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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 11, 1944, Mason City, Iowa Of COMP ARCHIVE I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES AU NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS Aaerftat Pra nd halted full Cent Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11 qgjmfflmriry n Paper Coimais nf Twu SctlioiisScclloli One NO 29 B29S BLAST 3 VITAL JAP TARGETS Yanks 20 Miles From Soar Line Ghurchm Arrives in Paris 1 IJ yv i I j DEEPEN WEDGE SOUTHEAST OF FORT OF METZ Berlin Claims 600 Tanks Engaged in American Offensive London S tanks and infantry slugging well beyond the 1918 Armistice day battleline deepened a broad wedge south east of Metz Saturday and all but sliced the MetzSarrebourg rail road in fighting advances within 20 miles of Germanys Saar bor der ltGen George Fattons 3rd army had thrust as deep as 9 miles in 3 days and Berlin as serted 601 tanks were engaged in the offensive now in its 4th day of earthshaking battle Fourth division armored units reached Lucy 17 miles southeast of Metz and 2 miles from the Sarrebourg railway virtually denying its use by the Germans These units had advanced 5Vz miles beyond Delme Ridge in 24 hours Six miles to the northwest men of the 6th armored division entered Luppy 3 miles from the railline Other doughboys drove nearly 7 miles north of captured Chateau Salins to Haboudange 24 miles southeast of Metz and 20 miles irom the Saar North of Metz another 3rd army prong pushed slowly east ward from Mazieres occupying a woods about 4 miles above Metz It was about 16 miles from the nearest columns battering into the German flank southeast of that fortress city Still iarther north 3rd army troops hadVestablisbediS bridge heads over the Moselleriver near Luxembourg on a curving battle iront that was as close as 10 miles to the frontier of the industrial Saar Rain minefields and stubborn iesistance slowed progress along the 75mile Metz front Two Ger man counterattacks were beaten off near and Koenigs macher on the Moselle sectors Elements of the 6th armored di vision which took Luppy and fought astride the road from Pont aMousson to Falquemont split German forces of undisclosed size Some of the enemy retreated northwest toward jMetz and some fell back eastward On this 26th anniversary of the armistice of the first World war and Pattons 59th birthday at least S U S infantry divisions and 2 armored divisions were en gaged along the line above and below Metz They were advanc ing in 2 wings divided by the German defensive positions bulg ing out just west of Metz The German Transocean News Agency broadcast a report that 600 tanks wore engaged in the al lied offensive and said that the earth of Lprraine is shaking from a hundredfold thunder of count less heavy guns Despite these enemy reports of the mounting intensity of the bat claimed the recapture by the Germans of the strategically important Deime al lied communique said the Ameri cans had advanced light to moderate resistance1 Gains south and east of Koen igsmacher in the Moselle bridge head 19 miles north of Metz were reported by the allied communi que as well as small advances in the area of MaizieresLesMetz 42 miles north of Metz Brings Live Bear to icult Amphibious Operation Huntington Lake Cal John Vistak reported that he brought a live bear into Bluejay camp in a difficult amphibious operation Vistak said he trapped the bear and stunned him with a blow on the head Then he tied the ani mals head in a sack bound its feet and loaded it into a rowboat On the way across a lake Vis tak said the bear got loose and pawed him on the right arm Vistak then hit the bear on the head 3 times with an oar and stunned it again He tied the animal securely and got him into a cage at camp to Plan Rearming of French Paris Minister Churchill Britains selfstyled ivan ering minstrel of diplomacy came from behind a 24hour secrecy creen in Paris Saturday and joined Gen Charles De Gaulle in a raditional tribute to war dead at ic Are de Triomphe on the rench nations first Armistice ay observance in 5 years The British prime minister ar iyed in Paris by plane Friday vith Foreign Secretary Anthony den for political and economic alks with the French Wearing the powder blue imi orm of a marshal of the royal air orce Churchill laid a wreath on he tomb of the unknown soldier nd reviewed an hourlong parade f French forces down the Champs Uysees Small detachments of British oldiers and American army and lavy baseunits also marched in he parade Despite the official secrecy hrovvrt about Churchills visit un al his H oclock appearance at the eremony the capitals kept up an ntermittent chant Vive Church II Vive De Gaulle Vive Koenig Lt Gen Joseph Pierre Koenig ommander of French forces of the nterior and military governor of aris It was the first visit by a for eign governmental chief to France ince this nations liberation and hurchills first visit of state to his nation since