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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 8, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AMD ARCHIVE DCS feOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AWL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOLL Associated Press ftnd United Press Full Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY AUGUST 8 This Paper Consuls id Two One NO U S TANKS 110 MILES FROM PARIS Canadians Gain 4 Miles Below Caen Smash Nazi MILES TO MAKE TOUR Of WORLD FIGHTING LINES Will Send Dispatches on Iowa Servicemen Women to GlobeGazette By Iowa Dally Press Association Des Moines IDPA Frank Miles widely known Iowa news papermanlecturer Legionnaire has packed his traveling bag for a tour of the worlds battlefronts and accepted the task of becom ing the Mason City GlobeGa zettes war correspondent Its the same Major Frank Allies who until recently was pub lic relations director of state selec tive service headquarters and edi tor of the Iowa Legionnaire Mis military title became a tempor ary casualty was placed on inactive duty at his request in order to accept the correspondent assignment Born reared and having spent almost all his life in this state Miles has become almost as much an Iowa institution as the Iowa capitol and is only slightly less well known He already has left Iowa The GlobeGazette and 29 other state dailies expect to receive momen tarily from him the first of a se ries of dispatches distributed by theIowa Daily Press Association To the readers the Globe Gazette Miles will bring intimate human interest messages about AMERICAN FLAG RAISED ON stars and stripes floats in the breeze over the site of the marine bar racks on Orote peninsula Guam after more than years Gol Merlin F Schneider of Clatskanie Ore commanding officer of marines recapturing the area salutes while his men present arms in the army air corps A younger son William 21 a 2nd lieutenant and Liberator pilot was killed in action over Elba May 17 and is buried at Bari Italy It is pos sible that the war correspondent lowans overseas what they are will meet his namesake son over thinking what they are doing as seas and visit the grave of the only an lowan can write it It younger son Because of his writing talent service in both anuyT and navy tjefioa officials honored y seas assignment plus his Iowa background add to a lone impressivelist of qual ifications as a war correspondent for this newspaper He expects to be gone a year or more may be that he wiU write rabout HIMMLER DEATH REPORT DOUBTED No Confirmation of Captured Nazis Claim i FRANK MILES that neighbor boy you know who donned an army uniform to fight in Italy or the WAG who lived around the corner now in England I dont suppose that Ill go to a base but what I wont meet someone I know Miles com mented before departing He has been accredited war correspondent overseas for the American Legion magazine and the National Legionnaire both of Indianapolis and New York His travels will fake him to the African European and Pacific theaters Miles has been editor the Iowa Legionnaire since March 4 1921 He served as an enlisted man and officer in the navy dur ing and after the United States1 participation in World War I for 30 months ofwhich 18 were on high seas duty in both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans He was commis sioned an ensign in September of 1918 discharged one year later He was in the Iowa National Guard from June of 1930 until October of 1940 when as a cap tain he was made state public relations director for selective service Since he was promoted to a majors rank He has a son First Lt Frank Miles Jr 23 who is a hjorobardier Miles has traveled extensively in 41 foreign countries For 15 years he has written the run ning story as a service to work ing newspapermen at American Legion national conventions task requiring quick thinking fa miliarity with convention detail and rapid accurate writing He has visited every state the Union and has a wide ac quaintance both within and with out Iowa During national guard days he served as aide to Majoi Gen Mathew A Tinlcy Miles has made 5000 platform addresses and 1000 radio talks He was born in Fort Madison became an TTB at Drake univer sity in 1910 served as a reporter on Des Moines newspapers as city editor of the old Des Moines Capital and an ipteryal as city treasurer of Des Moines He was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1916 Miles has held a variety of public relations assignments and at one time traveled extensively as a free lance writer A man of quick step and ani mated speech Miles bore a happy newspapermans smile before leaving Des Moines as he con templated the prospect of a writ ing assignment of almost dream REDS 37 MILES FROM KRAKOW VITAL BASTION Russian Forces Reach Points 30 Miles West of Vistula River Line Moscow new eruption red army attacks which captured more than 60 communities beyond