Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 25, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXIV, NO. 38
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ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 25, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES
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Soviets Gain 40 Miles in Day
• ’HERK HITLER ESCAPED DEATH—This is tile bomb-wrecked room in which Hitler narrowly escaped death, the arrow indicating the spot where the fuehrer stood, according to the caption which accompanied this radiophoto from Stockholm. The purge of suspected army leaders continues. NEA Radio-Telephoto).
•Goering Placed In Driver's Seat
* LONDON, July 25.—(AP)—Adolf Hitler appointed Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering chairman of the Council tor Defense of the Reich tonight and issued a decree ordering to^l mobilization of Germany and occupied territories.
Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels was appointed Reich s •omirtissar for tho tot'll war effort of the Reich. Earlier. Heinrich Himm-lcr had been appointed commander in chief of the German home army in the aftermath of the announced bomb attempt on Hitler’s life last Thursday.
A vast blood puree of the Prussian military leadership, from eeneral officers down to majors, had been reported in progress in Germany since then.
• The announcement by DNB, official German News agency, said Goering will supervise German railway, the German postal service, all public institutions and industries with the view of limiting or simplifying a1! matters not directly connected with the war effori.
Ile may issue directives to the highest Reich authorities.
“Goering has to adapt the entire public life to the requirements of Jota I warfare in every possible moment.’’ the Berlin announcement said, •in particular, Goering has to look after all public meetings and institutions to be shaped according, to the airns emanating from total war. No forces ma\ be lent from either-the armed forces or- armaments.-.
The government reorganization came with Russian Army groups less than 50 miles from Warsaw, less than 150 from German Silesia, and within artillery range of East Prussia, in France. American and m British armies were on the offensive, in Italy, two shattered German armies were reeling hack toward the Gothic line in the north.
The announcement said Goering himself appointed Goebbels to the post of commissar for total war effort of the Reich and could in the future “demand information from and give instructions to the highest Reich authorities.”
(The wording suggested that he might indeed give orders to Hitler
• ’ Hinnnler, becoming in effect the De Facto German dictator. Reports in the past few months from neutral countries have suggested that Goering might eventually head the German government in a Nazi effort to secure something less than unconditional surrender.)
A leader of the battered German armies in east, Field Marshal Gen. Walther von Model sent a message of congratulations to Hitler today on -his escape from assassination last week—perhaps in tacit admission that
• he Nazis at least temporarily control the armed forces of the Reich.
Abilene Officer Listed Missing
Lt. James R. Haile, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Haile of 1026 Vine, has been missing in action over Germany since July 12, the War department has informed his wife, the former Ima D. Richard of Anton.
Lieutenant Haile, a, bombardier, was known to have completed two missions by July 2. He went to England early last June.
The missing officer entered ser-
LONDON, July 25.—(AP)
—Russia announced tonight i it would conclude an agreement with tl:e Polish Committee of National Liberation, rather than the exile government in London, covering relations between the advancing Red Army and the civil administration of liberated Polish territory.
The Soviet’s announcement, broadcast by Moscow and recorded by the Soviet Monitor, said the Russians have no aims in acquiring any part of Polish territory” and gave the view that the western Bug river is regarded by Premier Stalin s regime as the Polish-Russian frontier.
Russian forces are well across the Bug and are advancing swiftly.
Red Armies drove this week to within less than 50 miles of Warsaw. Late in 1939 after the German invasion of Poland, the country was partitioned for the Fourth time by a Russian-German agreement.
Today’s statement, by the Peoples Commissariat for Foreign Affairs, was made because the Red Army "has reached the state frontier between the Soviet Union and Poland- by crossing the western Bug river, the Moscow radio said.
The statement said the "Red Army _
Hr.fi entered- Poland ta* help tha-r •*■■■
Polish people in ttie task of their! WASHINGTON, liberation from the yoke of the German invaders and for the restoration of an independent strong and Democratic Poland.”
It said the Soviet considered the administration of liberated territory the “task of the Polish people."
TODAY ON EASTERN FRONT—The Soviet armies, moving at speed of Pl miles a day are on the approaches of Siedlee. 5(1 miles from Warsaw. 12 hours before time for filing of today’s Associated Press dispatches from Moscow. This map shows the rapid advances of the Russians toward Germany. (NEA Telemap). _____ ________
ARGENTINA RECALLS ENVOY TO ii. S.
