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Combat Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - November 17, 1943, 5th Army front, 5th Army front
Page 4 the stars and stripes wednesday november 17, 1943 lebanese rebels assemble tiny her Oleros grimly defended Cairo nov. 16�?Allied Middle East command bombers Are talking an effective part in the determined resistance against German invasion of the tiny Island of Leros in the dodecanese islands of the Aegean sea. The germans succeeded in bringing in More re enforcements seaborne and airborne but they were constantly under the hammering of strafing and bombing Allied planes. Their losses were consequently heavy. The British aided materially by italians and by islanders Are waging a grim defense of this strategic Little Island. Germans have been coming in Ever increasing numbers however and Tho invading troops Are gaining slightly. American bombers escorted by British 7 Long Range fighters encountered two Gerran destroyers escorted by junkers 88�?Ts, near Leros. One of the destroyers was hit and a Large Cloud of smoke emerged from the vessel. At Rhodes nearby Island of the Aegean the Allied bombers struck blows at Cato Airfield smacking aircraft dispersal areas. They left in the glow of fires. At Maritza Airfield also on Rhodes they paid another visit with similar results. No Allied aircraft Are missing from these Battle Bulgari \ Yugoslavia nov. Lha the nazis Are making an increased use of bulgarian troops in the fighting against yugoslav patriots. The German Balkan new Agency reports that albanian patriots attacked a bulgarian Garrison in a town near Lake Skriba on the yugoslav albanian Border. The patrols were driven off but made several captures. Atlantic City nov. 16�?Council sessions at the historic initial conference of Tho United Relief and rehabilitation administration Are getting Down to a a hard realities a according to commentators. The Council invited two More intergovernmental agencies to sit in As observers. One was the economic Section of the league of nations with Headquarters at Princeton University and the other the combined civilian affairs committee of the combined chiefs of staff an Agency formed to aul the effective prosecution of the War. In a broadcast from the convention Arthur Sweetser Deputy to the own director and member of the u. S. Delegation to the Urra Council said a a the delegates Are engaged in a great All out unprecedented Effort. They Are meeting in the midst of history a most devastating War to Lay the foundations which will help Speed the hour of Victory Anil tide Over Tho immediate postwar exhaustion and give tortured humanity the recuperation it will deeply Relief rehabilitation has never been attempted on such an organized scale before. The Aid of All the nations is being sought on a California nov. 16�?staff sgt. Robert Kessler 21-year-old pennsylvanian is so Small he wears a specially made Parachute harness tiniest in the it. S. Air Force. Only five feet four inches tall and weighing 107, he recently won four medals for exploits in Tho Middle East where he completed 35 bombing missions. As radio operator and gunner on the Liberator a a Black Maria a Kessler is credited with 349 combat hours. He has shot Down seven enemy aircraft probably three More. Now lies Here training a heavy bomber combat circling airline new York nov. 16�?export airlines has filed an application proposing a passenger cargo air route on Tho North Atlantic to Europe the near East India and Over the South Atlantic via Natal to North and South America. It is proposed that Multi motored Craft will he used capable of carrying 108 passengers luxuriously. They will Fly non Stop for 4,000 Miles and have a cruising Speed of 296 Miles hourly. Routes would operate from new York san Juan port of Spain Natal to Ascencion Island Windhoek Capetown and Dakar Casablanca Algiers Rome Paris with another segment from Rome to Athens. Cooperative basis each to add its bit of strength to lighten the Load for All. Mrs. Henry Goddard Leach Board member of the foreign policy association commented a a the Urra agreement is the de Al ablation of interdependence on the part of i i nations in which every one of the signatories recognizes it must share responsibility for Healing War wounds by preventing famine and pestilence and by the reconstruction of farms and factories. Mrs. Leach pointed out that each country will provide food and supplies it is Best Able to give. I he proposal at the conference that nations contribute on the basis of one per cent of their National income has met with some opposition from the latin american nations because of its difficulty to determine. Indications at the conference Are that the Cost of Relief and rehabilitation will run As High As 2,t>00 million dollars which is approximately the amount of the United states Relief administration under Herbert Hoover spent after the last War. There is a feeling that the Burden of this Cost May be somewhat reduced if such measures vis the proposed stabilization agreement and the establishment of an International Bank Are government holds meeting , nov. 16�?the provisional government of Lebanon held its first meeting unmolested at Baalbek today. It met under provisions of the newly approved constitutional amendment granting full sovereignty to Lebanon. Tension remains in towns along the coast but no incidents were reported. Gen. Georges Catroux arrived at the air a was greeted by Delegate general Heller. Catroux has been sent by Tho French committee of National liberation at Algiers to inquire into the Lebanon crisis. Algiers nov. 16 a general Degaulle spoke Here today on the subject of Lebanon. He said France could not renounce her obligations and her juridical position in Lebanon was incontestable. France 10111 1 not allow troubles prejudicing the strategic position of the allies to develop in Lebanon lie said. The situation is on the Way to settlement he added. A France wants a constitutional situation established in Lebanon a lie emphasized. France cannot be suspected of endangering tile Liberty of the lebanese. France follows with sympathy the Ideal of the Arab people for Cairo nov. 16�?the French office of information reports that a number of lebanese deputies who visited Damascus to request the syrian government to intervene on behalf of Lebanon a plea for Independence returned without achieving any Success. Prime minister of Egypt Nahas Pasha has issued strict orders prohibiting further demonstrations in connection with the Lebanon spotlight continued from Page i hold out but they Are already showing signs of departure firing the City and withdrawing their heavier equipment. The russians Are making ready now for their Winter Campaign. Preparations for a Winter offensive Are Well under Way along the whole front. Troops Are undergoing special training. Snow camouflage is being prepared and motorized equipment is being protected from extreme cold. A Winter production drive is in full swing throughout the soviet arms Industry. The red army has been almost continuously on the offensive since november of last year which Means that its consumption of tanks shells and arms of All kinds has been tremendous. Special emphasis is being Laid upon the output of steel. There is general Confidence that this output will be increased by years end. India nov. Log thirty persons were killed and too injured in an Accident on the Ceylon express bound for Madras. An engine and five ears were derailed. Rehabilitation meeting gets Down to brass tacks a declaration of interdependence is agreed upon
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