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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 10, 1943, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY ARCHIVES OE3 KOINES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JULY 10 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 235 Allies Smash Toward Interior REDS HALT NAZI ASSAULTS AND TAKE INITIATIVE Hundreds of Burned Out German Tiger Tanks Litter Field MOSCOW red army seizing the initiative after halting German panzer spearheads in a gigantic tank battle has wiped out nazi wedges in its lines near Bel gorod and driven the enemy back to his initial positions front dis patches said Saturday The soviet counterattacks were buttressed by reserves rushed to the threatened Belgorod sector as the battle of the southern front entered its sixth day on a note of Jrismg fury Burnedout hulks of hundreds of nazi 60ton tiger tanks wrecked aircraft and thousands of bodies littered the battlefield over whichRussian and German armored forces slugged it out in a battle of extermination Every attempt of the Germans i to exploit their wedges near Bel gorod was frustrated by the bitter ness of the soviet defense and the launching of the Russian counter attacks sent the battle into a new phase Though now stymied at both ends of a 165mile sector of the southern front nazi legions esti rnated at nearly a halfmillion men and several thousand tanks hammered ceaselessly at Russian defenses in a desperate effort to close a pincers around a soviet force estimated at 400000 men in the Kursk salient A German broadcast claimed that one panzer spearhead had pushed 37 miles north of Belgorod toward Kursk and that another had overrun soviet defenses be hind Belgorod in the direction of Stary Oskol crossing the northern Donets at one point British sources believed the lighting around Belgorod would reach the climactic and perhaps the decisive stage within the next 24 hours The army organ Red Star said the Belgorod battle showed no sisn of abatement Blany vil lages changed hands repeatedly in the course of a few hours but nowhere has the enemy pro gressed in the past 24 hours the dispatch said Equally fierce battles were rag ing Between Orel and Kursk at the northern end of the front but here the enemy has been stopped cold for more than four days and at some points the Russians have gained ground in counterattacks The Germans continued to draw from other fronts to maintain and even intensify the pace of their attacks and replace losses during Uie first five days of at least 40 000 troops 2036 tanks and 904 planes In tanks alone the Germans were believed to have lost the equivalent of 10 panzer divisions Brown Named Field Representative for i Iowa Beef Producers DES MOINES ment of Walter Brown 43 Marion county agent ns field representa tive of the Iowa Beef Producers association was announced through the Iowa department of agricul ture Saturday Brown will succeed Car Oidsen who has resigned to accept the position of field representative with the American AberdeenAn gus association Secretary of Agriculture Harry Linn praised Brown as having been instrumental in the develop ment of the FourH club calf pro gram in Marion county which lias been a consistent winner in club calf competition at the state fair in recent years Mason Cityan in Attack on Japanese Base Lt Homer Hockenbery of Ma son City was one the pilots of a group of American Liberators that took part in an attack on Hai phong French Indo China on July 8 according to an Associated Press dispatch Four waves of American Lib erators the largest display of strength by Chinabased heavy bombers to dale mined tons of high explosives today on Hai phong important Japaneseheld seaport on the gulf of Tongkin sinking an BOQOton freighter and probably a smaller vessel obliter ating a large section of the dock area along the Red river and scor ng many direct hits on a cement factory F R Tells Pope Neutrality of Vatican to Be Respected LT HOMER HOCKENBERY IOWA GIRL 8 DROWNS CLARINDA Wanda Jean Taylor 8 daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Taylor of Sham baugh Iowa six miles south of here drowned in a creek near her home Friday while saving the life ot her brother Ralph 6 who had dropped into a deep hole while wading GLIDER BORNE TROOPS USED Land on at Least 3 Sections of Sicily LONDON Rculers dis patch from Washington said Sat urday that all indicationshere support the belief that General Eisenhower is making the first ex tensive use of glider borne troops to overcome bitter resistance in Sicily It added that allied in vaders landed on at least three areas of the Sicilian coast as had been indicated by various axis broadcasts Sales of Odd Lot Shoes Without Stamps Is Authorized by OPA WASHINGTON office of price administration authorized Saturday general sales of Odd Lot shoes without ration stamps Officials said the sales will not be limited to special types of shoes as they have been in the past but will be designed to clean out of dealers