Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 26, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXIV, NO. 187
A TEXAS NEWSPAPER
ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 26, 1944 -TEN PAGES
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GermansMiles From Meuse
AFTER CHURCHILL ARRIVAL-
Nazi TNT Found
By Athens Hotel
ATHENS, Dec. 26.—(AP)—Prime Minister Churchill sought to end the bloody Greek civil war today as a British
patiol reported discovering a ton of dynamite under street car tines opposite the main doors of the hotel Grand Bretagne
#car Hies opposite —------- .,
Officials of the Greek government and Lt. Gen. Ronald
Offensive Carries 50 Miles Into
Belgium;St.Vith Wedge Erased
Scottie live at the hotel.
(The dispatch from Athens did not say whether C hurcnill
WTheStdavnamgiteat which^ patrol YANKS PUT ANTI-TANK GUN IN POSITION—American soldiers in a forward area in said was in boxes bearing German the German-Belgian border sector, inside Germany, put an anti-tank gun into position as markings, apparently was laid dur- they prepare to repel a strong German counter-attack in the U. S. First Army area. (AI1 ing the night as the area had been Wirephoto from Signal Corps Radiophoto).
’Cloudy, Cold do Continue; Wesfex Iced
searched yesterday eve-
Continued cloudy and cold weather with occasion^ rain or drizzle is forecast for this vicinity today and tonight following a drop In temperatures to 27 degrees this morning.
Slight drizzle early today had turn to Ice on sidewalks end at 8:30 the mercury stood at 2". Driving was hazardous and Traffic Capt. C. A. Veteto warned motorists to be ^extremely careful, drive slowly and apply brakes with caution.
Several traffic accidents had been reported this morning.
Temperatures which hit a high of
Churchill arrived here yesterday accompanied by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden as the ancient capital echoed to the sound of street fighting between leftwing ELAS partisans and Greek government forces supported b y British troops.
The prime minister went into action immediately, communicating with Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander. Allied Mediterranean commander; Harold MacMillann British resident minister for the central Mediterranean, and Greek Premier George Papandreou.
Fleet Hit, Not Hurt
By Nippon Bombers
#,5.1 at noon Monday dropped during
the day ana nan o. en freezing or
below since around 9:30 o'clock last I
Slightly warmer weather is predicted by the weather bureau for Wednesday, with near freezing tem-'peratures in the morning.
Only a trace of rain had been recorded here at mid-morning.
Shortly thereafter British headquarters announced plans to convene at 4 p. rn. today a conference “representative so far as possible of Greek political opinion” with the object of "ending fratricidal strife and enabling Greece to resume her place among the United Nations.” Archbishop Damaskinos o f Athens was named to preside over the conference and ELAS representatives were guaranteed safe conduct.
Churchill’s unexpected arrival here
WASHINGTON. Dec. 26 — ‘Pl— Navv Secretary Forrest a I said today Japanese air attacks have failed to disrupt American plans for continued heavy offensives.
Lad Killed, Girl Hurt in Mishaps
was a masterpiece of stage craft and
Douglas Schmitt, two-year-old son of Lt. anc! Mrs. Claience F. Schmitt, was killed and Sandra
Freezing rain and drizzle fell over much of West Texas as a moderate r cold wave inched its way across the state after tumbling the mercury to a minimum of 18 degrees at Amarillo.
Snow flurries were reported at
Lubbock and sleet and snow at Dalhart in Texas, while light > snow at Otto. Santa Fe. Las ' Vegas and Anton Chico and sleet at Clovis were reported in comparatively mild New Mexico. Cloudy skies blanketed both states this morning and fog, light rains or drizzle was reported at most of the 1 points reporting to the Dallas weather bureau.
Freezing rain or drizzle was reported at San Angelo, Big Spring. Midland and Wink this morning and sleet at Clarendon, while the freezing seemed to extend to a point between Dallas and Fort Worth, which had a mercury reading of 31 to Dallas' 33.
