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Northern Ireland Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - February 1, 1944, Belfast, Ulster Northern Ireland edition these daily newspaper of . Armed forces in the european theater of operations vol. 1. No. 48. New York Northern Ireland. Tuesday feb. 1, 1944. Berlin fires rage after 14th great raid . Invasion of marshalls May be on Landing indicated by Jap radio Navy admits it is facing greatest test official silence enshrouded the exact disposition of a Battle raging in the Marshall islands last night despite a Jap radio report which said that Imperial japanese army and Navy units had intercepted powerful units attacking the islands and indicated that Ameri can forces had landed or were pre pared to land on the enemy s nest of fortresses in Central Pacific. The Navy department in washing Tion would neither deny nor confirm the enemy claim but admitted that the Navy whose planes have been fiercely pounding the bases from the air for two Days was meeting possibly its greatest test. From Pearl Harbour adm. Chester Nimitz commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet announced Early monday morning that . Warships escorting a Fleet of aircraft carriers had Ven tured boldly to within 20 Miles of the Marshall atolls of Kwajalein Riol male Lap and wot Jue giving them a concentrated downpour of steel and flame similar to that which Navy forces handed the japs preceding the Gilberts invasion. Adm. Nimitz possibly threw the greatest naval Force in world history into this assault but like saturday no details were available As radio silence from the task Force is enforced for Security. Two versions on Jap term speculation in Washington and new York said that the Jap ence to attacking by army and Navy units seemed to indicate that . Troops had landed and were being engaged in land fighting. Other sources said however that the refer ence might mean Only that the Jap air Arm of both the Navy and army were being used to fight off the . Units naval circles in san Francisco pointed out that any invasion of the Atea would be aimed first at the Triangle of Kwajalein Woutje and male Lap All of which have been pounded for 20 Days by . Land based planes from the Gilberts. 300 Miles South. A United press report from Washington said it was possible that the task Force in the latest attack was acting As an advanced guard Anc protecting screen for troop trans ports. Capture of the marshalls actually Coral atolls which Rise Only 55 fee above the water at the highest Point would be the first Allied break into tic outer defense ring defending the Jap Mainland. . Subs sink 14 ships Washington feb. Sub marines have sunk 14 More vessels in the far East the Navy department announced yesterday. The ships were two Large and one medium transports a Tanker a naval auxiliary one medium cargo ship and seven medium and one Small freighter. Fill blood Bank for the invasion soldiers wounded in the invasion of Western Europe will be supplied with an adequate Stock of whole blood and blood plasma donated by troops now stationed in the Eto. Mobile medical units equipped with portable refrigerators mounted on trucks Are visiting . Installations throughout Britain and storing Large quantities transfused from volunteers with Type of blood Only. Tousa Headquarters announced yesterday. Capt. Robert c. Hardin of Iowa City la., in charge of the Mobile units said that Only Type of was being taken because it was the most common Type and was suitable for Universal transfusion regardless of the patient s own blood Type. The battered town Square of Anzio in real Ohio american soldiers walk into the deserted Square of Anzio one of the italian coastal towns seized by the allies for their Bridgehead South of Rome. Anzio in pre War Days was a fashionable Seaside resort for wealthy fascists. Allied tank infantry drive on Rome reported by Nasis Germany reported yesterday that powerful Allied tank and infantry forces had launched an offensive from their Nettuno Bridgehead after Allied air forces took a heavy toll of enemy planes in assaults on Luftwaffe bases. Tightening their hold on the skies above the Bridgehead Allied air men shot Down 63 planes to boost the total destroyed in the last nine Days Sweden fears reds in Baltic believed Fleet May break out prey on her traffic with Reich Finland Stockholm. Feb. 1 Russia s Advance toward Estonia created uneasiness to Day in swedish naval circles which speculated on the possibility that powerful red Fleet units might soon break into the Baltic and threaten swedish traffic with Fin land and Germany. Since 1942. The russian Baltic Fleet bottled up in the Gulf of Finland has been restricted Only to limited operations from its base at Kronstadt. With their occupation of Estonia the germans threw extensive mine Fields and a submarine Boom across the narrow neck of the Gulf. A swedish naval officer e. Soeberg writing in the Stockholm tid Ningen said the russian Advance opened the possibility of an Early soviet occupation of Batisch port from which the russians could command great areas of the Baltic. Soeberg named the following ships As comprising the russian Baltic battleship october revolution the cruisers kirov and Maxim Gorky tons each the destroyers Leningrad and Minsk tons ten More destroyers numerous torpedo boats a number of submarines ranging from to 250 tons and other smaller War Craft. To 206. According to a United press estimate. In the same period Only 47 Allied aircraft were lost. Thirty six enemy planes were shot Down by thunderbolts escorting Strong forces of heavy bombers sunday in blows against four airfields in Northwest Italy used by the germans As refuelling bases for Reserve bombers being rushed from the Balkans to oppose the fifth army Advance. Nazi attack repelled bombs were seen to fall among parked aircraft and on hangars and workshops at Villerba. Udine. Lava Rino and Maningo All of which lie Between the Gulf of Venice and the Julian and Carnic Alps. Both Allied and enemy sources re ported saturday that marshal Kessel ring s forces were digging in to Stem any major thrust toward Rome defences were said to be in construction along the ten mile stretch of the Railroad Between Castel Leone in the Southern slopes of the Alban Hills to Cisterna in the South. At the Southern Anchor of the hastily erected line the allies yester Day repulsed a German counter attack. Admitting a withdrawal in the area Karl Praegner German military commentator said that the allies used Strong armoured forces about one brigade in violent Battles raged yesterday to the South along the main fifth army front following a breach made in the enemy Gustav line by the american capture of the