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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 22, 1944, Mason City, Iowa COAiK NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LI Associated trta and United Pins Full Leased Wira Centj Capjl MASON CITY IOWA FKIDAV DECEMBER 22 1944 This Piper CoiuliU ot Two NO 64 MAIN NAZI DRIVE SLOWS DOWN 100 B29s Blast Jap Air Plants in Nagoya YANK FIGHTERS OPERATE FROM MiNDORO FIELD American Troops Close Nutcracker on Broken Jap Line in Leyte By LEONARDMILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor A hundred Saipanbased B29s bombed aircraft plants in Nagoya on Japans main island Friday while U S fighter planes in the Philippines began operating from newlybuilt airfields on Mindoro only half an hour from Manila American ground troops closed their nutcracker on Leyte islands shattered Yamashita line The V7th infantry division and the first dismounted cavalry division joined lorces in Ormoc once studded with Japanese forti fications They counted 2032 more enemy dead That makes 11327 Nipponese soldiers slain in day climatic drive Enemy remnants Gen Doug las MacArthursaid are desper ately but futility trying to cut their way out to thenorthwest ern corner of teyte Tokyo claimed 10 Superforts were shot down in Fridays day light raid on 4th B28 strike this week against Jap anese aircraft factories Dispatches from Saipan report eda sizeable force of Superforts striking in waves bombed the HatsudoM aircraft factory for 2V hours early Friday afternoon It was the 2nd raid this week on a Mitsubishi aircraft plant at Na goya The raid may have been de signed to finish off the Hatsudok works badly damaged 10 days ago Tokyo said about 100 Superfor tresses were in the attacking waves with the usual claim tha little damage was done The war department made the first announcement of the raid scarcely 12 hours after reporting about 60 Chinabased B29s ef fectively bombed an aircraft plan at Mukden Manchuria Two at tacking planes were lost At leas 15 and possibly 22 interceptor were shot down Eleven or more Aipponese air craft were knocked out in floe fights over the newly TJ S airstrips on Mindoro island Twentynine Japanese planes at lacked the field 150 miles south of Manila Two island 750 miles south o Tokyo and on the B29 route from Saipan was bombed for the I3th successive day as Japan showed increasing aiarm over air strikes The diet prepared to meet Sunday ready to adjourn to air raid shel ters at the first sound of air rail sirens Japanese trains began changing the tones ol thei whistles to avoid confusion wit frequently blown air raid sirens Japanese reinforcements wer rushed into Hochih central Chin town threatened by attacking Chi nese armies driving toward Liu chow former U S air base 3heer Fund s Over Top 1 Day Early IiT Club son CiljButton Club R K Corita Penny David Jimmy Rankin tellx and Gus United Cement Lime and Gyp sum Workers Union 106 he Seeleyt eriy and Ana Fritr Harold and Karen Wrborny Fiy Jcneaeo Club B L a w r J NewDerry Co Employes Friend Belgian Cites Nazi Brutality in Current CounterOffensive An American Command Pos Near Slavclot Dec wounded Belgian farm er related another instance of naz brutality in the present counter offensive Two nighls ago lie came into a American forward command DOS from the tiny hamlet of Parfon droy He told Lt Henry Schmitz Ne York City that 100 nazi S elite corps troops had entere Ms village and rounded up 4 persons among them himself an 2 women herded them into barn machinegunned them an then set fire to the barn He was shot through the leg but with the help of a friend man aged to reach American lines We havent much reason to doubt his story said Schmitz You 2 women were hi mother and his sister BEVIOUSLr REPORTED 5141864 1000 200 SOO tOO 100 500 10O 100 1000 500 100 200 CONTINUE BOMB ATTACKS London Germans con unued their Vbomb attacks against southern England Thurs day night Damage and casualties were reported eckeri Sliced Bacon Uept Jiily and BcbbJ Bycrly lQO ur Saviours Kebecca Circle 300 Cerro Gordo County Industrial Union Council 100O Z Chanter r E OSisterhood SOO peoples Gas Electric Employes 2353 Police Auxiliary Unit No 1R 300 valliope Anthony and Dickie 301 tlipto jCoose Leaf Co Employes 2517 United Service Women or Amer ica Aock Fails 3nn San JuanMame Post Veterans of Foreign 1000 jildners Merchandise 13000 3 N Chapter P E o sisterhood 300 Plumbers and 500 Tommy Ouverson lOtt Telephone Workers Local 1489 300 THE DAiS TOTAL MelK GRAND TOTAL 1172540 GOAL HoWMW OVER THE TOP BY J SW40 HE 1944 Christ mas Cheer Fund has gone over the full day ahead of the hour set for its f 0 r m a 1 closing and full days ahead o f Ch ri si mas day itself It will be all right with us if everybody who has contributed lo its success assume it was his or her or turned the trick The goal set for the 1944 Christ mas Cheer Fund was When the list of donors was completed at noon Friday the total hac soared to WAS OVER THE TOP The pose struck