the fateful June of 1940 when he carried an invi ation for union to tottering ranee In London there was belief hat Birtains war leader would re assure France of a place among the great powers in writing pf the peace and would obtain the French position of pending international affairs as background for the com ng conference of Churchill Roose velt and Stalin The immediate objective of the addition to the aim of ce menting the friendship of the 2 understood to center around rearming the French mili tary forces for more unified par PRECISION BOMBING KNOCKS OUT BRIDGE San Dona di Piavera railroad bridge top lies unscathed just before being hit center by bombs dropped by planes of the U S army air forces which bottom leave the span wrecked beyond use in the preci sion raid inItaly Associated Press wirephoto Eayenay engraving Russians Make Outflanking Maneuver Against Budapest Moscow wide outflanking movement took shape on 2 sides of Budapest Saturday while the main Russian forces holding the city under siege clung to their positions in the capitals southern suburbs against desperate nazi attacks One group of Marshal liodion Y Maiinovskys 2nd Ukraine army edged westward from the wide Tisza river bridgehead cap turing additional northeast of strengthened their hold strong points Budapest and on the vital BudapestTUiskolcz railroad Other Russian units and Yugo slav partisan troops of Marshal Tito pushed forward west of the Danube river in a drive up through southern Hungary aimed at Pecs The outflanking movements de veloped attacks on German and Hungarian positions over a 200 mile front either end of which can turn into a serious bypassing of Budapest Malinovskys troops Friday breached the BudapestMiskolcz line at Mezokovesd 65 miles north east of Budapest Slogging onward in heavy mud the Russian infantry added 8 vil lages and one railway station to the soviet salient stretching from the upper Tisza river to the base of the Matra mountains Moscow announced This sector where the only es sential changes of the entire east ern front were reported in the last 24 hours was a steadily growing menace to the rear of the German and Hungarian forces Still strung out some 40 miles east and north east of Budapest Mezokovesd itself was threaten ed by the Russians with the cap ture of Borsodszemere our miles to the southwest and two miles from the railway which skirts the Matra mountains Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Increasing cloudiness and rising temperatures Saturday night and Sunday fresh winds becoming gentle Sunday Mason City Fair Saturday night Sunday increasing cloudiness Minnesota Cloudy Saturday night and Sunday light rain north portion Saturday night and north and central portions Sun Little change in temperature Saturday night Sunday colder northwest warmer southeast portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 40 Minimum Friday night 36 At 8 a m Saturday 39 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 3 1 4 BRITISH FIGHT ON FROM FORLI Fighter Planes Give Support to Advance Rome troops i the 8th army pushing on fro newlycaptured Forli are advanc ing northwest of the city under th support of allied fighter planes communique announced Saturdaj Activity on the 5th army tror below Bologna 37 miles west c Forli continued to be confined I patrolling A naval communique disclose Saturday that the U S destroye Madison and the French cruise Georges Leygues on Wednesda and Thursday bombarded enem gun positions troop concentration and motor transport near th FrancoItalian frontier The communique also announce that the British cruiser Argonau accompanied by other warship and a convoy arrived at the Gree port of Salonika Thursday wil troops stores and motor Iran port Fresh Nipponese Sent to Battle Yanks on Leyte General jMaeArthurs Headquar ters Philippines ti ger of Malaya whose doordie stand on Leyte has flamed into a savage battle involving more than 100000 men poured THOUSANDS of fresh Nipponese against the Yanks Saturday after landing them from a 19ship convoy at a cost ot 3 transportsand 7 destroy ers Gen Tomoyuki Yamashita tak ing great risks with Japans dwindling reserves of cargo ves sels and escort warships got rein forcements to Ormoc despite de termined attacks spaced over a 24 hour period by American planes and patrol torpedo boats A heavy rain squall prolonging a previous cover of darkness fa vored the gamble The reinforcements which rea sonably might exceed 10000 but tressed 35000 other enemy troops of 3 fresh divisions moved in on western Leytc to replace 35000 casualties already inflicted by 4 American divisions The biggest and most CRUCIAL land engagement since Gen Doug las MacArlhur returned lo the Philippines Oct 20 is developing Both sides are well equippec and backed by heavy artillery The enemy convoy of four 5000 ton transports and 15 theJapanese frequently use thi swift destroyers for troopcarry ing as well as escort spotted by U S airmen Thursday afternoon bay as