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   Syracuse Herald Journal (Newspaper) - February 15, 1942, Syracuse, New York                               1 11 i -v. i j 5 f 1 ASSOCIATED PRESS i UNITED Vy 4 j' r l 4 f. J l J s I 'T s I I t k i 1 9 -1 f. NEWS -F CHICAGO DAILY NEWS FOREIGN SERVICE 4 REPHOTOS L. I WEATHER Occasional light snow turning to rain this afternoon. Warmer today. t SYRACUSE FINAL CITY EDITION VOL. NO. N. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1942. TEN CENTS Singapo re u tis ts Swa rm b i r Bombers Hit i Fights Upon Sumatra Enemy on ains British Even Gain Ground In One Area 0 tanks Used for First Time in Baltic for Stronghold RESERVOIRS H ELD Exclusive Pictures of U. S. Pacific Fleet's Victory U Bijr Coastal Guns Keep Foe Under Continuous Barrage 4 Feb. 14 defenders fought back In a blazing hell using tanks for the first time and subjecting the con- stricting lines to violent shelling from big shore field batteries and warships. After six days of terrific with the advantages of overwhelm- ing numbers and of continuous low and dive bombing to shatter a gallant the Japa- nese still were finding Singapore nn exceedingly tough nut to crack. Jn the defenders even re- gained some ground in counter- The British Imperials still held at least two of the water reservoirs from which to quench the thirst of thousands of civilians at their the Singapore radio was heard to say in.Batavia tonight troops counter-attacked at one point at least and established a new the broadcast an- nounced. German radio said early to- day that latest Japanese dispatches from Singapore told of additional landings on the west coast of the island after heavy artillery prep- arations. The Invaders were said to have made a further advance to- ward Panjang. about six miles northwest of Singapore Japanese broadcasts heard here admitted they had encountered terrific barrages laid down from big coastal guns on Changi Point at the northeastern Up of the Island and' from other forts In that from Blakang Island south of Singapore from warships around the city and from mass artillery In the reser- voir section northwest of the city. The Changi and Blakang Mali Flying Forts Dutch and Raid Vessels At Macassar Daring Tank Attack on Bataan Wins D.S.C. for Selectee ritish Taking Positions To efen ava ARTILLERY IN DUEL Japs Believed Preparing for New Big Scale Offensive Descent of Picked Assault Troops on Oil Center of Palembang Signals Opening of All-Out N.E.I. Attack CHUTISTS WIPED OUT BY DOZENS AS ISLANDERS MEET FIRST SHOCK Chase Picket Line Of Welders A.F.L. Workers Pursue 400 Strikers Miles From Tacoma Plant .View from S. Cruiser of Smoke Rising from Bombarded Wotjc Island. Tacoma. Feb. 14 swinging tin hel- mets and brandUhlng clenched American Federation of Labor shipyard workers broke n picket line of 400 independent welders at the plant today and'chased the weld- ers one and one-half miles down Island forts were erected to plant roadway. seaborne but the Jnpa- No large-scale fight inc broke nese broadcasts did not make clear whether It was the biggest 14 and 18-inch artillery which were ham- mering their lines ir the lesser batteries. The Singapore broadcast heard In Batavia said British tanks went Into action-for the'first time dur- ing the and also mentioned 400 shells an hour fired by some heavy British field artillery sup- ported by the shore A number of wounded from who arrived at declared the defenders were fight- Ing In a with fiames on race Column Churchill Alay Not Make Broadcast Today After All Feb. 15 The possibility developed early to- day that Prime Minister Churchill would not carry out a radio broad- cast to Britain and the United States which had been testatively scheduled for 9 P.M. East- em War tonight. 'Perhaps the British Broadcasting which is usually prompt to advise the public about important radio made no mentlo nln its late night news bulletin last night about a possible Churchill broadcast. radio officials were referred the Prime Minister's 10 Downing but here It was said there could be no comment on specula- and It was said that there was no information on the Prime Minister's plans lor i Carriers' Stamp if Record Below -are the tabulated figures ot.U. a Defense Stamps sold and delivered the .plan Dec. 2 JfUU 9 16 Jan. Jan.30 .....i...... Feb. 6 u 4 Total ...t.. -This total repments 48420 Invested in America by Htrald4oiimal lcan r ns the pickets had been in- structed by their leaders to no resistance. But four or five automobile loads of the pickets were captured by the angry work- men under- threat of overturning the and these men were taken back to the plant and forced to return to work. In the dim light of the A. F. of L.'s mobilized in the plant and then with n great roar and clanking of stormed the pickets and began their push down the road. Under orders of their spokes- Charles who was badly cut about the head In yesterday's the pickets retired a mile and one-half away. The workers-taunted them with be a white work for Uncle Several were cut off from the main bgdy of pickets and apparently badly beaten by a force of 100 men. Similar action was taken at the smaller Birchfleld Shipbuilding and Boiler Corporation. In both the night crews Joined the day crews going on shift in a pre- arranged rout of the pickets. The hot dispute is an outgrowth of the independent welders' re- fusal to pay to the A. F. of L. Shipyard Dutch slay the Jap parachutists landing on Sumatra in opening of all-out drive aimed at Java. U. S. Army flying fortresses make new attack on Japanese fleet units in Macassar area. First selectee D.S.C. man decorated by Mac