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FRESNO, CALIF., TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 6,1945-14 PAGES (TWO SECTIONS) JBnttrta of Mtond elas« wtter (P«r Copy. n«llj S«., guBdijr 10e) Oct. 17. 1922. at Fresno. CUit (By Carrtw 6«Uviiy. 1MB across in Silesia, declared river M) -Harry for U n i t e d represents worst and a t i o n of t h a i e m e n t s of Horton the treats' Charles A. had get a result in the the accept contended water Colorado utterly of its Yank Armies Pound Last Siegfried Belt PARIS, Feb. 6.--W--Infantry of the American 1st Army slashed into the second concrete belt of German German fortifications today to w i t h i n 1,500 yards of Gemund and a half mile of Schleiden. last bastion towns of the Siegfried Line. Just to the north, the 78th Lightning Lightning Division drove through the west wall fortifications to within 1,500 yards of Schmidt, north of the network of dams controlling headwaters of the Roer River. Two of the five dams have been captured captured · On the 3rd Army front to the south, however. 250 resolute Germans Germans burst back into the fortified village of Brandshcid where Lieutenant Lieutenant General George S. Patton's troops had broken clear through the Siegfried Line late yesterday. Heavy f i g h t i n g ensued and the is- Americans Battle Manila Fires Set By Trapped Enemy Garrison sue is still in doubt. Elsewhere, foot troops of the 3rd Army advanced a mile and a quarter quarter along an eight mile front, cap- t u r i n g Habscheid, six miles southwest southwest of Prum. and Schlnusnbach miles northwest. At other points, t h e 3rd Army was seven ·nile.s inside Germany and just over three from Prum, where a spider- web of rails and roads serves the Jerman front. More Earthworks Ahead Correspondents were told that once the 1st Army troops get through Gemund or Schleiden, they will be through the prepared defense defense zone. It was emphasized, however, that just as In the case of the original breach at Aachen, the troops could expect to run into recently c o m p l e t e d earthworks which are extensions of the orig- i n a l l i n e and could be defended s t i f f l v 2,200 U. S. Planes Hammer Reich In Great Mass Raid LONDON, Feb. 6. -- (#) -- Some 2.200 American planes staged one of the greatest mass raids on Germany Germany today, attacking Leipzig, Magdeburg and Chemnitz, tha latter latter less than 30 miles from the Czechoslovak border. More t h a n 1,300 Flying Fortresses and Liberators flew in the 250 mile long sky train which broke into three sections. Leipzig, 85 miles south and west, of Berlin, is a possible haven for Nazis fleeing Berlin. Industrial Chemnitz is 40 miles farther southeast. southeast. Magdeburg is 70 miles west and south of Berlin. Industrial Targets Several other towns in central Germany also apparently were hit. A preliminary announcement said the targets were industries and communications. About 850 Mustangs and Thunderbolts Thunderbolts flew escort. Tlje raid on Chemnitz, 35 miles from Dresden, represented a round trip flight of 1,300 miles. The day raids followed a night Mosquito attack on Berlin, where The' Siegfried Line before 1he flayed action bombs planted in 3rd Army is a single chain of de- ?*turc ay'* huge F l y i n g Fortress Imperial California proposed engineer foreign on Mexico. the to be then Hull advising "past extent other had district "we any in any great said, 1,100,000 annually American by justify 6) California, of the said candidate for dense positions; it is double on the 1st Army front just north. Patton's doughboys who went through the Siegfried Line yesterday yesterday tackled it in the dense Schnee Eifel Forest, and emerged from the woods and through the line about four and a half miles northwest of Prum. Mile And Half They found the permanent fort fort i f i c a t i o n s about, a mile and a half deep. In the temporary capture capture of Brandschied, a few miles to the southwest, the douehboys cleared out. more than 40 pillboxes and took 300 prisoners. Below Strasbourg, four American American divisions and Hie French 1st Army widened to five miles their cutoff corridor which split the Colmar Colmar pocket, between the 111 River and the Vosges foothills, where Nazi rearguards are hemmed in a death trap. The Allies are caving in the pocket with gains up to live miles in a a ay. East of the cutoff, the road between between captured Neufbrisach and the Rhine railroad bridge was cut and German troops are boxed along the Rhine bank to the south with only pontoon bridges and boats for their escape. A dozen or more Alsatian towns were were taken. Bradley Is Reinstated With Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley back in command of the 1st and 3rd United States Armies' in his 12th Army Group, his troops applied steady pressure to the central sections of the West Wall fortifications. The 9th Army remains under Field Marshal Sir Bernard L Montgomery, who took over the 1st and 9th when the Ardennes breakthrough split Bradley's forces This arrangement indicated joint British and American operations are possibly imminent, against an enemy which SHAEF