Cumberland Sunday Times from Cumberland, Maryland on October 8, 1944 · Page 7
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SUNDAY TIMES, 'CUMBERLAND, Mo, SUNDAY UCTUUEK s, VICTORY IN NORTH AFJKICA , XXI - .. : .. •Tilings were gettfng hot," a* Ike | .lied It, all ak««, the line. The (xis was fighting desperately at _;reat cost of lives and supplies. They froke through American artillery iltions west of Paid Pass, irapcril- tlie Allied positions at Oafsa. Hitter'i "•upermen- with • last powerful dp. /;,..;.:,„., ...... ,., \ •' General "Eisenhower, at his head. («»u«d this .statement on " . e forces ,under heavy l*t- laults withdrew to the hill* in the tTebessa region on the Algerian bor- her. Montgomery's British Eighth rmy was only 185 miles away after fighting its way across North Africa. 1 The-hattles .at Kasserine Pass tere being waged "with terrific on- Ilaughts from both sides. The first attlc lasted two days and ended In defeat for the Americans and rench, who were forced back into klgeria. It was a death struggle p take this mountain gateway to ninis. The Germans, spirited by heir temporary victory, advanced apidly towards Thala. General Eisenhower was at the |ront witnessing the battle. Slanting beside him were General Alex>a:ton. They watched the Ameri- |ndei-, General Giraud, and General forces as they rallied a few days tier---with— werful attack. r. ^ C -mi i -f~-=tu" -"«"•»>.• utuuui-uusu surrendered on tn iirough brilliant sfiltegrthfr-Gerijfl^ing day—and then Llnosa. inn*l WPTP- Pfl llfrir. nntnrrton 4-1-m *-»_____ t TV i. were caught between the ieer, cliffed walls In the mountain lass — a modern TTiermopylae. Waves of American bombers poured leach from the skies. Panic-stricken to escape the the' American ie Germans tried aming tomb, but K 'ound forces drove' through with IHlevastating power. The Battle of .anserine Pass was won (Feb. 24 }«), and the remnants of the Germans retreated toward Gafsa • Gafsa, with General Elsen- ,. . on May. 12 r "Organized resistance, except in Isolated pockets: of the enemy, has ceased: /.General von Armln, commander of the Axis forces In Tunis!*, has fceea captured." LANDING IN SICILY '. '••*•• '"•.:• XXII '• With North Africa i safely In his possession, General Eisenhower cast his eyei .toward Europe. Working indefatlgably for five .week* .Dee and his staff planned every 'detail of the job. When he was questioned about his : chances for success, he pointed toward Sicily and remarked, "We'll be in there going well la a month." Day and night, his bombers were creating havoc over the 'islands of the Mediterranean and ' far Into Italy. The- island of . Pantelleria, after 20 days of -incessant bombing and co-ordinated bombardment by naval, forces, was reduced to shambles. The garrison of 10,000 troops surrendered without an Allied loss on June 11, 1943. The Island of Lambedusa surrendered on the fol- •At i; 30 Ike was convinced fronj the reports coming to him-that the "boys are doing a good job." Whjle he waited ; he • l*y: down and took cat naps until 4:30 ,when an orderly announced, ."General, the invasion is a'success. The boys have landed in Sicily." ... : "By:golly!" shouted Ike. They've done it again I" ', Immediately he begin to broadcast his messages to the besieged peoples. " : : « . Sicilians listened enUiralled as the proclamation of their American liberator came to ''them over the radio'in; their own language. Always thinking Jar ahead of his enemies, and knowing that Hitler would 'use the invasion of SicSly to excite fear In France that they, too, were , about to be Invaded. Eisenhower sent this message to the FWnch. people and listened In the broadcasting room as it went out over the air: General Eisenhower- sat at his headquarters, with his staff, work- Ing out the details in .accordance with been blanca conference. hours of ceaseless ower witnessing the aptured in terrific battle, was -_, . combat by iamerican infantry on March 17, St. Rtrick's Day, The Americans captured El Guet- r r. Tlie German Mareth Line be- 5111 to crack under Allied bombing hd a major battle was brewing, lencral "Monty" Montgomery was baking rapid progress coming from he cast and sent the following mes- pge to his chief: I "We are all looking forward to, fining the United 'States of Amerl-' •iraf forces Yer V shortly and after that •?H e WU1 finish ° {t thls business very --*a,!„,-!.. bethel, UB „ i * * * ! The British forced Rommel from "s Mareth Line (March' 29) into K > uthern Tunisia towards Gabes jiihlch was under heavy naval sheli- E3Sfe - They captured El Hamme and ~s (March. 