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Combat Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - October 20, 1943, 5th Army front, 5th Army front Page 4 the stars and stripes wednesday october 20, 1943decisive straggle London oct. 19 a the struggle for the Dnieper line in Russia is being described by Many military observers As one of the most decisive Battles of the War. Kiev Center Point of the fighting along the winding russian River is looked upon As the key to the German defense throughout the Ukraine and Southern Russia generally. It is the hinge Between the German Southern and Central armies. If Kiev is to by defended the lower Dnieper must be held. This Reg on below Kiev is essential for the Protection of the flank of the German defense line running South to the sea of Azov. In this Region too adding to the importance of holding it is one of the richest deposits of manganese Ore in the world. The German army sorely a needs this Ore. Owing to their deficiency in it the germans before the War bought up huge supplies from the russians. A dim a shed proportion of manganese in Alloy Means that Armor plate will be less Tough and shells lost1 Power of penetration vital considerations in mechanical warfare. The line from Kiev to Melitopol also represents a defense of Rou mania military observers Pont out. A German Retreat Here Means that Rou mania will present a vulnerable continued from Page i of the Regia canal Papua Morrone Cerreto Vinch iatauro Mont Cilfone. German resistance continues Strong. Artillery fire of the defensive forces increased. Counterattacks had to be repulsed. On the eighth army front German tank attacks were Many. Gen. Montgomery a advancing troops were faced by brisk artillery fire. Monte Cilfone representing an Advance of five Miles during the Day fell Only after vicious German counterattacks. The eighth wiped out a pocket of resistance which had been holding out stubbornly behind their front when the British troops took rip Bottoni Southwest of Cross rid Australia oct. 19�?the japanese government has agreed to accept red Cross supplies sent from Russia for Allied prisoners of War held in Victory Allied hq., South Pacific oct. 19�?american troops have occupied Gizo Iii the Solomons. It is a few Miles Southwest of bombing Allied hq., oct. 19 a Long Range bomber and fighter aircraft hammered the great network of Aird Romes surrounding Rome. Penetrating deeper than Ever be fur into the German defences i in planes went on to strafe a dozen airfields 90 and too Miles North of Rome. At the same time Light and medium bombers began an air blockade of i hernia with damaging raids on Venafro and Boiano both situated on the Load leading to Isernia which is the next important town the advancing allies must Ake in their movement n the Center of the fifth army and eighth army front. On the Adriatic front War Hawks attacked frontline positions at Petacciato railway station eight Miles from Ermoli. No German planes appeared Over the front during the Day. Volturno bridged italian front get. 19 a Bridge builders a having a Busy time now along the Volturno River. With the germans forced Back from the majority of their positions along the River it has been possible to Speed Bridge construction. Untiring sappers Are throwing More and More Bridges across the swollen Muddy Waters of the River As quickly As possible. Already tremendous numbers of men tanks guns and other materials Art swarming across to further Streng alien the fifth army a gains on the North Bank. Other Rivers will soon confront the advancing Allied armies in these regions. The germans Are already constructing defense positions along flu River Trigno and this is Only expiated to serve As an intermediate stage before the Strong stand along the Sangro shot Stockholm oct 19 a five norwegian hostages Are said to have been shot by the germans in retaliation for sabotage of a German troop miners strike Washington oct. 19 a Coal miners striking on a wage contract Issue were straggling Back to work throughout the mining areas today following the issuance of an order by the War labor Board requiring them to return immediately to their pits. The order was issued by the Board because a a the dispute has become so serious that it May Lead to substantial interference with the War approximately 20,000 Coal miners were effected by the order. It was reported that John l. Lewis president of the United mine workers made a personal request that the miners return to work asking local leaders to sacrifice personal interests and support the return. Response to the order apparently was slow. From Birmingham ala., came report that some Alabama Coal mines reopened but the majority of he states Workings remained Idle despite the plea of Lewis. In Terre haute Indiana miners straggled Back to work. Officials predicted further resumption on the to Row. A decision on the wage Issue is expected to in made next seethes Algiers oct. 19�?bitter fighting on a fairly Large scale has broken out in Lipper Savoy Between germans and frenchmen it was reported today by the French committee of National liberation at Algiers. The French sought to escape forced labor in Germany by hiding in the mountains of Savoy. German efforts to bring them out of the mountains led to the exodus Stockholm oct. 19 a a correspondent arriving at the Frontier of Italy reported today that italian and German officials Are pouring out of the City of Rome towards the North. Only a Skeleton military Force is remaining he said. The nazis Aie sending huge shipments of men and tanks to Northern Italy he said bringing the German strength to 30 air losses London oct. 19 a undersecretary for air lord Sherwood says the total number of German aircraft destroyed in the Mediterranean area since the Start of the War is Over 5,000
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