July 25 ftD— I with considerable interest tumor*
The recall to Argentina of Ambas- row* promised statement from
sador Escobar completes the diplo- Buenos Aires as a possible him
ma tic break between Washington whether last nights action la to be
and Buenos Aires which has been followed by thr withdrawal of Ar-developing since the Farrell regime gentile s ambassadors to other tectonic? last january. . • '• J American capitals or whet bet Esco-
Diplomatic quarters here awaited bar is fo h" the onl\ one a.I < «<
Last Barrier to Naziland Near
By DANIEL Dc LUCE MOSCOW, July 25.—(AP)—Swift Russian columns paced by churning tanks, Kuban cossacks and swarms of planes were less than 50 miles today from Warsaw after splitting German armies in the heart of Poland by capturing
Lublin and Ltikow.
The Russian drive over the dusty, unobstructed plains sent the Red armv 40 miles forward in 24 hours. More than 12 hours ago. they were on the approaches of Siedlee (which the Germans said they had evacuated'. 50 miles east of the Polish capital.
the Soviets were less than 20 miles from the Wisla (Vistula! river, which flows by Warsaw and forms the last natural barrier to Germany itself. A swift crossing of the Wisla would outflank the Warsaw region and expose the garrison of the city of 1,265.700 to attack from the south.
German Silesia lies within 150 miles of advanced Russian forces which splashed across the San river.
Red pilots reports, .scenes of pun ic around Warsaw, with roads choked with transport. The main frontal assault toward Warsaw was 50 miles wide and indications were that other Armv groups from the northeast Bug river and from captured Lublin w< ie about to join in a coordinated assault on the capital. 319 miles from Berlin.
(The German communique reported bitter fighting continuing inside Lwow. third city of Poland already bypassed and 60 miles behind Red army vanguards. The Nazis asserted that their Lublin garrison still was resisting “superior enemy forces attacking from all sides. )
Positions of olhrr Russian Army groups as shown by communiques were:
Within two hours forced march of I .(st Prussia.
Frontally attacking b>-passed Brest I.itovsk. cut off and isolated far behind the front.
Less than 70 miles southeast of the Baltic port of Riga.
Frontally attacking Bialystok on the Leningrad-Warsaw railroad.
Forty miles west of invested Lwow with the capture of Moso\shka.
Virtually surrounding Daugavpils in the Latvian republic after rapturing RO towns to thr northeast.
Outflanking Kaunas in the Lithuanian republic.
Virtually at the border of southern Lstonla after advancing nine miles northwest of Pskov.
Thirteen miles southwest of raptured Lublin at Relatlitse.
fourteen miles north of Stanislawow, gateway to the Carpathian passes into UxecllQ-Slovakia.
I OR miles east of Krakow.
120 miles east of Lodi and 42 miles east of Dadom .
(The Germans said the Russians were preparing another offensive north of Iasi, 171 miles northeast of the Romania oil renter of
rioesti.) „ ,
Russia's seven great army groups moved westward with air support never matched in the east. brushing aside aq? obstacles encountered. It appeared that the next few hours would determine whether Hitler would attempt a stand on the Wisla. Fleeing groups of Germans were declareiP^ruahing-^for • the closest, bridges -on the ruer.
Allies Spring Greatest Drive Since D-Day
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Local Ptrooper "killed in Action
Mr. and Mrs. G. R Collins, 2159 WVnson avenue, were informed by Lie War department Monday their ton, T-5 Glenn R. Collins was killed in action as a paratrooper in France June 23.
A native of Lubbock. Collins, 26,
Abilenian's Husband Wounded in France
Cpl. Fred Fogg was wounded in action in France and is recovering in a hospital in England now, his wife, the former Juanita Blanks, 1801 Fellsmere, learned this week.
Corporal Fogg, who has served in the Army fcr over two years, was .stationed at Camp Barkeley for some 18 months. He has been overseas since March. Corporal Fogg is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Fogg of Amarillo.
Mrs. Fogg anc! their 13-months-old son are making their home with her mother, Mrs, R. C. Blanks.
vice Nov. 14 1940, just a month after the death of his father, Randolph Haile, in the Legion hospital at Kerrville. His father was a veteran of World War I.
After training with the 36th di-vison at Camp Bowie mid at Camp Edwards, Mass., where he was made a staff sergeant, the bombardier Transferred, with 32 other men from ills unit, to air force training. He received basic bombardier training at Ellington field, gunnery training at Laredo and bombardier [training at Midland. He was commissioned at Midland Dec. 24, 1943,1 and sent to Dalhart for advanced training.
Lieutenant Haile whose mother died when he was a child, had lived for a number of years with his aunt and uncle here. He was graduated I from Abilene high school in 1935 i and had one year in the University of Texas. While in Abilene he was employed by McLemore-Bass and Clinic drug stores.
His wife and 7-months-old son live with her parents at Anton
By GLADWIN HILL SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, July 25 —(/Pi—Supported by a massive armada of some 4,000 warplanes, the American and British armies burst forth at both ends of the 100-mile Normandy front today, and shoved the Germans backwards in probably the greatest coordinated ground drive since D-Day.