30). Rommel was ished farther and farther Into the pffm corner, until hu Joined with pn Arnlm's forces in Northwest XinLsia. The long-awaited day arrived. It las April 7 when the message came | Elsenhower that Monty's battle- Jarred British veterans, who iud Jught their way 2000 miles across g|ie African deserts, had joined the Sjmerlcans In Tunisia, south of De "-"Vjebel Chemsi on the Gafsa-Qabes a general ; plan which had decided upon at the Cassa- Through long discussion the strategists' surveyed charts, blueprints, and maps involving every problem. The minutest details were analyzed. Tedder, Cunningham, and Alexander were given the responsibility for strategy and supply. At tte oblong council tabie, with Eisenhower -sitting at the head, they shot questions back and forth In verbal volleys. When a technical problem arose they called in experts and other generals to advise with them. After' the day's session Ike would remain working alone until far Into the night. He was now rising at 4 o'clock in the morning and staying on the job till midnight. While the campaign was being organized, Anthony Eden, back in London, affirmed his complete confidence in them. "Not enough has been said about the invaluable work of General Eisenhower In North Africa. Literally there is no parallel for ifc In history. It Is not a Joint Allied staff that he " but one single staff Jsia. •The Monty's gallant Eighth and atton's Second U. s. Corps were "^Mng together against the corn- enemy. In. the meantime, other nerican forces had accomplished [major thrust, by pushing 20 miles rt taking Fondouk In Central Tu- comblned force swept for- The total Axis prisoners of |e two armies counted 12,000 as -Is forces abandoned Mahares and -reated towards S fax on April 9. •ax was captured the next day and » the llth day they were 27 miles |rth at La Hencha while American pops, stormed and swept through lid Pass. Kalrouan was taken on ^ril 12, and the arm((«s. swept on, inuring thousands of Axis troops, lOOO by April 15. pommel was being beaten at his [n game. He had only the sea Piind him. He must fight to the ft ditch or attempt, a German Dunkirk" with what was left of i shattered army. In North Turn American- troops, In total E^^MT** 11 the DJebel a * ~~*t*«i*»^* au. uue JJJCUcl Ihent, Hill 609. American troops Inured Mateur, 19 miles southwest _! z t rte .'. af ter a 15-mile advance position of has created, -—„— working toward one objective. What can be done in North Africa in war can be done elsewhere In peace." » * « On July 4 Ike made an Independence Day speech. 'The Declaration of Independence was made 167 years.ago, after a long and bitter battle," he said. 'Th« three nations Involved are now represented here. Unhappily they were not on the same side In that war. But today we are marching side by side to defeat an enemy which Is trying to defeat everything our Declaration of Independence stands-for" The invasion of Sicily on the night of July 9 was' now but a matter of hours. The warships and transports had sailed. General Elsenhower watched the departure of an Allied a!r fleet and then went to his headquarters. He spent the night tracing the course of the In- vasionum charts in his office and In the Fighter Command room which had charge of the air umbrella covering the action.. A few hours before the Sicilian invasion a terrific wind swept over the and Mediterranean. gauged it with Ike his watched weather- trained plainsman's eye. He went to headquarters and found a message from General Marshall: think " d ° y ° U , on! " H senhower wired back There's a high wind but I think we'll be able to report success In the morning." Throughout the work of the night, Ike sustained himself by the German m to the west. S Axis In Africa had com- to end of the trail. On a glorious day May 7, 1943) at 4:15 in t , : n afternoon Bizerte was captured : -je ". S. Second Corps aided by B »f h< 7 > !nis was ca Ptured by British First Army after ad- ns 23 miles In 36 hours. United es armored forces were advanc- toward the Gulf of Tunis to cut tne retreating Axis troops. The l««h pushed along the coast to G f " l from Withdrawing were pouring death and on the fleeing armies P^« V H1 " des P era te attempt escape to the sea had failed Pere was but one thing left for •to escape to Italy by air and his bedraggled army behind '-n^r7uV A 1 ISma A day to the eriui Axis. Germans and - began surrendering uncon- •onaiiy en masse, six great Oer-"- C °i mmanderi! ' headed by the Maj.-Qen. Witllbard Boro- In « I Irps tila American the , of ' mighty Axis A May 10 ' Brltlsh ' y ' rsh L e advan dng up both sides i Bon peninsula to y sipping tea. Turning to in aide he smacked his lips and r-marked, The English know what they're doing. This tea habit is not eo Dad! ' It was revealed at this time that ike always carried seven goodiuck pieces in his pocket. They were old coins which he rubs when in a particularly ticklish action. The officers, watching him with hin hand, in his pocket, nodded and said, "We'll win— Ike's rubbing his good-luck pieces." 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