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VOL. LXIII, NO. 356
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 8, 1944 —TWELVE PAGES
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ALLIES CAPTURE 1ST CITY
Bombs Hamper Nazi Assistance, Retreat
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. June 7—(AP)—Allied warplanes, which have flown a total of .31,000 sorties against Europe since June 1, threw j^wn blazing curtains of bombs and bullets intended to cut fff both help and escape for German troops on the perimeters of tile expanding beachheads in France.
South of Caen 250 to ,'iOO Flying Fortresses and Liberators heavily attacked road junctions to block off German reinforcements. In this unusual front-line use of heavy bombers,
(^•ither anti-aircraft fire nor German fighter opposition was encountered.
Clouds prevented assessment of the damage done.
Allied fighters blasted ,51 German planes from the sky in widespread close-supportmg sweeps, bringing the two-day !»g to 104. The Eighth Air f’orce got 27. the Ninth one and nie RAF Second Tactical Air Force 23. Fighter pilots of the Eighth also destroyed at least 20 planes on the ground. I PLACE TO WATCH—A report to the London press through Switzerland last night said
_ (U. S. government monitors a large Allied fleet was cruising off Genoa and “an Allied landing on the Ligurian coast
heard a German radio broad-j (Italy), or even on southern France, was expected hourly," Allies might strike on both Sfc IJlil I ( IrS Allied “nui.sance coasts, as (hey did in Africa. Nazi defenses are said to be weakest here and it would be
“ raider.s" were approaching possible to make a direct drive up the Rhone valley, by-passing mountain barriers in Italy.
southwest Germany, possibly---------------------------— ----- -----------------------
presaging a return of RAi^
Nazi Troops ■rantically Move by Air
By W. W. HERCIIER
TERS, Allied Expc Force, June 7 (APi fighting for kfV poii;-the Norniaiiih' beacl-l veloped tonight as i mans began nio\-in,i; i air in oi'forl.s lo cupe constant I >■ reinfoiciM airborne divisions wl cesses highlighted i
It lonai'v Savage lichmd •ads de-.(• C.fV-
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-rench Highway Cut; Gains Above Hooes
rges Just Peace 'or Everyone
night attacks on the Reich i which has been spared recent- • ly while bombers concentrated on tactical tarfjets.)
AUtcd fiRhtpr planes wrrc hoid-ins an aerial cordon around the beachhcads that spelled a virtual ^ death warrant for enemy aircraft attack, while swarms nf
ROME. June 7——Pope Piu urced correspondents toctay "tc , write of a peace that can meet the
approval of all well-meaninR peo- other planes of nearly e\ery sort pies' in his first press confercnce scourged the German reinforce-sinrp beconiiiiy Pope. ment routes.
• You are most welcome, You have F'h ing weather continued bad ^mi.^^-ion of tremendous impor- and enemv resistance slowlv in-mce," His Holiness said in preet- creased, but the Allied airmen flew inr; the newsmen as he entered the | lower than customary to pour exthrone room of the Vatican, Ì plosives and airborne reinforce-
• If it would be well to have a ' ments down on the Germans, message for you. it would be those ! Fighters in a 50-mile arc strafed words spoken back in 1940 on the ^ and bombed in advance of the Al-
of Christmas: [lied ground forces and shot up oil
Germans Admit Major 'Break' irough Lines North of Rome
Tiic Allied airbnrno operation, largest e\-er lUKit-rtiiken anywluTC. was a ('nmpi(>tc success, at least as far as ils shock phases were coiucrned. and paracliutists and airborne infantry were rancinc; swiftly behind the German front lines, it was said at supreme headquarters.
Authorities were tislit - Upped about Hie prepress of iMntp.s that Inndec' from ihr sra hut stated the airborne soldiers h.ul <!uried out every assicninent unm thnm. aiid in some rases had seized bridges which the conunat^d had been almost certairi thr i»mnaiis would havp time tn rirtnoii'-h
It was confirmed for
By WES GALLAGHER SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, Thursday, June 8—(AP)—The Allies announced today capture of their first French city, the Nazi-fortified town by Boyeux, five miles inshore in the center of the Normandy invasion coast, and said they also had cut the highway from Bayeux to Caen as they moved inland in generally heavy fighting against counter-attacking German reserves.
Caen, 18 miles southeast of Bayeux and nine miles from the sea, was the scene of a German armored counter-attack which has been hurled back, headquarters disclosed, and the Allied forces were said to be doing generally "better than expected."