Three thousand U. S. planes, including a record mission of 1,500 heavy bombers, smashed at the German opposing the new American offensive, location of which was not disclosed.
Hundreds of other planes supported the British-Canadian push
south of Caon. In quick Initial gains of more than a mile. British-! anadian tanks and Infantry battling toward open tank country captured two towns, despite fierce resistance by at least two German SS armored divisions.
Fighting continues very stubbornly on both the American and British sectors.” Supreme headquarters declared.
Throughout the day headquarters kept secret all details of the Amel -jean land drive. The I . S first Army has been strung along a winding front from fallen St. Lo to Lessa.v on the west coast.
(Berlin said the Americans attacked from the area northwest of!
St. La. and declared a small penetration had bren sealed off.)
Hie British Second Army. hammering along on a four-mile front down the road lo Falaise, captured St. Martin De I oncntay and \rr-rieres and street fighting ranged in May-Sur-Orne. These towns are some five miles below ( arn.
Fighting also swirled for Hie town of Tilly-La-Campagne. I runt dispatches said there was savage, elose-quarter fighting in indecisive battle after the British-! anadians cracked through the outer crust of German defenses and ran into a bristling series of anti-tank positions and machine-gun nests. I he Germans threw in hatches of tanks
to hold their lines.
The British Jumped off before dawn, and the American attack opened shortly before noon. Huge artillery barrages supported both drives.
Th i double offensive broke a side-stepping a formidable German four-dav stalemate in France.
Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, anti-tank screen southeast of ! arn, sent his forces piling southward on the road to Falaise along a four-mile front, heading toward firm, open ground excellent for tank battles.
The ridge highway winch the Biitish and Canadians were billowing leads to falaise and to I aits.
In the early hours of the push, while the advancing troops still were shielded by ground mists, the British and t anadians reached May-Sur-Orne for an advance of 700 yards and Verrieres for a gain of 1,500 yards. They also reached Tillv-La-1 ampagne. nearly a mile east of the road. All these points are about five miles bt'ow Caen. Bad weather cheeked Gen. Montgomery's offensive last week.
Falaise is 20 miles southeast of Caen and HO air line miles west of Paris.
.Montgomery achieved an element of surprise—although the German*;
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AP Man In Trench With Native of City, Canadian Soldier
Young Abilenian Killed in Pacific
T-5 GLENN COLLINS
lived in Odessa In recent years and was graduated from Odessa high ii moi. He lived in Abilene with his family for a year prior to going into service two years ago. He got his basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., paratroop training at Ft. Benning. Ga., and was stationed rn* Alliance, Neb., before going overseas in December.
I S. DEPARTMENT OI COMMERCE WEATHER Bl RE Al'
ABILENE ANI) VICINITY — Partly cloudy this afternoon and Wednesday. Generally fair tonight.
FTA ST TEXAS Partly cloudy ibis afternoon and Wednesday, scattered thundershowers near upper coast; generally fair tonight.
WEST TEXAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon and Wednesday; generally fair tonight
Maximum temperature last 24 hours,
Minimum temperature last 12 hours
TEMPER ATI RICS
Tue-Mon Mon-Sun AM Hour P.M.
79 72— I— 86 BB
78 74— 2— 86 88
77 75— »— 88 88
78 75— 4— HI HI
76 73— 5— HI 88
75 75— 6— 86 88
75 74— 7— 83 86
78 78— 8— 81 82
(ii RI— 9— 80 "8
84 81—10— 79 70
87 81—11— 78 72
90 83— 12— 77 72
Sunrise this morning Sunset tonight ...
6 40 8:41
90th Captain Is Killed in Action
Capt. Oren R. Reichelt, Co. D, 359th infantry, 90th division, was killed in action in France July 3, the War department notified his wife, the former Nancy Cameron,
Mrs. Reichelt, daughter of Mr.
; and Mrs. C. N. Cameron, 774 Meander, has been residing in Dallas '.since May 15
Captain Reichelt, 24, the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Riechelt of Strauss, N. M , entered the Army in 1941 following his graduation from [ a New Mexico military school. He has a brother, Clarence, 15, at home.
Captain and Mrs. Reichelt were married Oct. 17, 1942. He was sent overseas in April of this year.
Mrs. Reichelt plans to visit her husband’s parents in New Mexico soon. Upon her return she will make her home with her parents.
Pfe. Hugh Cameron, brother of Mrs. Reichelt, is a prisoner of war of the German government. He was raptured Jan. 20 while in action in Italy.