villages of Cairo and continued on Page 4. Libs again Hammer Pas de Calais area offensive in 4th Day fighter bombers Over Holland Saaf destroys 255 planes loses 75 in two Days american bombers and fighters yesterday stretched the air Offen Sive against Europe to 96 hours pounding targets in the nazi occupied territories after the Raf had driven Home its 14th major blow at Berlin sunday night. I Telephone communication Between Stockholm and Berlin was j disrupted again last night shortly after several nazi radio stations had j gone off the air. Great fires raged in the German capital on which the Raf had dumped tons of bombs. _ liberators escorted by Thunderbolt fighters hit military Stalla ions in the Vas de Calais area without loss while Thunderbolt fighter bombers covered by lightnings attacked the Gile risen Airfield in Holland and in a bitter dogfight shot own 13 German planes or the loss of six . Craft. Although the Saaf s Daylight tracks were not on the same scale s the record blows at Hanover and Runswick sunday and Frankfurt saturday they kept up the Strain on 4e Luftwaffe which for 96 hours has Een forced to shuttle its forces Back and Forth As first the Raf then the Saaf smashed at War munitions targets. The Raf s third heavy attack it our nights on the blazing capital of he Reich probably carried the total lied bomb tonnage delivered from British bases in the big Aerial push o and the total figure of plane orgies to More than the Berlin attack sunday night Vith Light attacks in the West of Ger Many and intruder and mine laying operations Cost the raf1 33 aircraft out it sent the effects of the almost reds 12 Miles from Estonia last town before Narva half encircled soviets advancing on Luga soviet tanks and Mobile guns Spear headed by Cossack patrols Naif encircled the last russian town on the railway to Narva yesterday and pushed within 12 Miles of the estonian Border. Moscow dispatches said Kingsepp hemmed in from North and East by the russians was expected to fall soon As the germans fell Back to avoid being caught in an encircling movement which might close the 27 mile Gap Between Lake Peipus and the Gulf of Finland. Meanwhile two branches or Gen. Godorov s forces striking South from Matchina moved their lines 17 Miles Southwest of that Junction and 19 Miles than 40 Miles from the nazi base at Luga columns moving West from Novgorod threatened to Cut off nazis retreating before this Advance. Still further South ski troopers who broke through the enemy Strong Point at novo Sokolnik were reported moving West into nazi positions in the dense Forest Belt that fringes the Latvia Russia Border. Moscow said no fresh news had reached the capital from the Southern front. There was no confirmation from the russians of a swedish radio re port that the russian Baltic Fleet had sailed from Kronstadt and begun shelling German lines of communication with Finland. Russian Convoy Battle on in Arctic germans say German news Agency said yester Day that a boats were attacking a Murmansk Convoy in the Arctic Anc had sunk five merchant ships total Ling tons and ten destroyer and escort vessels. Eisenhower lauds drive for Home front Security efforts of the people at Home to eliminate Loose talk Are heartening to All troops serving overseas. Gen. Dwight d. Eisenhower told the com Mittee for Security of military and production information in Seattle wash., in a letter yesterday. The supreme Allied commander was replying to a letter from Stephen f. Chadwick chairman of the com Mittee describing a pledge signed by thousands of Seattle citizens not to mention or write about military or production information. Similar letters were sent to american army and Navy commanders in other captured stores explode a myth Navy finds out the Jap Soldier lives on More than fish. Rice Washington feb. 1 popular theories that the daily diet of a Jap Soldier consists of a handful of Rice and a few scraps of fish Are false according to a Navy department study of abandoned Jap stones. Although Jap military diet is simple it is adequate and partly responsible for the efficiency of the Jap fighting Man the report based on a study made by it. Com. Clive m. Mccay at the research Institute Bethesda my. Said. The Jap the report pointed out uses a considerable Quantity of de hydrated food which while differing in flavor from american products i nutritionally efficient. In addition to Vitamin pills which were declared to be of Good Quality the captured Jap stores disclosed the use of dried onions Taro Root peas beef Stew condensed milk hard tact and Candy. Jap Rice and enriched flour a found to be of very Good Quality an analysis of seaweed used by the japs disclosed that when mixed Witt other foods to make a Stew the Weed provided the Jap soldiers with an excellent source of of the most important vitamins. Incessant pounding snowballing to new Heights. The nazis capital was Cut off from he outside world for 14 hours and All air travel out of Germany to Sweden was terminated As authorities ried to Clamp Down on reports of the devastation caused fires out of control from Mosquito bomber Crews who followed the Raf heavies in How Ever and from reports slipping past the censorship it became apparent that uncontrolled fires still were sweeping Berlin 24 hours after the last bombs had fallen and that As he weight of the attacks continued the ability of the defences to Cope with the bombers was More than proportionately Cut Down. An official compilation yesterday. Which excluded the Liberator and Thunderbolt attacks on nazi held countries during the Day showed that on saturday and sunday the . Strategic air forces in which includes the 15th aah in tons of bombs on Frankfurt Hanover Brunswick and nazi airfields in Italy. The total losses for the two Days were a4 bombers and 21 fighters. While 255 enemy aircraft were destroyed in dogfights and More than 50 on the ground. For most of the Saaf formations flying against Brunswick and Han Over sunday s attack was the Rator groups it was the third in As Many Days. Early combat reports dealt Only with the Brunswick Mission Ana it was several hours before there was confirmation that much bombed Han Over too had been attacked. But by the time All the reports were in continued on Page 4. . Casualties in War total own says Washington feb. Armed forces casualties since the outbreak of the War total the office of War information announced yester the casualty list included dead wounded. Missing and 29.898 prisoners of War of whom have died in Captivity army casualties totalling included dead. Wounded missing prisoners of War. Of the wounded. Have returned to Active duty or been released from hospitals
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