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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1944, Abilene, Texas VOL. LXIV, NO. 53 Mem Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES. "-Byron A TEXAS NKWSPAPIfl ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 9, 1944-TWELVE prat (AP) Vnltet Pren, PRICE FIVE CENTS Canadians Rip Into Caen Front IN LAVAL, ON ROAD TO infantrymen enter the French city of Laval Aug. 6, following tanks (one in as they advance on the road to Paris, Laval is about 150 miles southwest of Paris, AP Wirephoto from Signal Corps Radio- Japs Capture Vital il Hub City Btv (he Associated Press The Japanese have won a major victory in ture of the vital railway junction city of Hengyang. While'. Allied arms throughout the Pacific-Asiatic war Stheater .were..inflicting.reverses on the Nipponese in almpsl every action reached Chungking today that the heroic Chinese defenders, of Hengyang killed vir- tually to the last man. Radio Tokyo said Japanese forces completely occupied the city, on the Canton-Hankow railway In Hunan province some 300 miles (0 north of Canton. Tokyo further claimed that four Chinese divisions and supporting American forces were wiped put. There was no Allied confirmation as to the presence of American forces in Hcnffyang. The railway city, besieged by the Japanese for many weeks, was a major objective in the Nippon offensive designed to gain complete control of the rail line and thus cut China in two. Some sections of the railway In Chinese hands. The war picture in nil other battle areas favored the Allies. The end of Japanese resistance on Guam island neared. The Chinese were closing tlie major Japanese base i' Yun- nan province near the Burma bor- der. The Japanese continued their dis- orderly retreat in the frontier re- gion between India and Burma. The Japanese people were warn- ed by their premier, Gen. Koiso, that American successes in the Pa- cific confront the empire with "national difficulties of unprece- dented seriousness." British Palestine Official Wounded LONDON, Aug. Har- old MacMichael, outgoing British high commissioner for Palestine, was wounded in Jerusalem today in an ambush attack on his car, the colonial office announced. Sir Harold is being succeeded by T-ord Gort, whose transfer to the Palestine and Trans-Jordan com-. tnc lnst traccs Japancsc po_ mlssionership from the Tne i ship of Malta was announced July WRh 19. colonial Total conquest of Guam neared The colonial office nnnounce- said: "Infor lation has been received from Jerusalem tha; this afternoon the high commisstcner and Lady MacMichael were motoring to a farewell function hen their car, police escort, was ambushed. "P'ire was opened from the side of the road. The high er was only slightly wounded and Lady MacMichael was unhurt, but two members of the high commis- xsloner's staff were seriously injured. fl "Police are taking all appropriate measures." i'i Adolf Calls in Pal NEW YORK, AUK. An Absie (American Broadcasting Sta- tion in Europe) broadcast record- ed by United States government monitors said tonight that Adolf Hitler had summoned Benito Mus- solini to Berchtesgaden for an cmcr- Jgcncy meeting. The Weather closing Nippon remnants cornered in a nar- rowing sector of the northern mountain region. The Navy announced last nijrht that American forces made speedy sweeping gains along the entire Guam battle front. The Yanks drove forward six ant a half miles on the west flank tc the extreme northern tip of th island. They smashed a wedge intc the center of the line to within less thnn a mile of the northeas coast, in a gain of more than threi miles on the cast flank they cap. tured Santa Rosa peak. In the Southwest Pacific, head- quarters reported the Japanese were rushing troops from Wewnk British New Guinea, to Hie Drin- iumor front where American forc- es have split the Japanese into three groups. Bombers dropped Si tons of explosives on the Japanese in the Aitape-Wewak trap. An air raid on Shanghai by a lone American B-24 bomber was reported by Tokyo, H-Jiich claimed only sligl. damage. In liis warning to Japan, Pre- mier Koiso said the American strike into the Marianas islands might be the prelude to a direct attack on the Nippon homeland while U. S. successes ii the south- west Pacific threatened Japanese Allied Armies in Italy Resting for ROME, Aus. splashing through the rain, were wiping out the last islands of ene- my resistance south of the Arno river around Florence today, while the bulk of the Allied armies in Italy rested for the grand assault on the Gothic line just ahead. was hard fighting on high ground in the big- bend of the'Arno east of Florence. But even this was on a small scale'when compared with the slugging that has carried the Allies most of tiic way up the mountainous peninsula to posi- tions before the heavily-forti- fied Gothic line above Florence and Pisa. Eighth army patrols were feel- ing" out the enemy dispositions. Germans in the big bend of the Arnn above Arezzo threw Indian troops out of Monle Grillo, but the had litUn effect on the icneral strategic situation. On the Fifth army front to the vest, there were artillery exchanges German shells still fell in tile southern section of Florence. Ar official source declared that ail >hotographs disproved a German lalm that the Allies also had helled the city. Yanks at Le Mans In Southeast Push SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE, Wednesday, Aug. Canadians in their first great offensive in France smashed five miles yesterday into some of the strongest enemy lines before Paris, whose 110 miles to 'the southeast were im- periled by onrushing Americans pounding at the gateway of Le Mans. More than U. S. heavy flak as intense as any met over bristling strong points below Caen on the shortest route to Paris. Canadian tanks and infantry poured through the breaches and fought down the road to. about 110 miles from the capital. One by one enemy strongholds which had blocked the Paris highway since D-Day were rolled up, and last night the Canadians were reported engaging the enemy at Cin- ;heaux, 81-2 miles south of Caen. The advance was not without its cost, for flak shot down 3ne of the lead bombers, and its formation loosed some of its :argo on Allied positions, causing casualties reminiscent of shose on the American front in the breakout bombing west )f St. Lo. Canadian tanks and infantry raced through the dust pall across the rolling wheatland and pastures, seized the ham let of Gaumesra'l, and face east to engage 20 Tiger tank forming for a countef-thrusi Ten miles beyond the point c farthest advance reported yester day, Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley doughboys were closing in on In German accounts I one dispatch said van guards had reached the big railroa and highway center. These developments fell on the 26th anniversary of Ger- many's blackest hour In the First World war, when the Kai- ser's high command decided that further resistance was hopeless. Bu.t today, despite the crumblinp defenses pf Norm a iKJy.and-Brlttaay lie enemy fought Vire, before the British across th< Orne southwest of Caen, and in the doomed north Britanny port of St Malo. WHERE ALLIES DRIVE TOWARD PARIS-From southwest of Caen to east of Dom- Front, Maycnne and Laval, Allied troops arc crushing German resistance in drives toward Paris. American spearheads in the southern drive penetrated to Le Alans, 110 miles from Paris. Canadians who hopped off at Caen were reported the same distance away. (AP DEPARTMENT or COMMERCE WEATIIKR mmnAi; 1 Anii.rai; AND VICINITV: rariiy cloudy tnilny and Tf.'.VAS: Purity rfniirfy nrniay and imiaicd laic communications wiji the southern The time has come, he said, day. A frw u-idHy I when Japanese military operations on n Brand bold scale are cxpect- urallrrrd aflrrnnnn i.rxlreme fast portion J Tr.MPKRATUR.rS Mon. M A.M. "R l I'll I. ti1: M. ....is......... f Itmnmliirr' low MlKli I III .and (IS. riltli aMJyfar: Kin and Siin.rl nleht: Snnrl'O mornliu: