Abilene Reporter News, February 5, 1944

Abilene Reporter News

February 05, 1944

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR BOND SCORE 4rh Wor Loon quote alei Thursday Sales month 259 30 Shortage Mene ftopo illiOUT OR OPFKJVSri! 'm MOMUG .RRM NOTE IN MAKHAUS BACKED BY NEARBY FLEET of Emperor Suspended bor FcbAP HEADQUARTERS, Pearl Har- bor Feb. proclamation selling up al, American military government in the occupied portions of the Marsha alands and "suspending the powers" of Emperor Hirohito of Barters announced today head- This evidence of American victory was flung in (he face of the Japanese by Adm. Chester W. Nimih, backed by the might of his Pac f.c fleet-anchored already in the pla d la- eoon of Kwajalein atoll. Copies of the proclamatioi expected to be a model to similar action when othe Japanese territory falls, wer distributed in the wake o f.merican Marines and dougl oys who invaded the Mar shalls only last Monday. 1 was signed by Nimitz as mi itary governor of the Mar riialls. In tone, the docu ment was firm and gave the inhabi tants to understand that order must be obeyed promptly. Ther would be no interference, it said, i the normal, peaceful lives of civi "so far as war necessities am Their own behavior permit." The announcement applies, at this time, only to Kwajalein ntoll an its numerous Islets which Unitei Stales forces have overrun. It wi: .be extended to other atolls and is when they are taken over. Riding in the spacious lajoon ef Kwajalein atoll, U. S. war- ships are roughly' bnt 2.WO Tokyo, y; the space of'bufjItWdays th Central Pacific launched only last weekend, nail-sliced of one-third of the distance" beU-eci Pearl Harbor and (he Japanesi homeland. mil has given our amphibious forc- R new footholds miles nearer than Pearl Harbor to the enemy's island defenses in Ihc Carolines, in- cluding Trui, a powerful Japanese Bastion. thrust was accomplished with slight, ground casualties and without the loss of a single Alp It has yet to meet an air or sea challenge from the enemy.' From his joint expeditionary flagship, within the lagoon Rear Mm. Richard K. Turner told ncws- n lhat on Tuesday, second day ot ihe attack, he had ordered thc> fleet to anchor there. His force indued all Ivoop transports and most ol the supporting warships, a concen- tration of naval power such as never amassed in the Pacific. There was ample anchorage, lor the la- goon is 60 miles long and has several entrances. The invasion's quick results were a happy surprise, Admiral admitted. The operation oiled alonjf on schedule an indication thai "every man was right in (here doing his job." The Kwajaleiii landings were i pushover as compared with Ihosc Tarawa, bloodiesl -battle in Amcri- ijfft Marine Corps history. Eenemy resistance was not a.5 great a? ev- pected. But even had the first land- ing parlies been beaten back, Ihc Admiral said, had other means." Evidence of how hard this power hit the enemy cams in a field dis- tich from Namur island, written by George E. Jones, representing the combined American Press. He repotted that even the toughened Marines were disgusted with their task ol wiping out Japanese who havered on the borderline of Insanl- (7 as a result of the bombing and shelling. Approves Bill Feb. i'ljlion to authorize the expenditure annually for paid government advertising of war bonds In smaller newspapers was approved today by the House ways and means committee. ADMIRAL "NiMITZ Forces Expand Marshall Hold; Fake Ebeye Isle V. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEAD- QUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, Feb. ,h, frdh I. ,lt.n, ,ird, Trjiri.n.Mi KIS ANSOV, Feb. 4- Dob Compton youthful Shackelford county ranch- cr, (oday for the third lime in five years was facing further legalities after a District court jury deadlocked In his trial on charges of stealing sis head of cat tle from the T. W. Leo ranch In IMS. The jury deliberated almost three and one-half hours before reporting to Judge Owen Thomas lhat it was "hopelessly deadlocked." The case went to the Jury about this afternoon after a morning of arguments by the attorneys. A poll of the jury was taken by Judge Thomas in an attempt lo see thai It could not reach a verdict. Complon was Indicted by a Shack- elford county grand Jury. He was (irst tried In Albany in March 1933 with the case rcsul'mg In a sentence of two years in the penitentiary, The Albany trial was reversed and Compton was retried at Throckmnr- lon last year. the case resulted In a hung Jury. lighten Squeeze On Trapped Divisions LONDON, Saturday, Feb. 5 (AP) _ The Red army squeezing tighter its steel cordon around 10 trapped Nazi divisions m the Ukraine, has killed more Germans fighting fi-anljcally to escape and has pounded back German rescue attempts from the outside, wrecking 84 big Junkers transport planes and 58 Nazi tanks, Moscow announced to- day. Destroyers Sink Nazi Vessels, Salvage Cargo WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 through the South Atlantic with cargoes vital to the Axis war ma- chine, three Nazi blockade runners ran into the blazing guns of American warships and were sent to the bottom. All had ilartcd their furtive trips in Japanese-held ports of the Paci- fic, the Navy revealed today, and their holds were loaded with thou- sands of tons of rubber, lln, fats and strategic ores. Much this mjlerlal wn salvaged, particularly hundreds of tons of rubber floalmt In the debris after the runners were sunk. Many prisoners were Uktrs from the three uhlpi whose crews attempted to scuttle Ihelr on order! from' leaders In efforts to. prerent' capture of Itie'-Valuable cargoes. Violent Internal'explosions set the enemy ships aflr6 but they remained afloat until sunk by shells from the Cruiser Omaha and the Destroyers Jouett and Somers. Largest