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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 14, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Centi Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE 14 1914 Paper Consists ol Two One NO H5 4 NAZI TANK DIVISIONS HOLD CAEN Nazis Attack Fiercely Montebourg Troarn Change Hands h U RUSSIANS ONLY 30 MILES FROM PORTOF VIIPURI Crush Finnish Troops Resisting in Strongly Fortified Positions London army troops have advanced to within 30 miles of the important port of Viipuri crushing Finnish troops resisting from strongly fortified positions Moscow announced Wednesday and enemy reports said Russias whole northern front from the Arctic to the White sea and Gulf of Finland was ablaze with action Finnish and German radio broadcasts declared tre Russians were attacking in the Lisa sector between the Arctic ports of Mur mansk and Fetsamo and Berlin asserted soiiet forces also were striking southwest of Narva in Estonia jn addition the broadcasts said there was reconnaissance activity in the Kandalaksha sector on the shore of the White sea 550 miles northwest of Viipuri and near Loukhi on the railway from Archangel across Finland to the Gulf oE Bothnia The Moscow communique was restricted to the Karelian isthmus fighting saying soviet troops captured several Finnish strong points during Tuesdays tattling and listing 5 in the area Kiven napa taken Monday These were Steklyanna Kelrola Ronnukjula Vcrmajneu and Tijranmjaki The Russians are within 20 miles the Mannerheim line main de fense barrier across the Karelian isthmus indi cated after cleaving the 2nd belt of approaches Finnish advices relayed through Stockholm said that stout resist ance was confronting the Russians in the Kivennappa sector with the Vammelsuu river front still intact A Moscow broadcast said it was reported in Helsinki that Col Gen Eduarcl Diet commander Ger man divisions garrisoned in north ern Finland conferred with Field Marshal Baron Mannerheim Fin Important Junction in Italy Taken By LYNN HEINZERUNG Rome army elements have swung around the heavily defended strong point of Orbetello 71 miles northwest of Rome and captured the important junction ot highways No 1 and 74 some miles beyond the town allied headquarters announced Wednes day Reconnaissance elements pushed still further north In the coastal sector our troops having encountered increased re sistance south of Orbetello devel oped their strength in the mount tains and late June 12 cut the road junction of highway No 1 and 74 Reconnaissance elements are mov ing farther north said a head quarters communique This movement presumably blocked the retreat route the Germans defending Orbetello To the east the 8th army ad vanced 60 miles north of Rome Gains also were made both east and west of Lake Bolsena and allied troops were closing in on Narni 7i miles below Terni and 43 miles due north Rome The town of Latera 4 miles northeast of Valentano was gath ered in by 5th army units and the advance moved on toward Gradi uish commanderinchief visited the battle area then One dispatch from Helsinki via Stockholm said some sections the Finnish press advocated a de fendordie spirit but other ad vices said the Finns resentful ol lack of German aid were ready to evacuate not only Viipuri but virtually the entire isthmus oli less than 2 miles farther north east Other 5th army forces closing in on Bolsena on the east ern shore of the lake Meanwhile the 8th army con tinued to march up the Aiber val ley on a broad front and armored units penetrated several miles north of Magliano While the Germans were with darwing in some places without resisting elsewhere advanced at liect patrols encountered concen trated fire from automatic weap ons and mortars Tattered remnants thrown in to slow the allied advance even in cluded a number of cavalry units and much horsedrawn artillery The Mediterranean air force besides providing support for the advance north of Rome broadened its activities RAF night bombers attacking the Munich area early Wednesday a few hours after be tween 500 and 750 American heaxr ies blasted the same region Tues day Yanks Chop Deep Gashes Into Line in Carentan Ajrea By WES GALLAGHER Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force AF Germans have flung 4 armored divisions into fierce fighting to hold their eastern battleline bastion of Caen the allied command announced Wednesday night and heavy fighting is raging at Montebourg and Troarn at opposite ends of the 100mile front with both towns changing hands in the last 24 hours The savage German counteraction on the eastern flank in Normandy followed a British drive 23 miles inland out flanking Caen from the west and the armored struggle is rising in intensity The 4 nazi armored divisions were hurled into the area between Caen and Caumont 20 miles southwest seized in the hard British punch The U S fourth division fought the Germans fiercely lor Monte bourg 14 miles southeast ot the strategic port ot Cherbourg and the great guns ot the British bat teships Rodney and Riimillies hundered in support the Brit sh