1944 Pierre J Huss with Patton Marysville Tribune November 15

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1944 Pierre J Huss with Patton Marysville Tribune November 15 - AMERICAN THIRD ARMY DOUGHBOYS AND ARTILLERY...
AMERICAN THIRD ARMY DOUGHBOYS AND ARTILLERY READY FOR CLIMAX BATTLE FOR IMPORTANT FORTRESS GUARDED CITY BARING THE WAY TO SAAR—GERMAN COUNTERATTACKS ARE TURNED BACK By INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE vThc American Third Army drove today to within a mile and thr\ce• quarters of the bastion' city of Metz. Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton's troops, advancing from the south, captured two more forts west of the. Moselle River near the powerful Drian.t installation. Front-line dispatches indicated liberation of the French city is near at hand, and International News Service Correspondent , Pierre' J. Huss reported that the next 24 hours are likely to determine whether the Germans will yield Metz . intact or transform its architectural beauties into the shambles of another Aachen.' . General Patton's batteries of field artillery have been' drawn up lo within easy range- of the great fortress 'city. Huss reported that muzzles of the American cannon are turned like accusing fingers upon Nazi-held buildings, awaiting only a Gorman refusal to. surrender before blasting and pounding IVTetz into a mass of rubble. Ready for Barrages . Up'to now, not a single shell has been fired into Metz, but Huss reported that the Third Army is ready to reduce the city into something resembling an untidy brickyard unless the Nazis withdraw before another sunrise. Troops of the Fifth Infantry Division spearheaded tho drive toward (he lieart of Metz. After taking the two forts—called Forts Hubert and Jussy—the Fifth Division doughboys slogged on through the mud and rain and snow toward the town of Magny, which lies only n mile south, of Metz. The 90th and 95th Divisions, operating north of Metz, linked their river, stretching their area of control to 14 miles. Fort Illange, near Thionville, was captured. . Allied headquarters revealed that the Germans attempted a few counter-attacks, all of which were repulsed as General Patton's forces continued their advance. Elsewhere on'-the western front, the British offensive in western Holland lashed out against the road junction at Vehlo near the Reich frontier. In the drive against the Noorder and W ess en Canals, a spokesman at headquarters of Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery asserted, "all initial objectives have been won." South of the Metz sector, tho American Seventh 'Army advanced as far as two miles northeast of Baccarat and forced the Germans back more than a mile east of Bruyere^. Italian Front On the Italian front, enemy resistance stiffened in the Forli area, but British Eighth Army forces continued their advance northwest of the town, pushing beyond the village of San Tome. Other elements of the Eighth Army gained two miles west of Forli, springing forward from bridgeheads across the Montone river and seizing the town of .Villa Grappa. Comparative quiet reigned on the American'Fifth Army sector in Italy, but Lieut. Gen. Mark Wayne Clarlc sent an all-Indian division into action to capture Mount San Bartolo, bridgeheads across the Moselle overlooking the Modigliana plain

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  1. Marysville Journal-Tribune,
  2. 15 Nov 1944, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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  • 1944 Pierre J Huss with Patton Marysville Tribune November 15

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