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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 22, 1941, Mason City, Iowa vv COUP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES DCS MOINCS iA NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME rt HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVII1 ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS rULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CtNTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 22 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION OM NO 62 a h J 80000 TRY TO INVADE LUZON cA S Reports Philippine Defenders More Than Hold Own V K HITLER PLACES SELF AT HEAD OF NAZI ARMY fires Von Brauchitsch in Surprise Move That Causes Sensation BERN Switzerland Marshal Gen Walther von Brauch itsch who led the German armies victoriously through France across the Balkans and into Russia was tumbled Irom a heros pedestal Monday by Adolf Hitlers momen tous decision to assume jersonai command of his legions The fuehrers stroke taken at an hour when he himself de Glared Gev man ys battle was fast ap proaching i t s cuimin a t i n g and turning point created asensation when it was disclosed Sunday night in dis patches from Berlin Observers in this neutral capi tal seeking an explanation for a move whichthey believed mus Hie Didnt Mason City Boy on IllFated Arizona Sent Cheer Gift ftS o X C I counted as a strategic withdrawa to winter holding tually arc so serious thatHitler has lost faith in his army com mand O That a serious rift has devet oped between German arm leaders and nazi party chieftain on a question of strategy That the whole maneuver is a piece of nazi trickery designed to distract the attention of Germanys enemies from some new move now in the process of making such as an invasion of England an attack upon Turkey or a thrust through Spain toward Gibraltar Hitler himself gave no clue to the real reasons for his move though some quarters attached significance to his preparatory statement that the campaign in the east has assumed propor tions which exceeded all past notions In announcing that he had re placed von Brauchitsch Hitler gave only this cryptic explanation The vastness of the theater of war the close connection of the conduct of land operations with the political and economic war aims and also the numerical size of the army compared with other parts of the armed forces have induced the fuehrer to follow his intuitions and to influence in the strongest possible manner the op eration and equipment of the army and to reserve to himself personally all essential decisions in this sphere Recalling that he had answered an inward call when he became his own generalissimo and took charge of all the German armed forces early in 1938 that now he must lake personal direction of the army combining in his own hands the leadership of the whole armed forces with the supreme command of the army Inclosed in the envelope pictured above was the most precious dollar received by the 1941 Christmas Cheer Fund It was mailed Kt Sea on the U S S Arizona by Gunners Mate R G Howard a Mason City boy on Nov 30 just a week before that vessel succumbed to a sneak at tack by Japanese bombs and torpedoes Please accept these good wishes and this small contribution from a for mer Mason Cityan said the message accompanying the dollar Hope you reach your goal this year The message iWaSfipermed qiij a gaycplflred Ghristrnas card The fact Vids lecThis relativesKere Arizonas survivors We are pleased to report that one of the more than 500 packosnacks dispatched by the Christ mas Cheer Fund to men in service is on its way to this fine lad who didnt forget his neighbors in need Fund Nearly Short as Campaign Nears End Two Examples Cited of Sacrificial Giving Needed for Success REPORTED limners Afote R G Howard U S S Arizona Pearl Harbor T U irnployes of Deckers Park Trim ierenth DST AdTentist Church TV E Dnll6 Clftss Baptist BRITISH PRESS AHEAD AT TOP SPEED IN LIBYA Patrol Makes Surprise Stab Against Axis 150 Miles Into Trlpolitania CAIRO Egypt A patrol far out in front of Britains rapidly advancing army in Libya has made a bold surprise slab against an axis garrison 150 miles into Tripolitania British general headquarters disclosed Monday in a communique which for the third successive day indicated that the main British forces were pressing westward at top speed The exact site of the daring swoop where an entire garrison was said to have been ac counted for although it out numbered the attackers sis to one and at least 24 German and Italian planes destroyed on the ground was not given That it was 150 miles inside the western section of Libya how ever means that Britains van guards had pierced beyond the highwater mark the first big westward push at El