In New Mexico, two inches of snow lay on the ground at Tucumcari, Anton Chico and Las Vegas, fc t hree inches at Santa Fe and eight Inches at Otto. Carlsbad reported freezing drizzle.
timing that startled the war-scarred Sheets, young dang it< • of Mr. and city in the midst of gloom-tinged Mrs. Phil K. Sheets of Sweetwater, Christmas festivities. was seriously injured in traffic ac-
The chain of letter exchanges be- cidtnts on highways near Abilene tween Lt. Gen. Ronald M. Scobie, Christmas Eve.
British commander in Greece, and Biding with his parents and ELAS leaders had reached a stage, another couple, the Schmitt
where it had worn itself out. Most people here pessimistically believed the only solution would be a knockdown, drag-out fight.
One of Christmas Babies Is a Bell
Overseas Vets Ask Bid to Local Homes During New Year's
Five soldiers of company B, 53d Medical Training Battalion, ASFTC, Camp Barkeley, all overseas veterans, yearn very strongly for a change from camp life and a taste of home atmosphere during the New Year holiday.
In a letter to The Reporter-News they say; ,
“We would like to know if there are some very kind people to entertain us over the New Year holidays as we have not had the opportunity for at least five years to spend Christmas and New l ear holidays with our folks at home.
“If there are people who will do this for five young soldiers we would appreciate it very much.
“All of us have just returned from overseas.”
Signing the letter were Pfc. Danny J. Farber, T. 3d Kr. Alexander Szwafwowski, Pfc. Paul Heyne, Pfc.
child apparently rolled down a window in the back seal of the automobile, lost his balance and fell from the vehicle. His head struck the pavement and he was dead upon arrival at the regional hospital at (amp Barkeley. The accident occurcd about 8:30 p. m. on highway 158 some four miles from the city limits.
Burial will be made in Canton, Ohio. Elliott funeral home is in charge of local arrangements.
The Sheets child was reported this morning as resting fairly well but still in a critical condition. She was taken to Hendrick Memorial hospital when she fell from a car in which she was riding with her parents and grandparents, three miles west of the city.
Asknowledging that naval forces in the Philippines area have suffered some damage, he said announcements are delayed because “we do not wish the Japanese to know what ships they have hit, nor to what extent vessels have been injured, nor how soon they may be back in action.”
This “necessary silence,” Forrest-al continued in a statement, “has left the field clear for the Japanese to make fantastic claims, perhaps fishing for fnformation.
“Perhaps the best way to assess the results of Japanese air attacks against our fleets since the second battle of the Phil-iopines sea is to ask whether those attacks have disrupted our plans for future action. They have not. The fall of Leyte and our landing on Mindoro arc a concrete demonstration that they have not.” Forrestal’s statement, reviewing the course of the Pacific was. pointed also to carrier plane raids on Luzon, an amphibious attack on Ormoc and “our troops’ freedom from surface bombardment on Leyte and Mindoro” as further evidence that the Japanese air campaign has failed.
“In spite of all the Japanese have been able to do, both with their Navy and their land-based aircraft,” he continued, “we and not they are winning the campaign for the Philippines. We now dominate the waters around those islands and the air over them."
Forrestal denied what he described as "rumors” that the Navy has not announced all losses in the battle of the Philippines last October in which the Japanese fleet was American losses announc-
By The Associated Pres*
German armor and infantry of two and possibly three Nazi armies have plunged to within four miles of the Meuse river by Sunday night, supreme headquarters disclosed today, in the giant counteroffensive believed to have been planned personally by Hitler as a bid to smash the AHicd armies cf the west.
On the northern flank of the great German drive, twin prongs joined forces in the St. Vith sector, closing off the valiantly defended American salient there and welding the counteroffensive front into a single massive bulge SO miles into Belgium and 35 miles wide.
The German effort has been spreading rapidly toward the Mouse river, hut supreme headquarters, still operating under a security news delay, said the counteroffensive had been slowed. The deep Sunday gains came atter the invaders had been held almost to al
standstill for 48 hours.