by Santa Clau in the Allen Fatten drawing abovt is reflective of the feeling of al of us who have had a part in thi 19th annual Christmas Cheer so licitation Hes grateful so are al of us This expression of thanks is in clusive ol the Social Welfare league in whose hands the ad ministration of the fund this year as in all previous campaigns rests May your donation to this ven ture in applied Christianity bring you an added satistaction this Christmasttde Its too much to hope that it will be a very merry Christmas for anybody of course We are not asking for further gifts But if they are forthcom ing they will be added to the to tal and reported in the next issue Any surplus will be held in trust for future years when Christmas Cheer needs may be greater than in 1944 The address Cbrislmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa BERLIN STATES RUSSIANS GAIN ON NORTH LINE Claim Russians Hurled 27 Divisions Against Pocket in Latvia London said Fri day that the red army launching a new offensive at the northern end of the eastern front hurled 27 400000 men the southern rim of the German pocket in northwest Lat via and conceded that the Soviets had broken into the nazi lines at several points The offensive if confirmed would appear an aliout attempt to liquidate tens of thousands ol German troops trapped against the Baltic and thus release addi tional Russian forces for the sov iet winter offensive in east Prus sia and Poland A United Press dispatch from Moscow said the Russians were believed massing the greatest con i centration of men artillery tanks and aircraft yet seen on the east ern front for a campaign that is expected to conclude the war Observers confidently expect hat when the red army hits 3erman fortifiedlinesfrom Prussia to the Carpathians it break through to Germany in suc cessive fast operations the dis patch said Ernest von Hammer German military commentator reported the Latvian offensive in a Berlin broadcast He said the Soviets had attacked alone a 22 mile front southwest and south of Saldus 55 miles east ot the Baltic port of Uepaja Thursday with stronff air artillery and tank sup port The attack began with a 90 minute artillery barrage during which at least 1170 shells were fired into the German lines von Hammer said He called the attack the start of the Soviets third win ter offensive The Russians cut off the Ger mans in northwest Latvia last fall with a thrust across Lithuania to the Baltic coast north of Memel The subsequent fall of Riga to the red army pinned the remnants of the Wehrmachts Baltic garrison between the sea and the Gulf of Riga with no hope of escape ex cept by sea At he southern end of the front Russian mountain troops were converging on the Slovak border city of Losono Lucenec from the east and south They had battled to within 20 miles or less of a junction that would encircle the last German army in northeast Hungary Germans Hold Wedge 40 Miles Deep After 6 Day Fierce Assault Paris Germans winter offensive slowed down Friday after a 40 mile penetration into Belgium field dis patches reported and Gen Dwight D Eisenhower called upon all his armies to administer a crushing defeat The German high command said several spearheads Tossed the Ourthe river which at one point in its meander ng course is 7 miles west of Werbomont the deepest previ ously announced point of the enemys daggerlike wedge At point the river is about XT m 1 0 miles from the Meuse at Nazis Taking Last Gamble THEYRE TO women who had been ailed bj the Germans for political offenses rush from the jail gate to freedom after American 7th army troops liberated them in Haguenau an Alsatian town 15 miles south of the Ger man border Associated Press Kayenay engraving LANGDON 60 COMEDIAN DIES Native of Iowa V XW Angeles Lang Ionveteran deadpan comedian oJ he stage and screen died Friday after suffering a cerebral hemor Langdon who was 60 had seen ill for several weeks Langdon former Mack Serinettj comedian and recently a film writer attained to a million dol ar film contract in 1925 from a beginning as an amateur vaude actor at the age ol 12 He played in carnivals cir cuses tent shows vaudeville and musical comedies and made his Kim debut in 1923 with Semiett First in 2 reelers and then in fea ture length films he rose to fame on the silent screen With the advent of talking pic Lures he returned to vaudeville but returned to pictures later Joan Crawford played a feminine lead in one of his silent films and Prank Capra did his first direct ing on one of Langdons pictures Married 5 times Langdon once blamed his marital affairs for his troubles His exwives he said keep me from being funny every time their attorneys remind me of my alimony arrears He is survived by his widow Georgena Langdon whom he re married in 1938 after they had been divorced a year a daughter Virginia and a son Harry Jr 9 the child of his 3rd wife Helen Reds to Build 90 New Cities in Ruined Areas London Moscow radio declared Friday that plans are