Agheila and had crossed into Tripolitania for the first time El Agheila is at the southern most point ot of Sirte Philippine Defenders Appear to Be Facing Supreme Test Mackenzie Feels Sure tp 125 100 1400 IOH 350 1400 100 100 100 100 i lon 1009 fifiS 100 3011 100 1103 Banker Woodmen Circle Incremental Aiosic People Roosevelt Junior Bich School Mrs Alex Garuiis 3ecktr Canned Meats Depart ment Flora Vittetot Madame X E O Chapter ft7 Congregational Womens Guild Grbnp No 1 Mr and 3Irs Jim Kailey N J Burr Roirer and Allen Sciiwankt Sweet Pickle Department Deckers Internationa Brot hrrhnnd tit Electrical Workers Local Union m Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 40r Sandy Hook Beef Hoase Mr and Mrs G J P Child Stndy Club Xorth Iowa Chapter Rainbow Mriilan Veterans L M C R Class Methodist Church Oswald Strand Xancy Dick and ntlte Ann Courthouse Friends W Tapper Ifor Turkey Jessie Merrill rnvelle Sir and Mrs R D Bill and Olive Lane Guess Who Our Spread Clnn Pensioners Mile Yelland and Itfnes St Josephs FarenlTeachers Association Alpria Chi chapter Beta Sizmi Phi linmebuilders Class ot First Methodist Chnrch Trinity West Park Circle Charles 31 Neveln Laundry Workers and Prefers A F L Local No Mr and Sirs P A DeCou First Methodist Youth Fellow ship TOTAT S10M08 CASH GOAL 5JMOO AMOUNT YET NEEDED OPE IS GROW ING by leaps and bounds that our community will send the Christmas Cheer Fund over the top this year as it has every year since its incep tion fifteen years a g o in spite of the greatly in ncased amount asked for and in spite of the other worthy appeals to the generosity 0 00 00 00 600 800 000 200 1500 1700 2000 2200 2250 The inain line or Britains swift mobilearmy hotly pursuing Gen Erwin Rommels shattered African corps had driven beyond the high lands of eastern Cirenaica by Sun day night the communique said One force it staled was press ing back axis units holding cov ing positions east of Bengasi Rommels last big advance base cast of Tripoli itself while oth ers were operating against enemy forces which were with drawing southward toward Agc dabia This represented still a further advance apparently without seri ous axis opposition from the Brit ish advance point Sunday at luch about 35 miles southeast of Bengasi and 280 miles from the British starting point at the Egyp tian frontier The British thus had looped around axis forces at Bengasi and Baree Again despite bad weather the communique noted that the RAF reaped a rich reward from in tensive action against concentra tions oenemy mechanical trans ports on roads and tracks alons the seaboard of the Gulf of Sirtc 1VALTHER VON BRAUCHITSCH by Hitler from Gunners Mate Rolan G Howard Mason City boy who was in service on the illfated U S E Arizona sent to the bottom by the Japanese in their sneak attack at Christmas Cheer on the Air Again Two popular bonds those of Earl Hunt and Billy Hughes will be pushing out music over KGLO Monday from p m to mid night in an effort to push the Christmas Cheer Fund total within safe distance of home Valuable merchandise will be thrown on the auc tion block with all proceeds going to the fund phones at KGLO No 2800 will be open to receive all contributions and bids As the Christmas Cheer music rings out over KGLO Monday night you can do your part by keeping the phones at 2800 ringing with your contributions and bids with years of our people Mondays greatest came in the form of a SI contribution dispatched without any know ledge by Sailor Howard iliat he was one of the almost600 Cerro Gordo county boys in service who have been remembered paekosnacks from this Christmas Cheer Fund In his kind act is an example for others at us in the kind of sacrificial giving which brings success lo this venture year after year So also are the corr tributions from the GlobeGa zettes carrier boys which will be reported in the next issue Another item of much appre ciated help for this fund has come from employes in the various de partments of the Decker packing plant The various group gifts received from this source during the course of the campaign would approximate Just about the busiest place in town these days is Ihc Christmas Cheer toy shop established Sat urday at 123 North Federal av avenue There scores of families chosen by the Social Welfare league as beneficiaries of the fund have come to do their Christmas Hitler Action Based on Great Emergency By DEWITT MACKENZIE Wide World Analyst Our defenders in the Philip pines appear to be in the throes of the supreme test in the bloody fighting which has developed as the result of Japanese land ings in force from 80 trans ports in the Lingayen gulf area a bit more than 100 miles i north west of Manila on Lu zon i s 1 a n strategic heart Mackenzie of these strag gling possessions The Japs already delayed in