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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - February 27, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseThe unofficial new Pap a of . Fore in Turon North Africa and the Middle East vol. 26, no. 31 3 if 21 855 a tuesday february 27, 1968 5f Dally 10 sunday 0 Gen. Wheeler predicts new communist drive any More room Britain tries to climb aboard the common Market horse led by French president Charles de Gaulle. The satirical carnival float is inthe Rosen Mottag Parade at Mainz Ger Many one of the most elaborate of the Fasching season observances held in Ger Man cities and villages. Full Page of photos Page 5. Is photo by Hunter . Duty train derailed in e. Germany Berlin a the Engin and two cars of a . Army Auty train in route through communist East Germany derailed monday 300 Yards from the Westerlin Border. An army spokesman said the derailed accidentally about 8 50 . There were no injuries among the 10 passengers or six american crewmen aboard he said the engine the Mai car and the baggage car de railed but remained upright. The am also included one Sleeper passenger car and three he train was coming to West Berlin from Bremerhaven West Nanny. Such duty trains carry . Military personnel and government civilians and their de trains Are pulled by East engines. The spokesman saw there was no report of in l 7ies to the engine Accident occurred the spokesman added very close tone location of a similar derail ment on Jan. 3, 1967. In tha Accident an engine and the first cars of a West Berlin to Urt duty train were de two persons suffered injuries m the 1967 Inci Al two military policemen remained with the derailed cars a their Security monday t h e com. Of Page 4, col so to cease tanks path Saigon up South Viet namese paratroopers eased the threat to Saigon s Tan son Nhu Tair base monday by routing a Viet Cong battalion with tracker dogs which chased them into the path of . Tanks. But at Khe Sanh a . Marine platoon was mauled by North vietnamese. The marines patrolling outside he Sanh sunday were trapped by enemy gunfire and lost Hal their men in a Battle so fierce they were unable to recover their dead military sources reported. A Marine platoon usually is 45men. Only half of this platoon made it Back to marines were Only about 800 Yards from the wire Perim Eter of the Khe Sanh base in extreme Northwestern South Viet Nam when they were caught by automatic weapons fire from a attacking Force of 200 men. . F8 crusaders and a4 sky Hawk fighter bombers dropped weather partly Cloudy with morning Haze. Continued cold wednesday. Frankfurt Heidel Bero High 32, Low 17. Temperatures recorded monday get am pm 41 46 Madrid p 27 30 Munich p 34 41 Paris p 27 41 Prestwick p 46 57 Rome r 57 72 the oui p 4 4am pm 61 Adana p 57 63 Athens p 45 48 Aviano p 81 34 Berlin p 81 s2 Frankfurt p 30 41 London p a partly Cloudy a run. End weather Wing napalm and 250-Pound bombs on the enemy positions during the 2-hour and 45-minute Battle. Mili tary sources said Only one platoon was involved. Khe Sanh is surrounded by a estimated 16,000 to 20,000 North vietnamese troops with another34,000 Strung out along the de militarized zone . Authorities expect a major assault at any time. Already the bombardments have begun. The base was hit by 350 shells the demilitarized zone North vietnamese troops continued launching heavy mortar an rocket barrages sunday on . Marine encampments guarding the Border. Spokesmen said at least three men were killed and52 others wounded at Khe Sanh hardest hit of the positions. Con Thien Camp Carroll another Border posts also were hit by mortar and rockets. Spokes men said a total of 666 shells were fired by communist Force sat Allied bases in the area. The most spectacular Battle came near Tan son Nhut when cont. On Page 21f, col. 5 enemy has uncommitted reserves Bangkok up Wheeler chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said monday he believed the communists will launch another major offensive in South Viet Nam despite enormous losses suffered in their lunar new year assaults on the cities. Wheeler stopped Over in bang Kok to Confer with thai officials on his Way Back to washing onto report to president Johnson on his three Day fact finding mis Sion to Saigon. There were re ports in Saigon that Wheeler was returning to Washington with a request for another 50,000 to 100,-000 troops to meet the communist threat uncommitted forces the communists suffered enormous casualties Over 40,000 killed in the new year offensive when i left Vietnam yesterday but this does not mean that they do not have remaining substantial uncommitted forces. They do Wheeler told newsmen As he left by plane for Honolulu. And they have capabilities to renew their attacks against selected objectives and i anticipate that they will do Wheeler said that we propose to maintain unrelenting pressures in the North and in the South that s what War is All asked if he agreed with the Saigon command s expectation that the big push will com against the . Marine base at Khe Sanh he said probably but the enemy May do other things because he i being punished very severely in that area. It s possible that Hewill not attack there but will by pass Khe Sanh and attack some other other words he has two or three courses of action open to him. He May decide Khe Sanh is too dear for him to buy.". Military officials in Sai gon meanwhile said monday american bombing raids on North Vietnam will be intensified in the next two months be cause of Hanoi s rejection of peace feelers. They said targets will include objectives previously on the off limits sources said the bombing acceleration would be a major cont. On Page ?.k, col. 3 Urban transportation n nay Austin Tex. A presi Dent Johnson told Congress Mon Day he plans to create a new Urban mass transportation depart ment to consolidate mos Federal efforts in the $200 Mil lion a year Agency which will automatically come into existence in60 Days if neither House of con Gress disapproves would trans Fer most activity in this area from the department of hous ing and Urban development to the department of transportation. In a special message Johnson said to Combine efficiently the facilities and services necessary for our Urban centers and to improve transportation within our cities state and local govern ment agencies should be Able to look to a single Federal Agency for program assistance and the new Agency would beheaded by a $29,500-a-year administrator and the present rail Way administrator. The presi Dent said he expects the Consoli Dation and reorganization to Side benefits in cos but said he could not these with any acc provide savings predict racy. Under the reorganization plan the department of hous ing and Urban development would As he put it continue to play an important role in Coor font. On Page Kool. 1j,

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