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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 13, 1943, Mason City, Iowa HISTORY ANO ARCHIVES CCS MO IKES IA NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AiL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHtORS TB1S COASTS OF TWO SECTIONS NO 185 Jfa xux MASON CITY IOWA WORK ON AIRPORT TO STARTJULY1 000 HUNT LAST OF RAGGEDTRQOPS LOST BY AXIS Alexander Says Allied Vktory One of Most Decisive in History By WILLIAM B KING ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA Alliec mopping up parties hunted the las lagged remnants of Hitlers Afri can armies in Tunisia Thursday to round out a vicitory which Gen Harold Alexander said was on of the most complete and dccisiv in history1 A military spokesman esti mated that the prisoners would total near 175080 when the last of holdout detachments were rounded up in the offen sive launched May 5 All organized resistance has ended The allied air force with no Church Head Opens Lutheran District Convention Here Outlines 100 Years of Progress to Raise Funds for World Action DOCTOR J A AASGAARD wasrecorded by the Associated Press A Tass dispatch broadcast from Moscow said soviet news papers featured the brilliant vic tory of allied troops in Africa more targets in North Africa A triumphant special commu moved its aerial offensive across niquc announccd that only iso ihe Mediteiianean lated unimportant pockets of re German and Italian armies were Sistance remained at p m m Central war time uuci i Six months and foui was among the 150000 captives days aftcr British and Americai already counted forces landed in Morocco and Al A strong bombing attack corn Map Pictures and Stories on Convention on Panes 8 and 15 Doctor J A Aasgaard Mimic apolis president of the Norwogiai Lutheran Church of America ao dressed the opening session of th Iowa district convention of I ha church body at the Congregation al church in Mason City Wednes day evening year 1943 he said marks the 100th anniversary organized work of this church As the history of these K years unfolds we can say have seen His glory tne glory u of the only begotten of the Fall cr full of grace and truth Th is revealed in the humble ar lonely cabins of the early pionee the present day when fro Sunday to Sunday the Word God is proclaimed in more th 700 churches by 1400 pastors The centennial is being ob served in district conventions as there is no general church convention this year the presi dent slated adding that at the close of the war there will be a joint centennial and festival observance by the entire church body RATS HEAVIEST ATTACKOFWAR HITS DUISBURG tne area nui i UA Wednesday ending all organized Qml y 5 corps in riortnern Tuni communique said Thursday The kteKui cedThursday that the bjr raani Messe ceased fighting order of Premier Mussolini The communique broadcast from Rome and recorded by the Asso ciated Press said that to this army fell the honor of the last axis resistance on African soil It was the first lime that Messe 59 year old infantry spe cialist had been referred to as marshal This suggested a last minute promotion from general by Mussolini just as Hitler elevated Gen Fiederich von Paullus to field mwshal last January a few hours before his divisions surren dered to the red army at Stalin grad Further large numbers of pris oners are being collected and as already 3Txnounccu it is mated that at least 150000 have Speaking on the million dollar und being raised for Lutheran World Action Doctor Aasgaard stated that the N L C A had been assigned 5200000 More than More Than 1500 Tons of Bombs Lash Vital Transportation Center LONDON bombei delivered their heaviest attack o the war on Germany Wednesday night dropping more than 1500 tons of bombs on the battered in dustrial center of Duisburg it was announccd Thursday Thirtyfour bombers were re ported lost in the first great night attack on the reicn since the smashing assault on JDorlmund May 4 Allied raiders followed vip this assaull by streaming across the I English channel Thursday morn ing in bright sunlight to smash at the coast of occupied France The rumble of heavy explosions rolled back across the channel and later twinmotored bombers came winging home under a swarmin escort of fighters Duisburg situated at the junc tion of the Rhine and Ruhr is a vital transport and commumca ions center in addition to he site of important war indus ARNIM REFUSED ALLIED DEMAND Angrily Beat Fist When Notified of Terms uncoriditionally to th French 19th corps on Zaghoua slope Tensof thousands of Germai and Italians streamed uncscorte from Cap Bon peninsula Wedne day toward the prison pens they were to be classified anc sent on to permanent prisoner war camps Huge stores of war material o all kinds were captured in cludine suns and aircraft in ser viceable condition headquar ters announced Most of the ma terial in ironic justice will go to outfit French units which for the first time since the World ivar had forced a German army to beg for an armistice Two axis generals a General Velich commanding the Italian superba division and a General Pfeiffcr commanding a group which bore his name were cap the fundswill be used in Lutheran service centers The church officers address in cluded a statement ot admiration for the stand that the church ot Norway through its bishops pastors and faithful members has taken against nazi oppression This action he said is contri