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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 8, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OF c o y P H I iTOfiY AND ARCHIVES r KOIKES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JUNE 8 1944 This Paper Consists of Two One NO GAIN IN DRIVE TO SPLIT PENINSULA Allies Use Airstrip in France Red Drive Reported Opened S AIR FORCE OPERATESFROM LANDING STRIP High Officer Flown In and Then Out of Normandy Beachhead By VIRGIL PINKLEY London UP sources re vealed Thursday that planes al ready had begun to operate from air strips in the Normandy assault area The United States 9tli air force disclosed that the allies had estab lished landing strips in Normandy and at least limited aerial service to the beachhead had been opened with the moving in of supplies and the evacuation of casualties At least one high ranking offi cer already has flown in and out of the assault area He was Ma Gen Ernest E Down commander of a British airborne division who landed and after a consider able stay returned aboard a Mitchell bomber There was no indication wheth er the allies captured coastal air fields or established temporary landing strips but it was believed likely that big transports were landing on temporary steel mat strips probably laid by seaborne engineejs The establishment of fully usable air strips would mean sreatly increased support for the land armies by shortranee fight ers which could move 100 miles closer to the battlefron German broadcasts said thou sands of paratroops Wednesday descended from an armada of 300 planes in the vicinity of Coutances on the west coast opposite Bayeux in an apparent effort to throw a wall across the peninsula some 40 to 50 miles below Cherbourg on adirect trunk railway to Paris If the German report of allied paratroop landings in the Cou tances area of the west coast 36 miles southwest of Bayeux proves true all of Germanys communications with Cherbourg would be threatened and the en emy would beobliged to evacuate the area Cherbourg is 1 of the 2 prin cipal ports for Paris and has one of the best harbors in France The battle in France was re vealed to have expanded mark edly from the original combat area as the Germans threw in masses of tanks and crack infan try in an effort to stem the allied advance before the beachhead be comes a major base and Cher bourg is cut off With the 21st panzer division already in action fighterbomber pilots reported that Mark VI Tiger tanks were moving up to the iront Nazis Claim Russia Has Opened Drive London in a Berlin broadcast Thursday announced that the Russians had launched an offensive on a broad front in the sector north of lasi Romania A broadcast Romanian com munique said heavy fighting is in progress There was no confirmation im mediately from Moscow but a new offensive on the Russian front has been expected to put new pressure on Germanys east while Ameri can and British forces are attack ing in France and Italy Thursday nights Moscow com munique said German attacks north of lasi have diminished considerably indicating the Ger mans may have been stopped in a push which they announced earlier Major Battle of France Is Joined Reporters Are Told By United Press Merrill Mueller in a broadcast for the combined American net works said Thursday that re porters at allied supreme head quarters were told that the major battle in France is joined IOWAN SCORES KILL London Roland J Halverson Sioux City Iowa sored 2 kills on the ground Wed nesday as members of the U S 8th air force provided cover for the allied invasion forces Mason City Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms Thursday nightand Friday Little change in temperature Iowa Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms Thursday night and through Saturday amounts generally heavy no important change in temperature moder ate to fresh winds occasionally strong in thunderstorms Minnesota Fair north and most ly cloudy with showers south portion Thursday night and Friday not much change in tem perature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 73 Minimum Wednesday night 50 At 8 a m Thursday 53 Rain 05 inch YEAR AGO ASSAULT TROOPS POUR amphibious trucks and a halftrack follow foot troops ashore during opening of invasion of France on a 100mile front ajong the Normandy coast by allied forces Maximum Minimum Precipitation 60 53 05 Full Weight of Nazi CounterAttack Still to Come Stimson Says Washington full weight German counterattack in Normandy is still to come War Secretary Stimson said Thursday but invading allied troops have established beachheads at various points between the mouth the Seine and the Cotentin peninsula and some of these beachheads have been united Local counterattacks have de veloped particularly in the vicin ity of Caen the secretary told a news conference but the nazi high command undoubtedly is just beginning to move its mobile reserves and we must look lor the lull fury of savage counter attacks in force at au early mo ment It would folly1 said Stim son to believe that the period of counter attack will be short Conditions will be changing from day to day and it will be to our own good to avoid excesses of optimism or pessimism Stimson asserted that apparent ly a tactical surprise had been achieved by the landings despite the obvious preparations being made by the allies and the con tinuing speculation on the date and place the invasion The enemys opposition with surface craft was small he said and the losses at sea were unex pectedly low The airborne operation de veloped into the greatest of its kind ever conceived the secretary said We have a foothold in France he said We have pierced the coastal defenses and landed troops iuccessfully upon the German controlled territory of the con inent We are continuing to land roops equipment and supplies We have shown our