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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 19, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OF JUSTOav AND ARCHIVES DCS A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XL1X ASSOCIATE PRESS AMD UNITED LEASED WlHiT MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY AUGUST 19 1943 HOME EDITION imrm PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE AMERICAN WARSHIPS SHELL ITALY Stand in North JAPS REPULSED IN EFFORT TO RETAKE ISLAND Hundreds of Barge Borne Troops Lost OH Vella Lavella ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC Japanese have been blood ily repulsed by a U S surface force in their first attempt to re take Vella LaVella island in the Central Solomons occupied only last Sunday by American invasion forces A spokesman at headquarters of Admiral William F Halseys South Pacific command said that hundreds of bargeborne Japanese troops were killed or captured during a frustrated landing at tempt in the early morning hours of Tuesday The thrust thus came a bare 48 hours arter the first American amphibious units landed unopposed on this north erly island of the New Georgia group Of an estimated 1500 lo 2200 Iroops in tlie enemy counterin vasion force not more than 300 succeeded in reaching the is land And while Ihere has been no ground action as yet the spokesman said unquestion ably there arc small groups of the enemy roaming Vella La vella if The landing attempt was re pelled by a light U S task force which intercepted between 20 and 30 Japanese barges packed with 75 or more men each and a screening force of four destroy ers In the engagement that fol lowed allied headquarters an nounced that one Japanese de stroyer probably was sunk an other severely damaged and a third was hit American warships routed the enemy destroyers which turned for home bases and then wiped out most of the barges A few barges escaped to make landings on the northeast coast The allied communique an nouncing the victory also dis closed that a small U S cargo ship was sunk on the same day by enemy aircraft A headquarters spokesman at the South Pacific command of Admiral William F Halsey in making the announcement said that our planes spotted a Japa nese force early in the day and a light U S task force surprised end intercepted them The allied communique Thurs day mentioned a halt hour night engagement off Vella Gulf in which allied surface units am bushed an enemy force four destroyers escorting a number of barges General MacArthurs headquarters said that in addition to seriously damaging two de stroyers and hitting a third most of the barges were destroyed Some of the romainint barges suc ceeded in landing on the northeast toast The American force broke off its action against the Japanese destroyers to so after Ihe enemy landing bargts crowded with troops The engagement took place in bright moonlight with the Ameri cans firing both torpedoes and shells Report Heard That German Patriots Told Government Has Left Berlin to Prepare for ri i 17 Aiding Invasion Living Quarters Are Sought for Airport Workers Furnished apartments are want ed by engineers and their families here to supervise the construction of the Mason City airport it was stated Thursday aftcinoon at the Chamber ot Commerce There are three families with children and there arc two men who want an apartment together Want ads have been followed up these folks and realtors have been checked There are some apart ments for rent which cannot be had unless a years lease is signed and these folks will only be in MasonCity for three months or a fcw more The Chamber of Commerce is requesting that anyone who has a modern furnished apartment close in with mechanical refrigeration and utilities furnished who will lease to families with children immediately list same with a realtor or telephone the Cham ber No 146 Rat Halts Operations on Outfitting Dock BEACH Gal rat put a busy outfitting dock out of operation temporarily at the Con solidated Shipbuilding corp yards early Thursday All lights and power aboard ships being completed at the dock were cut off for an hour when a promptly dubbed him through an electric cable short circuiting a transformer The bite also short circuited Hitler He was electrocuted Woman Too Large to Get Into Jail Cell HACKENSACK N J Nature forced authorities to give Hose Mann 31 temporary free dom until she gets a hearing on an assault and battery charge Mann weighs 360 pounds and she was too big to go through a cell door at Bergen counly jail U S Planes Blast Japanese Near Hanoi CHUNGKING IJP American bombing planes blasted a Japa nese troop and supply concentra tion point Tuesday near Hanoi V Believe Allies Plan Full Use of Russian Successes Strategy Speeded Up WKile on Eastern Front QUEBEC speedup in allied plans for the invasion of Europe to take full advantage ot the Russian offensive on Ger manys eastern flank appeared Thursday to be n likely result of the current BritishAmerican strategy conferences here As President Roosevelt Prime Minister Churchill and their command sUffs