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Publication: Abilene Reporter News May 21, 1944

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1944, Abilene, Texas BOND BOX SCORE Sjnce Pearl Harbor May Quota May Abilene WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORJ.D EXACTLY AS IT LXIII, NO. 338. A TEXAS NEWSr-WER ABILENE, TEXAS SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 21, 1944 PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Prnt (AP) VnIM Frtu PRICE FIVE CENTS Underground Gets First Invasion Order Germans in Italy Retreating 15 Miles in Disorder ALLIED CRASH CRUMBLING HITLER LINE, NEAR BEACH Peter Ousts Mihailovic ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples, May American and French troops, smashing through the crumbl- j0ig Hitler line, pounded the whole southern half of the Ger- man front back today in. a wide swing toward a new wall inchored at Terracina only 25 miles from Allied might massed on the Anzio beachhead. The 'Germans lost heavily 1 in men, tanks, and guns as they were being forced back in disorder up to 15 miles to a new "switch line" from Pico to Terracina, headquar- ters declared. The Eighth army successfully as- saultrd the fortified line .farther north and the French punched deeper into the mountains in the center. Associated Press correspondent Sid Feder. travelling with the ad- vancing Fifth Army along the coast, reported from the front late tonight that the Americans had reached a point 35 miles from the Anzio beachhead "without meeting more than casual opposition." (If (he point reached was along Ihe coast it would mean that the Americans were within about 10 miles of Terracina. base of the new German line. Early Saturday the London radio reported that the Fifth Army was a little more than 20 miles from the beachhead, but no source of this report was given and later front dispatches failed to confirm It.) (The German high command ac- knowledged loss of Cainpodiemele, southwest of Pico and within a few- miles of the PJco-Terracina line.) In nine days of this offensive in- tended to crush {he German 10th army, Nazi prisoners have been taken, with more cpming in. The enemy nevertheless re-' sisted stubbornly, and (he cam- remained a hard slugging.-. match with'the Allies trying lo (hfoiv rin paiverful blows while the Germans still are groggy. Formidable German de- fenses guard the TJri val- ley and the mountains In the Cassino area, and a front dis- patch from the Eighth Army cautioned that "apparently very costly fighting still is in pros- peel.1' Moreover, the advances have increased Allied supply difficulties. U. S. troops plunging through the coastal sector captured the Anpian road junction of Ttri, the seaport of Gaeta on a short peninsula to the south, and drove north from Hri. sweeping up vast booty de- noting hasty German withdrawal. Allied warships shelled Terracina. and the air arm, flying 2.270 sorties Friday, blasted heavily again at .the creaking German rail and highway supply network. Hammering at German Hitler Line fortifications in the north. Eighth Army tanks and troops thrust through barbed wire entan- glements to the fringes of Aquino in the Lirl valley, and opened an at- tack on another stronghold, Pon- tecorvo. LONDON, H5ay WT-King Pet- er of Yugoslavia has ousted Gen, Draja Mihailovic as war minister in an attempt to appease Marshal Tito and il was considered possible lire cabinet post might be offered lo the Partisans' leader. Whether Marshal Tito would ac- cept the post was questionable, since this might slrengthen the position of the monarchy for the post-war subject which the head of the Naticnal Army of Liberation has said must be decided by his people after victory is won. It seemed possible, however, thai Tito (Josip Broz) might agree to so.-ne compromise under which he would name his choice for the cabi- net position which Mihuilovic has held. Tito's forces, with whom Prime Minister Churchill's son, Randolph. Is serving as z Britain liaison offi- cer, has been getting the bulk of support- from the United States. Britain and Russia. King Peter, apparently with Brit- ish backing, yesterday dismissed the cabinel of Premier Bozhidar in which Mihailovic was war minis- directed Dr. Ivan Subaslc former governor of Crotia, to un- dertake the delicate diplomatic tasl; of forming a coalition cabinet whicli URAJA MIHA1LOVIC would meet with approval of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Mihal- lovic apparently was included In the cabinet ouster. Dr. Subasic possibly may cal! In