light to hold Troarn town 7 miles from Caen taken in an out lanking drive on that bastion lo GERMAN PRISONERS STARE AT j marched to the rear by British Tommies This is an Germans taken prisoner in Normandy stare at Gen Sir official British photo AP WirephotpKayenay eiigray Bernard L Montgomery rightin jeep as they are 1 he cast Both Germans and the allies lave fought into and been thrown Reveal De Gaulle Canceled Landing of French Officers in First Waves of Invasion Washington By JOHN M H1GHTOWER In the final hours before the start of the invasion United Nations Day Observed in Russia Moscow flags flut tered from the Kremlin and all government buildings in the so viet union Wednesday as Russia observed United Nations Day proclaimed in a special order by the council ot peoples commissars in honor of Great Britain United States and the other united na tions Premier Stalins statement Tuesday lauding the allied in vasion of western Europe was on page one of all soviet news papers Headquarters permitted corres pondents to say that the 5th army forces which captured Rome in cluded the 1st armored 85th and 88th divisions Woman Blames Sneeze for Auto Collision Sock Island 111 R C Mitchell was about to congratu late herself on the neat manner in which she had parked her automobile But just as she was making the final maneuvers she sneezed her foot slipped off the brake and her machine rammed into another car She told police the sneeze was lo blame for the collision GUARANTEE FOR PARITY VOTED House Would Penalize Processors Not Adhering Washington The house wrote into the price control ex tension bill by a voice vote Wed nesday an amendment designed lo guarantee parity prices for all arm commodities by penalizing processors who do not pay parity The proposal with administra tion support was approved after the administration won a thump ing victory as the house beat down 87 to 191 the senateap proved BankheadBrown cotton textile amendment to the bill Offered by Rep Pace the parity amendment would re quire processors to pay parity for farm commodities or else they could charge only up to 90 per cent of OPA ceiling prices for their commodities Cotton would be chiefly af fected since it is the only major farm commodity now selling be low parity It now is about 1 cent below the 2108 parity figure Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy of France General Charles De Gaulle is reported here to have sud denly cancelled the orders of several hundred French officers sched uled to land with the first of allied troops Reports from General Dwight D Eisenhowers headquarters to the highest military officials here disclosed Wednesday that as a re sult cooperation between the French population and allied armies has been impaired in the occupied Normandy areas This is true according to offi cials who are investigating the situation now even though De Gaulle finally relented to the ex tent of allowing 20 French offi cers to go along with the forces assigned to liberate their home land De Gaulles action with respect to the officers is said to be prob ably the most important new fac tor entering into the background of a proposed meeting between President Roosevelt and the leader of the French national committee here either late this month or early in July The atti tude of the French chief and as a result oC the officers at his com mand also is given as the reason why President Roosevelt dealt at length in his press conference Tuesday on arrangements which had been made for French in vasion currency According to the reports reach ing here on DeGaulles handling of the French liaison officers the situation developed as follows Many months ago when plans were forming for the opening of a second frontofficials of the French national committee sug gested that military officers rep resenting the committee should serve as liaison between the in vading forces and the French pop hc combined chiefs of staff act ing in the name of the British and American governments directed General Eisenhower to make use of the French officers Subse quently the committee assigned several hundred officers to Eisen touers command in Britain and they were given special training with invasion forces When General De Gaulle ar rived in London 2 days before D day he brought up for review this whole question of the use of French officers and the extent of cooperation between the commit tee and General Eisenhowers forces As a offi cials here say because he was trying to force recognition of the committee as a Gaulle suddenly reversed the long established French position and refused to let the officers go along on their assigned missions TRIPLE SLAYING IS CONFESSED Missouri Youth 20 Kills Couple Son Paris SIo state high way patrol said Wednesday that Raymond Paul Patrick 20 Monroe City had confessed to the triple murder of Albert Foltz GO Monroe City farmer and Foltz wife and son Patrol Capt J F Shaw said Patrick who was given a medical discharge from the army 3 months ago confessed Tuesday night to killing Foltz and his son Ladwin 24 with a shotgun and then stran gling Mrs Foltz 57 with a belt after