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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 5, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF RY AND ARCHIVES OJNES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL L MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Pnsa ana Oattat Pnst Fuu Lexwd HALL Joins Yanks in Visit to Bomb Crater By W EAKL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor LETTER NO 34 London Special Air This is about the activities of one American newspaper editor on a Sunday forenoon In the worlds largest city My day began at least 2 hours before I had planned I was awak ened by a flying bomb overhead Full conscious j ness came to me w h e n I heard the mo tor sputter and cut a blast which al though almost a mile away shook the mov able objects in my hotel room i t was only a bit after 1 oclock I found that going back to sleep was im possible I wasnt actually scared you very much at least I was just a bit restless I peered out my window and saw that it was going to be a clear day a phenomenon not too common in this mans town even in September when English weather is supposed to be at it best A grand day to go to the and see London maybe including a fly bomb thought I And acted on the suggestion The ascen involved 5 flights of stairs ana found myself looking out on one of the most interesting sections of this great sprawling city Far in the distance were the turrets of London tower Closer at hand a little to the left the dome of St Pauls cathedral A Wt more to the fore were West minster Abbey and the Parliament buildings Much closer at hand across a wooded park Bucking ham palace The king and queen at home now 1 should add my temporary neighbors Buses jeeps and motorcvcles roared along on the avenue below At each quarter hour chimes from a half dozen cathedrals and campaniles drifted up to me on mylofty perch Planes roared in the distance but no more doodle bugs At musicfromanillitary band could be heardovcrrthcToar of motors The changing of the guard was under way at the palace Thats something I must see I thought Again to think was to act It was the on duty and vm ra ruu ccpyMASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 faper Consists of Two SectionsSection NO 312 SEA AIR FORCES INVADE GREECE Yanks Gain Mile Capture Beggendorf Welsh guards day the precision with which they went through their drill had the admiration of a large number of American soldiers some on weekend leave from bases ekewhcre others on duty here in London From a bobby on duty I learned that 5 guard Irish Coldstreams and 2 that es cape my through a like ritual on alternate days each in order All the while I kept wondering what havoc had been wrought by that bloody a favorite English adjective fly subtracted 2 bomb hours which from had my GERMANS MASS BIG GUNS TRY TO HALT DRIVE American Tanks Churn Through Gap to Exploit Infantry Breakthrough London tanks and infantry advanced more than a mile through the shattered fixed defenses of the west wall at Ubach Thursday and captured the town of Beggendorf which the Germans had attempted to turn into an anchor of a backstop line Widening their wedge the Yanks also captured Kerkradc on the DutchGerman border Kerk rade on the south side of the wedge is Z miles southwest of Merhslcin and 5 miles north of Aachen Lt Gen Courtney H Hodges 1st army scored the gains in a FIERCELY RISING battle in which the Germans massed their biggest artillery concentrations of he western front Three heavy armored counterthrusts were turned back and front line dis patches said a major tank battle ras developing Beggendorf is more than a mile Jeyond Ubach and its capture placed the Americans astride the AachenGeilenkirchen road and within a mile and a half of the main north road out of Aachen the highway to Gladbach The own is 3 miles from the nearest point of the Dutch border and about 4 miles from the general line the frontier An Associated Press dispatch from the sector said allied tanks in numbers were now back to the orilbfal Siegfried line and were churning out east and southeast on hardening ground to exploit an infantry breakthrough begun days ago The tanks were coming up against earthworks hastily thrown up as a secondary defense the dis patch said The Germans were fighting from behind huge piles in this mining area dubbed by the doughboys Little burgh The Germans with at least 55 pillboxes smashed in their main fortifications were now trying to stop the American push with mo bile guns instead of fixed batter ies it was said To the north heavy fighting flared along the British Nijmc genarnhem corridor Infantry at tacked in several sectors gaining a mile in an eastward advance and several miles in a north mornings sleep So I