the enemys broken Vistuda river defenses threatened Tuesday to strangle German communications between Krakow nnd Warsaw in the heart Poland Striking out afresh Monday from the Vistula bridgehead Mar shal Ivan S Konevs first Ukraine armjreached points 30 miles west of the river societ field dis patches said ThruslijJK beyond newlyoccu pied Szydlou the Russians direct ly menaced Kielce astride hiffh way and rail arteries 25 miles to the northwest The direction of the drive raised the possibility the red army troops might outflank Kra kow on the north Hast reports placed soviet spear heads within 37 miles of Krakou last big nazi bastion before Ger man Silesia now 75 to 90 miles away Moscows guns sounded Monday night for twin fall the oil center ot Boryslaw in the Carpathians and the capture of S a in b o r whose fall communications hub gave the Russians a ROAD BLOCK NO BARRIER TO American in the spec tacular advance of the U S army in Brittany comes through concrete and steel roadblock erected by the nazis on the Avranches Tanks such as this have played a big part in the thrust 140 miles across Brjittailjyjihtb the prize port of Brest 8 German Officers Hanged Admit Plot to Kill Hitler and Surrender to Allies London Marshal Erwin Von Wilzleben and 7 other German army officers were hanged Tuesday Berlin announced aft ADMIRAL ns FrontSri newly captured GerinaV intelligence officer asserted Tues day that Heinrich Himmler Ger man gestapo and SS chief has Deen assassinated and that Reich marshal Herman Goering was wounded in a new outbreak against the nazi hierarchy There was no confirmation of this report The officers report j was based on secondhand in formation and therefore is sub ject to reservation In this con nection the British radio said Tuesday a German lieutenant taken prisoner in France related he had given a pep talk to his troops and for want of other good news had told them that Himmler was Nine other captives all Aus trians declared they could corro borate the assertion of the intelli gence officer We heard that Marshal Erwin tommel was wounded in the head y bomb fragments on the Nor mandy front but was recovering one of the Austrians said The jest news came Sunday when we proportions and of seeing some thing of the war at first hand Concentrates for Vitamins Explode Chicago W Bunsons vitamins pack a wallop While Bunson was mixing concentrates for vitamins tablets in his labora tory Monday the mixture ex ploded smashing his cquipmen and windows No one was hur but Bunson said the fire that fol lowed caused an estimated S750 damage leard killed that Himmler had and that Goering been wounded in the attack on Himm The British first heard the story of the alleged assassination from the Austrians I asked a German intelligence officer who had been jrip on five routes leading into nearby Czechoslovakia Information available in Lon don indicated that through capture ot Boryslaw the Russians had re gained sbriie Galician oil Wells which had been feeding the nazi war machine The Germans thus were left only the Ploesti fields in Romania which have been repeatedly bombed by allied airmen Far to the north 3 powerful soviet armies began a pincers movement on German East Prus sia along a 200mile front One of Ivan C Bagfamians first Baltic back sag ging German defenses in Lithua nia in twin drives toward Memel and Tilsit key East Prussian ci ties His troops captured 50 towns and villages including Saukenai 77 miles east of the Baltic port of Memel Bagramtans troops who last week plunged to the Baltic coast below Riga advanced as much as 20 miles Monday In this new surge toward the sea To the south the capture of 40 communities including Andrusai ciai put other red army troops 53 miles eastnortheast of Tilsit The latest soviet communique made no mention of the sector just opposite the East Prussian border where Gen Ivan D Cher niakhovskys 3rd White Russian army has been meeting strong re sistance but it told of a new ad vance toward the southern border by Gen G F Zakharovs 2nd White Russian army which cap tured Knyszyn 15 miles north a trial in which they plotting to kill Hitler and sur render Germany to the allies This brought to 16 the an nounced deaths of alleged con spirators In the Berlinproclaimed plot which culminated in the July 29 bombexplosion Hitler headquarters Tuesdays executions took place 2 hours after conclusion of the trial of Von Witzleben and the 7 others all oC whom had been expelled previously from the army Count York Von Wartenburg a cousin of the Count Claus Von Stauffenberg named by Berlin as the July 20 assassin was an nounced as one of the witnesses He testified Berlin said thai the conspirators planned to establish relations with the allies on both the east and west He said they had no doubt that the enemy would insist on unconditional sur render and annihilation of the German rcich and the German people Von Wartenburg was among those hanged Berlin said nam ing