Arthur. Singapore strikes back at invaders with tanks and even gains some ground. Imperial troops stop Japz in Burma on Salween River front. Australia pours troops into threatened Dutch Indies. Feb. U Twelve American flying fortresses have attacked enemy shipping in the Macassar area and scored a hit on at least one large Japanese the War Department re- ported Jatc today. Results of the attack were not completely the com- munique stated. It was possible that considerable damace had been done since n large lire was ob- served subsequently Hie arena of the All of the dozen Army flying fortresses participating in the at- tack returned safely. The huge Batavia. X.K.T.. Feb. 11 battle for the Nether bombing planes unloaded their Indies began in earnest even before the bat- deadly cargo near the port f whcn picked Japanese assault Macassar at the Southern up of i T t i i Celebes in the Netherlands Itroops m 100 fighter-protected planes attacked the East of Palembang in Sumatra. They were met by defenders i That point ts south of the area j who wiped out parachutists by the where United Nations planes ar.d warships attacktd a large Japa- nese convoy last sinking some enemy vessels. Macassar has been reported under Japanese occupation and the communique Indicated that the Japanese inva- sion fleet was still harried J The invasion of the in order to keep it from the larRcr lo islami Sumatra had objective of the rich island of Java. The communique also an- nounced award of the distinguished service cross to Leroy C. a selectee from Milwau- extraordinary heroism in on Bataan Peninsula. Text of War Department com- munique No. based on reports a stubborn fight for the Indies is impending was dicated too by Australian broadcasts which declared that Aus- tralian troops and other British Indians arriving in Batavia and taking up positions for the rt of the key island of vasion because Palembang Is dlf- touched off one of the hottest flcult to attack .from the sea. More fichts yet in the Indies. The com- than miles south of Singapore __ 1 _ 1 _ _ T __ A M saying that the chutists were being killed by the added that troops have done excellent work and it land. miles northwest city lies 56 miles In- It is connected with the may be assumed that the situation i Strait of which lies be- tween Sumatra and the tin smelt- by the Musi almost 1m- received up to 4 P.M.. EAV.V. _nt Philippine jls penetrable marsh and MacArthur re- Further news is expected the Capital of the rcsi- ported to the War Department the i communique thus indicating Palembang is a city of awarding of the Distinguished Ser- Ithat communications were in work- about which spreads on vice to Sergt Lcroy C h both sides of the river with of of the natives living in houses built pressing counter-measures. rn about 2i000 Whether the Japanese u ere .population are using plane-landed troops was not' The parachute attack was although this would be JaPancsc4Unavc W Indies since they sent para-' extraordinary heroism in action. Feb. 3 a counter-attack of one of our to reestablish Us line of Bataan was held up by heavy machine gun fire. Adrift for Sailors Then Hunt New Berths Feb. 14 WV-After drift- Ing a whole month In the stormy North Atlantic on a- life Lhe last without Swedish seamen were landed at a British port and promptly et'oul in search'Of berths on a new ship. survivors of a .torpedoed Swedish steamer carried a crew of 34 and six An- derlck and Erik were picked up-by a1 trawler more than 200 miles west of 'the Scottish mainland. When they. came ashore they walked right by the ambulance which been- sent to meet V we want U some ham and Their fitted out with Mtock of canned an ample of water and oil-burning stove set Into a dccplwell In the raft's V M' t An A. F..plane on anti-sub- marine paMCflrst lighted the raft 230 imUttVctxfram' Scotland Cruiser's Anti-aircraft Guns Blast at Jap flanes. JAP-BASE from Pathc Thc.se exclusive pictures taken during the U. S. Pacific Fleet's attack on Wotje one of the Japanese bases destroyed in the mid on tlie Nipponese outposts in the Marshall and Gilbert fuel a munitions dump and several ships were destroyed at Wotje Atoll. Other pictures on Page 9. Channel Fight Tactics Upheld by Admiralty Feb. 14 men arid of the British Navy made not one but many suicide at tacks Thursday In the wild and battle of the English Channel in gallant effort to brine down the speeding German battle- ships Scharnhprst and Gnclsenau and their the Admiralty said tonight In a Ions'explanation to a bewildered With pictured the scene as vividly as could the colors on the canvas.of a painter of sea the Admiralty admitted In that such was the mist the splash from shell and bomb-and the bil- lows of smoke from war- shlpvthat not a man In the British can be surd of what'damage was done.' Admiralty's long statement was.Issued as a clamoring British public asked and the British Navy permitted the Ger- man fleet to steam defiantly to England's very front door. '-s t' The statement disclosed -these One. dashing with her fellows straight across treach- erous minefields because she had no time to' detour.