joined up with a couple of American soldiers one from Detroit the other from the Rronx in New York for a jaunt to the place where it had landed As has happened numberless times it had come doxvn squarely in the center of a wooded park Two griant trees 30 feet from the crater had been denuded of leaves An exposed waternipe a bit fur ther away had been penetrated by flyiiiK metal Bits of the devilish machine itself were scattered about in a radius of 100 feel The crater itself was about 15 feet across and no more than 15 inches deep It had filled with wa ter from the damaged pipe Bombs dropped during the 1940 blitz had a penetrating effect but the ex plosive effect from buzz bombs is lateral and upward Londoners and men in uni forms of a hundred different types and markings were out in force strolling in the park lanes and lazing on grass or benches The crowd around the bomb crater wasnt half as large as would be attracted by a residence fire in Mason City This I think is reflective of the extent to which those in this great city have come to take their war in stride Found No War Went Home When Separated From Group of Draftees IMS Angeles Vego Zazueta couldnt find the war he explained when haled into court on a charge of failing to report for induction So he went home after he became separated from his group of draftees He explained through an inter I saw no shooting no and didnt hear any Case dismissed said Judge Bon Harrison preter fighting guns westerly direction To the south the American Third army of Lt Gen George S Patton was engaged in a grim fight atop Fort Driant a key stronghold southwest of Uletz Germans had holed up in the concrete fastnesses of an under ground labyrinth An A P correspondent on the Ubach front reported Tanks guns infantry and sup plies are pouring through the gap in the Siegfried line to pu mounting pressure on the enemy Three thunderous serenades from every American gun in th 75s to 240 mm Sieg German defenses to pieces in preparation for a new attack just south of Ubach the dispatch said and so many deac Germans were found that the bodies formed an obstacle to the infantry when it went forward The center of enemy resistance was a hill just east of Herbach and south of captured Ubach The Americans stormed the height knocking out 3 mutually support ing pillboxes and forcing a 4th t raise the white flag The Germans whose broadcasts admitted that the wedge had been widened turned a record numne of guns onto the corridor am rushed up men from pillboxes t the north and south in an cffor to shore sagging defenses Lt Gen Sir Miles C Dempsey main attack eastward was launch ed on a 6mile front from south of Arnhem and onlyabout 2 mile from the famous bridge for whicl the British first airborne divi sion had battled in vain It wa aimed in the direction of Pan nerdensch 8 miles southeast o Amhem and the same distanc northeast of Nijmegen Panner densch is only about 2 miles from the German border north of Klev and is at the fork of the Waal am Neder Ryn rivers The stiff oppo sition limited the advance to abou a mile The counterattack first of th mvawtv VI L4J nazi defensive blows to be led wit armor blunted itself against th American lines near Herbach mile and a hall south of Ubach carrier boy ilndblom to lay Mohawks Here Nov 10 Contracts have been signed with indblom high school of Chicago j compete against the Mason City lohawks here November 10 it as been announced by the Ma on City Lions club which will aonsor the game for the first time lis season The contest which has devel ped into an annual affair will be layed on Friday night as the final ame of the campaign for the Ordinal and Black All proceeds I the game will be used for com munity and social welfare pur oses The Mohawks have now met indblom for 2 consecutive years n the grid with the initial contest nding in a tie and last years oing to Coach Joe Rogers men 0 The game this season will be he third A clause in the contract stipu ates that if Lindblom is not able o make the jaunt it will send the next best eleven This is made necessary by the setup of the Chi cago public schools system which onducls a playoff at the conclus on of each campaign If a team has not concluded its payoff com petition it must remain in Chicago o do so PLOESTI down from the cen house stack at the Concordia Vega refinery re the U 15th air force on Plqesti refineries in wirephoto from army air forces which 5s at the center of the 2 mile deep wedge into Germany At the peak of their wedge the Americans were edging forward under artillery mortar and ma chinegun fire beyond the eastern outskirts of Ubach To the west Canadian troops lurled the Germans back from Forts Cappellen and Starbroek 5 o 7 miles north of Antwerp in a thrust within 7 miles