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Combat Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - November 20, 1943, 5th Army front, 5th Army front The fifth army vol. I no. Xxix a a be Alert and live Italy 20 november 1943russians take Korostek Avruch evacuate Zhitomi to nazi drive Berlin hit by heaviest raid huge night formation blasts capital i a it a is ii London nov. 19�? Rak night attacks delivered on Berlin and Ludwigshafen last night were made by the largest Force of heavy bombers yet dispatched to Germany. The great nazi chemical Center of Ludwigshafen was blasted with a huge tonnage of bombs and Berlin had Over it an even larger Force of heavier bombers than Ludwigshafen. The two aids were carried out almost simultaneously. More than 2,500 tons of explosives were dropped. Cloudy weather Over Berlin made it difficult to see the results immediately but at Ludwigshafen the weather was dearer and As the first Waves went into the attack Large fires and explosions could clearly be seen. The loss from the night s raids was 32 planes Only a Small per cent of the heavy bombers engaged. It was the second night in succession that the bad attacked Berlin and Ludwigshafen. Mosquitoes have been hitting Berlin repeatedly for several weeks. Reds strengthen grip on vital rails vast area liberated Moscow nov. 19�?two weeks ago the russians were across the Dnieper River near Kiev and had occupied about 700 Square Miles of land in the Kiev Region. Now they hold 10,000 Square Miles beyond Kiev and the army communique 19 november in Italy weather conditions improved slightly but Rivers and streams Are still flooded. Patrol activity took place on both fifth and eighth army fronts. Enemy artillery was Active in certain sectors. Bulletin Moscow nov. 20 russian troops have evacuated Zhitomi. The soviet communique says a on orders of the Ai Premo command our troops in View of the unfavourable nature of positions occupied by them have evacuated the town of Zhitomi and have occupied other positions More favourable for defended for Days now the germans under von Manstein have been throwing tanks upon tanks in great counterattacks in the Zhitomi Region. It is noteworthy that this is the first time the russians have had to evacuate a recaptured City in the four months of their triumphant offensive. Despite weather improvement ground conditions continued to give the germans respite after a Long period of being pushed around. Restricted operations imposed by weather give the germans further Chance to dig in along Mieir chosen defensive positions. Continued on Cage 4 Moscow nov. 19�?russian troops triumphing at Gomel and Korostek penetrated far up the great North South lateral railway beyond Kiev to capture Avruch. Now they occupy a huge sweep of land beyond the Dnieper bordered by the Berezina River on the North the Zhitomi Mozin railway on the continued on Page 4 London nov. 19�?typhoon bombers accompanied by squadrons of spitfires bombed military objectives in Northern France this afternoon. Other spitfires on patrol attacked locomotives. One fighter plane is missing. Adverse weather fails to Stop Raf airmen mass bombing attack upon Berlin is acid test German Relief discussed Atlantic City nov. 19�?the United nations Relief and rehabilitation administration reached a tentative agreement today to operate Relief within Germany and Japan after invasion. Tho subcommittee dealing with the question stipulated that such operations should take place Only with the consent of military leaders. The soviet Union delegation was scheduled to arrive in Atlantic City this afternoon when important phases of this Post War program will be discussed. London nov. 19�?lancasters wigging their Way on the great bombing raid upon Berlin largest night attack of the War to Date had to Fly through difficult weather All Tho Way from the dutch coast to their target. The going was strictly on target indicators and the scene after the dropping of their bombs was an amazing one for the bombing Crews. Fires and explosions sent a great glow up through the Clouds and occasionally when Tho Clouds broke red fires could be seen where the bombs had struck. The great mass attack was an acid test to prove whether or not Large scale bombing could be carried out under the most Adverse of weather conditions. In that respect it was a Success experts reported. The weather in some ways we As a help to tin Allied airmen. It made it difficult for the germans to deploy a great Force of night fighters in defense of the capital of the Reich. Many Lancaster Crews said they saw no sign of fighters but some had a few inconclusive combats. One Pilot reported he nearly collided head on with a fighter. The cold added considerably to flying difficulties. Cloud temperatures of As Low As minus 41 degrees were recorded. Icing sometimes affected the gun turrets and Frost coated the windows. Vapour trails from planes close ahead made visibility still More difficult
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