their schedule by the strong de fense of General MacArthurs forces have struck heavily with the purpose of gaining possession before Hie arrival of American re inforcements across the Pacific Details of this great engagement are meager and this is no time for speculation Obviously theposition is serious for the Philippines The news thus far is a mix tjire of good and bad It is a of concern that the Japa nese should have sufficient con trol of Ihe waters about Luzon to mass landins H General MacArthur In an early report of the fighung that our troojis are behaving well Next to this invasion of the Philippines the great sensation of the day is Hitlers assumption of supreme command of his armies displacing the famous Field Marshal von Brauchitsch The precise meaning of this ex traordinary move remains ob scure but I think we are safe in saying that it was inspired by a great emergency of sort One doesnt overlook of course that the fuehrer himself has de claredhe is divinely ordained to carry out his program for the fatherland Still it is hard to be lieve that this is the explanation Admitting Hitlers genius for leadership he might be expected to be the last to claim that his training fitted him for a position demanding the highest type of military skill and to fee that there is no one else capable of leading his armies Rather it seems to me he is faced with a great crisis in which either 1 he is forced to depend upon the personal hold which he has on his people or 2 he anrl von Brauchitsch have disagreed on a vital raili lari issue It may be that Herr Hitler is Buy Christmas U S Tanks Fight Jap Invaders By FRANK HEWLETT MANILA American bat tle forces including the first tank units to KCC action against Japan more than held theiiown Mon day night against a major Japa nese attack launched in great force against Lingayen Gulf 133 miles north of Manila WANT RECRUITS IN LOCAL GUARD Will Take Applicants Monday Tuesday Nights From 8 to 11 OClock Acceptance of enlistments in Company E 2nd regiment Iowa State guard will begin Monday evening at the Mason City ar mory Lieut L R Whipple an nounced The home guard re cruiting office will be open from 8Rm tpll p m Monday and the A physician arid a fingerprint expert from the police department will be present Men holding de ferred draft ratings and any other men between the ages of 18 and 50 may apply Exsorvicemen are asked to bring their discharges Lieutenant Whipple said He urged that all available men apply at once Only men from Mason City and vicinity should apply he said since it may be difficult for men living at any great distance to at tend drill compelled to use all his power ol leadership in order to meet the reaction of his people to the great defeat suffered by German arms in Russia It is equally possible that he fuehrer wants to undertake some thing that his commander in chief felt suicidal Its my guess that Hitler is a badly worried man shopping store from a wellstocked Pearl Harbor in the early morning of Dec 7 The story concerning this prec ious contribution is told with the picture above Here we only add that the gift mailed at sea was Don t let anybody assume that the job is completed Almost remains to be raised before Wed nesday noon when the fund is scheduled to come to a close Theres still time for you to do YOUR part But youll need to hurry The address for or small but as large as you can make Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGaze tie Mason City Iowa Man Who Amputated Own Hand in Field After Mishap Dies ffORTH PLATTE Nebr An emergency selfperformed amputation effected with the help of a 35 cent pocket knife re sulted in the death here Sunday of Duane Arnold 25 Working alone Arnolds hand was caught in corn picker ma chinery Unable to free the mem ber he deliberately broke a wrist bone severed his arm above the wrist took time to drain the tractors radiator walked one fourth mile to his car and drove eight miles unaided to reach a Cozad Nebr physician A second amputation was per formed and the man died after being brought to a hospital here VICTIM IDENTIFIED BURLINGTON Joe Gore 34 of Bloomfield has been added by Deputy Coroner E D Zerwas of DCS Moincs county to tfce list of victims of the TNT melt Unit explosion at the Iowa ordnance plant Dec 12 Formerly reported as missing he was iden tified through personal effects Zerwas said Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Occasional rain and scattered thundershowers and colder Monday afternoon Light freezing rain and colder Monday nightLowest temper ature Mason City 22 IOWA Cloudy occasional rain and scattered thundershowers with rain freezing extreme west portion colder west and central Monday alternodn cloudy oc casional showers and scattered thunderstorms extreme cast light freezing rain west and central