ofthe nar row land neck over which the only road runs from the mainland to the Dutch Islands of Beveland and RAFOooded Walcheren From 10000 to 15000 German troops were in imminent danger of being cut off there as they cluug to the artillery positions which have guarded the Schelde estuary and blocked allied shipping Irom use of the port of Antwerp To the south one STRANGEST BATTLES of of the the war developed amid gunfire and the smoke of fire grenades and burning crude oil at Fort Driant key bastion to Metz Doughboys the American third army held the surface and the nazi garrison fought with desperation in the maze of underground defenses AP Correspondent Edward D Ball reported in a dispatch from the Metz front that the Americans had made their first penetration Wednesday night into the subter ranean tunnels of Fort Driant Capture of Ihe fort was an nounced prematurely at supreme headquarters Tuesday on the basis of information from frontline headquarters before the full te nacity of the German stand was known Now it was a touch and go fight with the Americans holding on grimly under crossfire from flank ing forts and sniping from German trapdoor gun positions The Americans smoked some of the nazis out with phosphorus gre nades and poured flaming oil down hidden passages on others but still had the job of quarrying out the remainder of the German garrison 2 lowans Killed as Auto Truck Crash 2 Others Are Hurt Davenport persons were killed and 2 others were in jured about a m Thursday when their automobile collided with a transport truck on high way No 6 near Walcott The dead are Reynold Dietz 34 Walcott farmer and his wife 32 The injured who were brought to Mercy hospital here are Ber nice Suhr 19 of Walcott and Mrs Alice Hamann of Daven port Buy your War Bonds and BfOWHS Inmnf Stamps from your GlobeGazette 3D Cards Lead Browns 10 at End of 3rd STARTING L1XEUPS Ordinals Gulteridse 2ti Bergamo If Krccvich cf Hopp cf Lanbs Jf Musial rf Stephens ss IV Cooper c McQuinn Ib Sanders Ih Cnrisman 3b Kurovvski 3b Moore rf Marion ss Hayworth c Verfaan 2b Potter p Lanier p tAI1 plnle Dunn Ib Fipgras 2b Scars AL St Browns and Cardinals were scoreless at the end of the second inning in the second game of the World Series here Thursday afternoon The St Louis Browns hoping to duplicate the feat of another American league hitless wonder team a generation ago sent Nel son Potter a 19 game winner to the mound Thursday in an effort to make it 2 straight over the Cardinals in their first intracity world series Manager Billy The Kid Southworth trying to rally his Redbirds and even the series chose Max Lanier a husky left hander who has been having arm and back trouble for his clubs hurling chores He won 17 games until injuries plagued him late in the season Just like Wednesday the crowd was slow in coming into flag be decked Sportsmans Park Not even the bleacher seats were filled 2 hours before game time when the Cardinals began their batting practice It was an ideal baseball day with a hot October sun drying up the puddles which a heavy rain Wednesday night left on the play runs no hits no errors one left Cardinals Walker Cooper fouled off the first 2 pitches and then lashed a d field Sanders fanijcu uiLiug on a wide curve Stephens tossed out Kurowski Walker Cooper mov ing to 3rd Christman took Mar ions grounder over 3rd base and tossed him out No runs one hit no errors one left THIRD INNING Browns Marion went far back on the grass to take Hayworths high fly Marion threw out Pot ter Gutteridge walked Kreevich forced Gutteridge at 2nd Marion la Verban No runs no hits no Cardinals Verban singled to left Lanier sacrificed and was safe at 1st whenOtter fumbled the ball Potter then threw wildly past 1st base for 2 errors on the same play and Verban went to 3rd while Lanier held 1st Bergamo grounded out Gutter idge to McQuinn Verban SCOR ING and Lanier going to 2nd Hopp fanned Gutteridge threw out Musial One run one hit two errors one left field FIRST INNING Browns Gutteridge went down swinging Marion made a great stop near 2nd base to toss out Kreevich Laabs sent a towering fly to Hopp in center field No runs no hits no errors none left Cardinals With the count 3 and 2 Bergamo fouled out to Hay worth near the plate Kreevich made a running catch of Hopps fly in short center Gutteridge tossed out Musial No runs no hits no errors none left SECOND INNING Browns Marion threw out Ste phens After fouling off the first pitch McQuinn walked on 4 straight balls Christman went down swinging for Laniers 2nd strikeout Moore also fanned No Commanding Officer Events Denver Grace Pol of Corsicana Tex commanding officer of the Buckley field WAG detachment was burned up toi when she learned what had hap pened In cleaning the WAC offi cers