Aside from these two towns, supreme headquarters gave no place-names, ignoring a continuing stream of German broadcasts which reported new Allied attacks all the way from the Pas de Calais area on Dover strait to Nantes at the base of the big lirittanv peninsula jutting out into the At-
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.spiritual nnd moral duion.s for future coliatoration between nations he will direct his i mrrp fnward dwxw truth, justice and j pood will, and even more, toward] supernatural idea of brotherly love mat Christ cave to the world *' His Holiness, thin and pale but appearing: surprisinclv strone. thrn lu’ced the correspondent.^ to let tlie^ uUimnte aeneral purpose of l.hnr' wntnu' be for peace '
^Tlie war should be only a mean.^ to pcare." he .said -’Write for a pracT that ran mrrr the approval of a'.l \ve;l mraniny peoples—thni ^an assure oi.*’ and all those conditions necessary so *hat thrv may in n manner befitt.'ne the djg-i^y of a human bom;:,
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Rain Hinders Crop Prospects in Scurry
®NYDER, .lunc 7—' Sp!,'--Thrrr-fourths of ari Inch rain fell here W’ednesdav nlcht lowered Scurry rovuif\'s chances for crop planting nnd almost exrluded possibilities little of which has
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Hiirinff the forenoon medhim bombers struck Rennfis. I.o Mans and Laval, rail ,iiinelions on a mahi east-west line to the Brest prnhisnla, whcrr Ihp Germans said new landinRs had been made.
Thp Germans said flyinir weather was ¡mprovinj; somewhat, but Ihis broadra.st statement may have been b> way of exeiise for their belated air reaction to the invasion. Thev apparently either were rauRht flat-fooleti by beinij eoneen-Irated in the wronjr places, or larked usable airfields in nor-
BV EDWARD KENNEDY
ROME. June 7—The Fifth Army smasliod ahead north and west of Rome toward Lake Brac-chiano and the key Tyrrhenian port of Civilavec< hia tonight in a drive so rapid and powerful that described
it officially as a •‘major break" through their lines.
Fanning out above the city the Vila! coastal Hi;:hway No One that vital coastal Hiclnvay N one official announced
a wide front, and today's ad-vanccs apparently were well beyond these lines Gen. Sir Harold Alexander, commander-in-ehief in Italy. proclaimed that "the strength of the German armies has been broke.”
and do ail Ihr
The German high conunand said that the Allies had "succeeded in achieving a major break ' north of Rome and had “succeeded in break-that positions'" west of the
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• isands weip Bnii-h eighth armv whuii .still wa.s mreting strong enoinv delcn.ses nf)Mheast of Rome as tlie Geiniaivs threw heavy demoIitioiLS and nime-fields into the path of the atlvance. On The front .“iO milo.' ea.si of Rf)mc New Zealanders s.ashrd forward Iroin s<M a and capnn'ed Bal-
Kront dispatches said airborne troops had joined those from the sea in sonie places after capturing towns. r«)ads and various bridges, »nd that reinforcements poured in today aboard a ,'iO-mile long train of Ninth Air Force gliders.
headquarters roniiiuiniquc hcachcs had been clca up by flank extension* of ibe inxasion while sea and nir.
The supreme comm;.n(ior, toured tho beach areas ;n h B half hours Wt'dnesda’ r
Mout^omorv and nlh» -.p' ta miles from'G.-rman-li. Id Irrr 'I'he C'.pfman aeeomii^, manv i apparent Iv desifjned jiMi el v to
aid the Allied landing
d of the enemy and bad been linked in sonto cases dtiring the second day »H*«dy reinforcements poured in by
Dwicht D. Eisenhower, vessel for four and one-. ith Gen. Sir Bernard L. chieftain?; less than five
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effects of the tremendous .Allied pre-invasion attacks on Nazi communications was reflected in the disclosure that on D-Day only one railroad bridge and five hichvvay bridges were undamaged over the Seine between Paris and the
STRIKERS GIVEN WARNING 0 RETURN OR BE FIRED
«as apparent tonîght (hat thè new ,\llied offensive had eomv as a complete surprise to I ield Marshal Albeit Gessel-ring.
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American Havoc,« bombed a German anny field hcndquarfers while Lightnincs armed with 1.000-pound bombs demoli.shed another a.s bombers of all .sizes, fighters and fii;lu-er-bomber.s .swarmed to tlie close support of the embattled beachhead ff)rcc.s.
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AUSTIN. Jiuie 7.—The su-pi'crnc court todav upheld trial court s i.s.suajice of a temporary in-junr'ion rest rainiiv.; the board of ’gkirrnre rommi-s.sinnei-.s from en-iorrinc nn ord^'r requiring insurance companies to set up special reserve's acrin't policies without war clauses,
(^1 Man Suicide
Houston, June 7—i.-r> —capt,' C M Crowell, for 20 years a ship- ] tnasier foi' the humble oil and re- | fniinc compan\-, was killed here to- t ciay in a fall from the roof of a ! five-storv-hotel for merchant mar- i .lu.siire W C Rancan return-1 pd a \erdict of suicide. I
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airhcirnr than f»nn nnd had ric opera-In addi-and chii-the huM-
Col, Cilen blocked ai least three railway tun- j nels in France to multiply the trou- , blcs of the enemy.