buting more than many realize to steel the determination of Norsemen in their tight for their native land And this is possible because the Norwegian church did not betray its Lord or because it elected lo obey God rather than man The opening session presided over by Doctor N Astrup Larscn Dccorah district president was It was last bombed the night o April 26 when heavy tlAF bomb ers unloaded 1350 tons ot hig explosives on the city in one o the mightiest assaults undertake by the RAF up to that time The German high command communique said explosives and incendiaries wrousm ex tensive damage in some places of western Germany particu larly in the city areas of Duis burs Broadcast from Berlin and recorded by the Associated Fress it said Ihe population suffered casualties An air ministry communique said that visibility was goou Wednesday night and that pre iminary reports indicate cxcel ent results AXIS PRISONERS DRIVE TO high on their own vehicle driven by Iheit these a prisoners of war captured during the Tunisian campaign a battles for Bizertc and Tunis drive themselves to prisoner compounds CAA RESTORES FUND KLINE REPORTS 2 Paved Runways to Be Built by CAA for Use by War Department Mason Citys airport is lo be uilt this summer Construction of the Mason City irport is expected to start about uly 1 Paul V Roberts Kansas lily associate airport engineer for ic civil neiomiutics adminislra 1011 informed the city council at special meeting Thursday The allocation for the construction of two paved run ways originally made Oct 1 19J2 has been reinstated ac cording to a letter to the mayor which was received late Wed nesday from W EKline CAA regional manager at Kansas City By RUSSELL Revolts Reported Raging in Holland and Into Belgium Reverberations of jrrencn capture was ef CaP B0 where h a had made a brief pretense been taken since May 5 an allied putting up a last brave show maintain held jointly with the district con vention of the Womens Mission ary Federation of the church of which Mrs R O Storvick lla son City is president The opening session included reports by Mrs Storvick and Doctor Larsen and numbers by the choir ol Trinity Lutheran church United Press Staff Correspondent WITH BRITISH FIRST ARMY Tunisia 8 p in May 12 Jurgcn von Arnim an grily beating his fist into the palm of his other hand bitterly refused to accept Lt Gen K A N An dersons demand for uncondi tional surrender Wednesday but nevertheless was captured with out a struggle Driven into the last axis loc hold in the mountains ivesl of Hammamet pounded by allied aerial fleets surrounded by British armor and made help less by the wholesale surrender of axis troops on Cap Bon the Prussian Commanderinchief in Tunisia finally asked Anderson for terms Unconditional surrender the Scotsman replied many were taken without guards in their own trucks driven by their own men to the prison camps Unguarded axis vehicles an a shuttle service collecting prisoners While all this was in progress nnd even troops which had good positions guns and ammunitiom were giving vip von Arnim sen a final message to Hitler who had commanded him to fight lo the bitter end I report that the order to dc fend Tunisia to the last cartridg has been carried out his mcssag id His radio operator who sent th final message to Hitler in reply to vain urgings by Hitler and Mussolini to fight to the end ap parently to agree with von Arnims message He added ap parenlly on his own initiative a message lo the homeland has been de stroyed it said We arc closing down forever any escape of the enemy by sea 7n the last two days naval units have captured various little par ties of troops trying to reach Pan telleria in small boats The communique said that Col Gen Jurjen ron Arnim commander in chief who was among 12 axis generals rounded by the United Slates British and French forces had been captured by troops of fourth Indian division Wednes day near Ste Marie da Zit mid way between Tunis and Enfi darille German and Italian troops were taken Wednesday morning from Zembra island 12 miles east of Cap Bon it was announced Large fires were started by Wellington bombers in the dock area of the Sicilian port of Mar sala Tuesday night the com munique said Light and medium bombers made the raids on the holdout enemy positions in Tu planes were reported from these offensive nisia Three missing thrusts Last night enemy bombers at tempted an attack on the Algiers area the communique said They were driven yff by anti aircraft gunfire and night fight ers at least three enemy aircraft being destroyed The few bombs dropped caused a very smal number of casualties and slight damage to civilian property The German high command conceding that the talk the axis were vanquished said that detach ments hi the coastal mountain ranges continued offer re sistance in exemplary soldierly Fulfillment their dnties as far as they still possessed ammuni tion The German cammv broadcast fnm Berlin The hooknosed shaven hcaded Von Arnim was flushed j out of the hills by a British ar j mored dragnet He had beep in charge of axis divisions in north Tunisia while General Mont gomerys eighth army was driv ing Marshal Rommel back from El Alamein When Rommel left it was announccd in Arnim a 54 year old tank expert took ovcri With Von Arnim captured Maj Gen Count von Sponcck commander of the 90th light divi sion He was the hero of the Ger man airinfantry invasion of the Netherlands just three years ago and