stocks the normal cumulation of unusual sizes slowselling types ac and Delbert L Calkins Emmetsburg Farmer Reported as Suicide EMMETSBURG Delbert La monle Calkins 35 farmer 5 miles east of Mallard committed suicide by hanging Dr irinfc Palo Alto county coroner stated Calkins had been in ill health for some time His wife found him irr one of the farm buildings at a m Besides his wife he is survived by five chil dren four girls and one boy ranging in age from four to four teen WASHINGTON Roosevelt advised Pone Pius XII Saturday that as American and British soldiers fight to rid Italy of fascism the neutral status of Vatican City as well as of the Papal domains throughout Italy will be respected The presidents message to the given oat at the white home clearly held forth the prospect that the invasion of the Italian island of Sicily would be followed by similar operations against the Italian mainland The remarks about Ihe respect of neutral territory however could apply equally well to cither invasion or purely aerial attack The text ofthe presidents mes sage By the lime this message readies your holiness a landing in force by American and British troops will have taken place on Italian soil Our soldiers have come to rid Italy of fascism and all its unhappy symbols and to drive out the nazi oppressors who arc in festing her soil There is no need for me to re affirm that respect for religious beliefs and for the free exercise of religious worship is fundamental to our ideals Churches and re ligious institutions will to the ex tent that it is within our power be spared the devastations of war during the struggle ahead Throughout the period of op erations the neutral status of Vatican City as well of the Pa Pal domains throughout Italy will be respected I look forward as does your holiness to that bright clay when ihe peace of God returns to the world We are convinced that this will occur only when the forces of evil which now hold vast areas of turope and Asia enslaved have been utterly destroyed On that day we will joyfully turn our en ergies from the grim duties of war to the fruitful tasks of re construction In common with all other nations and forces imbued with the spirit of goodwill toward men and with help of Almighty trod we will turn our hearts and our minds to the exacting task of building a just and enduring peace on earth BULLETINS LONDON Rome ra dio broadcast Saturday night that Italian naval forces had Hone into action off Sicily The broadcast also said that Italian torpedo bombers attacking al lied invasion ships had hit and damaged three 7000 10000 and 12000 tons Violent air battles involving masses of planes were de scribed ALLIED HEADQUARTERS UR in the landing barges with their heads tucked down against their shoulders turtle fashion he allied troops led by engineers and sappers were off the Sicilian coast in the dark hour before dawn came over the Medi terranean Saturday The engineers given the toughest jobs in such a hazardous operation carried bangalore torpedoes a gadget about 15 to 18 feet long and in cased m a two or three inch pipe to shove into barbed wire entanglements in order to blast open a path for the assault troops MOSCOW The Russian people hailed news of the allied landings on Sicily with unre strained enthusiasm Saturday Though the invasion was not an nounced officially word of it spreadrapidly through the streets of Moscow Ever since the Ger mans opened their summer of fensive early this week the Rus sian press has been emphasizing that this would be the most pro pitious time for an allied invasion in view of the concentration of the bulk of the German array on the eastern front ANKARA The TurkishSyrian border was closed attain Friday on the Syrian side presumably be cause of troop movements it learned reliably RECEIVE ALARM CLOCKS DES MOINES E Wal ters district OPA administrator announced Iowa retailers are be ginning to receive shipments of alarm clocks which they may sell for a ceiling price of J165 each plus tax PILOT TELLS OF BLAZING SICILY COASTAL SCENE Smoke Chain Stretches for 10 Miles Inland From Heavy Shelling By UICHAKD I McMILLAN U S AIRDROME Tunisia UR young American reconnais sance pilot told Saturday how al lied warships dashed close to the shore ot Sicily fired tremendous salvos into the axis defenses and started a chain of smoke and flames stretching 10 miles inland The Robert S Bleile of Seaford his light ning reconnaissance plane over the Sicilian battlefield for a birds eye view oC the first blow at the European fortress I could see our warships shelling the enemy without in terruption hesaid Some of fhe Warships dashed in clbseio the shore and fired salvos and then swooped out again Boy What a battle picture I never expect to see anything like it again I could sec destroyers like ci gars weaving about in the Cobalt water I saw bigger ships that looked like battle wagons with wreaths of smoke rising from their turrets as if they were letting loose everything they had The landing barges