forcing her lo accompany him to Farmington Iowa in the Foltz car Shaw said that Patrick ac cording to his confession aban doned the car after choking Mrs Foltz to death and hitchhikec back to Monroe City Shaw saic the murders worn committed Ins Thursday and Friday Patrick h said offered no motive for tin crime The murders wcit discovered ulation Allied authorities agreed and Tlte mauds on having some represen tation for dealing with the French people finally forced him to re lent to the extent allowing 20 officers to make the trip Of ficials here say Eisenhowers re ports show that the officers who were forbidden to go were ex tremely disappointed These actions of De Gaulle were understood to have strengthened the white house and state depart ment decision against recognizing the liberation committee as Frances provisional government COMMANDS HOME FLEET London Admiral Sir Henry R Moore is succeeding Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser as Com manderinchief of Ihe home fleet the admiralty announced Wednesday BULLETINS London to head quarters late Wednesday indi cted that the Germans held Mon cbourjr but American troops and guns commanded roads radiating rom the town as well as neigh boring high ground London Berlin radio said Wednesday night that the allies had scored 2 local breaches in the Normandy area north of St Lo and had moved up new units in evident preparation for a great attack expected to in clude the Cherbourg area 1500 Big U S Bombers Attack France Germany Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force hundred U S heavy the greatest single striking lorcc in air history attacked France and Germany Wednesday in con cert with up to 750 American heavies which struck Hungary and Yugoslavia from Italy The oil lifelines for Hitlers thirsty war machine were hit hard part of the big task force from Britain hitting the oil re finery at Emmerich Germany while the Mediterranean force at tacked half a dozen oil refineries in Hungary and cluding the Shell Koolaz 5 miles south of Budapest the largest in Hungary Other Britainbased Fortresses and Liberators aimed their bomus at 6 enemy air bases beyond the beachhead in the unrelenting cam paign to wipe out nests of Ger insistence ol allied Iowa authorities IUIIIK abandoned car pried open trunk and discovered the boys ll l the French Underground Forces Rising Steadily By CHARLES S FOLTZ Madrid Reports out underground France asserted Wednesday that a methodic per sistent rising by the greater part of the French nation is under mining the Germans best laid plans to hold the allied invasion These advices filtering through many paints on the FrancoSpan ish frontier and through diplo matic channels said that Koer Hllas and the organized nnder gronnd were actively leading the French in making trouble and yet more trouble for the Germans That the Germans recognized the danger was demonstrated by an order placing 11 departments in central France and parts of 4 others under the same military rules as those prevailing in the Atlantic wall zone From Irun came a report that Maquis still firmly held the city of Tarbes in the foothills of the Pyrenees thereby cutting off a large section of southern France from the Mediterranean road and rail route so important to the Germans Travelers said the Ger man occupation command was too busy with other troubles at pres ent to send forces needed to re capture Tarbes It was reported that Limoges also was held by these Maquis or guerrilla fighters while north east ol Bordeaux Angouleme and Periquex were out of communica tion with the rest of France In the Limousin mountains and the Plateau Millevaches in Vienne and Correze departments a powerful guerrilla army was reported or ganizing with arms and munitions supplied by plane From the Mediterranean fron tier at Portbon it was reported guerrillas and Maquis of Savoy were moving westward across the Rhone toward the great central plateau gathering volunteers from Vichy gendarmes and mobile guards With certain exceptions these French forces seemed to be avoid ing open battle with the Germans For the moment UMir main actiy ily was sabotage The Germans too were avoiding combat but they were reported making mass arrests in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean wall areas Cryptic messages to London from the Algiers radio increased hourly Ducks like water says a voice in French or Jeanette washes her a signal that another force of guerrillas or underground workers is mov ing closer to its own private Dday Guerrillas were said to be op erating less than 15 minutes from Vichy bymotorcar and many the Vichy provincial officials seemed to have vanished body Ownership of the car was traced and Patrick was picked up when it was learned he had bought 2 diamond rings in Macon paying for them with a check on Foltzs account Patrick told patrolmen he had doubledated with young Foltz Thursday night using the Foltz car After taking their dates home he told patrolmen he stopped at his home picked up his shotgun and killed Foltz with it He stuffed the body in the trunk and drove to the Foltz home