The American wedge west of St. Vith had kept the German drives split. There was no indication whether any American troops now wore pocketed in the sector. ,
\llicd planes roared to the attack again today on the western front for the fourth
straight day. Up to noon the Ninth tactical air force alone had destroyed six tanks, six armored vehicles and 237 motor
DEATH S TRAIL IN THE SKY—'“V” weapons, including a new “mystery model.” are reported an important factor in
the initial success of the Germans' all-out counter-offensive on the western front. The unusual photo above, received through a neutral source, shows vapor trails from German rockets as the missiles arch up from enemy lines and descend on the Allied positions near foreground.
Airmen Attack 4th Day in Row
Tanks Battle to Reach Bastogne
tor vehicles, besides downing 22 enemy planes.
A field dispatch declared von Rundstedt apparently now was seeking a breakthrough toward Namur rather than Liege, 34 miles northeast of Namur. The Germans were more than 30 miles from Namur by Sunday.
Besides pounding into Rochefort. German armor and in fan try farther southeast also had taken Libramont. only 23 miles from Sedan and 16 from the French border. Prisoners said the German time-table railed for Paris by Jan. 17.
Even as the German offensive hit deeper into Belgium, Americans to the northeast at Buren, 20 miles from Cologne, had entered Windem, four miles below Buren, Sunday, and cleared Ohernaubach a mile farther down.
While the huge ground battle in Belgium costly to both sides raged on. the Eighth air force got in its fourth straight day of attacks.
Thousands of German vehicles and 500 enemy planes have been knocked out by Allied fliers since tile start of the counteroffensive.
For the first time. the main Ger- .
man pressure in Belgium appeared PARTS.. T>r • ^ . suprg
to be turning from the West, where headquarters reported today there still were slight gains to the j Adolf Hitler personally northwest or north.
A field dispatch dated Monday. however, said the tide seemed to be turning against the Germans in the Stavelot sector, along the northern rim of the German breakthrough.
Americans counted ROO German dead and 34 tanks knocked out on the armor-churned snowfield near Staumond. five miles west of Stavelot. where the Germans had been held to a standstill. U. 8. forces pinched tile Nazis out of La Gleize, three miles west of Stavelot, tak-
Hitler Planned Push; 3 Armies Striking Allies
The little girl pushed the door handle, the door came open anc! routed
she fell from the car onto the cd after that engagement Included shoulder of the road.
Panzers Roil on Yank Gasoline
a licht aircraft carrier, two escort carriers, two destroyers, a destroyer escort and “some lesser shills.”
Of two babies born here Christmas Snrsser and Pvt. Luther
one is a Bell. a . . .
_ u and Mrs. W L. Bell are Anyone interested in these boys
- parents OI a daughter, bor,! in Hon- CT"*'
drick Memorial at hospital at 4:48
p. rn. yesterday. Mrs Bell resides at 757 Amarillo and the father is overseas.
A son. named Michael Francis,
as born to Lt. and Mrs. George Boone, 1112 South 16th, at 8:15 p. rn. in St. Ann hospital. He weighed seven pounds, 12 and one-fourth ounces.
13044767, Co. B, 53d Md. Tm. Bn., ASFTC, Camp Barkeley, or telephone The Reporter-News, which will be glad to put them in touch with the boys.
WITH U. S. FORCES IN BELGIUM, Dec. 21— < Delayed > —(ZP)— The Germans have captured one substantial American gasoline dump —a total of 85,000 gallons, or about enough to run one armored division for two days.
U. S. Alerted for Nazi Rocket Bomb Attacks
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26— <UP» — The nation’s Civilian Defease corps
It Is evident that the Germans has been alerted to the possibility of are short of gasoline. Thirteen Nazi I enemy robot or rocket bomb attacks, self-propelled guas were captured national civilian defease officials west of Bastogne when they ran disclosed today.
LONDON. Dec. 26— UP In strong support of American troops battling the German offensive, U S. bomb- ; ers and fighters for the fourth day attacked enemy communication and supply lines.
Headquarters of the U S. strategic air force announced that the targets included two I abroad yards in the Coblenz area and bridges and rail lines bedeen Coblenz and Bonn.
The communique said 150 Liberators and Flying Fort
resses acrompanied by more than 300 Mustangs and Thunderbolts participated In the rail attacks. The targets, through which most of the traffic for the German western forces flow, were bombed visually.
