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Combat Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - November 12, 1943, 5th Army front, 5th Army front Fifth army s comb vol. I no. Xxi Quot be a Leet Axt live Quot Italy 12 november 1943russians drive to sever rail line run germans from Kiev province bombers Seal Modane Tunnel London nov. Llu Allied aircraft Are believed to have slammed shut the Entrance to the Modane railway Tunnel in southwestern France for the second time in two months. The Tunnel which carries one of the two major rail lines supplying German forces in Italy was closed by a severe bombing in september. Nazis have been working frantically to reopen the seven and one half mile Hole through mount Cenis Ever since and in recent Days traffic was observed passing through. Last inight heavy bombers based in Britain took off to give the place another beating from which it May take even longer to recover. The attack on Modane on the French Side of the to Rel was described As having by Ltd carried out in great Force. Considerable damage was done by the concentrated attack on the town in september. Large Caliper bombs All but flattened the place. As pathfinders Crews arrived Over the target a few minutes before the Zero hour the night was so Bright they could clearly see railway cars and engines in the Valley below. Down we ent the Brilliant coloured flares and the land for Miles about was flood lighted like a movie set. Continued on pole 4 Mignano Hill assailed 1tfth army hq., nov. Llu troops of Gen. Mark Clarks fifth army celebrated armistice Day by capturing two important Mountain strongholds in the Vicinity of Mignano despite St Long German resistance. West of Mignano a Hill mass was assaulted and the enemy driven from the Southeastern slopes. Southwest of Mignano the British repulsed repeated Jerry counter attacks and improved positions in fighting in the rugged country. The fifth in its Advance today also captured the towns of Colli and Montaquila. In the area West of Venafro artillery and mortar fire broke up a formation for an enemy counter attack. The eighth army continued to close in on the Sangro Valley where enemy resistance was comparatively Light. Gen. Sir Bernard l. Montgomery a troops captured the towns of Casal Annida Rocc Sicura and Rionero. Rionero where our troops observed fires As they approached was found to be destroyed by the germans. Bad weather conditions prevailed along the eighth army front and Snow is falling in Tho High Mountain areas. Fifth army catches Torch from honoured dead will drive Forward to great Victory says Clark emphasizing that the american fifth army team will not be broken up and that it will go on to push the germans Back to Berlin general Mark Clark promised yesterday to fight on until the a a logical conclusion a speaking at an impressive armistice Day ceremony at the Avellino military cemetery. The general paid tribute to the dead a a we have caught the Torch these men have Flung to us and will carry it to Berlin to the great Victory and Complete Victory the allies deserve a lie said a a the Job of killing has been Learned. A a that we could land and stay at be Lerno occupy the great port of Naples Cross the Volturno and be on the Road to Rome was Only through hard fighting. They gave their ii Vee that we of America could Lead Happy More than 486 White crosses some bearing the Star of the jewish dead Mark the burial grounds in what was formerly a Vineyard and potato Patch. Included among these were 425 americans. I needing tile raising of the american Flag Gen. Clark saluted. A coast artillery band played the National Anthem As the Flag was being raised. Three Rifle volleys were then fired. Two butlers followed with a a taps during the exercises one playing an echoed taps in the distance. The butlers were sergeants Walter Mckenna of Revere mass., and James Welch of Dorchester mass. Sergeant r. H. Cant Ley of South Minneapolis raised Tho Flag. Benediction was pronounced by chaplain Patrick j. Ryan. Gen. Clark was accompanied by his push closes upon kerch Moscow nov. Llu the German hold upon the most important North South railway Lino in the Ukraine serving As practically Tho Only immediate line of communication Between the nazi armies of Tho North Central and South is menaced by the Rod army drive beyond Kiev. This railway is the main russian line from Leningrad in the far North to Odessa on the Black sea in Tho far South. By Means of it German troops can be shifted behind Tho fighting front from one sector to another to meet russian pressure. Russian tanks and other Mobile units Are moving swiftly upon the vital Junction cities along this line in the Region West of Kiev. They appear certain to Cut the railway soon. Red army troops Are Only a few Miles from Zhitomi due West from Kiev on the rail line. Southwest from Kiev they Are approaching be Dichev. Also a Junction City of this railway and. To the Northwest it is Korostek that is threatened by Tho irresistible russian tide. Half of Kiev province is now liberated by the russians taking in several thousand Square Miles of Countryside. They have entered Zhi Tomor province to the West. In i ii is Region the weather continues to go from bad to worse. Rain and sleet make quagmires of Fields and forests. Bad weather generally is probably a greater detriment to an offensive army than a defensive one. It is questionable however whether this is harder for the russians or Tho germans. The russians Are at Home in it since it is typical fall weather for them. The lemans on the other hand have always had a terror of russians late fall and Winter climate. Continued on Paye 4 lease lend a report in London nov. Llu a statement on just How Well Lcmae lend has been working out is exported to be made simultaneously out of London and Wahington shortly. A British Whit paper surveying Tho operations of Alli Ltd lease lend agreements was to have been submitted to parliament for consideration and approval today
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