where he stayed all night telling Mr and Mrs Foltz their son was staying at his house The next morning he trailed the elder Foltz to the pasture and shol him in the head He then returned to the house forced Sirs Foltz into the car and drove to Farmington where he choked her to death He told patrolmen he hid her body in a culvert where it was found After his confession he led pa trolmen lo the Foltz farm and showed them where he had hid den Foltz body Patrick said he sold Ihe gun alter he returned to Monroe City from Farmington REPORT LE HAVRE IS BOMBARDED Nazis Say Super Heavy Shelling Strikes Port London Berlin radio said Wednesday night that heavy and super allied naval guns shelled Le Havre Wednesday There was no allied confirma tion the report German broad casts frequently have asserted hat the allies were planning a land drive to take the strategic port at the mouth of the Seine ivcr Le Havre is about 20 miles northeast of the eastern edge of the present beachhead in Nor mandy man air force opposition Others hit bridges in France and Bel gium Supreme headquarters an nounced that in the first 7 days of invasion 56000 individual flights were made by the allied air forces with the loss of 554 planes than 1 per cent of the at tacking force In that time 42000 tons of bombs were dropped The 8th air force led with about 10000 sorties and the 9th had 15500 out ot Montebourg and Troarn in the last 24 hours headquarter said Meanwhile In the Carcnlan arc south of the bitter IMontcbouri battle other Americans of th largest U S force ever throw into fighting iu this war choppct deep gashes in the nazi defense 0 Cherbourg peninsula American armored forces ther smashed the Germans back an the Berlin radio acknowledged withdrawal several miles we and north of Carentan wit doughboys thus apparently cuttin half lo twothirds of the w Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy across the narrowest neck of the peninsula Headquarters said Americans fighting in the Montebourg area had to give some ground along the road to the soa In some areas we continued our advance and in others the Germans had some local suc cesses the supreme command said in describing the whole bat Uefront The 4 nazi armored divsions plunged into battle around Caen TillySurSeulles Troarn and Caumont included the 21st and 12th S S divisions It was not known whether all the armor of these units was committed in bat tle but all their infantry was The Germans said Caen itself was iu flames and was being at tacked from all sides Berlin also reported allied armored thrusts south of Caumont Gen Sir Bernard L Montgom ry launched a squeeze on Caen ith his thrusts reaching 23 miles iland into the area southwest of re big anchor city Striking as he often did against ield Marshal Erwin Rommel in le African desert Gen Sir Ber a r d L Montgomery allied round commander sent tanks umbling south of Bayeux along central sector of the front hey smashed through Caumont nd VilleisBocage then turned ast and north to drive savagely nto the German flank protecting on the west Cnen itself was under heavy aval bombardment from allied varships A Iyer who Hew over he city said it seemed scarcely ossiblc for life to exist there VillersBocage stands athwart main highway to Caen 16 miles o the southwest Caumont 7 miles vest and slightly north Villers Bocage commands a secondary oute also leading to Caen The British tanks struck with great effect the allied supreme command announced A fierce German counterattask was made on British forces in newlycaptured Troarn in an at empt to blunt or cut off a Mont iomery pincers coming to flank Caenou the east It was the old Montgomery tac tic of attacking oti the flanks to cut off a large force ol Germans and take them prisoner or destroy them rather than push them back On the western end oE the allied beachhead now enlarged to a 100 mile fighting front Americans used armored forces to break a deadlock at Carentan 6 miles from the sea The German radio ac knowledged a nazi withdrawal west and north of Carenlan to spare German lives This several mile withdrawal would put Americans between half IOWAN IS DROWNED Anlhon Arthur Ludwig about 30 drowned at 8 p in Tuesday while swimming in the ditch along the abandoned Illinois Central right of way about 3 miles south of Anthon Weather Report FORECAST Mnson City Partly cloudy with little change in temperature Wednesday night and Thurs day Iowa Partly cloudy Continued warm and rather humid Wed nesday altcrnoon Wednesday night and Thursday Scattered thundcrshowers south portion Wednesday night Moderate daytime winds Minnesota Fair Wednesday night and Thursday little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday BO Minimum Tuesday night 61 At B a m Wednesday 70 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Rain YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 07 inch 62 trace ATTACK AND COUNTERATTACK Allied forces at tacked on both sides of Caen Wednesday in flanking moves and smashed German troops back west of Carentan Hitler ites counterattacked at Montebourg and fighting was re ported in that citys streets ;