys tery inasmuch as his first name was not mentioned by the German The broadcast did not say when Fricke had taken the post of navat chief of So far as was known Rear Admiral Ot Schniewind was serving in that capacity when the war broke out and a German announcement of his appointment as fleet commander on June made no mention of his having been relieved as chief of The German broadcast last night was peculiarly starting out by saying After naming a successor to Haider General Franz Haider had been announced to the public it became apparent who the three men are who are directing the strategy of the three services of the German armed General Kurtz Zeitzler has be come chief of the general staff of the army General Hans Jesschon nek is chief of the general staff of the German air force and Admiral Fricke is chief of the German The radio commented that it is remarkable that in all three cases these are of considerable youth for such posts and then without further ado went on to give brief resume of the careers of Zeitzler and Fricke was not Jesschonnek who was yester day was said to have had a quick career the same as Zeitzler a man of After serving for a time as chief of staff of the airforce withthe rank of colonel in 1939 Jesschon nek was promoted to general in 1940 and in March was made a colonelgeneral it was BULLETIN President Roosevelt informed Con gress today that by the end of this month American overseas will number more than Forces Beat Back Tank And Infantry Attack To Southwest Of Tebourba 11 Senator Norris wants to have a hand in making the just and permanent peace he thinks ought to come out of this That is the sole ambition he re tains as he nears the close of his long public career which will end 2 when he leaves Congress as a defeated candidate for reelec the Nebraskan told reporters I hope I can be around and have a hand in making the Norris knows that will be one most critical turn ing points in the worlds While Norris did not say there were indications that if President Roosevelt has anything to do with Norris will have something to say about the peace These problems were re ported to have been the chief top ic of discussionwhen the two lunched together The who said it wasnt possible for him to attend dinners these sent a letter to be read at a testimonial ban quet given for Norris last night by Senator Guffey and attended by most of Washingtons high Through two scorer years you have been as a tower of strength in every the President wrote I can only reiterate what I have often said before that in our national history we have had few elder statesmen like have preserved the aspirations of youth as they accumulated the wisdom of In these critical the let ter we need your coun sel as never before and the youth the land needs the force of your example which has been a beacon light of righteous ness for more than a Vice President speak ing at called Norris one of the farvisioned social planners of his adding that the Nebraskan belongs to that group of wise publtemen who clearly the future and are will dp something about attire3 in the black whiteshirt and1 string tie he cus tomarily wears in the de clared the United States was poor ly prepared to help write the peace because agonies visited on Great Russia and Turning toward Lord the British ambassador who sat Norris said that the United States would have to travel a swift pace to keep up with the social progress which had been born Great Britain when the millionaire and the pauper found themselves in the same bed dodging the German REGISTRATION STARTS FOR 18YEAROLDS 11 Draft registration started today for youths all over the nation who became 18 years old during July and Boys can register throughout the next week at the offices of their ocal draft In case of two residences register in either or if traveling they can sign upwith any board and Jieir papers will be forwarded to their Differing from the older mens when order of induction in he army was determined by the 18 and 19yearolds are to be called according to old est taken Should a registrant be called during the second half of his acad emic high school he will automatically obtain a deferment by making a request in writing to his draft Varying with different draft the induction of married men is expected to be slowed down by the addition of teenaged youngsters to the total of draft Its effect in this direc ion will depend upon plans the oeal boards have made to fill their quotas with married and also the time it willtake to classify the new it not suffered the of war which had been LIKELY IN Remodeling Plans For Fair Buildings Are Expected No decision concerning the 1943 Lenawee county fair will be made until after the annual meeting of the Michigan StateFair Associa tion at Detroit January 21 and according to Frank sec retary of the Lenawee Michigan fairs now are waiting to learn the governments attitude concerning the county fairs for 1943 before going ahead with In any the indications are that next years fairs will be cur tailed drastically with interest largely centered in livestock ex The prospects for next year were discussed at length by the Lenawee association at its annual meeting in the city hall At tendance was All officers and all township directors were reelected except Lloyd Cooley of Medina township who was replaced by Ralph Tewheld over as president of the association Ray vice president secretary and George all were The fair officials still are await ing plans and specifications for the remodeling of buildings at the fair grounds before entering into a lease arrangement with Magnesium Fabricators for housing war work ers in fair Plans are ex pected to be readyfor the inspec tion officials some time next If the plans are satisfac tory the fair committee named by the some time ago will close lease negotiations with the company Rentals for use of the build ings will help association pay during the lean years the futureli The 1942fair showed a loss of about according to the