of the dcslroycd blocksde was the Burgcniand, on Hamburg-American snip. The ither's were the Rio Grande, ons and the ton Weserlivnd, both'of German registry. Stealing through the darkness of an early January morning the Wcs- rland was the first of the three to be chased and sunk In a period. She was sighted hy patrol lanes and the Somers sped in to he challenge. A salvo from the dcjlrojer's fire-Inch main hatfery hit squarely and the Nail be- gan clambering overboard and Into life boats. Some remained lo carry out scuttllnjr orders. The Wcscrland stilled slowly and more shells completed the job of srndhii.hcr down. A scouting plane from the Cruls- r Omalia and the lookout in the Omaha's foretop sighted the seconc alder almost simultaneously. As the Omaha and the Jouett accd to the attack, smoke and lamps bellowed from the Rio ".rande. Her crewmen had endeav- red lo scuttle her with demolition larges scattered through the holds Rain the efforls failed. "The two American warships fired x Inch and five inch shells Inlo he blockade runner and she soon ank." the Navy related. On the next day the Omaha and le Jouett Joined again, located the urgenland and sent tt down with Klls after the enemy crew again ad fired demolition charges. lermlefgh Seaman Missing in Action HEKMLF.IGH. F-b. 4 The Navy apartment has announced that harif.s Howard Merrill, seaman cond class Ihc US N'avsl rc- rvcs Is in action. He is Allen Merrill of c son of John In the north Soviet troops have completely cleared the H 0-mile coast of the Gulf of Finland from Leningrad west to the river mouth in- side Estonia. Other forces wiped out the-last Germans on the railway from Lenin- grad to Novgorod, the second north-south line freed since the battle of the north began. Another Germans were killed-in this fighting, said the Moscow midnight bulletin. The bloodiest fighting on flaming Russian front, however, centered on the contracting circle- now perhaps 40 miles In on the west bank of' the Dnieper river between Kanev and Cherkasy where perhaps Germans were facing death or surrender. "Our froops fought an mtnl for annihilation of en- circled enemy the communique "The Ger- mans attempt by connler-attack lo feel out weak places and brtik oat of encirclement. Our troops repulsed all Hitlerite counter-alUcks and billeted heavy losses on fhth In man- power and material." A total of 84 junkers-53 were destroyed by armored Soviet Stprrnoelk-dlvc bombers.Rnd fight- ers as'lite Germans rushed In their tri-engined planes to bring supplies and perhaps fly out officers as they did at Stalingrad a year ago. Twen- ty-four of the big planes were shot flaming from the skies In addition to 10 of their escorting fighter planes. Another 60 were wrecked on the ground Moscow said. The Russians, moving in steadily on the ground, captur- ed seven towns including Vor- onovVa, 13 miles norlh of Shpoia Moshni, 15 milts northeast of Cherkasl and Mlkhallorka nine miles south of Kanev. In the north the Russians not only cleared the Gulf of Finland lo a. point ten miles past the Estonian border but to the south were ad- vancing along the eastern banks of Lake Pelpus, capturing several towns and hamlettj, the communique said. The westward drive had by-passed the gateway town of Narva with the capture of villages both to tha southwest and northwest. 80 Jap Planes Hit at Wewak ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN THE SOUTHSVEST PACIFIC, Sat- urday, Feb. 5 Eighty Japa- nese planes were destroyed by Al- lied airmen In a heavy raid on Japanese base at Wewak. New Guinea. Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today. Apparently the Japanese air force was caught completely by surprise. Seventy-two enemy planes were caught grounded and destroyed. Eight were shol down. Wewak is the major air and sup- ily base for the entire Japanese defenses In the Northwestern New Guinea, sector. It was last report- ed hit Jan. 23 Allied airmen knocked down and destroyed 33 to 45 Japanese planes. A total of 500 tons of bombs were poured into the Wewak defenses- he heaviest raid on that forced base sir.ce the war be. reln- 11 tt.. i 4J.. n.. 51___ p. in. M law lempcrAlDTrt 9 nd II. low "mr Jeit: M.I Ihi. J Snniel Axis Embassies Direct Espionage in Argentine Feb' AxL, espionage in the and me government fol- lowed up today by cutting diplom- atic lies Vichy France, Bul- garia, Rumania and Hungary, com- munications witii Germany and Japan also have been cut. Al the same time the Danish le- gation here announced It had sev- ered all connections aim the pre- sent Danish government because It was under Nazi domination and King Christian X was a virtual prisoner. Col. Enrique Gonzalez, secretary lo Ramirez, dittiwing the spy acti- vity of Germany and Japan In Uie Ihc severance of diplomatic rela- tions with four Axis satellites, sairt tonight lhat an investigation has revealed that Nazi espionage acll- vliics in Argentina had been car- ried out by the German cmba.vy and by a personal representative of Adolf Hitler. Japanese spying also was direct- ed by the Japanese embassy, he said. President Pedro Ramirez broke oil relations Germany and Japan Jan, 26 he said, Argen- tina's sovereignty had been jco- country said all evidence uncover- ed by a police Investigation would be fully documented and made pub- lic. Evidence of Japanese espionage activity, he said, would be reveal- ed next week and that of Germany in the near future. Gonzalez said Nazi spy activities were operated through two organiza- tions, one under the direction of the German embassy and Ihe other under a German manufacturer named Harnlsch, now under arrest, who was characterized 8s a person- al representative ot Hitler, nlfch. the secretary said, lived here and was married to ail Argentine. ;

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