went into the second full day of meetings the sustained Russian campaign winning a success equal o the most optimistic hopes of allied observers shaped up as the greatest single nar develop ment before them French JndoCliinn dive bombed fuel storage dumps in the Burma road town of Mangshih in Yunncn province n communi que from Stilwelfs Thursday Lt Gen Joseph W headquarters said In the general picture of war strategy aimed nt ihe eventual smashing of Germany it over shadowed even the swift allied triumph in Sicily as well as the indications that an invasion of the Italian mainland is in progress of preparation For as military observers here evaluate the situation Germany is so heavily occupied with ad vancing Russian armies at present and even her vita rear positions in the east are so gravely threat ened that a European invasion in the near future would tax her de fensive resources lo the utmost How fully these considerations have entered into the discussions here could only be estimated Since the presidents arrival Mon GUNS THEY LEFT BEHIND THEM U Robert L bprmger of Prove Utah checks over new Italian machine guns left on the Messina railway station platform bv flee ing axis troops Bay there has been ho woici from the Chateau Frontenac or the his toric citadel scenes of the confer ences lo give any inkling of the nature or progress of the talks If the pattern of past confer ences is followed uoUmijr will be said until the conclusion of this meeting al which time tiic president and prime minister will hold a press conference to Rive out such of the decisions as can be made public There is speculation too in connection with Mr Roosevelts scheduled visit to the Canadian capital at Ottawa next week that the Canadian parliament mighl hold a special meeting to hear him speak That would offer the chief executive an extraordinary opportunity to review in so far as publicly possible the accomplish ments of the latest staff discus sions When he directives of tlie presi dent and the prime minister are shaped thay will as has been cus tomary in the past be communi cated with all possible speed to Premier Stalin There is considerable belief that the highly important task of cour ier has been delegated to British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden who arrived Wednesday Edens presence also save rise to speculation that the conference may undertake tlie solution of some rif the mulliplyiiiL political problems arising out of the swift movements of events in Europe The possibility that Secretary of State Cordell Hull may come here from Washington served to em phasize the potential political as pects of the meeting ROCKET JUMPS LA PORTE CITY TRACKS 6 HURT Conductor Catapulted Down Aisle Suffers Severe Back Injuries Six persons were injured when Ihe Hock Island railroads streamlined Rocket bound from St Louis to the Twin Cities and traveling at 70 miles an hour wis derailed at oclock Thursday morning 2 miles southeast of La Porte Cily and 18 miles southeast of Five of the iujured were taken to St Francis hospital in Water loo Some of the passengers also were taken to Waterloo but most stayed at the scene where n file was built near the track at which they could keep warm Three buses from Mason City accompanied Frank f Carroll city frciRht and passenger ascni to the wreck and were to have brouglit the passcnffcrs here to catch another train This plan was abandoned how ever when it appeared likely that the cars could be put back on the rgils Soon after noon and the train continue to Minneapolis Wreckers fiiim Cedar Rapicli Waterloo md Silvis III were called Repair of the track wis expected to be done by night if This is the streamlined train which left St Louis at 5 oclock Wednesday eveniiiE scheduled to arrive at Minneapolis at oclock Thursday morning KO throiicti both Nora Springs and Manly iuost seriously hurt was Georijc Claim Large Vans Loaded at Offices Depart From Capital LONDON The united na tions radio at Algiers Thursday broadcast a Bern dispatch quot ing Adolf Hitlers newspaper Vuelkiseher Bcobachtcr as savin lliat Ihc whole German govern ment has left Berlin The broad cast was recorded by The AKO cialcd Press There was no immediate ex planation or confirmation the report The statement that the whole German government had mov ed came as a surprise in Lon don although there had been numerous unconfirmed reports the past three or four weeks that some governmental ne parlmciils ucre liciiifr transfer red Tliefe of wiiicli had any official confirmation told of great vans being loaded at the doors of Berlin ministries moving troops into Italy in onsiderable strength apparently intending to make a real fight for i least the northern end of that country a competent British inili informant said Thursday Several divisions have been on the move to Italy froni franco and Germany in the last week or two but an exact es timate of nazi strength in Italy is not possible now said his commentator who cannot be identified further From other sources came indi cations hat the Germans are not only moving into Italy but tha their troops from