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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 15, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OCfAftTUCNT Of HISTORY ARCHIVES DCS KOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AWL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Anodited Pnn and United Fna Fun Lewed Wirra Five CtcU Copy MASON Cm IOWA FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15 1M4 Paper rnnriitt at Two NO 2K V2 Robomb Platform Is Block Long By W EABL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor Letter No 17 Cherbourg France Air Mail just looked upon the most impressive argument im aginable against future wars It was a mass of concrete in a pcwceJul valley leading down to sea just west of Cher bourg From that spot on a block 1 o n g platform supported by 2 18foot thick cement walls Herr Hitler was planning to launch rocket bombs which in their destruc tive fury would have made ro hot bombs look like harmless HALL Fourth of July firecrackers I stood in the buried control room from which these giant rockets capable it is believed of leveling a hundred square blocks would have bedn launched toward Bristol 180 miles away in south west England I walked the length of the guid ing platform I inspected the net work of tunnels in which the le thal bombs were to be stored far removed from danger of our bombs I picked up bits of equipment left by the workers on that devil ish construction project when Americans approached Cherbourg I walked about on the network camouflage designed to shield the work from our bombing planes as the work progressed Once com pleted it would have been im mune to bombing attacks Up to this time Ive been some what disposed to poohpooh the claim that rocket bombs could be made to wing their way across the ocean to a target in America Now Im not so sure It is estimated that the racket installation here for the socalled V2 bombs would have required about 5 or 6 months for comple tion How faralong like construc tion has progressed in the French area closest to London becomes more than academic In moving about the city of Cherbourg by the lack of damage to buildings scene is in marked contrast with Montebpurg Valognes and St Mere Eglise not far away But this impression is quickly erased as one proceeds into the dock area and the giant arsenal section established by Napoleon Here no building was left intact by the Germans as they evacu ated Docks have been left in ruins and the minefilled harbor was littered with obstacles to shipping Military men will tell you that it was one of the most amazing programs of demolition in history comparable perhaps with Frances destruction her fleet at Toulon last year But remarkable as that achieve ment was it is surpassed by the allies in their progress toward achieving full use of the harbor facilities here In both the methods and the re sults this accomplishment must be listed among the miracles of this war Beachheads have been trans cendantly important in the ship ping picture incident to our suc cessful invasion But harbors like the one here seem destined to play an increasingly vital role as the war progresses YANKS GET PALAU BEACHHEAD U S Troops Encircle Aachen Capture Maastricht and Nancy TRAIN WRECK KILLS 32 This is part of the wreckage of the Dixie Flyer which crashed headon with another train near Terre Haute Ind killing 32 and injuring many others Among the dead were many soldiers returning to duty from furloughs TOLL IS 32 IN TRAIN CRASH Air Vets of Italian Campaign Among Dead Terre twisted Haute Ind UW A mass of wreckage still Hurricane Takes 18 Lives in Battering htnricane Woman Wins Best Unscheduled Prize Johnstown Pa the award wasnt scheduled Mrs Joseph Hammers 26 had the best prize of the evening when she gave birth to a 5 pound daughter in the hall of the Moose temple where she had gone to play bingo The baby was born while Mrs Hammers awaited the arrival of a police patrol to take her to a local hospital sprinkled with campaign ribbons andthe personal effects of army air force personnel Friday marked the spot where 32 persons died in the headon collision be tween the Chicago and Eastern Il linois railroads luxurious Chica goMiami Express and a north bound mail train north of Terre Haute early Thursday Twentynine of the dead were army airmen many of them vet erans of the Italian campaign and the remainder were train crewmen the chief dispatcher of the railroad at Danville 111 re ported All of the dead airmen were riding in the first car which was ripped open when the passenger train speeding through a heavy fog rammed into the stationary mail train The dispatcher also reported 37 persons were injured in the wreck but Vigo County Coroner Denzil M Ferguson estimated that at least 65 persons were hurt many of them seriously The first 3 carsof the passen ger train contained army person nel Some of the men were on fur lough and others were enroute to Miami for reassignment All of those seriously injured were alrforce men with the ex ception of one train crewman Physicians said that all civilian injured were released from hos pitals but the trainmen Hailroad officials said the wreck occurred when the engineer ol the Dixie Flyer Frank Blair 52 Farmersburg apparently failed to see block signals in the heavy fog New York City and its vast metropolitan area with a popula tion