it entered Ormoc the assault upon ticipation in ermany Churchill aijd Eden were ac GEN CHARLES De GAULLE the Churchills daughter Mary Sir Alexander Cadogan permanent undersecretary for foreign affairs and a small party of military and civilian aides They landed at a U S air trans port command base outside Paris where they were met by Gen DC Gaulle and other French dignitar ies and the British and Canadian ambassadors They drove through streets the se crecy of the cheer ing people of whom many viaved union jacks Friday evening was devoted lo a small private dinner The bulk ot Churchills time in Paris is expected to be spent in private conferences with French officials The chief topics are expected to be Resumption of business between France and Britain Frances future collaboration in the war both in Europe and the Pacific And Frances role in the occu pation of Germany and at the peace left unsettled at therecent international confer ences which focussed on the Big Four of the United States Britain Russia and China Sailor Claims Pretty Girl Walked By and Caused Him to Swoon San Diego Cal a sailors inherent right to whistle at a girl but when he thats a different story A gob suspected of turning in a false alarm gave police this ex planation He was standing on the street minding his own business he said when an attractive WAVE walked by She was so beautiful he add ed that he swooned and fell nla lrousers were against the alarm box setting off yanked off by the blast but he trip iirpn ii ROBOT HITS LONDON No Disclosure If New V2 Rockets Included By ROBERT DOWSOV London Ufii The Germans loosed an Armistice day barrage of robot bombs against London and southern England early Sat urday but censorship prevents disclosure whether they included any of the huge new V2 rockets Night fighters antiaircraft juns and even a gunner aboard i North Sea trawler destroyed many Vl jetpropelled robots before they could dive to earth but some got through and crashed in scattered areas Coastal watchers reported great fiery glows and loud explosions from the sea touching off spec ulation that some of the planes from which the Germans have been launching VIs recently aiso had been shot down Many pieces ot the explosive V2 rockets which have hurtled down on southern England from an altitude of 60 to 70 miles in the past few weeks have been recovered From these experts may be able to piece together a composite rocket and devise countermeasures The official German DNB agency said the nazi command still was experimenting with V2 to get the proper range for Lon don Paris and Antwerp Eye witness stories of V2 at tacks were pouring in from south ern England Mrs B Sturgess who was in a house 30 yards from where one rocket fell said she thought the end of the world had come One man was blown out of a fruit tree he was pruning by an other rocket His trousers were Lightning fighters divebombed with 1000pound explosives Mitchell medium bombers went in at low level Ships guns dotted the skies with bursting aek ack The Yank flyers were in small force but lett a transport smoking be fore breaking the engagement Thursday night patrol torpedo boats darted in and out of de stroyer searchlight paths slipped by geysers churned up by 5inch guns and succeeded in sinking a warship At dawn Friday Mitchells In force took the air But a rain squall blotted out the newlyar rived convoy When that cleared the Japanese billowed a smoke screen over the ships A Japanese air cover of more than 20 planes was routed At least IS were shot down possibly more By noon the Mitchells got to work They sank 3 transports and G destroyers The enemy had achieved sizable landings but his work wasnt all done Capt Edward Maurer of Nyack N Y who led one flight of Mitch ells saw one transport go down in 30 seconds The action ended late Friday when the convoy remnants fled west toward Cebu The attack cost 4bombers and 4 fighters Yamashita shifted in an emer gency from Malaya to the Philip pines committed his reinforce ments to a sector of Leyte covered by mountain ridges and crossed by a single narrow winding road from Americanheld Pinamopoan south to Japaneseheld Ormoc LASH NANKING SHANGHAI AND OMURA JAPAN One Superfort Missing on Raids Preliminary Dispatches Indicate BULLETIN With the U S Third Army vanguards of the V S sixth armored division crossed the Nied river and swept through Han Sur Nied 13 miles southeast of Metz Saturday Washington Satur day hit 3 vitally important enemy and Shanghai in Japaneseoccupied China and Omura on the Japanese home is land of Kyushu On the basis of preliminary re ports one of the B29s is missing the 20th air force said in a munique Weaker fighter opposition was encountered with 2 enemy planes shot down 7 others probably de stroyed and 11 damaged An announcement early Satur day morning reported only that Nanking had been hit The later communique listing the 3 targets said that weather caused a di version of part of the effort in dicating that Shanghai and