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Lebanon Daily News (Newspaper) - June 4, 1968, Lebanon, Pennsylvania World Wor II Study Caution And Indecision Cost Soviets Chance To Control Most Of Germany By FRED S HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON AP A new Army study suggests excessive caution and indecision cost the Soviets a chance to reach the Rhine thus control of most of Germany the last months of World Warn Had the Soviets succeeded in reaching the Rhine before the Allies crossed that river they would have been in position to have menaced France and the low countries and to have con trolled virtually all of Germany instead of settling for a division of control with the Allies This in turn might have al tered the whole shape and fate of postwar Europe These conclusions are implicit in the Armys account of the late stages of the SovietGer man war That account titled Stalin grad to was researched and written by Army historian Earl F Ziemke He drew on captured German documents and on Soviet military writings Planned Offensive According to this study the Soviet high command staff in the late fall of 1944 planned a winter offensive that was to have ended the war in about 45 days The offensive began Jan St Joseph Graduate Will Continue Studies 12 1945 andwithin two weeks Soviet units were closing up to the Oder River But on Feb 17 1945 Ziemke wrote the Soviet staff sudden ly scrapped the whole original plan and ordered Marshal eorgi K Zhukov and other field leaders to clean up the flanks of the advancing Soviet armies This in the view of Army historians wasted almost six weeks By the end of the third week in February the great Soviet 1945 winter offensive had come to a dead the study said Caution was in the The Army study noted that the Soviet high commands deci sion coincided with two small German aimed at Stargard east of Berlin and the other on the Hron River in Hungary It is suggested the counterat tacks accomplished nothing for the Germans militarily but ap parently intensified caution among Soviet staff officers The abortive Stargard oper ation brought the Germans a substantial unexpected and un earned dividend of time may have profoundly affected Germanys the study said Dismantled Operation In the fit of caution that took hold in midFebruary the study said the Soviet high com mand dismantled its operation for an advance to Berlin and be yond into central Germany and committed its main forces in marginal wholly unspectacular clearing operations on the flanks in Pomerania and Silesia No doubt observing that the Allies were still west of the line the Soviet command con eluded it had time enough This could have provided a rational for cleaning out the flanks in anticipation of a deep er thrust into Germany than originally intended and mean Emily Jeanne Eckenroth Emily Jeanne Eckenroth 17 daughter of Ruth A Eckenroth and the late William P Ecken roth 127 E Locust grad uated from St Joseph Academy Columbia on May 31 She entered St Joseph Acad emy in September 1966 Her school activities included Span ish Club Science Club Glee Club Newspaper staff Prom Committee Caritas for Etown Crippled Childrens State Hos pital and geriaide at St Annes Home for the Aged Columbia Miss Eckenroth plans to enter St Joseph College of Florida Jenson Beach this fall while letting the Allies bleed hemselves But the study said the se uence of events indicates cau ion and a consequent inability o decide upon a cleancut di ect solution to the final strate gic problem also weighed heavi Army historians amplifying on the study said that more han likely the Soviets could lave been on the Rhine by March 1 They recalled that the British and American armies on the German border were not even ready to strike toward the Rhine before then The Allies did not cross that key river until he end of the first week in March In the final stages of the Eu ropean war which ended May 8 945 the Soviet and allied forces both drove through Germany rom opposite directions and fi nally agreed on a division of oc cupied territory along the line of he Elbe and Mulde Rivers This subsequently led to the wo Germanys a Communis Sast and nonCommunist West 24 Are Confirmed In Millcreek Church NEWMANSTOWN June 4 The 24 member class of the Mill creek Lutheran Church was con firmed Sunday morning at services They will participate in their first communion this Sunday The following persons have received instructions for three years were confirmed Dale Bashore Greer Bergman Marilyn Bennetch John Chad wick Clarrie Davis Debra Engle Thomas Hess April Hower Jack Kahl Suzanne Lape Joyce M e r k e 1 John Moyer Laura Peiffer Raymond Putt Katrina Schware Den nis Seldomridge Robert Strause Bonita Sweigart Chere Wise Melanie Zimmerman and Vic toria Zimmerman The Rev John A Rodgers also presented the God and com munity awards to Girl Scouts Debra Engle and Joyce Merkel How To Please Dad Without Really Trying Shoes for men Block Blockcherry Brown Ties er Sliponi WONDERFUL FEELING COMFORT Top label top value in a handsome new wingtip Smooth leather uppers And waiting for you inside comfort Wonderful feeling comfort exclusively from Freeman Try a pair In Blackcherry Black or Brown BENNETCH SHOE STORE The Home of Good Shoes Since 1901 147 Cumberland Street R J Coleman Prop Open Tuesday and Friday til 9 ten Of Salem Wives intertained At Supper A chicken corn soup supper highlighted the meeting Monday evening of the Men of Salem in Salem Lutheran Church with he meal prepared by Hayden Kurtz Twentyfive members and heir wives attended with How ard Kiscadden president in charge The invocation was given by Raymond Spang David Weidner led group singing Miss Kathy Moore played two piano selections The topic of the day Sowing was read by Philip Fernsler Charles S n a v e 1 y exhibited colored slides of his recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands and Philip Fernsler showed slides of his trip to Cape Kennedy It was announced that the July 8 meeting will be held at Hill Lutheran Church