of upwards of 8000000 got off with such minor damage as broken windows uprooted trees flooded basements and stalled subways although the wind ve locity there attained 95 miles an hour at times the Atanticcoast7 bigcities and 11states with debris took 18 lives and caused damage estimated at was expiring Friday somewhere the coast of Nova Scotia The famous resort Atlantic City N J was worst hit but the easts 3 principal coastal cities New York Philadelphia and Bos ton were lashed by high winds New York had the greatest loss of Norfolk Va New London Conn Providence and Nantucket R I and Taunton and Brockton Mass were other cities in the storms path A United Press compilation showed that approximately 150 persons had been injured serious ly enough for hospitalization The long series of weather bureau advisories which had charted the hurricanes erratic course from the Caribbean ended at 7 a m when the Boston bureau announced that it was then centered off Bar Harbor Maine would soon pass out of its jurisdiction and there would be no further advisories At that time its force had diminished considerably New Brunswick and Nova Scotia the Canadian provinces jutting northeastward from Maine reported only strong winds Unofficial estimates and a com pilation of the reports of scores of United Press correspondents DRIVE 10 MILES INTO GERMANS SIEGFRIED LINE Prove Nazis Vaunted Defenses Are Obsolete Concrete Pillboxs London United States armies grasped the Ger mans kingpin city of Aachen in an encircling ring of steel Friday and captured Nancy and Maa stricht strongholds at opposite ends of their 180 mile front Doughboys drove 10 miles into Germany in Siegfried linebust ing offensive which had pierced the first zone of that fortified sys tem at 2 places and deeply dented it at a 3rd The U S first army moved its tanks infantry and selfpropelled guns around the historic passage way of Europes contending armies Lt Gen Courtney H Hodges offensive was proving the nazis vaunted Siegfried line to be an OBSOLETE COLLECTION of easilycracked concrete pill least in this sector Aachen is surrounded and within American grasp said a dispatch from the front Ameri can troops stood on the tops of Germans ventilated caves on Aachens outskirts and forced the enemy to move like moles They were within 40 miles of the Rhine The 10 mile penetration of area was just above PUSH NEARER Friday took 2 steps nearer the Philippine islands invading the Palau islands and Halmahera shown on the above map Believe Reds Storming Into Warsaw After Taking Praga MARINES SEIZE COAST STRIP IN HARD FIGHTING Report Thick Woods Shielded Japs From Preinvasion Shelling New York Ewing representing the combined Amer ican radio networks said in a broadcast from the Palau battle area Friday that thick woods SHIELDED the Japanese from the preinvasion bombardment of Pepeliu island but U S marines established their beachhead in hard fighting CBS recorded the broadcast parts of which were distorted by atmospheric conditions Today Ewing said I watch ed the United States marines land on Pepeliu Island at the southern end of the Palau group They land ed after a terrific sea and air bom Jilt AT7WM Gwf POUAX A corr ir Postville Soldier Is Among Victims Indianapolis Ind P Five lowans were listed as dead and one as injured as a result of the train wreck at Terre Haute Thursday in which 25 army air force noncommissioned officers were killed and 14 others injured The Iowa dead with next of kin were Henry W Barnholtz Vi ol Barnholtz wife Postville Richard A Hancock Mrs Signa B Baker mother Des Moines Arthur D Fitch Evelyn F Fitch wife Tipton Charles B Jordan Mrs along the long stretch of affected coastline indicated property dam age at 530000000 Atlantic City N J alone sustained damages of approximately and the total damage for New Jersey was expected to reach 510000000 Total damage for Connecticut Massachusetts and Rhode Island was expected at 515000000 Dam age in New York City and adja cent Long Island was expected to approach 52000000 And the damage along the coast south of New Jersey to North Carolina reached an indicated total of 53 Luxembourg where a 2 mile ad vance into the Siegfried line was announced Thursday This apparently moved the Americans past Trier one of the strongest centers of the Siegfried line well on the way to Wittlich 20 miles to the northwest and within 50 miles of Coblenz on the Rhine Trier is 5 miles from the Luxembourg border Eysden Dutch border village fell inthe sweep which took the Yankees through Maastricht Nancy a famed French bastion of 121000 on the banks of the Meruthe in a crook below the Mo selle fell in the southern on slaught of Lt Gen George S Fat tous 3rd army at 11 a m 4 a m central war time Maastricht Netherlands city guarding the Meuse canal where the Germans made their fateful crossing into Belgium in 1940 fell during fierce penetrations of Ger man defenses north of halfencir cled Aachen the German high command announced The announcement was con firmed by a war correspondent of Aneta Dutch news agency who said the capital of Limburg was proached to within a mile of this partly ringed city Forty miles to the southeast at the German roadjnnction town of Prum and 30 miles farther south in the northwest outskirts of Trier the Germans had only rifles and machlneguns in a thinly manned defense zone to pit against the power of American tanks