western anti northern France have taken over the French coaslal stretch from the Italian border to previously garrisoned by Italian troops A radio broadcast in the name of the allied high command told to and rolling possibly Vienna Linz or Breslau Neutral reports also of Ihe moving of some govern mental offices lo Vienna shortly after the Germans announced thai they were withdrawing nones sential civilians from Berlin One Britisher said that if the report is rue it undoubted ly is inspired by the fear of a Hamburg bombing which in a single nicht mieht destroy tons of records and create chaos in the Kovernmenta machinery There also vas the possibility at removal of the government might be n forerunner of an at tempt such as that of Home to obtain an open city status for tlie reich capital This was regarded as doubtful however cine to the great con centration of eleclricnl and oilier factories in the Berlin area and its importance as a transportation center linking the eastern front patriots that y ur was eorijc HEIKUIL uie eastern Iront O Munsey 57 Minneapolis Pull western and southern Hu man conductor who suffered a back injury possibly a Fractured j hnck when he was catapulted down the aisle of a Pullman It was ne cessary to jimmy a window to re move him Edward Berry 9 Cedar Kap There were Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITV Warmer Thursday afternoon and Thursday night continued warm Friclay fore noon increasing winds Thurs day afternoon IOWA Widely scattered thunder1 showers in north and west por ids fireman third class in the navy was stepping from one car to another when the wreck oc curred separating 1 li e coupling under his feet and throwing him from the train He suffered a back injury Mrs Alice Pinney Cedar Rap ids on a fishing trip tr Wisconsin with her son suffered cuts to forehead nose and lips A Pullman porter Will Mont Komery received facial cuts and one ear was nearly severed as he Iried to protect Mrs Pinney frim fnlliiiK chairs in the clili car Dipt E V Lamb rceh t 38 Van couver Wash an nn accurate esti males in London of the number of persons wilo would be involved if the whole government moved but a conservative guess would be that al least a million of Berlins 000 population arc connected in some way with civil or military government The city already is in the middle of the evacuation of more than a million women and children whose removal was ordered after Hamburg was al most wiped out by a combina tion of heavy RAF and U S army air force raids American Liberators operating from North African buses struck within 27 miles of Vienna when iliey attacked Wiener Nctistadt lust week and the Austrian capi tal is only about 700 miles from LONDON The Germans occupied Europe Wednesday night to prepare invasion of he continent which already might be near He urge ynn o perfect alt preparations in Hie shortest Iiossiblc lime saiil a message read from he milled nations radio at Algiers and from BBC in London The broadcast directed primar ily to the people of metropolitan France declared a new phase ol the European war the liberation of occupied countries lias begun now that ihe occupation of Sicily complete We obviously are nof goin lo reveal where the blow will fall the message said then added People of tlie occupied coun try which is to be the 1st to wel come the armies of liberation will be notified al he last minute Ifnlil that lime arrives all patriots were asked lo aim all their actions toward perfecting preparations for giving assist ance to the allied invaders while at the same time exercising the greatest care that they do not fall into the bands of the enemy All those elements which are lo contribute in any way whatso ever o the success of eventual operations on French metropoli tan territory must be fully equip ped to carry out their task said have heard the broadcast In the past you similar messages from allied head quarters the announcers said in f conclusion You have just heard nnrrtf UIIUUIC one of greatest importance The invasion blow could fall army doctor t Sicilian bases now held by the M suffcrcd an injury to the right I lies prm He helped treat the other BiesUm and Vienna injured Three civilian physicians and another army doctor Maj Theo dore Wade also of Vancouver were also passengers on the train and helped treat the injured Dr W E Pcschau Cedar nap ids suffered a fractured rib but returned to Cedar Rapids with out treatment here The 7 cars all left lie track and leaned at a 45dcgrec angle The locomotive stayed on Ihe rails ami later came on into Waterloo The track was sprung in the air at some points lo a height of 6 feet are also i in vi i triii i i i u ell SO only about 700 miles from Britain If the allies took northern Italian fields their bombers would be only 400 miles from Vienna and and about 500 miles from Brcalau AIRFIELDS IN FRANCE RAIDED Results Are Reported Good on 2 Targets ALLIED PLANES HIT AXIS ROADS AND R R LINES U S Naval Forces Pound Targets in Gioia Tauro Palmi ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA warships shelled the Italian main land Wednesday