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5th Army Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 16, 1943, 5th Army front, 5th Army front Ripes fifth army edition volume i number to than Day september 16. 1943 free russian blows a easy Road Sag nazi lines the russian army went on rolling westwards on wednesday its great offensive still unchecked its columns thrusting of rinds in a score of vital Points along the vast blazing front from Smolensk on the North too Miles to the sea of Azov on the South. Down the front North to South the tide of Battle wednesday Drew westwards and More than 150 russian localities and Many Square Miles of russian land returned to russian hands. The taking of Neshin key City on the Road to Kiev was the most important achievement of the Day. Between Smolensk southwards to bryans the soviet forces were fanning out along and beyond the desna River. Their troops inspired by the taking of Bryansk were consolidating their Bridgehead Over the desna. They were reported to be moving beyond the River their motorized infantry my tanks pouring through wide gaps torn in the front at Bryansk taking after retreating germans. The germans. Moscow said threw in i Vicy Man they could find to hold Bryansk even Road workers and clerks. The russians surge Forward in this Northern area of the front carried them close to to slave on the Railroad Between Bryansk and Smolensk on the front below Bryansk in the Northern Ukraine the spearhead of the to i at russian drive upon Kiev drove the continued on Page 2 the Battle of Salerno emphasizes several Points Worth remembering a said an editorial in wednesday s new York times. Quot the allies Are now at grips not with lukewarm Italy but with the main enemy nazi Germany a Quot the ferocity of the German resistance shows that German Battle morale is still High. The period of comparatively easy victories is Over and the final defeat of Germany must still be achieved in blood and sweat and night Battle British move fast Gen Montgomery s British eighth army hurrying against time to get to the Salerno front to throw its Veteran Force against the germans made Good Progress again wednesday up the Western and Eastern coasts of the Southern tip of Italy. The Small seacoast town of Belvedere was occupied on the West coast by the advancing British who were pushing on up the Gulf of Policastro. Troops who came North from Brindisi on the Eastern coast and occupied Bari were beginning to push westwards towards the Salerno area. All indications pointed to the converging of three fronts into one in the next 72 hours. The British troops on the East coast and those on the West were within 70 Miles of the Salerno front. Giving a vivid account of the fighting the men of the fifth army Are doing a correspondent wednesday told of an attack tuesday night upon the Salerno Bridgehead. Re he enemy began to attack about Nightfall hitting towards the Allied position at the Junction of the Sele and Calore Rivers infantry units of the 16th Panzer grenadiers attempted to open gaps in the Bridgehead line. Tiger tanks followed the infantry. The night air said the correspondent crackled with the sound of Allied machine gun and anti tank fire reaching a screaming Crescendo at Midnight. For a few minutes the Allied line seemed to Sag under the weight of the strongest German thrust of the Salerno Campaign. A few Tiger tanks broke through. But the doughboy and mommies of the fighting fifth army held their ground doggedly battling at close quarters valiantly fighting off the fierce German drive. Finally the naval guns offshore added their deep throated Roar to the macabre symphony of that wild night. And now the German attacks were stopped and the a neatly pushed Back. A All this time overhead there were dogfights Between Junker 88 s and Allied fighters. As morning dawned the Allied line was once More consolidated and strengthened. The German momentum was fighting reaches Climax German resistance in the Salerno area reached fever heat wednesday As the fierce Battle Drew to a Climax. Counterattack after counter attack was withstood by the Gallant fifth. Army men. The germans making effective use of their command of the Hills above the Allied Bridgehead were pounding the invasion forces with their artillery and throwing tanks and infantry in desperate charges. At some Points there was a slight yielding of ground by the allies but generally the lines held. German efforts to smash the fifth army before the eighth army reaches the Battleground in its push up from the South proved unavailing. Meanwhile reinforcements of men and materials continued to Cornein on the beaches despite the German artillery fire and air attacks. It was a crucial Day in the Battle along the 25-mile narrow sloping Bridgehead which Gen. Clarkia army holds South of Naples. All up and Down the line Between Salerno and agro poli the fighting went on with unabated fury. A Painter troops made a Strong bid at one time to smash through to the coast and Cut the americans and British in two. The germans threw everything at the allies then wave sifter wave of tanks with fire from their 88 millimetre s in the Hills and strafing by their fighter planes. In the Southern sector the allies were fanning out into the Hills and Vid Leys but in the Center the Battle was raging Hack and Forth. In later accounts it was reported that Allied forces captured some High ground at the Northern end of the Bridgehead just West of Salerno. Nazi rout in the Battle South of the important railway Junction of Bachmach on the Way to Kiev the russians were reported wednesday to have routed four German divisions Moscow claimed that several thousand germans were killed 26 tanks destroyed or damaged and More than 1000 prisoners taken along with other quantities of War materials taken the capture of the Island of Capri four Miles off the coast to the North of Salerno was announced wednesday in a North african Allied naval communique. The Navy also reported shelling enemy positions heavily in the Salerno area. A Strong Force of cruisers and destroyers carried out the bombardment. The disembarkation of men and equipment went on the Navy communique stated despite determined enemy resistance and air activity. Vice Admiral Hewitt commands the supporting Fleet made up of shills of the . And Royal Navy
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