Omura were alternate targets The text of 20th airforce com munique No 21 A large task force of B29 air craft Saturday attacked 3 targets of vital importance to the Japa nese war machine The strikes were made in day light by elements of Mai Gen Curtis E Lemays 2pth bomber command from their bases in China Overcast skies caused a diver sion of part of the effort and bombs were dropped at Omura on the main Japanese island of Kyushu and at Nanking and Shanghai on the Yangtze river in Japaneseoccupied China At Omurathe jgrget iyastthe Omura aircraft factory attacked previously in a B29 mis sion on October 25 Over Omura the skies ivere overcast and bombing was ac complished through clouds by pre cision instruments with unob served results Similar weather prevailed at Nanking where bombing also was by instrument and the effect was unobserved The target at Nanking was the extensive dock and loading fa cilities where rail traffic between Shanghai Tientsin and Manchuria is ferried across the Yangtze river At Shanghai good bombing was reported by some of the crews although all elements did not have sufficient visibility for observation of results The target at Shanghai was Japanese military storage and transshipment facilities on the main Japanese military supply route io the occupied Astiatic mainland Fighter plane opposition was reported weak by most participat ing aircraft but returning crews reported they had shot down 2 enemy aircraft with 7 others probably destroyed and 11 dam Yanks moved north soiilh and lfccl Antiaircraft was meager at west against these Japanese from a preliminary aircraft is eastern Leytc whose ports air fields and highway network were wrested swiftly from Yamashitas illfated predecessor Lt Gen Shigonqri Kurocla moving south from Carigara bay dismounted first cavalry di vision troops of IMaj Verne D IHudire gained 5 miles Friday in ridge country on one flank of the PinamopoanOrmoc road On the basis of reports one of our injured only It Shall Not Happen Again Keynotes Armistice Day Apledge that it shall not hap pen again Saturday keynoted the nations observance of an Armis tice day that found the world still locked in its bloodiest conflict With new victory still to be at tained the United States and its allies paused only briefly lo honor their heroes living and dead The pledge of a lasting peace was voiced by the American Le gions national commander Ed ward N Scheiberling in tradi tional ceremonies at the unknown soldiers tomb in Arlington na tional cemetery President Roose velt looked on as aides placed the customary wreath on the grave Scheiberling asserted that America had broken its promises to the unknown soldier and his comrades of World war I He added This time do not say that it must not happen again This time we say shall not happen again We cannot leave the making of peace to statesmen alone This lime we who have fought in the the comrades of the silent 2G years unknown soldier veteran of 2 Mcmoriat services WLIU wars will help formulate Ihc I slimed after 5 years at terms of an enduring peace were In recently liberated Paris Prime Minister Churchill of Great Britain joined Gen Charles De Gaulle in a traditional tribute to war dead at the Arc de Triomphe It was the French nations first Armistice day observance in 5 years Guns were roaring Saturday in e they fell rc Mcuse Argonne cemetery in France where 14000 American soldiers are buried We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that complete vic tory will be quick and easy said Brig Gen Charles R Doran speaking at that ceremony There was no letup in that struggle for victory by allied forces around the world lowo Wisconsin FINAL GfiN TOMOYUKI YAMASHiTA Jap Defense Illinois Michigan FINAL Notre Dame Army FINAL known lo be missing The raid on Shanghai was re ported earlier by the Japanese radio which said the damage was extremely negligible An imperial Japanese commun ique broadcast by the Dome agency and recorded by the fed eral communications commission asserted that 80 of the Superfort resses had struck at the 2 home islands about 10 a m Saturday Tokyo The bombers caused only slight damage and fled after blindly dropping bombs from the clouds the broadcast said Kyushu is the southernmost of the Japanese home islands Saishu just bclovthe southern tip of Korea is about 150 miles to the west The Superfortresses flew through daylight tn accomplish their mis sion against Nanking the war de partment said It was the second major daylight operation by planes of the 20th air force within a week other Indiabased craft hav ing struck on Nov 5 at installa tions at Singapore at the tip of the Maylay peninsula and at an oil refinery at PangkalanBrandon on the north coast of Sumatra Kyushu island was hit by a sfronsr force of Superfortresses on Oct 25 The area embraces one of the most important aircraft as sembly plants in the Japanese home islands Saturdays war department an Ohio State Pittsburgh FINAL 1 FINAL Indiana B Minnesota El ;