the others as Von Witzleben Maj Gen Erich Hoeppner Maj Gen Helmut Stieff Lt Gen Paul Von Hase Lt Von Hegen Lt Col Robert Bernardls and Capt Friedrich Karl Klaus Report 22341 Japs Killed in Northern Burma Since pecembiwi Chungking total of 341 Japanese have been killed in the north Burma campaign since December and more than been taken prisoner dispatches said Tuesday PLAN TIRE PLANT Des Moines plant for the manufacture ot heavy duty tires is to be con structed just north of here it was disclosed The defense plants corporation announced that ex penditures of had been authorized Tor purchase of facil ities for the factory which will be leased to the Firestone Tire and Rubber company of Akron Ohio landed U S Task rton Admira Moon 50 who com atask force in the Noi Hnyasion died Saturdaj from seKinf licte navy announce Secretary Forrestal mak with re dded rently Rear Admiral T had taken his own life as a result of combat fatigue Moons task force went in through heavily mined waters to attack the Cherbourg peninsula At that time operations there were reported to have been carried out with amazing speed and at com paratively low cost BATTLES N MIDDLE AREA OF FRENCH LINE Planes Knock Out 163 German Tanks Pincers Aimed at Paris Defense Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force great Hied pincers clamped German efenses guarding Paris Tuesday Canadians blasted 4 miles into the toutest nazi line below Caen and U S armored spearheads were cported in Le Mans only 110 niles southwest of the French apital The CanadianAmerican deed forward at both ends of a curving 100 mile front while In he center other U S forces had mashed a powerful German steel countcrthrust with planes alone knocking out 163 enemy tanks Battles still swirled in this mid dle sector where 4 German arm o r e d the iercest counterassault since June to crash through the allied corridor joining Normandy ind Brittany The town of Mor lain swept up in the assault was recaptured by doughboys A front dispatch said advanced units of the U S offensive to the eastward from Maycnuc and entered Le Mans communications net work forming a key to Paris The Canadian first army on the allied left flank burst forward at midnight after a bombbarrage by 1000 HAP heavy bombers and broke the first main enemy de fense line south of Caen advanc ng Novel ladies marked Ihe as kept apart from the Austrians J wpst pl BIajystok ancl LapV to I suppose Himmler is stronger than Hitler these days No Himmler is dead the nazi intelligence officer asserted He was assassinated I heard it at my headquarters Sunday All our of ficers are talking about it Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Gas Heat Allowed for New Dwellings in Iowa Washington one of 18 states where delivery of gas to newdwellinss has been prohib ited may now have new housing designed for gas heat under a re laxation of restrictions announced by the war production board The new WPB order also permits the installation of gas heating equip ment to replace wornout coal or wood fired units in the same areas the southwest A Vichy broadcast heard Tues day by the Associated Press said all factories in East Prussia had closed and that the whole pop ulation was digging trenches against the approaching danger the Russian Two Russian armies in eastern Latvia and southern Estonia were driving westward against the Germans isolated by Bagramians plunge to the Baltic last week The Moscow communique an nounced this advance had cut the railway and highway between Madona and Gulbene 80 miles east of Riga Capture of Lubana in the same area was announced The National Committee ol Free GermanyfTjroadcasiing from Moscow Monday night urged the German troops trapped in the northern Baltic area to surrender because a break out toward East Prussia is ne An official account of Men Report Nazis Abandoning Southwestern France Irun Spain Hitlers fencevaunted Atlantic wall for imore than 100 miles from the Spanish frontier north through I Bordeaux has been virtually aban doned and is manned by only a handful of overaged German rail road troops advices from France said Tuesday These nazi fortifications have been outflanked to the north by the swift progress of American troops through Brittany and east ward towards Paris in much the same way as the Maginot line was autflanked when the Germans broke through Belgium in 1940 With their communications seri ously menaced the Germans were said to have begun a full scale evacuation of their forces in southwestern France leaving only a few gestapo agents and gen darmes to cover the FrenchSpan ish frontier German police at the Hendaye bridge maintained that the evacu ation was a purely temporary withdrawal necessitated by the reassignment of border region forces following the shift of cer tain SS elite guards units of the frontier garrison toward the Loire river Frenchmen living on the Span ish side of the frontier said how ever they are convinced the nazi high