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   Lima News, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1945, Lima, Ohio                               THE WEATHER THE LIMA NEWS FULL LEASED WIBIIEBV1CI OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAQB8 TODAY SI NEWS PAGES II COMIC PAGES LIMA, OHIO, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1945 PRICE EIGHT CENTS YANKEES LAND ON CORREGIDOR; IWO JIMA BOMBARDED BY FLEET JAP RETORTED INVASION IS NOT COWMED Nimitz Silent On Further Bombing Of Tokyo Area U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEAD- QUARTERS, Guam, Sunday, Feb. and cruis- ers bombarded Iwo Jima today day after Tokyo said Yanks had landed there for the third straight day, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced in a communi- que which specified considerable Japanese resistance. Silent on the carrier plane at- tacks against Tokyo, which may or may not be still in progress, Nimitz told of intense anti-air- craft fire Saturday at Iwo greet- ing raiding land-based and car- rier planes and of shore fire dam- aging a warship. Both attacks opened Friday morning. The communique said no details have come thru the radio black- out shrouding the accomplish- ments of masses of carrier planes which battered the Tokyo area Friday and Saturday. Shore Fire Damages Ship Making it clear that the enemy's power of resistance on Iwo still is considerable despite the wither- ing shelMng TO' days of air attacks, Nimitz reported that one of the bombarding off the island was damaged "by shore gun fire." He did not identify the ship's category. This followed his announcement yesterday that the bombarding warship, believed to include some of America's battle- ships, had silenced coastal batter- ies. His mention of intense anti-air- craft fire also was noteworthy. The communique made no refer- ence to enemy broadcasts stating that two landing attempts Satur- day morning on the south end of Iwo were repulsed after which other Yanks got ashore to be en- gaged in fierce fighting. Lack of reports from Vice Adm. Marc A. Mitscher's task force which began sending carrier- based divebortibers, torpedo planes and fighters against the Tokyo- Yokohama area early Friday meant a protective radio blackout still is in force. Such a blackout either could mean the attacks on Tokyo are going into the third day or that the fleet is shielding its with- drawal. Today's communique, like yes- terday's placed the emphasis on Iwo. All it stated concerning the as- aault on Japan was: "Further reports on the attacks- on Tokyo by aircraft of the Fifth Fleet under Adm. R. A. Spruance on Feb. 16 and 17 are unavail- able." The communique told of air at- tacks Saturday in the Bonin is- lands, north of Iwo in the Volcano group. Five enemy aircraft were strafed on the ground at Chichi. Eighty small craft were strafed and an ammunition barge blown SOVET SHOCK TROOPS FIGHT HTO POZNAN both anti-aircraft and air opposition over the Bo- nins. The ack ack was described as "intense." Two of the enemy planes were shot down. Army Liberators bombed Mar- cus island Friday and Marine SURVIVES SINKING Lt. Robert S. Overbeck (above) of Baltinore is shown as he told at home of this two weeks aboard a Japanese vessel before it was torpedoed with the loss of American and British mostly Americans. Overbeck was one of five survivors who es- caped after the attack by an Allied submarine. (AP Wire- photo.) Allies Adopt Terror Raiding PARIS, Feb. The Allied air bosses have made the long-awaited decision to adopt de- liberate terror bombing of the great German population centers as a ruthless expedient to hasten Hitler's doom. More raids such as the British and American heavy bombe_rs car- ried out recently on the residential sections of Berlin, Dresden, Chem- nitz and Cottbus are in store for the Reich, and their avowed pur- pose will be creating more confu- sion in the German traffic tangle and sapping German morale. The all-out air war in Germany became obvious with the unprece- dented daylight assault on the refugee-crowded capital two weeks ago and subsequent attacks on other cities jammed with civilians fleeing from the Russian advance in the east. The Allied view is that bom- bardment of large German cities creates immediate need for relief. This is moved into the bombed areas both by rail and road and not only creates a 'traffic problem but draws transport away from the battlefront. Evacuation of the homeless has the same result. Rrconnaisance has shown that the best way to create road bot- tlenecks thru key cities is to top- ple buildings into the streets. One spot on the western front recently was made impassable for nine days by such tactics. The effect on morale, both at home and at the front, is quite ob- vious. The decision may revive protests from some Allied quarters against "uncivilized but they are likely to be balanced by satisfac- tion in those sections of Europe (Turn To Page Four. Col. Seven) STETTINIUS IS MEETING WITH BRAZIL CHIEF East Prussian Fortresses Seized, Breslau Ring Tightened LONDON, Sunday, Feb. (AP) Russian Shock forces yes- terday fought their way into the' heart of Poznan, Polish