wore one of Hitlers highest decorations The capture of 150000 prisoners in the final eight days ot the cam paign brought to 400000 the num er of axis soldiers taken since the ighting began in Africa nearly hrcc years total of 11 Ger man and 26 Italian divisions The figure does not include dead and REDS TAKE HILL AT LISICKANSK Kill 1 000 Germans and Capture 1 000 More LONDON Russian troops in a resurgence of fighting in the Donets river valley around Lisi chansk about 125 miles southeast of Kharkov have occupied a hill described in he societ noon com munique Thursday as a height of great taclical importance after rolling back Germanarmor and crushing an enemy thrust into a town held by the Russians More than 1000 Germans were The communique did not specify the exact weight of bombs dropped on Duisburg but characterized the raid uncyuivo cally os the heaviest attack of the The greatest weight of bombs previously loosed on a single tar get was 1500 record that was set in the great 1000 plane raid on Cologne nearly a year ago and probably was equalled m the May 4 raid on Dortmund The largest concentration of tourcngined bombers ever sent out on a war mission participated in the latter assault Thirty bombers failed to return from thai foray Duisburg which is only 12 miles west of oftbombed Essen had been bombed 59 times be fore Among its important in dustries is the Vereinigte Stahl werke munitions plant which was reported heavily hit in suc cessive raids on April 8 and 9 While Wednesday nights raid was said to havebeen the heaviest in point of weight of bombs dropped it was not necessarily the largest in respect to the number of planes employed The dropping of 1500 tons of Also the handing over of all weapons and plans for mine fields and assistance in sweeping the nine fields The terms were delivered to von Arnim as he stood haughtily n his headquarters which patrols of the 4th Indian division had al ready found His face turned purple His bis right fist hammered at the palm of his left hand The iron cross over his heart trembled as his whole body shook in anger He re fused to sign such terms Anderson ordered him taken to British head nil arters near Tunis with the idea of persuatl ins him that any further resis tances by his forces was futile Bui his axis soldiers had some time before realized the futility on iheir own and continued Thurs day to stream into allied barbed Report Heard That Rommel Has Arrived in Salonika Greece NEW Y O R K British Frenchlanguage broadcast w a s quoted Thursday by CBS as say ing that Field Marshal Ervin Rommel former axis commander in chief in north Africa had ar rived in Salonika Greece BBC did not give the source of its re port Salonika is a port on the Aegean sea and a possible objec ivc of any allied invasion of the Bnlkuns Africa Shaking All of Hitlers Europe LONDON from he continent Thursday said re volt was raging in occupied Hol and and had spread like wild fire1 across the border into Bel gium where there was a of attacks on German troops military establishments and com munications Reverberations of the allied vic tory in Africa were said to he shaking the whole of Hitlers Europe Accounts of sabolase armed clashes and general resistance poured in from Poland Nor way Jusoslavia and Greece but the Dutch and Belgians ap peared lo be giving na occu pation forces the greatest trouble There were indications in re ports reaching here that the Ger mans were sending additional troops into the low countries but il was not clear whether this was in anticipation of an allied inva sion or to suppress rebellion Belgian patriots were reported to have stormed a military garage in Ghent killing 14 guards and Negotiation of contracts for con struction of the northsouth and northwestsoutheast run w ays should be completed by midJune Mr Roberts staled and the work begun two or three weeks later The completion dale on projects of this type customarily nave been from DO to 120 days he added so the work should be completed this all Asked whether the army ill tended to make use of the air port Sir Roberts answered The army is autliorizins us to build it Im presuming they will use it Although the basic plan of the port has not been altered the has insisted that 1000 feet of clearance be provided at the end of each runway To accom plish this at the south end of the northsouth runway it was neces sary to move the entire layout 1000 feet north the CAA engineer explained since highway 18 bounds the port on iic south The city consequently will have to acquire approximately 30 acres more of land north of the same runway An option for this prop erty was being negotiated Thurs day by llic city manager and solic itor with the owner Walter Tc n demolishing 11 tracks with hand grenades wrecked Others derailed three trains on and the wire prisoners cages They were bedraggled and dust covered and LABOR RECORD GOOD DES MOINES has an enviable record for freedom from labor friction on naval contract Lt Com W L Nunn industrial relations officer for the ninth na val district at Chicago declared in an address here ore an inc afavtlttlii juu vj killed and about 1000 were capI on nlc cily of 440000 would of i lured along with a great store m military equipment in a battle which continued Wednesday night Russian war bulletins said They represent about a ton of bombs for every acre It was presumed that many fourton blockbusters were in the RAFs deadly cargo wounded In London it was