command is abandoning southwestern France and many believe they will awake some morning soon and find the last German gone Regular German army forces moved out of the region south of Bayonne over a week ago leaving SS units behind The SS forces in turn began leaving Sunday night Only French customs guards and 2 or 3 German gendarmes were on duty at the international bridge across the Bidassoa river here Monday The Germans remaining on the southwestern front apparently fear being left behind because French resistance forces already have severed Atlantic to Mediter ranean communications by dyna miting railroads and highways Reports circulated along the frontier of possible allied landings in the Bordeaux area and on the Mediterranean coast days trial broadcast by DNB dis closed the alleged plot against rlitler had been hatching since ast summer Col Count Claus Von Stauffenberg named by Ser in as the actual assassin was de clared to have brought explosives into Hitlers presence twice before July to have refrained from letting them go because Hen rich Himmler gestapo chief was not with was to be finished at the same time Three former generals and 4 lesser officers were tried with Von Witzleben who was quoted as testifying that he and Col Gen Ludwig Beck were to have headed the military under the coup Beck former chief of the Ger man general staff committed sui cide Berlin said after frustration of the conspiracy Berlin an nounced earlier the death of 7 other accused by ex ecution July 20 and 3 more by suicide Maj Gen Stieff one of those on trial told the Himmlerrulcd peoples court Berlin said that he knew the details of still an other abandoned plot to kill Hit ler This called for the placig of time bombs in the packs of 3 pri vate soldiers without their setting the bombs to explode when they appeared before the fuehrer for a demon stration of new equipment On trial with Witzleberi and Stieff were former Maj Gen Erich Hoeppner former Lt Gen Von Hase former Lt Col Ber narclis former Capt Friedrich Karl Klausing former Lt Von Hegen and former Lt Count Yorck Von Wartenbeurg Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair with a tendency toward higher temperatures Tuesday night and Wednesday lowai Failand a little warmer Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night Fair and continued warm Wednesday and Thursday Minnesota Partly cloudy with moderate temperatures Tuesday night and Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Death of McNairs Son on Guam Revealed Washington war de partment has announced the death on Guam of Col Douglas McNair 37 year old son of the late Lt Gen Lesley J McNair whose death in Normandy by a prematurely re leased bomb from an American plane was disclosed July 27 No details of the younger Mc Nairs death were made public in the war department announce ment Monday Surviving him arc his widow Mrs Freda McNair their infan daughter Bonny Clare of Santi Barbara Cal and his mother Mrs Lesley J McNair of Wash ington Maximum Monday 81 Minimum Monday night 61 At 8 am Tuesday 66 YEAR AGO Maximum 89 Minimum 70 11EALD RITES PLANNED Spencer Services fo George A Heald 74 who ha practiced law here since 1907 anc was former district judge wil be held Wednesday He died a bis home Sunday ault The bombers flew in close round support for the first time i darkness and Canadian ar llcry tracer shells spotted the argots for them just ahead of the Hied line The allied planes hurled down 700 tons of explosives and then Canadian armor rolled forward in ircIickcd first najor night attack by tanks in ranee Infantrymen followed ligging out the Germans The Canadian push was pointed n the direction of the road hub ity oC Falaise 20 miles southeast if Caen The Canadian first army which also includes some British units wept through the blasted strong joints of MaySurOrne and St VlartinDeFontenay cast of the river which the Germans have defended fanatically for weeks A furious battle was reported raging around bitterly contested TillyLaCampagne 5 miles be low Caen The town long since has been demolished but remains a valuable artillery position The American cleanup of the Breton peninsula continued Lt Gen Omar N Bradleys tank infantry team was within 5 miles of the big southern naval and submarine base of Lorient There was no further information about a reported offer of the German garrison there to surrender Other U S forces were fight ing within 4 miles of the 2nd French port of Brest and its mile of deepwater quays At the KILLED IN SERVICE London Vice Marshal Owen Tudor Boyd 55 has been killed in active service it was announced Tuesday Captured by axis troops after a forced landing in 1940 Boyd escaped after the Italian surrender last year ALLIES THRUST forces are overrunning Brittany and British ar mored forces and American patrolsare rolling ever southeastward toward Paris The curved black and white line on this map indicates a distance of but 100 miles from Paris ;