fortress city 100 miles behind the Berlin front, foreshadowing the imminent fall of that strategic base and the release of thousands of Red army troops for the impending grand as- sault on the Reich capital. Other Soviet forces toppled the East Prussian fortress towns of Mehlsack and Wormditt, drove a spearhead to within 50 miles south of Danzig, deepened their encircle- ment ring around Breslau, be- sieged Silesian capital, and in a 10-mile advance far to the west crossed the Queis and Tschirne riv- ers, capturing points only 25 miles from the Saxon frontier. The Russians in Silesia captured Rauscha, only 60 miles northeast of Dresden, and 18 miles northeast of Goerlitz, Silesia's second city on the Neisse river. This is the nearest they have been placed offi- cially to Dresden, Saxon capital shattered in the heavy American air attacks'last week. News Blacked Out The Soviet high command blacked out news of the Berlin front, but field dispatches relayed thru Moscow said Red army planes and artillery were hammer- ing the citadels Cottbus and Guben, 47 and 51 miles southeast of eBrlin, trying to break open the Reich capital's side door. Moscow's communique disclosed that the eastern front fighting now- had flamed UD on a 600-mile front from besieged Koenigsberg. East Prussian capital on the Baltic, down to Komarom, Danube city 40 miles northwest of fallen Buda- pest and 84 miles from Vienna, Austrian capital. A total Germans were killed or captured, the bulle- tin said, 6.000 of prisoners be- ing taken in the final phases of the battle for Poznar on the Warta river. On the 22nd dav of the siege which began -Tan. 27 Moscow an- nounced that Russians troons had cleared the Germans from the last suburbs on the hank of the river, and had hurled the Nazi garrison remnants into the citadel on the weft bank of the river. Germany's high command com- munique announced the Russian capture of Sagan. by-passed pai1 center 85 miles southeast of Ber- lin, but Moscow neither confirmed the seizure of that town nor the Oder river stronghold of Cross-n. 63 mile? southeast of the capital. Attack Toward Spree Soviet front dispatches, however, said that Russian troons were at- tacking toward the Spree livvr. last natural waterway protecting Berlin's southeastern approaches, after crossing1 the Ncisse rivr north of 12 miles east of I menaced Cottbus. The capture of Cottbus, and Gu- ben. 21 to the northeast, turn BerlinV eastern de- fenses based on the Oder river strongholds of Kuestrin. Frankfurt Seven Are Known Victims Of Fire TACOMA, Wash., Feb. searched the ruins of the fire-razed four-story Mae- fair apartments today after an early morning explosion and blaze in which at least seven of the apartment dwellers and possible visitors perished and 30 were missing. Only two of the seven bodies thus far recovered have been identified, one only as that of a Dave Little. The other was Mrs. Jack Schoenberg, whose husband is a serviceman in the South Pacific. One of her two small children was rescued, the other was among the missing. The number of missing changed continually as the Red Cross lo- cated people who had escaped or found that others not previously known to have been in the building had been present when the fire broke out at 2 a. m. At latest count, 71 were believed to have been inside. As the search went on, Fire Chief C. J. Eisenbacher said he believed "a minimum of 10 more" bodies would be found. HUB BYWSS GOGH M DRIVE INTO GERMANY Fresh Advances Scored As Tank Forces En- ter Battle Blaze Hits Area Farm Fire destroyed the Copus green- house and an adjoining barn four miles west of Lima on the Thayer- rd Saturday night with loss esti- mated at, The blaze broke out at p. m. when a heating apparatus in a barn adjoining the greenhouse was believed to have started flame that destroyed the green- house, 150 chickens, barn, several pieces of machinery, and other farm livestock. Lima firemen were hampered in attempts to subdue the blaze that had already gained headway due to the rising winds. The only water available was that carried on the truck. Glen Copus, owner of the build- ings, said that when the lights flickered in the house, situated only 100 feet from the scene of the blaze, he looked out to see flames shooting from the barn. On their roosts in the barn, 150 chickens perished in the blaze. Several rabbits also were lost. One horse and a cow were led to safety. The barn, built last year by Copus and valued at housed a heating unit used to maintain a growing temperature for the greenhouse. An entire stock of plants, shrubs and flowers for the Easter season was destroyed. The Copus residence and an- other building were saved when water was turned upon the struc- tures. Frankfurt Hit By Air Raiders PARIS, Feb. (INS1 Armor-paced British troops of the Canadian First Army, ham- mering suddenly forward more than two miles thru fortifications on the outflanked northern sector of the Siegfried Line, swung around Goch fiom the northeast tonight after slashing the road between that bastion and Calcar. This spectacular stroke, carry- in? to within 15 miles of the Rhine gateway to Ger- many's are arsenal area of the Ruhr, climaxed