cold weatheranda sharp drop in at tendance and admissions accounted for the deficit Asa result of this the indebtedness of the association now at an increase over a year ago Workers Vacation In the South At Company Expense 11 workers at the fabulous Jack Heintz which has been criti cized by some industries for spoil ing its are vacationing in Floridaxat to keep fit for their jobs in the busy William presi today thatevery two weeks il couples are sent to con allows for four days of and 10 days at where these may en joy the sunshine and the sea air and Jack They come back ready to resume their sevendayaweek confining jobs with added enthus iasm and improved physical con The idea back of thesevacations in the south to maintain the ef ficiency of some 200 men who have not lost a minute in more than a These men are vital to our pro duction we must keep them as we have a big job to do to help win this Jack We go through our plants and find men on whom the grind is be ginning to tell and select those who are tired or in ill health and send them to They have proved what determination will do and have earned such a Fortun we are able to replace them with other men while they are Next the company ex pects to send 30 men north to lake resorts every 10 the presi dent added explaining Our union contracts call for two weeks vacation for each em ployee each By relaying workers on vacations throughout the year we carry out union vacation agreement and at the same time help preserve the effi ciency of the Jack Heintz which has plants here and at nearby Bedford early this year was investigated by a congressional committee looking into the plants profits on contracts for electric airplane Tes timony before the committee re vealed that enormous bonuses nac been paid to officials and em ployees of the Attack Indicates Weight Of Tunisian Battle Has Shift ed To Southwest By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS North forces beat back an enemy tank and infantry attack in a battle fought yesterday almost at the edge of Medjez El 20 miles southwest of allied head quarters announced The assault was made by one of two enemy tank columns both of the communique luf fered considerably heavier losses than they inflicted on the The communique said one arm of the Axis tank and infantry drova within yards of the vital com munications but withdrew under bomb and shell fire from allied artillery and Medjez El 35 miles south west of has been occupied by the allies since The sudden shift back from the Tebourba Mateur Djedida tri where British and American forces have been holding a horse shoe line on heights dominating that indicated that the weight of the Tunisian battle had veered to the The aimed a blow against the right flank of the main allied The communiquesaid one Ger man force struck from the north along the west bank of the Med jerda river and was counterat tackedimmediately by allied forces which destroyed some The other it hit the east barely more than a mile front Medjer El but when engaged by our artillery and fighter aircraft French Assist fantry and artillery participated in this the communique add War Ac Glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tunisian bat tle front seen developing as Yanks paratroops and tank force strike toward Gulf of 150 miles of Mired Tebourba in encircling move and Axisrushes troops by sea and air to meet Allied action on TunisBl zerte front called still ahead of reports more in tense but British say full attack against holedup Rommel forces hasnt been touched re porting only trong wide spread aerial downing huge flying boatst RUSSIA Reds German counterblows checked ing battle northwest of Moscow and claim gainsat Stalingrad de spite tightening German defenses arid increased NEW GUINEA Allied planes and artillery pound Japs at Buna after counterattack is beaten We lost a Enemy losses were considerably This spurt on the dormantmain Tunisian front par alleled a German attempt to halt an advance of American tanks and parachutists on the opposite side of between Tunis and by rushing in reinforce ments by transport planes and glid er While big Junkers52 transports and their glider tows played a deadly hide and seek with United States P38 fighters trying to break up the other Axis forces reported pushing in land from coastal bases at Gabes and Sousse to meet Supporting the American troops fighters commanded by French forces consisting of artillery and camel corps Raffs mixed command gave the Germans a decisive licking last week northwest of some 150 miles from the and since then has been reported working its way steadily The situation in the mean appeared today to have de veloped intoa battle for control of the which allied officers say must be decided before either side can strike a decisive Pending this action on the ground front on the approaches to Bizerte and the allies are holding a horseshoe shaped line between Mateur and has been marking A Reuters dispatch from Tunisia last night reported a fresh out break of fighting near where the Germans to have hurled new tank attacks against the allied Report Tabarka Occupied The Berlin radio reported that Axis forces had occupied Tunisian seaport some 60 miles west of Allied sources in London expressed doubt con cerning the veracity of the saying the Germans would have had to fight their way through stronglyheld territory to reach Except for patrol little fighting has been reported for sev eral days in northern where roads have been turned into quagmires by the advent of the rainy Both sides have been handicap ped by the but the allies have been liit harder because of longer supply which wind hundreds of miles through some of which are Despite this allied spokesmen say that Kenneth Anderson and his British American army are still ahead of schedule on the allied war Informed sources at allied head quarters believe the battle for air supremacy in Tunisia may take some time to but on 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