headquarters this week new maid inadvertently burtiei he captains marriage license promotion order birth certificate car title and war bonds SPORTS BULLETIN St Louis cloud conditions prevailed for llic 2n same of the World Series Thurs day but the weather bureau sai no rain was in prospect and tha the temperature was expected t rise to near 80 degrees Allies Battle Through Mud Filled Roads in Hills BeforePo Valley Rome and Brit ish troops of the 5th army battled through mudfilled roads and fields in the hills before the Po valley Thursday driving 2 sali ents within 14 miles ot Bologna at the gateway to Italys northern plains A communique said the Ger mans were putting up stiff re sistance as they fell back across the Apennines before the hard driving allied troops now virtual ly within artillery range of Bo logna American forces moving up the main highway from Florence cap tured the key feature of Monte Venere and plunged ahead to the outskirts of Loiana a road junc tion 14 miles south of Bologna where they were engaged ir heavy fighting MARRIAGES REPORTED Ottumwa show that life for sailors and WAVES at the Ottumwa naval air station can be marital as well as martial The public relations office said Wednesday that 6 WAVEs have married navy men in the last 6 weeks Twentyfour of the more than 300 WAVEs stationed here were married during the first 9 months of 1S44 20 of them to sailors Ankara Reports Nazis Are Evacuating Athens London Ankara radio said Thursday night that the Ger mans were evacuating the Greek capital of Athens and the Pelo ponnesus peninsula and were moving northward as rapidly as blown up bridges and road blocks would permit SCHWOB IS ELECTED Bismarck N Dak red Schwob Iowa commissioner wa elected secretarytreasurer of thi Association of Midwest Fish am Game Commissioners at a conven tion here Wednesday H Weatlier Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday somewha cooler Thursday night risin temperatures Friday Iowa Partly cloudy Thursda night and Friday Somewha cooler Thursday night risin temperatures Friday modcrat winds Minnesota Fair and a little cool cr Thursday night Friday fai and rather warm IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 03 Minimum Wednesday night 54 At 8 a m Thursday 55 Rain 02 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 67 Minimum 35 BRITISH FORCES ENTER PATRAS USE AIRFIELDS Operation May Swiftly End Rule of Germans Throughout Balkans Rome from the a and air British troops have anded in western Greece en ered the port of Patras and eized airfields from which HAF Spitfires already are operating in upport ofthe effort to drive out ir destroy German garrisons The allied command announc ng the invasion Thursday said anding forces had made contact vith the enemy both in Greece and neighboring southern Alba nia where other units went ashore 10 days ago There appeared a strong possl lility the operations might swifi y end German rule throughout the Balkans There was no immediate report on the extent of German resist ance at Patras Greeces 3rd larg est port or elsewhere but the Germans recently were said to iave 3 divisions on the Greek mainland as well as other ele ments evacuated from Crete and the Agean islands All these have been reported ready to flee northward on a mo ments notice to escape the jaws of a great trap closing in on the whole Balkans with Russians ad vancing from the east and allied forces with patriot support strik ing from the west The landing forces were be lieved to be of small size com pared with the major invasions of Africa Sicily Italy and France In Albania the allied forces were attempting to cut enemy communications around the port of Sarande supply base for the German garrison ojt the strongly defendedi si anoV of Corf u cr Ker British Parachute troops struck the first blow in Greece They duichly seized an airfield on the Peloponnesus from which Spit fires were operating before the landings from he sea beiran Air transport planes carried in other troops By Tuesday night the in vaders were entering Fatrai a city of 61000 on the northern shore of the Peloponnesus 112 miles west of Athens The parachute troops and sea borne units were given a joyful welcome by the Greek natives who in more than 2 years of stern German rule have suffered se verely from food shortages The allies already have prom ised essential foods and medical supplies to the country which for G months in 194041 fought an at tacking Italian army to a stand still and might have pushed it into the sea but for a German drive across the Balkans Lending support to the invad Cords SCORE BY INNINGS 23456789 BiV 1MI DDBBBB TrunX Railroads Naval Bases Air Bases Air Distances ill GREECE in above map shows location of allied landings on Greece ;