and treadborne artillery The Americans were capitaliz ing on their tremendous AD VANTAGE IN FIREPOWER along the 90mile assault front extend ing southward from Aachen On this front some of Lt Gen Court ney H Hodges Yanks had bitten into the Siegfried line and others were deployed close to the Ger man border werethe 3 great zones of wide breach of the German border from a mile south of Aachen to south of captured Rotgen where the U S 1st army swept through the Belgian border villages Hergenrath and Gem menich and reached or captured COURSE OF STORM Broken arrows indicate coarse of the Atlantic coast hurricane which passed northward liberated by American troops and Netherlands forces of the interior Nancy 14th city of France and historic scene of French resis tance both in ancient times and in the first World war is 68 miles from the Strasbourg crossing of the Rhine The Germans who had reported the jaws of an iron vise closing upon the city to the southeast and the German towns of Forstebach Kovschen Ormhof and others not yet named 6mile wide pathway 8 miles deep into the outer Drag ons Teeth and concrete pillboxes of the Siegfried line to the out skirts of Prum 7 miles east of the Belgian town of St Vith and 11 miles northeast of the Luxembourg town of Clervaux 2mile deep wedge Into the defense zone just northwest of Trier near the southern end of the 90mile section A front dispatch said that the Germans fought like fanatics in that area but their pill boxes were lightly armed land thinly garrisoned and the Ameri cans blasted them out strongpoint by strongpoint In northeastern France Ameri can 3rd army infantry pushed steadily east of PontAMousson toward the Saar while tanksup ported forces occupied Mirecourt 25 miles south of Nancy The 3rd army now has a halfdozen firm bridgeheads across the Moselle river near Nancy The southern most of these was at Charmes 10 miles northeast of Mirecourt Fighting edged closer to the Mo selle west of Metz and in Thion ville to the north The German radio said one claw of a piricer had reached Moscow and Pol ish troops were believed storming into Warsaw proper Friday across the broad and swift Vistula from the captured industrial suburb of Praga The German communique re ported yet another great Russian offensive with 40 divisions of up to 600000 men in the northern sector of the eastern possibly in Finland Friday was the deadline for the withdrawal of 7 German divisions in North Finland The Germans did not further identify the locale of the offensive which might be below East Prussia or in the Baltic states around Riga rather than Fin land Front dispatches said 4 Vistula bridges stillwere standing A red fleet reporter asserted 1can see clearly as thepalm of my hand the bridges across the Vistula and the outline of War saw Fravda said Russian batter ies had been warned not to fire at the bridges because we are going to need them Another Russian force 30 miles to the south was across the Vis tula in the Warka region threaten ing to outflank scorched ruins of the capital city of 1265700 No cross of the Vistula has been re ported above Warsaw Between Praga and the city proper the river is 500 to GOO yards wide The Germans asserted all the bridges had been blown up and that Russian attempts to interfere with the German disengagement were repelled The climactic battle for Warsaw besieged from without since sum mer and from within by Polish partisans was directed by tall soberfaced Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky himself Polishborn 000000 Officials of the federal hurrf Madge A Moines Jordan mother Des PAY VOU9 XEWSPAPfDBOV 9F6UUBU Charles W Mercer Mrs Edward S Mercer mother R R 1 Packwood Reported seriously injured was Lester H Konzen Dyers ville Buy yonr War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy cane warning service and the weather bureau were released For almost 2 weeks they had been charting the course of the storm from its point of origin deep In the Caribbean sea where hurri canes develop and all their reports had indicated day by day that it was of the type that killed 300 persons in1 the Florida Keys in 1936 and more than 600 in New England in 1938 The urgency of their warnings saved many lives and preserved much property Authorities from Florida to Maine evacuated thou sands of persons from lowlying coastal areas where they would have been drowned by tremend ous tidal waves some 100 feet or more high had they stayed Prop erty owners boarded up windows and strengthened foundations Atlantic City appeared to have suffered the most serious dam age A tidal wave engulfed the famous boardwalk of the resort city and a tremendous sea split the million dollar steel pier Hundreds of homes and stores I along the waterfront were flooded No Rain in 56 Days in Salt Lake City 6 Salt Lake City Salt Lake City weather bureau work ers wrote a new drought record into their books Friday no rain for 56 days the longest dry spell in 70 years A 55day drought was recorded 29 years ago Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and warmer Friday afternoon and Friday night Saturday scat tered showers and cooler Fresh winds Iowa Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday Widely scattered showers Saturday and Satur day night Warmer Friday aft ernoon and in east and central portions Friday night Cooler Saturday Fresh winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 67 Minimum Thursday night 49 At 8 a m Friday 52 YEAR AGO Maximum 74 Minimum 45 northeast withdrew during the night and FIRED SCARCELY A SHOT as an American general led the way in a jeep into theheart of the wildly celebrating city A force of Lt Gen Courtney H Hodges V S first army which crossed the frontier of the Dutch province of LImbnrg Thursday was said by the Germans to have advanced to a point near Valken bnrg 12 miles northeast of Aach en in the course of the sweep through Maastricht a city of 67 008 Aachen under artillery fire from the Americans who had ad vanced to points within a mile of the city from the south and south east was threatened with an en circlement such as toppled Nancy South of Aachen vital citadel 2 miles inside the German frontier the Germans admitted the Ameri cans had driven powerful armored forces into wedges in the glacis or face of the Siegfried line Allied announcements and dis patches said 3 penetrations from 2 to 8 miles deep and 6 to 9 miles of them completely through the first belt of fortifica been made in the line toward the Rhine cities of Col logne and Coblenz German RESISTANCE STIF FENED along the southern out skirts of the fortress city of Aach en key to the western approaches to Germanys rich industrial Rhineland which was shelled and was being bypassed American 4 KILLED IN PLANT BLAST 21 Hurt in Hastings Ordnance Explosion i Hastings Three Ne gro sailors and one coast guards man were killed Friday morning when a large amount of ammuni tion exploded at the Hastings ChateauSalms 14 miles northeast of Nancy This spearhead was just 15 miles north of the lower ciaw which the German communique said had closed into Luneville in The newspaper said it learned naval ordnance depot the Hastings Daily Tribune said Friday after noon Iircia f41 units from the south had ap1 to surrender a thrust around Nancy from the south On the northern lank of the allied line the British 2nd army was mopping up the last Isolated pockets of German resistance in a trap in northern Belgium be tween the Albert canal and the ScheldeMeuse canzl east of Ant werp The Germans helped to close THEIR OWN TRAP In haste they blew up all but one of the bridges over the ScheldeMeuse canal be fore breaking back from the Al bert canal line That remaining bridge at Degrotte was seized by the British in a sweep into Hol land To the northwest the Canadians closed in all along the Leopold canal north Brugge on a line virtually along the southern bor der of the Netherlands They al ready had crossed the twinchan neled Leopold canal at one point in a drive to clear the southern bank of the Schelde estuary where German guns still block Antwerp to allied use At the Brittany port of Brest the Americans fought their way through the city street by street while from the waterfront thun dered the explosions of probably the last nail demolitions The be sieged German garrison there had rejected another allied ultimatum on reliable authority that 21 per civilians 5 coast guards men and 5 injured The blast which shook commun ities as far as 125 miles distant dug a crater 550 feet long and 25 feet deep in the transfer station in the south part of the 48000 acre depot largest military installation in Nebraska Although the explosion was 22 miles from Hastings at least 23 business houses here suf fered damage mostly broken plate glass windows The explosion at the 48000acre installation about 9 miles east ol here was the second in 6 months and the third this year A blast last April 6 claimed 8 lives and on ON PALAU invasion In the Pacific by Americans is on Palau islands Japs reported the assault was made on Peleliu shown near the bottom of the above map bardment which rocked the island from end to which left many of the defenders alive and ready to fight Tonight the marines have es tablished a beachhead along the southern rim of the island They must realize as we ail do that this is going to be a tough cam paign The Japs are fighting hard and they are strongly entrenched YANKS PUSH FORWARD NEARER PHILIPPINES U S Pacific Fleet Headquar ters Pearl Harbor assault forces converging on the Philippines from the south and east landed on the fortresslike Palau islands and Morotai Friday Manila time on the heels of the most crushing aerial bombardr ment the island archipelago ever received Marines and army assault forces from Adm Chester W Nimiti central Pacific command landed on unnamed islands of the Palau group 600 miles east of Mindanao island in the Philip pines while Gen Douglas Mac Arthurs troops made a surprise landing on Morotai 300 miles south of Mindanao Tokyo radio said the Palau anding was on Peleliu island southernmost of the group with n the great barrier reef and the HALMAHERA Pacific Ocean Jan 7 three seamen were killec in an explosion The mayor said some of the in jured were taken to army air fielt hospitals at Fairmont and Har vard Nebr Navy officials had asked local authorities to keep the way clear between Hastings hos pitals and the depot Carter said he understood that Glenvil small village on the bor der of the depot area which was heavily damaged in the April blast again suffered heavily 0 V Bay y o n r War Bonds and Stamps from yonr GlobeGazette carrier bov INVADE HALMAHERA ISLES troops have invaded Morotai Island topmost of the Halmahera Islands as shown on this map ;