declared hac suffered 1.260,000 western front casualties since D Day. TTie 2nd Indian Head Division commanded by Major General Walter Walter M. Robinson, and the Sth Division Division of Major General Louis A Craig carried the 1st Army assault to Gemund and Schleiden. both towns of about 2,500. The 1st Army already has won control of two of the five dams con trolling levels on the Roer, a bar rier stream at the edge of the Co logne plain. Two and a half miles southwest of the three remaining dams, the 2nd Division engaged in icavy fighting on the narrow Olef raid still were exploding. Only a few German planes were sighted and not a single bomber vas challenged. Fast two engined British Mosquitoes Mosquitoes kindled new fires in Berin Berin last night and hit other objectives objectives in central and western Germany. Germany. One plane was missing. Berlin Disorganized A Stockholm dispatch said the newspaper Aftonbladet was unable :o reach its Berlin correspondent iy telephone this morning, indicat- ng the German capital was further disorganized in last night's attack. From the Meditei'ranean Allied air force in Italy came word the Germans' Brenner Pass line and main rail routes out of Italy to the northeast "are now thoroughly blocked despite frantic efforts of German repair crews" to maintain them. Reconnaissance pictures taken after B25s heavily battered the .meaner line yesterday snowed uie tracks covered by landslides caused by effective bombing of-overhanging of-overhanging cliffs. Two Succumb To Traffic Injuries; Two Are Injured Two men are dead and two others are seriously injured as a result of traffic accidents in tha Fresno district. district. Private Carrington T. Berry, 20, of Hammer Field was killed instantly instantly when a staff car he was driving skidded on wet pavement and crashed against a culvert on Clovis Avenue a mile south of Hammer Hammer Field yesterday. Howard Hatton, 30, of Route 1, Box 358, Selma,. died today in the Fresno County General Hospital from head injuries suffered late Saturday when he was struck while alighting from his car on Mount Whitney Avenue near Five Points. His skull was fractured. Arm Is Fractured Private James Harper, 24, also stationed at Hammer Field, who was riding with Berry, is in the Hammer Field Hospital with a fractured United States and British civilian internees stand with their baggage on the grounds of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, in Manila. The shirtless men had been previously in- Storm Results In Near Record , River Runoff Charles L. Kaupke, Kings River watermaster, today announced the maximum three day flow caused Paratroops Enter City; 1,300 More Captives Go MANILA. Wednesday, Feb. (iTi--Retreating but trapped Japanese Japanese turned the business center Manila into a flaming inferno as they sought to destroy what they could not hold. Flames roared from building b u i l d i n g in the Escolta spread toward musty old Bilihid Prison, from which 800 prisoners of war and 500 civilian internees v»trf released by American Sunday. The newly freed Americans Allied nationals joined the in lighting the flames, spreading northward from the Japanese positions on the Pasig River, which flows through the center of city. Pipes Are Dry Water mains were empty the Manila Fire Department helpless. The Japanese blew up water pumping stations several days ago. This final act of desperation vengeance by the doomed garrison of Japanese followed day a special proclamation by General Douglas MacArthur announcing the "fall" of the city to 6th and Sth Army troops. MacArthur added the motto his command now is: "On to Tokio!" The remaining Japanese are fighting desperately to break American infantry and armor bearing down upon them. Their retreat was further cut off llth Airborne Division, closing from the south. Burns Business District .Japanese suicide units Monday By RUSSELL BRINES n.'Sht began the work of destruc- BILIBID PRISON/MANILA, Feb. S.-tffJ-Musty, filthy old {^ They^ted^ Bilibid, erstwhile Japanese prison of horrors, was a begTirneal ciistr i ct ) an d pu t the torch to de- citadel of American freedom today. Thirty seventh Division infantry terned and are assisting the new comers. (Picture taken from Japanese barracks after the capture of Tacloban, Leyte, by American Force). (JP) Wirephoto from Navy, Bilibid, Prison Of Horrors, Is Freed Without A Fight opened'its doors Sunday for the liberation liberation of its half starved, ill I J l c l A l U l U m L 1 1 L C C ua,J i i u w ^a.u.5tw C L C I I . I U I I ut ^ _ ^ J by the heavy storm which began clothed 800 prisoners of war and last Thursday was the second high- 500 civilian internees, including est in the history of records on women and children, the stream. At Santo Tomas University, 10 ginning Thursday totaled 108,300 acre feet, exceeded only by the all time high of 126,700 acre feet recorded recorded in the December, 1937, flood. According to Kaupke, flooding of the river lands below Kingsburg and into Tulare Lake was nearly as extensive as in the 1937,flood, and he pointed to the peak flow as coming coming only seven years after the record record year. Kaupke