for the first lime developing violent explosions at Gioia Tauro and Palmi and allied iiii fleets deprived beaten axis troops o respite by pounding communications thro u g h o u t southern Italy i was announced Thursday if United Slates naval forces which had been supporting the advance of the U S seventh army in Sicily have taken up shelling military objectives OH the Italian mainland now that the island has fallen a com munique said Specific targets of the first thrust were bridges and power in stallations at Gioia Tauro and Palmi on the gulf of Gioia 20 mies north of captured Messina Light bombers and I ighler bombcrs carried out attacks 011 roads and railways which might he employed by the remnants of German and Italian forces which escaped from Sicily pitting the racks and destroying enemy ve hicles M e d i u in bombers attacked bridges at Angitola and roads and rail communications at Ponte Di Sfiiletli H was announced Ground activity was limited to occasional exchanges oC artillery fire across the Strait of Messina headquarters announced Fighterbombers left a small axis vessel in a sinking condi tion off southern Sardinia and medium bombers sank an en emy merchant craft in the Gulf of Eufemia just north of the Gulf of Gioia y The Bizerlc area was again attacked by enemy aircraft last night an aerial communique said Six enemy bombers were shot down Two enemy aircraft were destroyed on the night of Aug 17 in addition to those al ready reported From all operations llircc al lied aircraft are missing the bul letin said While wrecking crews of Hie northwest African air forces chased axis forces across southern Italy middle east squadrons maintained their offensive over the eastern Mediterranean Axis shipping and harbor in stallations of three Greek islands Znnle Melos nnd Syros were at tacked by ItAF beau fighters and I Wellington bom nuinique said The heavy toll i both Tuesday Cairo com infliclcd An official in the snpcrinlcnd LONDON American two mined stand at the Brenner pass tions Thursday night cool er Friday forenoon winds 15 to no allied confirmation of such 25 miles per hour IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 74 iVIinimum Wednesday night 50 At 3 a in Thursday jig YEAR AGO Maximum R Minimum 59 rue Wednesday that the citys method of executing dogs from the hands of the victorious Sicilian armies now poised in Mes sina across from Italy or from the big concentrations of battleeager Iroops waiting and training in England The blow against the continent could come from the south or both Opinion is growing in Britain that there may possibly be more than one diversionary blow ac companying major landings German commentators were quoted lo the same effect in Stockholm dispatches lo Lon don morning newspapers These commentators were said to pre dict a double 2nd might be launched by the allies at anv moment A dispatch irom Associated Press Correspondent Thomas F Hawkins in Bern said indications there were that Germany is plan rung to fight a delaying action manv ofThlch from southern Italy northward were rcicd intact am were PUl II was announced at Gen Dwijlit D Eisenhowers head quarters Wednesday that the axis lost more than 167000 men killed wounded and captured on the is land up to Aug 10 while allied casualties from the beginning to the end ot the campaign were 25 000 axis forces during llieir brief de fense of Sicily was emphasized in headquarters announcements II was stated thai the entire Italian sixth army was destroyed during the campaign at least half of the soldiers donning ci vilian clothes and deserting filtering back into the villages and hill areas of Sicily More than 130000 Italians were captured killed or wounded Officers said the Germans lost two complete divisions killed wounded or captured and a large amount of heavy equipment in cluding an unstated number of sweeps over Other made supporting RULE MANNER HUMANE northern France DAVENPORT ift District The American marauders de dudge George Clansmen ruled slroyed one enemy plane while the fighters brought down of executing dogs in the gas Half a dozen fighters chamber at the city tool house is ported missing from thi were re humane Buy War Savings ftonris and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy ported missing from the days op erations Coastal observers reported see ing large formations of bombers and fighters roar over the Eng lish channel during the forenoon raid PLAN CONFERENCE WASHINGTON jus tice department announced tha Iowa is 1 of 10 states included in the 4th and last of a scries of wartime regional conferences o United States attorneys which will be held in Chicago Aug 23 Of the allied casualties Ca nadian units lost 25 officers and 360 soldiers killed 100 officers and 1100 soldiers Injured and 10 officers and 300 soldiers missing up to Aufr 12 it was an nounced Thursday f This makes a total of five ar mies Italy has lost since the be ginning ot the war The first fifth and tenth were destroyed during the African fighting The eighth disintegrated in Russia The sixth army originally was composed of two corps compris ;