The powerful four-dav Allied | aerial assault was designed no' only to help the hard-pressed American forces but to knock the luftwafft out of the skies. Supreme headquarters said that 78 enemy planes were destroyed yesterday. American lasses were 13 heavy bombers, seven medium bombers and 43 fighters.
out of fuel.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY: Continued J1 loudy and cold with occasional rain or riizzle today and tonight Partly cloudy and slightly warmer Wednesday Lowest temperatures Wednesday morning near freezing
WEST TEXAS Rain this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday, except freezing rain in Panhandle. South Plains and upper Pecos valley this afternoon and •'oniEht not quite so cold tonight and * Wednesday except little change in Rio Grande valley.
KUNMING, China, Dec. 25—(Delayed)—(Ab—Japanese planes made an ineffectual attack last night on the Kunming air base and a field at Chanvo, eight miles northeast of here. Probably the greatest effect of the raid was to force many persons to spend Christmas Eve in slit-trenches.
Compulsory military training is discussed by James Marlow in the first of a scries of articles on today’s EDITORIAL PAGE. Marlow will present viewpoints of both advocates and opponents of the program in his column, Today on the Home Front. His first article deals with what kind of compulsory national service.
The action, OCD emphasized, is merely one of routine preparedness and ‘should not be interpreted to cause any alarm."
"We want the publir to become conscious of but not excited about the possibility of a robot attack.” a spokesman said. “Our protection instruction bulletin is in line with the policy of being prepared for any eventuality.” The agency said it had distributed to all state councils protection bulletins covering instructions to civilians “regarding their conduct in the
Up to 500 Fortresses and Liberators of the U. S. 15th air force based in Italy made a heavy attack yesterday on a synthetic oil refinery at Brux. 50 miles north of Prague, while rocket-firing Thunderbolts blasted rail lines, fuel dumps and trains on the Brenner pass route. Twelve bombers were lost in the Brux raid.
By ROBERT RICHARDS
WITH AMERICAN FORCES IN BELGIUM, Dec. 25 -Delayed)— <UP»—American tanks and inlrtn-trymen are fighting their wav slowly northward over the snow covered Belgian hills this Christmas Day toward Bastogne, where an encircled band of doughboys is holding out against everything the Germans can throw at them.
There has been no direct contact with the Bastogne garrison since it was overrun and surrounded by the German advance last week, but radio messages from tile pocketed doughboys said they still were holding out after German armor and infantry broke into the town.
The last messages received bv radio over the Americans were "mopping up” survivors of the Nazi force that penetrated Bastogne.
This relief column ha*' reached the Tintange area eight miles south of Bastogne. and fully loaded American trucks are waiting to dash through with food, ammunition and medical supplies when the break comes.
Smoke and flames still rise from Tintange, and the odor of ether is heavy as jeeps roll past this observation point, bringing ort the wounded.
Maj. Andrew D. Pi-ard. 26. Norman. Okla., said his troops were finding the going very tough, with
art! planned the present all-out. German offensive during the rumor-clouded months when the world was swamped with reports •I - he w .. cb id. gravely ill or insane.
In that offensive Field Mar* shal Karl von Rundstedt is employing at least two German armies — and possible three-
Von Rundstedt already has com/-nutted the s u ; -h Cb tm rn infantry army ami the 5th panzer army and possibly has brought into play
,„f JO# prisoners and wrecking or seizing 15 tanks. 1
Farther east the Germans lost bloodily in a vicious Christmas eve assault on (he doughboy line near Bullingen, but failed to gain.
The Germans dropped parachutists hear Stavelot and Beauraing intent on disruping Allied communications, but all were wiped out.
Eisenhower’s counter assault along the 75-mile southern flank was striking heavily toward Bastogne. and against the Echternaeh shoulder of the Nazi bulge. Gains of one to three miles were reported In 24 hours up to ( hrlstmas morning.
Fierce fighting thundered around American - captured Chaumont ing actor, wa Just west of the Arlon-Bastogne
offensive was conceived by Adolf Hitler himself and that Hitler has devoted himself to the project for three months during which his whereabouts have been cloaked in mystery.