said at 1 A. M. Thursday the river was flowing at only 547 second feet and 24 hours later it had reached 31,600 second feet. The peak flow occurred at 7 A. M. Friday at 50,250 second feet and by 1 A. M. Saturday !t dropped to 14,920 second feet. The 1 A. M. measurement Sunday fell to 6,060 second feet. More Rain Expected Clear weather toflay with increasing increasing cloudiness tomorrow and a new storm Thursday or Friday is the forecast of the United States Weather Bureau. George V. Sager, meteorologist in charge, said a new storm center off the Oregon coast originally expected expected to affect the San Joaquin Valley Valley tomorrow has been delayed lor from 24 to 48 hours. Precipitation figures yesterday, in the closing stages of the weekend storm which put Fresno rainfall at 6.13 inches, almost an inch above its normal seasonal total of 5.16 inches, include: Stockton. .17; Merced, Merced, .05; Lindsay, .08; Porterville, .19; Coalinga, .08; Firebaugh, .09; some fighting prior to the complete liberation of its some 3,700 internees internees by the 1st Cavalry Division. In the "end, it had been necessary to insure safe conduct for Lieutenant Lieutenant Colonel Hayashi and 65 of his men to the enemy's lines in order to free 270 internees held as hostages hostages in the education building. This was not so at Bilibid. The Japanese fled their infamy there. Old Bilibid was in such a deplorable deplorable condition that the ancient Spanish prison had been abandoned by the Filipino Government before the war. Used Torture Chambers But the Japanese made full use of its torture chambers. Many an accused man was taken from Santo Tomas to Bilibid. If he came back at all, he came back a broken and shattered shell of himself. Prisoners confined in the prison itself and not taken to the torture chambers, however, received generally generally better treatment than in other war prisons. The Nipponese prison staff left Saturday when the first Yanks entered entered the city, leaving behind a signpost saying, "Prisoners and war internees quartered here lawfully lawfully released." Sunday while Captain Theodore Winship, Virginia, Minn., was cooking cooking his handful ot corn and rice, he looked up to see a soldier. Long: Enough "Hello, who are you?" Winship asked. "I'm an American soldier of the i37th Division," was the reply Turlock Rancher With Gripvanrp « I t i l l WI t W I M I I W I V Shoots Engineer (McClatchy Newspapers Service) MODESTO, Feb. 6.--The district attorney's office today announced nsanity as well as criminal proceed- ngs will be instituted against Arie iVyngarden, 67, wealthy rancher vho yesterday shot R. V. Meikle, hief engineer of the Turlock Irrigation Irrigation District, through the right land while he was meeting with lirectors of the utility in Turlock. The slug from the .38 caliber automatic pistol creased Meikle's abdomen and entered the back of lis hand, emerging below the wrist. partment stores, banks and buildings. Fanned by a stiff breeze Manila Bay, the flames wildly. All of the prisoners, xyho included many women and children, removed from Bilibid ahead of flames. Men strong enough The Pistol Jammed pistol jammed after the \i -, t^ f TM- m f T-ni- ingle shot. Wyngarden thrust the veapon in his shirt front, left the room through a rear door and was arrested a few mintites later by Patrolman Al G. Hedin of the Turock Turock Police Department. Wyngarden said he was on his way to the police station to surrender surrender himself. The Holland born bachelor rancher, rancher, who owns a 40 acre dairy and vineyard in Turlock's Mitchell district, district, admitted the shooting in a statement to Deputy District Attorney Attorney Walter Crow, McKinley Thompson, Thompson, prosecutor's investigator, and Deputy Sheriff Jack Hammett, declaring declaring did to kill the troops. Santo Tomas, the former university and interment camp, island of safety--well apart the densely built area, already burning or in the path of the Most of the 3,700 internees at Santo Tomas were still occupying quarters there, pending evacuation plans. Repented Explosion* Buildings of the area were shaken repeatedly, however, by explosions in the business district by the thunder of American pounding the Japanese positions. The trapped enemy force is believed to be comparatively but is resisting desperately. are being pressed back form north by 37th Infantry and (Motorized) Cavalry troops. Many Japanese were caught fires in their rear. They _ran screaming toward the American lines. The flames silhouetted against the background and doughboys mowed them down automatic weapons. Writing off the eventual Manila. Japanese propagandists said the coming of the to Manila was "exactly what side waited for, and our tactics will now enter the stage." The llth Airborne Division completed the stranglehold on battered Japanese garrison in him." Wyngarden recited what Crow termed a long list of imaginary south , ._ dash of 35 miles. They met resistance at Nichols Field. The 37th Infantry Division,

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 06 Feb 1945, Tue,
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