looked like squirming blackfish with while wakes for tails They seemed to be everywhere There were waves of them dashing loward Sicily and piling men on the beaches Bleile wearing a fur coat and aoggles showed me with maps how he flew along the seacoast He removed his med with what he believed were the best pictures of the he talked Bleile said he encountered no axis opposition over the Sicilian coast I took pictures undisturbed he snid Once I saw what looked like two planes far below me but they were busy with the invading forces The antics of nur warships fascinated me They tore into the shore and then swung awav They fired everythingthey had II was a Rood show The in vasion barges kept comine in a ncvcrendiiiff stream About a m several hours after the invasion bcsan it was easy o appreciate that a tremen dous battle was in progress on Die island For 30 minutes I watched our curtain of fire searing the coast Bleiles comrades listened ex citedly as he told the first birds eye story of the greatest sea in vasion of history Barges Land After Furious Assaults by Warships and Planes By DANIEL DE LUCE ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA AP Allied armies invaded Sicily Saturday and with warplanes and warships in support battled through coastal mine fields barbed wire and gun emplace ments in an effort to consolidate bridge heads for the second European front American British and Canadian forces of Gen Dwight D Eisenhowers command struck from landing barges by night opening the big push they had awaited since they cleared North Africa of the axis two months ago v j Swarms of allied bombers fighterbomb ers and only Friday in the tinal massive blows of an aerial offen sive that had rocked Sicilian targets for weeks roared across the Mediterranean narrows at dawn and formed an aerial umbrella for the fighting men aground The British navy carried the main burden of transporting the military forces to the island and guarding supply lines to African bases but some United btates warships sailed with the invasion fleet it was disclosed General Eisenhower was believed by observers to have drawn on veteran units of the Tunisian campaign for a share of the invasion force but the presence of the Canadians who were last officially reported in Britain may have surprised the axis The zero hour of invasion was a m 8 p m central war time Friday A terse announcement from General Eisen hower s headquarters said the landing operations began early this morning North African time me attack was launched by moonlight Axis broadcasts said the allies spearheaded by parachute units and strongly supported by sea and aulanded on both the southern and eastern coasts of the bombbattered island which is a segment of Joe Louis Will Make World Tour of Posts WASHINGTON Joe Louis the heavyweight champion will make a roundtheworld tour of army posis giving boxing ex hibitions and lessons in physical conditioning it was revealed Sat urday Stolen Passenger Bus Is Recovered ABILENE Texas WPropcr ty stolen here was found later in a Fort Worth street The stolen article A 25passenger bus ENTERS PRIVATE PRACTICE DES MOINES H Brt tinger senior property counselor for the state board of social wel fare with which he had been con nected for eight years announced Friday that he is resigning to en er private iaw practice in DCS Buy Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier f forces are decisively counterattacking A German dispatch implied that the invasion was mounted from Malta and Pantelleria say ng the heavjest of the allied concentrations G braltar and Cyprus had been observed at those islands in the Sicilian straits The longheralded bat m Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued warm Saturday afternoon Saturday night and Sunday forenoon IOWA Scattered Ihundershowcrs northwest portion Saturday niglit and along northern bor der Sunday forenoon Continued warm MINNESOTA Scattered thunder showers north and west portions Saturday night and extreme south and southeast portions Sunday forenoon Cooler north west portion Saturday night and north and centra portions Sun day forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 91 Minimum Friday night At 8 a m Salurdav 71 YEAR AGO Maximum RR Minimum 35 Precipitation n O tie of Europe was under way Naval bombardment covered the snubnosed shallowdraft landing vessels as they slipped from convoys a mile or more off shore and headed for the rocky precipitous coast JA Through wire and hot ma chiiicKuii fire the allied forces cut out their bridgeheads and then with hardly a moments pause bejan batteringtheir way toward the interior of the Is land if Official details of the first Phase of the invasion were ex pected to be issued later Liberators of the U S ninth air force striking from middle east bases by daylight Friday smashed the general headquarters and nerve center of axis Sicilian de fense forces at Taormina a Cai ro communique announced Taormina lies on the Messina strait which narrows northward l ti ;