grove Following the meeting re freshments were served by Wil liam Heddinger Ernest Forry and Hayden Kurtz Marjorie Chan Candidate For Doctors Degree Hershey Girl Graduated From Business School Miss Karen K K e i 1 h o 11 z daughter of Mr and Mrs Lee E Keilholtz 330 Middletown Hershey was graduated recently from The Centra Pennsylvania Business School Harrisburg in the medica secretarial curriculum A 1966 graduate of Hershey High School Miss Keilholtz is employed as a medical sec retary in Harrisburg Lebanon Daily News Lebanon Tuesday June 4 1963 junnerySgt Long Serves With Marine Battalion Annville HS Alumnus Earns Masters Degree C Richard Rhine son of Mr and Mrs Jay C Rhine 40 S White Oak Annville was one of eight students who received the degree of master of edu cation in the field of social studies at the spring com mencement o f Shippensburg State College A 1958 graduate of Annville High School he received his bachelor of arts degree from Lebanon Valley College and completed graduate studies a Rutgers University and Ship pensburg State College He currently resides in Dallastown and is a history teacher and varsity basketbal coach in the Red Lion Area School District Marine Gunnery Sgt Kenneth i Long 37 son of Mr and Mrs Paul Long of 48 E Front Palmyra and husband of Mrs Alice Long of 9539 103rd Jacksonville is serving with the Third Battalion Seventh Marine Regiment First Marine Division in Vietnam As a member of the battalion helps capture or destroy enemy forces His unit is also engaged in a civic action pro gram designed to assist the Vietnamese people in com pleting selfhelp projects such as the building of wells cul verts small bridges and schools Page 7 Army Pvf Rhoads Completes Training Army Private Charles R Rhoads 20 son of Mr and Mrs Herbert C Rhoads Myerstown RD 3 has completed an eight week field artillery basic course at Ft Sill Okla During the course he was trained in the operation and maintenance of the 105mm and 155mm towed howitzers He also received specialized training in firing such weapons as the M60 machine gun the M79 grenade launcher and the rocket launcher His wife Barbra lives at Jonestown RD 1 Sell It Through The NEWS QUICK Cpl Thomas A Rhen Cpi Thomas A Rhen Serving In S Vietnam Marine Corporal Thomas A Rhen Lebanon RD 2 is serving with the Third Battalion Ninth Marine Regiment in the five northernmost provinces of South Vietnam As a member of the battalion he helps capture or destroy enemy forces He accomplishes this through weapons fire tactical maneuvering and both large and small scale opera tions His unit is also engaged in a civic action program designed to assist the Vietnamese people in completing selfhelp projects such as the building of wells culverts small bridges anc schools The Almanac UNITED PKESS INTERNATIONA Today is Tuesday June 4 156th day of 1968 with 210 to ollow The moon is between its first quarter and full stage The morning stars are Saturn and Venus The evening stars are Mercu ry and Jupiter On this day in history In 1800 the finishing touches were put on the White House In 1896 Henry Ford wheeled lis first car from a brick shed m Detroit and drove it around the darkened streets for a trial run In 1942 the battle of Midway began and the Japanese fleet suffered its first decisive defeat of World War II from the United States In 1967 the war between Israel and Egypt began A thought for the day Roman playwright Terence said Noth ing is so difficult but that it may be found out by CYPRUS TALKS BEIRUT Lebanon Preliminary talks to try to end years of strife between Greeks and Turks on the island of Cyrpus ot under way Monday and the Greek repre sentative Glafkos derides said he hoped regular negotiations could start on Cyprus in three weeks Miss Marjorie Chan Miss Marjorie Chan daughter of Mr and Mrs Yee S Chan 135 N Ninth will graduate from the University of Southern California Thursday with a doc tor of musical arts degree in performance She has been studying cello with Gabor Rejto in Los Angeles for the last three years In the fall she will join the faculty of Denison University Ohio as assistant professor of music A graduate of Lebanon High School she received her BA de gree from Oberlin College Oberlin Ohio and her MA de gree from Indiana University Bloomington Ind She was an instructor of music at Memphis State University before going to California Blood Donations Suggested For Vacation Time A plea to residents of this area planning their vacations toj include a blood donation in their preparations was issued today by the American Red Cross Pointing out that accidents and illness never take a holi Dr Evan C Stone area medical director of the Red Cross Blood Program Eastern Area said that blood donations invariably dwindle to their low est point in the summertime while the need for blood mainly because of summer highway accidents frequently increases Basing his estimate on the JulyAugust accident rates of other years Dr Stone in his Alexandria Virginia head quarters said that motor ve hicle fatalities across the United States in the twomonth period are expected to be around with disabling injuries many of them re quiring immediate blood transfusions correspondingly The solution is for all healthy j Americans age 18 through 60 donate blood to the Red Cross orj their community blood bank before leaving for their vaca Dr Stone said It will be for their own protection as well as for Dr Stone stressed however that it is essential to the Red Cross to maintain a constant uniform blood supply throughout the year Donors are encouraged to make their donations on a i regularly scheduled basis so I that blood will never be in short j supply he said Red Cross regulations permit donors to give a unit of blood every two months but more than five times a year at your Texaco Dealer Just drive into your participating Texaco Dealers and youll receive a 100watt Marvel light bulb FREE when you buy at least 10 gallons of Sky Chief or Fire Chief gasoline Get another of 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