estimated that the north African campaign had cost the axis more than 600 000 men in killed wounded or captured since the first axis drive toward the PLAN COIN EXCHANGE WATERLOO coin ex change and auction will be a fea ture of the annual convention of the Iowa Numismatic asociatvon here Friday and Saturday IV 11 111 were recorded here by the soviet Thc air force was well radio monitor i represented in the armada which 1 in Wednesday nights of the missing bombers were said to be Canadian Selection of Dnisburg as the target was regarded as signifi cant inasmuch as it is Ger manys greatest inland port and one of the main keystones in the transportation system on which Adolf Hitler must depend far supplying his defense forces in the west Much of the munitions ant troops which would be required to meet an allied invasion thrus across the English channel would have to move through Duisburg Bombers of the British coasta command also were busy Wednes day night while the main raidin force was over Germany a or mation of torpedocarrying hamp raaiu mumnji rcpieseiuuu m Temporarily the outbreak overI participated in shadowed the steady grinding 1aitl Ninc Of drive by the red army against Inei line of German fortifications out side Novorossisk where a German counterattack was thrust back and red army artillery kept up its at tacks on the German blockhouses and artillery posts The German high command said that red army attacks were repulsed both on the Kuban bridgehead and north of Lisi chansk The communique broad cast from Berlin and recorded by the Associated Press credited nazi fighter planes wtih sinking a 3 000ton freighter in the Arctic im w MalincsLouvain and Namurnuy lines local sources said One train was said to have carried troops entering Belgium many of whom were killed The other two trains carried it was reported Advices from the continent said railways were beinj at tacked at so many points tlvil Ihc Germans were ilctailinj spci clal armed with mu chiiicguns on each car A similar report came from Warsaw wherealocomotive was said lo have been badly damaged just as it entered a station A Ger man railway inspector killed Die polish engineer and fireman on the spot the report said wherei tipoii Polish workmen bent the inT spector and two other Germans to Tf 1 The Iwo runways to be con structed this summer will be each 5t00 Tcct long and 150 feel wide paved and lighted the en Kinecr stated anil necessary taxiwavs 50 feet wide will also be pavcil Thc only building contemplated in Ihe project to dale is the ad minislralion building and control tower for which the farm home formerly ocupicd by W It Nich olas can be moved atid used The army constructs whatever buildings it considers necessary for its operations on any airport IUi Roberts added Nature of the local operations contemplated is not known by him he told the council CONGRESS WILL HEAR CHURCHILL Prime Minister Will Broadcast on Friday WASHINGTON If Prime t rime The Italians were said to have established an 3 P m curfew 1 along tile Mediterranean const of France Moscow in a special broadcast RETIRED BISHOP DIES 1 said the red air force had inflicted RICHMOND Va heavy damage in 12 more raids on Denny 69 year old retired bishop German communications centers of the Methodist Episcopal church I bringing the total of such attacks of umucauon 01 HUH J innj nl ihhrl Norway and leaving one vessc other branches of Methodism diedat his home here Wednesday S targets for the second or third night in succession Norway and leaving sinking the air ministry said Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Thurs day afternoon cooler Thursday night lowest temperatures Ma son City 30 with heavy frost not much ciiangc in tempera ture Friday forenoon OWA Unseasonably cold Thurs day night with heavy frost in cast a n d central portions warmer by Friday noon MINNESOTA Continued unsea sonably cold Thursday nigh with freezing temperature and CAITURE GENERAL VON Gen Jurgen von Avnim 51 year old Prussian who succeeded Mar shal Envin Rommel as axis commanderinchief in Africa was captured by British troops as they overran Cap Bon peninsula He is shown as African commander congratu lating a member of a German lank crcvv This photo reached the IJnited Stales from London heavy fvost forenoon Warmer Friday IN MASON CITY congress next Wednesday al a m central war lime Speaker Raybuni ot the house invited him Wednesday morning he acccplcd and Ray returned lo Ihc capitol to arrange a joint scn alcliousc session The white house said mean I while that a radio address Church II has scheduled for Friday after noon 2 p m CWT will be al nosl entirely for home consump tion in England It will carry out a promise made before the prime minister came to the United States to honor Ihe anniversary of the British home guards American networks will carry the address if they wish Whether Churchills speech to congress will be broadcast is up lo Rnyburn What the theme of it will be and whether it will give any clues to reasons for the current RoosevcH Churchill meeting the white house did not say But it will give Ihc prime minister a forum for art IIIIIIU t in u GlobeGazette weather statistics Tunisia Maximum Wednesday Minimum Wednesday night At 8 a m Thursday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 48 Us relation lo the future conduct 4 of the war if he wants to make 41 this use of it Buy War Savings Bonds and RD Slamps from your GlobeGazette 61 carrier hoy ;