a swift resurgence of Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's powerpacked offen- sive to unlock the door to con- tinental Europe's richest indus- trial region. The twin westwall strongholds of Goch and Calcar were rapidly being outflanked in the ten-day push which registered fresh ad- vances up to tno-and-a-half miles within 24 hours. Cover Illiine Heads Admitting that "massed Brit- ish tank formations have been thrown into the the Ber- lin radio acknowledged penetra- tions into "the depths" of the main Siegfried Line defenses be- striding the roads to the Rhine at "W'esel, the northwestern cor- ner of the all-important Ruhr. The Nazis however insisted that Lt. Gen. Henry Crerar's Canadian First Army had not as yet achieved a complete breakthru. At least four more German towns fell before the multi-pronped blows of Crerar's British, Cana- dian, Scottish and Welsh columns as they closed on the six-ply com- munications hub of Goch and on Calcar, six and a half miles to the northeast. Bursting out of the Cleve forest NCI South China Sea Mitet t.Millt Cochiitotl MONJA CORREGIDOR CONFIDENT OF EARLY CAPTUK OF UK "ROCK" {Turn To Page Four, Col. Two) Argentine Is Irked At Nazis Saturday communique had told of carrier plane attacks Tokyo and bombardment of Iwo being carried into the second Straight day. (Navy sources in Washington declined to deny or confirm the f the Iwo Varcas. lie is cnroutc home from the Crimea conference. He is expelled to talk wilh in Petropolis. th< summer capital nestled in (Turn To Page Four, Col. Four) CONFIRMATION OF WALLACE IS SEEN ASSURED north of Rio summer homo of president Henrv A as BUENOS AIPvES. Feb. 17 (AP) The Argentine govern- ment, in its most-sharply worded noie since the beginning of the war, charged Germany today with attempting to retain a number of Argentine diplomats in Sweden and served notice that holding them would be regarded as "a hos- tile act" calling for measures "in defense of our sovereignty and its citizens." Acting Foreign Minister Ameghino said in a statement re- garding the note addressed to the German government that the Ger- LONDON, Feb. 17 (AP) mans had threatened to retain Fortresses of the U. S. Eighth Air j from among 112 Argentine dip- Force smashed 350 strong at mar-; and consular agents and shaling yards of Frankfurt-on- jheir families in Sweden a num- the-Main and Giessen with 1.000 i hcr equivalent to the number of tons of high explosives today and in Lisbon to whom i kept one of the war's most massive tnc British government has re- and sustained air offensives roll-. safe conducts. j ing thru the fourth straight day. I "if the Gorman government in- The Fortresses and an escort sists on putting into practice this of 150 Mustangs met no enemy, threat." he said, "refusing safe fighters in the overcast, i conduct to a single member of the which grounded the bulk of the! Argentine group awaiting ex- Allied air forces in the west and i change, the Argentine government required bombing by instruments, will consider that action as exer- Bonrabers of the U. S. JSth Air i Force from ItaJv were reported a _, 51 1 the fifth straight day. Jo Of ils eijrn'y and it  program, jomea in wgmg, __________________________'continued conservation. Altho, a nv the period of stringent "ration- sailed. ing" of water could be considered nt The amphibious force went 'Man In Tower9 Held Traitor over, the officials caution against ashore at a. m., on the south By JAMES F. KING LONDON. Feb. curious case of "The Man in the Tower." a Dutchman said to have forewarned the Germans so that they smashed the British airborne attack on Arnhcm last September, deepened in mystery tonight as the Netherlands Government Informa- tion Service denied the man was privy to the Arnhcm operation but credited Dutch security police with catching him. The story of alleged treachery by a man who was a member of the Dutch underground for three "anemic (Turn To Page Four, Col. One) any extravagant uses of water, iuntil sufficient facilities are com-j had undamaged. i pleted to give the city additional At j2-3o. a second group of storage space. paratroopers had been flown front Lost Creek Supply Helps j Pumps at Lost Creek had added approximately 114 million gallons to the reservoir, and at Lima Lake AA the pumps bad taken from the tFRVlCF river approximately 54 million J gallons in the three day period WON T LIKE, starting with Thursday's thaw. Until the reservoirs are filled. WASHINGTON. Feb. it was the decision of the mayor' soon will get regular air- and the water emergency com- service from the Civil Aero- mittee. the" nautics Administration. emergency pumping operations at the abandoned quar- T.okv" wo" ".kc n- and the refinerv will continue. in ..th  local tanittM nounred tonight a plan to permit essential on their civilians the deferment of a limited number the announcement contin- of 26 thru 29 years of who are vital to war production. The plan devised to safe- guard a vital "hard core" of v The iwmbw of to win vary cm tot ,j German lines to the resistance representatives. Would he be will- (Turn To Page Fow, Coi Fm)   

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