al ready under way for the construc tion 90 new cities in the soviet union to replace those shattered by war More than 1000 architects have been put to work drawing up preliminary plans Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST CHy Fair and continued cold Friday night with fresh to strong winds Lowest about 5 below Saturday fair and cold Iowa Fair and continued cold Friday night with fresh to strong winds Saturday fair and cold Shippers Forecast NorthweSv 10 below southwest zero east ern half 5 below Minensota Fair and cold Friday night and Saturday Lowest tern peralures Jo below north to below extreme south Saturday morning Diminishing w i n d r Friday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 12 Minimum Thursday night 0 At 8 a m Friday 9 YEAR AGO Maximum 20 Minimum Minus 1 Reds Promise to Hurl 3 Army Groups ot Germans By HENRY C CASSIDY Washingtop Russia haspromised to meet the risin aUied demand for vcd army action by hurling some 3 army group on theeast ern front The forthcoming offensive as i expands probably will involve u to 6 army groups and its rout may well be across Polish plain direclly many The red army high the broai into Ger has and com man informed the United State Britain of the offensive starting dale soviet sources Washington said This could no be confirmed in American mili tary quarters but there dence that the allies are count ing on the upcoming winter drive Informed sources said the pro jected drive will disclose ncwl army forces Sine Langdon was Bluffs Iowa born in Council i ATLANTIC CHARTER VALID Principles as True as When It Was Drawn Up Washington UR President Roosevelt Friday termed the At lantic charter an objective toward world betterment and said that its principles are as valid today as they were in 1941 when he and Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued it Mr Roosevelt was asked at his press conference if he would care lo say something further about the charter in the light of discus sion thai followed his earlier dis closure that it does not exist as a formally signed document The president in reply remarked that certain documents had been presented to the world for a good many thousand years looking to betterment ot life itself One of these he said is the Atlantic charier but somebody will come along in the future with something better Some people arc saying lhat the objectives of the Allantic charter cannot be attained he noted and he pointed out that people dont j rnanys defeat the promised red always live up to Ihe 20 commandi army drive probably will not af Paris Germans are tak ng a last great gamble Gen Eis enhower said Friday in an order of the day calling upon his armies o destroy the enemj He is rushing out from his fixed defenses the supreme command er declared The enemy may give is a chance to turn his great gam ble into his worst defeat The enemy is making his su preme effort to break out of the desperate plight into svhich you orced him by your brilliant vic tories of the summer and fall isenhower told his troops He ill completely fail We will with Gods help go forward to our greatest victory The order of the day was ad dressed to every member ol the AEF CONTINUED GOLD IS PREDICTED SubZero Reported at Many Points in Iowa Des MoljiBS tem peratures were recorded through out most of Iowa early Friday and the weather bureau forecast con tinued cold weather with belov zero readings again Friday night The minimum Thursday nigh was 9 below zero at Iowa City Davenport had 8 below Cedar Rapids 5 Dubuque and Charles City each 2 and Fort Dodge 1 be low It was zero at Mason City The maximum temperature Thurs day was 28 at Cedar Rapids aligned red last summer when the Leningra front X Baltic 3 White Russia and 4 Ukrainian fronts were action the lineup ot Russia armies lias been a mystery Russian military activity in th Balkans has been confined to sin gle fronts or army groups Far ther north soviet armies already far advanced from the White Russian Baltic and Leningrad regions have been reforming A new Russian offensive aimed at taking Budapest Hun garian capital from the rear and opening the most direct invasion route to Vienna Austrian capital wns announced Thursday by Bcr 1m Moscow did not conlirm the for our next command post new drive Though mounted to speed Ger ments The president hastened lo add that he was not necessarily com paring the Atlantic charter with the 10 commandments but that both were pronouncement for world betterment President Woodrow Wilsons famous 14 points peace aims in the last war constituted another dec laration in the same class he said Life has its peaks and valleys the president observed with the trend always toward betterment Some people who doubt hat im provement can be achieved he said are just congcnitally agains that sort of thing The president departed from usual press conference custom to permit direct quotation ot one phase in his charter j his assertion that its principles are as valid today as they were