Gen. Dushan Simovlc, a Serb and former premier, who has come ou in favor of Tito, to participate In MARSHAL TITO the new government. It was generally believed that any ccalitiou government formed by Dr. Subasic must be truly represen- tative of all Yugoslav factions and that there would be an agreement for an election as soon as the coun- try is liberated. LEADS of the Fighting French forces Waiving! thfoiigh Nazi resist' ance.in. Italy is Gen. Alphonse Jiiin, shown here enjoying a quick sandwich near Cassino. He was formerly military (jjcommander of the Algerian district of French North Africa. Strike Picture Grows Brighter 1H By (lie Associated Press The picture on the nation's labor front brighlened considerably yes- terday as hundreds of workers, obey- ing War Labor board directives. to their jcbs, Although there were an estimated em- ployes still rot at work as the re- sult of labor troubles, settlement of some was reported immi- Jap Resistance on Wakde Wiped Out; Fatalities 34 to 1 By LEONARD M1LLTMAX Associated Press War Editor American soldiers, killing 31 Japa- nese for every doughboy lost, have wiped out enemy resistance on Island in the southwest Pa- cific, Gen. Douglas MacArlhur re- ported today. Only 'a small number of Japanese were taken prisoner. Five hundred and fifty were killed on Wakde and the nearby shores'of northwestern listed American losses entire oper-: ation at only -Itnnllcd, 83 wounded a.nd two missing. Complete control over Wakcte, miles frcm MacArthur's goal on the Philippines, was established Friday afternoon. But enemy lery fire held up the advance on the coast. In other .zctloni reported war planes striking 'af the northern anil southern tips' of .Japan's destroyed 21 air- craft and sank or damaged IS ships. UNEXPECTED GUNFIRE MEEIS INFANTRY MOVING INTO WAKDE A new work stoppage occurred yesterday at Ihe John Deere Har- vester plant at East Moline, 111., when 2.000 employes failed to show up for work. Union officials said dispute involved vacation pay. The president- of the United Auto Workers (CIO) local said an order had been Issued for the men to go back to work after union officials received the request for the order the WLB. In Detroit officiate of the Ur.iled .Aulomobile Workers (CIO) local representing approximately Idle Chrysler workers, who walked out last Tuesday after a dispute over delivery soft drinks to the com- Vpany's Highland Park plant, were scheduled to meet today with the management to discuss their dis- pute. Settlement of Ihe Chrysler laboi controversy would biing to a virtua: (ajend recent numerous walkouts in Michigan war industries. However at the Buick Aluminum foundry in Flint. ].40fl were out: 1.300 remained away their jobs at the Chev- rolet transmission plant in Saglnaw nnd 600 were out at a Miiske Still farther north, Polish forces fighting through high mountains seized Villa Santa Lucia, 1 1-2 miles northwest of Cassino monastery, moved up io capture Picdimonte, the northern anchor of the Hitler Line, just off highway 6, the See 1TALV, 8, Col. 7 Abilenian's Husband Returns from Italy Mrs. Henry LeCrone. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. McQuary of Abilene, left last night to join her husband, who landed in the states Thursday from Italy, at Tulsa, Okla where they will visit his par- Tne romlscd that he will not Use gas he may. at the last moment like a mad and beaten dog release not only on the troops, but on the country as well." Becomes Blue Network Affiliate KRBC. the Reporter-News sta- tion on tl'.e Hilton hotel roof, will, become the affiliate of another' great nationwide radio network on June 1. Announcement of the affiliation with the Blue network was made "'yesterday by station officials fol- lowing completion of arrangements with Blue executives. The new network affiliation tn no wise eliminates Mutual pro- grams from the local station's Actually, it simply means 'niijmtntlng nr.d improving the program structure, giving KRBC the opportunity to choo.-o programs from one regional and Iwo major networks. KRBC affiliated vitn TSN" and Mutual in Septem- ber, 1533. i While a complete format of pro- grams that will be brought KRDC listeners starling June I has not been completed, it has been defi- nitely established that some of the Blue network's outstanding pro- grams will become available Imme- diately. Included are: Daily War Journal, 7 to a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The "Breakfast Club. 8 to a.m.. Mondays through Saturdays. Ladies Be Seated, to 2 p.m. Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointment with Life, to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Ethel and Albert. 3 to p.m. .Mondays through Fridays. Don Norman's Show, lo p.m. Mondays through Fridays. KRBC officials said they arc es- pecially elated with the new affilia- tion. because Blue apparently Is an up-and-coming network." It was pointed out that, recently National Broadcasting company iold the Blue to Edward Noble and association. Included were the publishers of Life and Time magazines. The Blue has added Paul White-man lo its staff as musical director and outstanding figures have been placed in other key positions. Other West Texas stations joining Ihc Blue June I are KGKU San Ar.gelo, and KBST. Big Spring. Time Vieus the .Vewj. 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Eea Hound. to 4 p. m. Mon-, days through Fridays. Soldiers With to 10 p. m. Wednesdays. I Creeps By N'ight. starring Boris! Karloff. lo 10 p. m. Southernalres, a. m. Sundays. This Is by no jneans a complete list of the Blue network program we will bring our listeners." said Howard Barrett. KRBC manager. "Addilion of another network to our schedule necessitates draflic chants in our program schedule 1 and operation from the momuit we I take Ihe air at a. in. until BC j the air at U p. m. j "We have to Mu- itiifl. Texas State Network and I cjily wh'.ch we must keep con- stantly in mind in our program- ming. However, by June 1 we ex- pect lo be tn position lo announce additional programs lhat will prove of special Interest to our lislcKcrj." Emphasis was lild on the fact that the local station does not plan to leave Mutual. In fact, it was pointed out, addition of the best of the Blue network's programs to the station's schedule will strengthen the fine- Mutual programs now be- in? aired. Among the Mutual pro- grams dr-iinitely to be irtained are: Ccrirk Foster. Fulton Lewis; The Johnson Family. Gabriel Heatlcr. Double or No'hir.c. Superman. Freedom of Opportunity and many others. Tailay's allacks brought to warily 208 Hit number of raids made on rail centers In Ger- many anil ocennltil countries by Allied day and ntfhf bombers slncc'lhcy opened (lie tamp March 2 (o wreck as many possible before (lie Invasion starts from the ircsl. These are the highlights of the day and night bombing of the in- slallallons which the Kazls are using to prepare for meeting Allied forces when they sweep onto Ihe continent from the west: attacked air fields al Orly and Villa Coublay near Paris and Liberators smashed at aircraft repair facilities at Cham- pagne airdrome and Reims rail targets, dropnlng 750 tons of bombs on all targets. S. Strategic Air Force head- quarters said all Ihe bombing was done with good visibility and with satisfactory results. Marauders and Havncs and RAF Bostons and Mit- chells of the Allied European Air Force, with Thunderbolt and Spit- fire cccort, slammed into undisclos- ed In France, with a to- tal of probably 800 tons of bombs. fighter bomb- ers of the Nlnih U. S. Army Air Force attacked unannounced tar- gets in northern France under es- cort of o'.her Thunderbolts. 4-Before daylight about 750 RAF bombers dumped some 3.360 tons lot explosives on rail centers at Boulcgr.c on the Frrr.ch channel Iccast; at Tours. Le Mans, and Or- 'leans. i Other British bombers hitFrer.ch coMtal objectives and laid mines in enemy waters, while Mosqulk-s attacked Cologne. The night's loss was seven planes. Soviets Desire Western Front LONDON, Mny 21, The long eastern front was report ed'qulel through another day today as increasing signs came from MDS cow of mounting tension in thi Soviet capital over the prospects o opening a western land front agains the Germans. Tension matching that In Britain was evident in Moscow dispatch? which emphasized that the Rci" army was eager for new offensive of its own which would be ccordl naled with blows from Ihe wes which the Russians hope will de feat the Germans before the of the year. The Soviet command artnouncec again In Us communique last nigh there were no essential changes o nny fronts during the day. Th German command reported only lo cal fighting on the lower Dnest In the Carpathian foolhil'-s an southeast of Vitebsk to the north. The Germans renewed their Iocs attacks near Tiraspol and Stanl' lowow, Moscow revealed in its mid night supplement to the commun Iquc, but were repulsed with man The Nazis suffered 400 dead a Slnnlslawow and lost two compan les around Tiraspcl, MOSCOW salrl. Sil. PM 1 B7 f; x ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: May 21, 1944