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Combat Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - November 21, 1943, 5th Army front, 5th Army front Fifth army combat Corno ripes vol. I no. Xxx be Alert and live Quot Italy 21 november 1943reds smash at rising nazi threat Cherkassky Falls to russian thrust Petain resigns says report old marshal stricken neutrals disclose by combat edition radio nov. 20 a the political and living end of Marshall Petain of France is foreshadowed in news reports out of Berne and out of Stockholm. The Reed hero of Verdun Leader of German controlled Vichy France is said to have resigned his Post As head of the government after the germans prevented him from instituting a new Constitution drawn up on democratic lines. Immediately thereafter Petain is said to have suffered a severe heart attack. The Berne correspondent of Sven ska Dag bladet says marshal Petain is now a prisoner of Laval Arch Collaborator of nazi Germany and most despised Quisling of fallen France. A Reuters Man in Zurich tells of the marshalls heart attack and says Petain re. A lived the turkish ambassador at his Villa in order to disprove rumours of his death. The meeting was filmed. Following on that visit Petain is said to have ordered a session of the National Assembly. The order was countermanded by the germans. Last bit of information at the moment is that Petain has renounced Laval As his successor at the head of the Vichy on Der Feu her 0 Zurich Nev. 20-disturbances took place in German Reserve units stationed in Lina who objected to their sudden dispatch to the front say Neutral observers. These units consisted of recently called up Middle aged army communique 20 november eighth army troops infected casualties on the enemy in several successful patrol actions. There was hard fighting in one sector of the eighth army front where our troops captured a Village. Enemy artillery was again Active on the fifth army front Especio amp by in the Inland zone where our troops improved their positions. Bad weather conditions continued. London nov. 20�?king Leopold of the belgians has protested against the deportation to Germany of about 500,000 belgians it was reported hero by the belgian ambassador. Although intermittent showers fell in the fifth and eighth army areas our troops made some Progress despite unfavourable ground conditions. In the face of stiff opposition the eighth army troops captured Perano on the Banks of the Sangro. In the coastal sector fighting patrols crossed the Sangro and inflicted casualties on the germans. Our troops inflicted losses on German patrols in the area Forward of Rionero. . War production figures show an increase Nelson reports october was Best month of Many Washington nov. 20�?united states munitions output in october showed the highest monthly increase since april of last year chairman of the War production Board Donald Nelson reported tonight. Merchant ship deliveries in october totalled 1,660 thousand dead weight tons bringing 1943 total to 15,332 thousand dead weight tons. This Means that 80 per cent of the years schedule had been completed by the end of october. Plane production showed a to per cent increase Over september. Nelson said a a the general picture shows that manpower occasional shortages of material and design changes gave less trouble than in any recent the production of All types of aircraft in october reached a new record of 8,362 planes great offensive still Rolls Forward Moscow nov. 20�?the red army has taken the Dnieper River City of Cherkassky and tonight continues to smash Forward along the entire southwestern front from Zhitomi to the Low Southern town of Nik Opol. Immense numbers of reinforcing troops Are pouring in to Belleter what in effect is a russian Effort to stay the German counterattack by which general von Manstein a forces retook Zhitomi from soviet forces yesterday. The German Effort to Stop the onrushing russians by a Panzer thrust at Zhitomi is expected to reach a Climax within a few Days. Effect of this first russian setback since the soviet armies started their hungry chewing on nazi lines four months ago is not expected to remain As a serious threat to the russian Winter offensive. A the nazi recoup at Zhitomi must be looked upon from the Point of View of the entire military operations from Gomel southward to the Crimea. In relation to the continued russian gains Over that Long offensive front the German Victory is Small. W meanwhile German military newsmen admit tonight that russian forces have opened a Strong attack on the Northern coast of the Crimea. The assault is said to have been repelled. But it is admitted that red army forces have made several focal breaches in Jerry a lines. Wrest of Gomel general Ros Kossovsky a red army group has won new successes. Soviet tanks have forced breaches in Strong nazi defences at several Points beyond rec hits. And farther to the South russian troops Are pushing Forward from newly captured Avruch. In this Southern Section German counterattacks have struck fiercely time and again in to retake the Avruch rail lines so vital to German communications. All attacks have been smashed and now the nazis must fall Back on rail lines in Poland for North and South communications Between the far Strung armies. In the Battle of Cherkassky vital link in the lateral rail lines running southward to Odessa russian commandos and Small bands of guerrillas preceded the Strong russian infantry tank and aircraft assault
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