domination the sea and of the air in the battle zone All this is a great accomplish Gleason 86 City Assessor Had Been Resident of Mason City 50 Years Rites Are Incomplete W H Gleason 86 city assessor since April 28 1933 died sud denly at his home 724 N Federal about 3 oclock Wednesday after noon following a short illness He worked at his office until Tues day afternoon but did not go to work Wednesday A resident of Mason City for 50 years Mr Gleason first came here in 1894 after 12 years oE teaching school winters and work ing summers on his parents farm in Crawford county Mr Gleason was born at Black stone Mass and moved with his parents to Madison Wis when he was 3 years old Upon his grad uation from the public schools there he took a course in book keeping and penmanship at the Bryant and Stratton business col lege Madison Shortly after he came to Mason City Mr Gleason became a spe cial agent and adjuster of the Des M o i n e s Insurance company which position he retained unti 1908 Retiring from the insurance business he played a part in the reorganization of the Farmers Cooperative Brick and Tile com pany of which he was the first secretary and manager This plant was later known as the National Clay Products company In 1911 Mr Gleason organized and built the Austin Clay works which was operated until the de cline in demand for building products caused it to cease opera ion a number of years ago From that time until he was appointed city assessor April 28 1933 he was active in insurance business Surviving are Mrs Gleason 3 daughters Blanche of Chicago Helen at home and Mrs Dan arrell of Mason City 2 sons William and John both of Chi cago and 1 grandson Funeral services will be held at EISENHOWER S CONFIDENT Says Forces Can Do All Trial Is Asked ment We have gone in against the enemy on the soil which he liacl stolen We have come to grips at the beginning of the final test At the end there can be but one decision But before discussing this mat ter any further it should be em phasized that only the first hurdle has been taken it would be bad indeed if we permitted super optimism to run away with as There will be hard days ahead Let us not make them worse be cause of a previous cheerful dis tortion of the facts Stimson noting the absence oi important enemy air opposition In the invasion area attributed it in large part to the yearlong offen sive carried out by British anc American air forces which said really was the beginning o the invasion Holy Family Catholic church Sat urday at 9 a m The Rosary will be said Thursday evening at 8 oclock at the Major funeral home and Friday evening at 8 oclock at the Gleason residence The Ma jor funeral home is in charge o arrangements Says He Found Wfe in Anns of Anotner Turned In Fire Alarm New York Collia explained in court that he wa angered when he found his wife from whom he is separated in tht arms of another man and turnec in a fire alarm to get police help Buy War Savings Bonds am Stamps from your GlobeGazett carrier boy Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force IP Gen isenhower declared Thursday his complete confidence in the abil ty of the allied armies navies and airforces to do all they arc asked to do has been completely ustified In the early landing opera ions which are always naval the 2 allied navies together with elements of navy units of the united nations under Admiral Ramsay have excelled in the high standard of their planning and heir execution any prior venture n which I have seen them en gaged Gen The long and brilliant iTaril paign conducted in the past month by the combined air forces including the commands ot Air Chief Marshal Harris Gcu Spaatz and Air Chief Marshal Leigh Mallory was an essential preliminary to the undertaking of the operation and has proved its effectiveness by the fact that the landing was made as planned Their good work is continuing Gen Montgomery is in im mediate and direct charge of all the assault ground forces Under him all the troops are performing magnificently POPE CLARK HOLD PARLEY Pius Conducts First Press Conference Home Pius XII and Lt Gen Mark W Clark comman der the 5th army talked Tor 10 minutes Thursday in the Popes private office in the Vatican li brary Afterwards the Pope greeted Maj Gen Alfred H Gruenther chief of staff for the 5th army Maj Gen H H Johnson Rome area commander Brig Gen Edgar E Hume chief the American military government and Col chaplain Patrick Ryan 5th army chaplain After the audience Genera Clark visited St Peters church with Msgr Walter Carroll Pitts burgh Pa American representa tive in the office of the papal sec retary The Pope had urged war cor respondents to let the ultimati general purpose of their writing be for peace In his first press confercnc since becoming Pope the pontif said Wednesday This war should be only means to a peace Write for peace that can meet the approval of all well meaning can assure one and all those con ditions necessary so that they may live in a manner befitting the dig nity of a human being 5ody of Woman Dead or a Week Found Railroad Boone badly decom josed body of a woman was found nlong the Chicago and North Western railroad tracks 12 miles vest of here late Wednesday by ection men Officials said the body probably lad been there n week and Sher f Fred Wilkins said he could only speculate whether she fell or was pushed from a train Cor oner Garland Hancock said there would be no inquest The sheriff said the woman had been identified by ration books md a railroad ticket purchased at Wells Nov as Mrs Mevly Kraft 50 of Tiffin Ohio The body will be cremated in Des Moines and the ashes sent to Tiffin Begin 2nd Step of Tactical Reserves Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force liberating troops with the first phase of invasion accomplished struck southward from captured Bayeux Thursday in fierce fighting and beganthe 