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ninistry said iwo German E-Boats trying to interfere with landing operations were destroyed last night by R.\F coastal commancl planes, another probably was destroyed and three were damaged.
The supreme command said operations were on the same scale as yesterday's which indl-
See AERLVL, Pg. 2. Col. 6
nd Army skrd them ,so that bov te nìi2ht k lent their
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•d Auto Workers, were idle jn a dispute that began wher. , negro ’Ai>rK»‘rs were irau-'tfi-o a department manned thf“rc-r> bv white per.^ionnel
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EISENHOWER VISITS INVASION AREA TO HOLD CONFERENCES
SUPREME HEADQU A R T E R S : armad ALLIED E X P ED I T I O N A R Y : the si FORCE. Thtn-.sday, June 8—' an up For fovir and one-ha'f hourr yes- prot;re lerday General Ei.senhower and Ad- | A n mirai Sir Brrtram Ramsay, com-nuJe.s mander of Allied naval forccs. ' because Eisenhouer felt that he | dii cruiscd off the ,i.vasion beaches of ctiuld ihereb>’ cr* better communi- — northern France and held confer-, c ition.' ences with operational com.nand- ! Upon his ret crs, it was nnnotUiced today. > ed satisfaction
Gen. Sir Bernard L. IIrntgom-j conferences, ery. commander of the invasion ! A.s Montgomery ground forces, and Hear Admir. 1 | trousers and liet Alan Goodrich Kirk, commander of clnmb''!''d down fi the U. S. naval task force in the into hi-^ launcii at operations, were among the high se.s.sion Ei.senh<-w»r
cials differed on interpret a WLB directive establishii wage rate lange and that : derided not to work
Between 500 and 600 strik back to their tasks at the Saw and Steel companv Ix>ckpor', NY. after a St-eel Workers leader to "show t])cir loyal! \ ed force.s ■■
An tmauthorized .«^trik elretricians which pu’ ers on the sidelines ei American .Steel Foundn ite City. III.
ALso terminated wa.*;
! 700 AFI- teamsters at : Tlie Obear-Nester k:la.s.s of East ftt Louis dosed d
Allied lea< gomcry and .ship near in
FIRST KNOWN ABILENIAN IN NVASION BAGS NAZI PLANE
Reds Ready "o Unloose New Offense
VDOV Tyinr.sdnv, June b —(/P\ It' fiu.'-.sian.s announced today fi.rnmn nitack.-i In Romania ' f la.si h;,vp "diminLshed con-It,.11, arnitf that the Nazis I' at an end.
I 'l; - h- rotnnunilque said that whKh Red Star, the n< w,«!)apfr, reported were "> "Ui.h the promwed of-‘ tiif NazLs from the
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‘"inniuniqiie from Moscow ' hv fhe Soviet Monitor,
' iK'Uon.s had been fought ' ' '-f Tiraspol on the lower 'I'fi nrar Vitebsk on the
‘tt'>rn-.e German attacks In rc^i the Nazis more df-ad and tremendous
a; <q'u[unrnt during the sav-::ii'iiu 'mm May 30 to June ar.n-'unced tonight. A ; ff't' ¡I’ll brnndrnst claimed at •■ tl .Sr.Ml-' nfir divLsions had A,;“'! ow- or deci-sively maul-
.'pi^'ilation of the dam-on the NazLs dtu-ing liiirtlr, Moscow said iiik.-; Wrrr kno<’ked out. 451 ■ ‘ -'f r>2 field guns de-
<1 and ’har 29 armored cars M'x.M iartiirs 400 trucks and ;.t >,a,r-s4UK.' had been demol-
■i Germnn attack.^ smoth-wa.s a growing belief ■ i.‘ R.M.'-.Mans' long-awaited • v»..>-\vard micht begin at any Hfd «tar said Russia is pre-! ^11 rhrow it.s full weight into row. in;: offensive against Ger-and stated that “a strong, attack of all the armies I.’nited Nations will be iul-i ped ”
.strike of 70 of plo\X‘S ovpr demands f crea.ses and changed
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1 LONDON. June 7—r/i’—The f in corduroy! delivery of British mall to Fra -ce-lmed jackei, , ^»ince Dunkerque- wa.s a-co;r.; I; >m the warship'f'd by the British the end of the vice today when it pi: t,:inned, stuck from home in the hand