The G' rman attack, SHAFF said, w - an ;> l-out otfensive designed to cl -troy the Allies in the west. It ui ... it immediate objective the , ■ t . M, : • • rn I loge to Na
mur and Dinant •I lie i a ic usa I i a it. it a es said, has been thwarted but more German gains are to be expected.
Al Jolson Better
BEVERLY HTTI.S. Calif.. Dec.
26 Pi—-Al Jolson, 56-year-old sing-
reported in fair con-ci11 ion today following a recurrence
road, and doughboys north of Big- ■ of malaria wideit he contracted lost onville, cleared Arsdorf, and pushed year during an entertainment tour
See THE WAR, I’g. th Col. 5
the German* contesting every turd of the advance with small arms,
event of robot or rocket bomb attacks.’
War Plant Reopened nf tuns ,,0 tolllime,„r m„.
DETROIT, Dec. 26- AIP—Produr- tars ancj a few self-propelled guns
lion of parts for aircraft and tanks -——-----
was resumed at the plant of Motor
Products corporation today as 1,800 Canadian Troops
employes returned to work after a ^ —
six-day strike that followed the dis- LoptUfC KOSSCfto charge of a fellow worker.
VEGETABLES BACK ON POINT LIST; MEAT NEXT
Tue-Mon Mon-Sun A M Hour P M 31 47— I— 44 42
an 47— 2— aa 45 j nine
30 SO— 3— 37 40
30 51— 4— 37 47
29 52— 5— 37 48
29 52— 6— 36 47
29 51— 7— 35 47
27 52— 8— 34 47
27 49— 9— 33 48
27 50—10— 32 48
27 52- 11— 32 47
27 55—12— 31 48
.............. 8 38
Sunrise this morning ..........
Sunset tonight ....................6 42
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26—(UP) — Warned by Price Chief Chester Bowles that many of the nation’s food supplies are at the war’s lowest ebb. housewives today began paying out blue points again for most canned vegetables and prepared to dole out red points begin-Sunday for meat that has been point-free for many months. The situation, in brief, Is this: As of last midnight ail ration-free vegetables are now back on the ration list. This includes asparagus, green and waxed beans, corn, spinach and peas. Asparagus, beans and
spinach are IO points and corn and peas 20 points for No. two cans.
Beginning Sunday 85 percent of all now’ ration-free meats will go back on the ration list. Thf OPA was not too worried about hoarding of meat because it Is too difficult to keep. Meats included are utility beef, better grades and cuts of veal, bacon, pork shoulders, spare ribs, beef and veal livers, some sausages and meats in tin or glass containers. Point values will range from one to 13.
Ail red and blue ration stamps
validated before Dec. I are no longer valid. Al! sugar stamps except No. 34 are no longer valid. A new sugar stamp will be issued Feb. I, but it will be good for five pounds over a three months’ period instead of the present two and a half months.
Butter is up from 20 to 24 points.
Left valid by the new order are Book Four red stamps Q5, R5 and S5, and Book Four blue stamps. X5, Y5, Z5, A2 and B7. Five new red stamps—T5 through X5—and five blue stamps—C2 through G2—will become valid Dec. 31. Each will be worth IO points.
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ROME, Dec. 26 (/Pi—Canadian troops, .striking out from their bridgehead over the Canale Naviglio tm the,Adriatic flank of the Italian front, have captured Rossetta, IO miles northwest of Allied-held Ravenna, headquarters announced today.
The Canadians were reported to have pushed on a short distance beyond Rosser ta to within two miles of Alfoasine on the Ravenna-Ferra-ra highway.
GERMANS RESUME ADVANCE German troops have advanced westward in the Marche-Rochefort region of Belgium, after being stalled for 48 hours, the Allied command ^announced in reporting action on Sunday, Dec. 24. On the Ger-
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26—ITV ____________ ,
Former u. s. Senator Blair Lee of mans’ southern flank the Americans cleared Chaumont in a Maryland died last night at the age ^vive towar(j encircled Bastonge. Other Yanks captured Hei-
derscheid and were in heavy fighting at ladler in Luxem-
| Lee served 1913 to 1917.
in the senate from
bourg. (AP Wirephoto).