colder Monday night Wind 1525 MPH MINNESOTA Considerable clou diness light rcezing drizzle or snow flurries east and south colder south Monday afternoon fair to partly cloudy north mostly cloudy south light freez ing drizzle or snow flurries southeast and extreme south colder Monday nighl Wind 15 20 M P H IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday Gen Douglas JIacArlhur re ported that American and Phi lippincs troops backed up by the heavy guns of the coastal de fense works smashed Japanese landing attempts at one point and more than held their own in a day of fierce combat The main Japanese drive foi Ihe Philippines was believed Mon day night to be under way Despite indications that the Ja panese have suffered heavy losses they were reported pressing thcii assault on the Lingayen shores with vigor Japanese tanks have been pu ashore at some points the officia communique indicated and hav been met in battle by American tanks in the first United State tank combat of the war American tanks have seen ac JiqnJn North Africa where the were used byBntisircrewsTrifh offensive in The Lingayen attack was de scribed by the United States hig command as undoubtedly In major expeditionary drive bein aimed at the Philippines The enemy in great force is pushing his attack MacArthu reported Heavy fighting is go in on in the north including tank combat Our troops more than held their own At one point Japanese de stroyers and transports were driven off by our heavy guns and a landing was prevented Our troops behaved well A fleet of 80 odd transport brought the Japanese landing par ties to the Lingayen shores Th transports were prpte stroyer flotilla with air suppor and Japanese bombers intensifie their attacks on American a bases in the Philippines coinc dent with the landing attempt It was believed here that th transports came from Hnina Island Japans base off the Chin shore about 600 miles direct across the China sea from U Philippines The Japanese to months have been concentratin forces on Hainan island The dollar you send o tl Christmas Cheer Fund will brii happiness to some boy or girl 80 TROOPSHIPS LAUNCH BARGES AGAINST SHORE Heavy Guns Shatter One Landing Spearhead Put Forth by Japs By THE ASSOCIATED TKESS Six to eight Japanese divisions lo 100000 or a real foothold on the island f Luzon Monday 150 miles from lanila and were met by a valiant ctense in which American and ilipino troops more than held iciiown An estimate from the war de arlment at Washington doubled irevious estimates of the Jap ncse invasion strength carried oward the Philippine beaches by 0 troopships under strong naval nd air escort The mothcrsliips put ajhost of 150man barges into the water and these swarmed toward the shore through the shallows and surf under a hail of defense fire and into a maelstrom of hand tohand and lank combat on the beaches Some of them succeeded in getting ashore said the war de partment communique The attempted invasion is be ing mcjt with fierce resistance by American and Filipino troops The Washington slat em e n t assaultinthe vicinity of Agoo on share of Lingayen gulf Agoo itself is but 130 airline miles from Manila Whether United States air or naval forces had gone into action against the invasion armada was not stated cither at Manila or Washington Counting its naval escort and supply ships the Japanese invasion fleet num bered perhaps 100 vessels Manilas official report said that heavy guns shattered one landing spearhead At one point Japanese destroy ers and transports were driven off by our heavy guns and that landing was prevented it was announced The afternoon communique from the Manila headquarters carried this accolade for the mixed forces now bathed in battle where the China sea foams into Lingayen gulf Our troops are behaving well The armada was shielded from aloft by swarms of Japa nese planes It was announced officially that lank combat fijrurcd In the new slruRfflc but whether these included barnclandcd Japanese tanks was not clear HONGKONG STILL IS HOLDING OUT The latest word from London indicated that Britains Hongkong garrison still held out under Jap Minimum Sunday night 27 At 8 a m Monday 37 YEAR AGO Maximum 40 Minimum 23 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 43 Minimum in night 27 At 8 a m Sunday 37 YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum IG THE WINNERS IN THE THIRD WEEKS PICTOQUIZ CONTEST ARE 1 Mrs Pearl Abbott Clear Lake Winner S3 First Prize 2 Mrs Laura F CHngman 1406 S Mass Ave lUason City Iowa Winner Second Prize 3 Alice Schultz St Ansgar Iowa Winner SI Third Prize KOWLQOfs HONG KONG FORMOSA PACIFIC OCEAN JAPARRI PHILIPPINE ijp ISLANDS iir CHINA SEA Japanese thrusts in Mondays news included I against the British crown colony of Hongkong and 2 against the Philippines ;