in 1941 I feet immediately the western front where the wehrmacht in a slashing counteroffensive is ad vancing into Belgium The Russian offensive has been delayed it was said by the fact that the Polish plain freezes later than the Russian steppes Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Brings Proof That He Had Been in Town Held by Nazi Forces With Army in Germany DP at battalion lers pouring over a map remarka casually Reisdorf will make a nice spo So Capt Samuel M Croimve oC Cheyenne Wyo strolled ove lo Reisdorf and began looking to n suitable house Suddenly he realized the tow was full of Germans In his rapii exit he grabbed the towns cit limits sign and miraculously sur vivcd a hail of bullets After he had told of his one man invasion back at the com mand post someone asked why h had brought back the town sign W e 11 answered Cromwel would any of you guys believe me without it HAKET LANGDON Dies Buy your War Bonus and 25 Persons Hurt as 2 Street Cars Crash Pittsburgh i v e persons were injured one critical ly early Friday when 2 street cars crashed headon at an intersection in the Lawrenceville district APPEAL TO WORKERS London Belgian gov ernment appealed Friday to all war workers to give up their Christmas and New Year holidays HOW GERMANS LAUNCHED OFFENSIVE Arrows stemming from swastika symbols indicate the 4 main Stamps from your Glob Gazette The Brussels radio asked Belgians drives in the German counteroffensive on the western carrier boy to WOrk for the war above all7 i front amur and about 16 miles outh of Liege also on the Eisenhower declared Field Mar lal Karl van Rundstedt had made last great gamble in coming out his fixed defenses and called pon every man under his corn land to turn the opportunity ito the enemys worst defeat The offensive will completely ail he declared Supreme headquarters slill im oscd a 48hour delay on an ouncements of the aclual posi ons But dispatches from the rilishCanadlan army group Fri ay reported the 40 mile pene ration and said von Rundstedta mash had lost much of its mo lenlum in the last 48 hours Another Associated Press re orter with American armies on ic western front said von Rund edts mass breakthrough ap eared blunted at least tempo arily and that his armored spear eads were being forced to turn side and slow down Friday morn ng The same dispatch said how yer that groups of 20 to 30 anks were able to make penetra ions at 2 soft spots aridthat other oving bands of armor and infan iy often did much damage behind Hied lines before they were wiped iUt The main direction of these ran dom thrusts apparently was west vard with the hurriedly rein orced American north wall on the German flank turning aside all enemy efforts to curl behind the main first army positions in the Aachen area An apparent broadening of the German thrusts to the south also vas reported with one action de eloping at a point described as 20 miles south of the city of Lux embourg Ten enemy tanks and 2 companies of infantry were in volved in the action and were re mised This would be in or near the third army front apparently the direction of Thionyille above Metz The general situation on the south flank of the von Rundstedt hrust was described as improved but still contused In the center of the battle area an entile SS division was making a frontal attack on St Vith near be German border which had been bypassed on two sides by erman spearheads The Ger mans declared St Vith had fallen Von Rundstedt was reported massing armored power in the heart of his salient southwest of St Vith alonir with infantry and sizeable forces of bicycle troops with which he possibly Intended to renew his punch Eisenhower said the German counteroffcnsive may give us a chance to turn his great gamble into his worst defeat Along the 32 mile German north flank veteran allied forces had swung into action after speed marches across snow topped mountains Fierce tank battles had been fought in head on collisions with German armor and cool veterans of river cross ings all the way from the Vol turno in Italy to the Moselle in i France had mowed down waves of Germans attempting lo force j the turbulent Amblcve This flank was firm Along the southern flank of the bulge the allied situation also was improved but still confused Both sides were pouring tens of i thousands of men into the critical i phase of the battle every few hours as the intensity of the con flict in the fogshrouded cauldron mounted Except for a few field dispatch es however there was no new word as to the depth of the Ger man penetration The German radio said the German high command also had adopted a policy of secrecy and called it a battle of St Vith 4 miles from the Ger man border with 2 German wedges driven lar past it on either side was still held by the Americans despite the frontal at tack of a full German SS divi sion Fighting through fog snow and mud American fighting men were cutting down Germans by 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