Bv WILLIAM SMITH WHITE
WITH BRITISH AND CANADIAN TROOPS IN NORMANDY July 25.—(ZP)— Powerful Canadian and British tank and inf ant in forces which struck south of the Orne today in a resumption of their offensive quickly reached the towns of May-Sur-Orne. Verrieres and Tilly Campagne despite stiff German resistance.
These Allied advances extended from about 700 yards in the May-Sur-Orne sector to about 1,500 yards in the Verrieres area. They were achieved within a few hours after the troops jumped off at 3:30 a. rn.
All night as they waited for the “jump-off.” this wars equivalent 'n the 1917 “over the top,” the Allied troops were selected to artillery combardment, air bombing and machinegun strafing. Some of the Canadians, from one of the most famous regiments in Canada, fen before the offensive began. More • fell later, but still the units drove
This battalion hit the line at 3.50
Sharing a slit trench with me at one time under the Nazi countei bombardment was Gunner Jim Bradsnaw of a six-pounder battery, a native of Abilene, Tex., and one of many American volunteers in the Canadian Army.
His mother, Mrs. Louis Bagshaw. lives at Mapleville, R. I.
Calvin Brooks, pharmacist mate third class, whs killed in action w :i* the Second Marines June IT Abilene friends were informed thus morning
Young Brooks, a 1943 gradual "I Abilene high school, i the son of Mrs. Effie Brooks of San Mar cos,
Russell's Lead on Garrett Only 4,000
Less than 4.000 votes now divide the two run-off candidates for congress from the 17th congressional district. In the Monday afternoon edition of The Rcportcr-Ncws it was incorrectly stated that Sam Russell held a 5,000 lead over Clyde Garrett when the figures at that time were Russell, 15,123 and Garret 11,185.
ISSUES SHAPE UP FOR HOT DEMO SESSIONS SATURDAY
former Abilenian. Message from her eama to the Clyde Daniel . 102U Willis.
Enlisting in the Nave June 16 after his graduation the la-1 of Ma ”, Brooks received boot training at San Diego, Cauf., and entered the School of Medicine and Surgery at I San Diego.
Rains Give Local Lakes Foot Rise
Recent rains raised water in Abilene lakes approximately one foot each, L. A. Grimes, city water superintendent, said today.
Lake Abilene, still about 12 1-2 lect below- normal, received one foot, equal to 150 million gallons. Lake Kirby smaller than the former, is still IO 1-2 feet below normal It received the same amount.
Fort Phantom Hill dam, now up to five 1-2 feet but still below the Si illway, Deceived approximately one billion gallons.
Judge Long's Kinsman Dead at Morgan Mills
Jim A. Fop, 76. brother-in-law of Judge Milburn S. Long, died at 1:30 a rn Tuesday at his home in the Morgan Mills community in I Erath county.
Prospects are—and County Chairman James P Stinson welcomes the outlook—for a “red-hot convention when Taylor county Democrats convene in the district couil-room Saturday at 2 p in
I precinct conventions the past Saturday, three of the live which acted one way or another voiced support of the “regular faction in the party in Texas The other two went all the way in the opposite direction, voting unqualified support of the Roosevelt faction
■ From thai division of parti interests in the county, it is likely that opposing resolutions will come before the county convention, Stinson asserted.
“I hope that will be the case, and that we will have a red-hot convention," hr continued. “There is nothing I like better than a knock-down, drag-out session. Prospects of such create interest in the convention, and interest is what I want—the resolutions will take care of themselves,"
I Stinson said any precinct dele -I gation or individual attending the I conclave was entitled to introduce resolutions, but reminded that resolution! must first win approval of ; the resolutions committee before ac-' lion can be taken bv the convention.
He also pointed out that convention votes will be distributed among the precinct delegations not according to number of members I but according to the total vote cast
by each precinct in the governor’; race in the first primary in 1942.
Stinson’s function as county chairman terminates with organization of the convention. He said that his first act will be to call the convention to order, and then rail for nomination of a temporary chairman. When that individual is elected, he said lie will step down from the chair.
The resolutions committeee, as will as other convention groups, will be formed after the temporary chairman takes over, he added,
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Stinson said he expected to complete tabulation of the vote in the first primary Friday afternoon, and that he would submit that report to the county executive committee for canvassing in 8 session in the county courtroom at I p rn Saturday, immediately preceding the county convention.
Absentee voting for the second primary will begin Saturday. Aug. 5. and will continue through Tuesday, Aug. 22— three days in advance of the election, Alif. 26.
Candidates in the first primary have through Tuesday, Aug. I, to [submit third and final campaign expense report* to the county clerk. Those In run-offs must file first expense reports for the second election a day earlier, by midnight. July 31. Second expense reports in runoff races must be filed no later than Aug. 17.