- to within than a mile w hi w and a one of the battle- ships before throwing over her helm and loosing her torpedoes in the very muzzles of the 11-Inch guns and other rifles of her heavily armed foes. Although hit by one bomb from the swarm of dive bombers over- she flred'hcr torpedoes as if it had been a peacetime exer said the hit by another'bomb and-blazing she was In -such the statement that would have been an easy 'matter for the enemy to have finished her Swordflsh -torpedo-carry- planes took oft for the first attack with .full knowledge that they into-nn um- brella' of. hundreds protective fighter twice as fast and maneuverable as the. heav- ily laden bombers. hurricane.'of plane cannon anti-aircraft dived through the opposition to the wave- tops and their Not one of the six planes- came but five of the airmen were 3. Fart motor torpedo every one available the Dover to sea despite the bad weather and speeding across slap- ping-waves drove through the warships' despite bombing gunning planes at and Fan Column Allies Check Jap Smash Into Burma Reinforced Defenders Batter Salwccn Spear- head in Air Attacks Feb. 14 defenders of Burma smashed at Japanese spearheads pushed across the Salween River tonight after British counter-attacking with had checked the force of the enemy offensive on a front stretch- Ing from Martaban to Superior 'numbers.of'Japanese Sergeant in command of a small group of tanks in re- eagerly requested permis- sion to use his unit against the enemy's machine gun nests. This permission was where- under heavy Anderson made a personal reconnaissance well In front of our lines. He re- turned safely and moved his tanks through the rough and difficult terrain against hostile resistance. With skill and determination he destroyed the enemy guns and their crews. his way through the on Pace Column Laguna Mountain Area Searched for 3 Navy Planes San Calif- Feb. 14 The Navy reported today that three of Its planes were missing In the mountainous San Diego back country. The Eleventh 'Naval District said the planes had been missing since yesterday afternoon in the Laguna Mountain area. Aerial and ground searches are under way for the craft. The all single-seater were en route from Tuc- son to San Diego on a routine flight when they apparently en- countered officers re- ported. Where to Find It Section Junnle.troops that thrust westward on a'20-mile route to Thnton were Automobiles itill'a'grave threat to the defense Books 2 of but British units twice Bridge .............2. broke out of encirclements In heavy hand-to-hand fighting. air I Cl owl fled ..........4. rclnforctmenU enabled American Crossword .........2. and British 'squadrons to strike Deaths back'this'morning with battering Dogs ..............2. bombardment of the Editorial vance forces. Financial..........4. Chinese troops In large mimberxjMark 3... .............2. also position to'reinforce Music the Indian and Burmese Real Estate 4. Radio 4. Infantry west of the Salween. .The Imperials were unofficially reported to be flghtlns strongly 2. against that hud Sports.............4. crowed the Salween west of Paan. Retorts 2. It was stated reliably the Wlnchell...........3. f. Colnmn Wlrephoto Page.... 1. Pace 19 17 18 18 18 37 to 39 18 29 18 28 36 28 14 37 39 17 11 to 16 31 to 34 17 18 tactical sequel to seizure of any chutists to help seize the Mlna- landing field by the hassa region in the northern Cele- Palcmbang center of It had been preceded by sev probably is the richest single oil cral Japanese air raids In lield betwen the Persian Gulf and as well as have been used by the attackers. the United was not entered possibility that the Jap by the Japanese and was not primarily were Interested I _ _ .fe _ .L. mediately the com wiping out United Nations ai forces and In seizing nearby air munique but three places fields was seen In a Japanese broad cast of a Domel dispatch whlci the area were attacked by the Japanese who drifted from the dawn sky and received ment from succeeding waves of air- borne fighters. There was no word yet of the Dutch applying their scorched earth policy to the rtfineries and oil representing an Invest- ment of hundreds of millions of but it was assumed the de- fenders would not hesitate to apply the torch If the plants actually be- came endangered by the Japanese Invaders. It was believed that one of the prime objectives'of the attack was about three miles west of Palembang along the Musi an important refining center for the South Sumatra oil fields. Observers said the Japanese ap said nine Including flv Hurricanes and one Spitfire of th British R. A. were shot dowi or destroyed on the ground In tw Japanese raids on Palembang ye tcrday. The British announc evacuation of most of their force from Singapore Island sevi eral days ago. Many of the plan may have been removed Interest here in the attack Palerabanc centered upon strategic implications. Should Japanese make good a foothol there they would have advan a Ions way toward seat United Nations headquarters f defense of the Southwest Pad and military and economic key the Dutch East Indlej. A railway runs Inland and soul parently had resorted to air I on Page Column Interpreting the War Dash Home of Nazi Fleet t May Be Invasion Prelude By KfllKF U Seventy days from that cataclysmic 7 that saw Ameri engulfed In the the struggle unfolds an ever bleaker American and Allied eyes everywhere except along the blood drench snows of the Nazi-Russian Disaster after disaster has stalkeu Allied arms from North-Af to the southwest Pacific to chill American public .opinion into realization that this Is not just another war but a fight for Yet there are some Allied lights to relieve the gloomy aside from developments In Bus- sla. Fighting Dutchmen stand pledged despite toppling of British to fight to the end for their spice and.to destroy what they cannot protect Mac Arthur's gallant band of Amerl i can-Filipino warriors bat still a galling thorn In of the Japanese victory belated official age wrought by the Pacific to Japanese lea outposts In Marshall and Gilbert that operation was the on race t 'i 1 1   

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