2nd step of defeating German tactical reserves thrown into battle A steady stream of reinforcements by sea and air strengthened the massive spearhead and Berlin reported a pincers threat to seize the tip of the jutting Cherbourg peninsula and its great port of Cherbourg The first phase of invasion which might be said to be securing a foothold and defeating local German reserves has been accomplished supreme headquar ters announced The allies now arc beginning the 2nd stage of defeating nazi tactical reserves and still nhead is the 3rd task of crushing strategic reserves perhaps massing already for a strong counterblow Specific directions and progress in Thursdays fighting were not disclosed but headquarters announced that medium bombers had struck heavily at the town ot Caen 16 miles southeast of Bayeux starting fires The allies have plunged near Caen 9 miles inland on the peninsulas base Prime Minister Churchill said I inilT Tuesday that there was fighting in LIGHT BREEZE OVER CHANNEL Weather Becomes More Calm Clouds Light London Calmer weather prevailed in Dover Strait Thurs day with a very light but variable southwesterly breeze ruffling the surface of the sea A light film of cloud obscured the sun during the cnrly forenoon mid sea level visi bility was restricted by haze The barometer remained steady and the temperature hovered just above 50 degrees The sky cleared by 10 a m and there were continuous sunny peri ods It was a little warmer despite a freshening breeze from west northwest The sea was moderate with visibility from 3 to 4 miles Buyers of Bonds Get to Toot Big Whistle Waterbury Conn Sco vil Manufacturing company which employs thousands of war work ers has announced that every em ploye who buys a 51000 war bond during the 5th wir loan drive will be allowed to go to Ihc factory engine room and with his own hunds sound a long blast on the big Scevil whistle Asks Judge to Allow Him Enough Time to Eat Last 12 Chickens Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy New York Asaro charged with keeping chickens on the roof of Ins home in violation oE the sanitary code told the judge I had 18 chickens at first but the neighbors began to complain Now Ive eaten 6 of them and Im awfully tired of chicken If Ive got to cat the other 12 for heavens sake give me enough time The judge gave him 13 days to otherwise dispose remaining dozen fowls Caen perhaps referring to para chutists who had reached there Nazi counterblows near Caen were repulsed Wednesday headquarters said Tactical reserves consist of forces immediately at Field Mar shal Erwin Rommels the full forces ol the 7th and 15th armies which now are in process 61 engaging the allies as well as the German army group in the south of France Strategic reserves would con sist of as much of the whole Ger man army is the Germans might move in from anywhere outside the battle Germany ilselt or other theaters American heavy bombers blasted railway installations nt Rennes Lava Tours Le Mans Nantes and Angers in support of the beachhead forces flying out 750 to 1000 strong A German broadcast totally without confirmation said 1300 Sliders used to rush in a huge air borne army had been destroyed or captured t Capture of Bayeux snipped the railway between Paris and Cher bourg 45 miles to the northwest and opened the way for a thrust deeper inland But farther west the Germans pictured allied forces already within 20 miles of a junction that would choke off Cherbourg it self Berlin declared houseto house fighting raged in Ste Mcre ASKS MOTHERS CONSENT Stilhvater Okla Mel vin L Kerby twice wounded dur ing the invasions of Sicily and Sa lerno had to ask his mothers con sent to marry Vera Behrcns Hes only 20 years old ALLIES forces black arrows have driven inland from the French coast repulsed German counterattacks near Caen and cleared all their landing beaches it was reported The Germans admitted superior forces had established 2 beachheads black the mouth of the Orne river and north of Carentan Berlin radio reports indi cated German counterattacks at Stc Mere Eglise Bayeux and Caen white Bayeux has been captured by the allies There was no further word on the reported allied airborne landing north of Rouen Allies still left specific invasion points unnamed Eglise 20 miles southeast of the port and said parachutists had landed on the west coast only n score of miles southwest of Ste McreEglisc There was no allied confirma tion ol west coast landings or fighting at Ste McreEglise on 1 of the 2 main roads to Cherbourg Heavy battles with tanks and reserves sped up by both sides flared over the peninsula Allied beachhead troops arc linking up with airborne forces dropped deeper inland headquarters said and improvement in adverse weather aided reinforcements from glider sky trains Field reports declared British Canadian troops had captured a number of French towns and vil lages advancing on open roads to points some miles from the coast Infantrymen rode up to battle on bicycles and tanks to speed the advance A Berlin broadcast said British troops pushed through Bayeux early Thursday and are advancing southwest toward the Vire river which cuts across the peninsula Powerful air armadas scourged the German defenses Thursday with 750 to 1000 flying Fortresses and Liberators mauling bridges railroad targets and airfields in an arc 100 to 150 miles south of the beachheads and U S maraud ers starting fires in Caen south east of Bayeux toward which a beachhead force is driving Canadian anil British troops have captured several hundred prisoners and shot up numerous nazi 88miHimctcr guns field re ports said Canadian Press Correspondent Ross Munro with Canadians in an unidentified sector said the Ger mans were reported falling back in one area under persistent at tacks and strength is being built up rapidly in the allied bridge heads for the big battles which ;