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Save Vfa'ste Paper! It is valuable to f ho War ffhr t! The Boy Scouts will collect your Scrap Paper «vor x Saturday BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO. 73 Dlylhcville Daily News Blythevlllo Herald Blytlievllle Courier Mississippi Valley Lender HLVTUKVILLK, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JUNK Hi, Two Winning Hands! SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS > GERMANS RALLY IN NORMANDY 'Doc" Demi. Bond Super-Salesman • * « ... Champion Bond Auctioneer Set To Help Raise Another Million Sales resistance molls when "Doc" Dean mounts the platform and pinko's liis familiar appeal for Mr. and Mrs America to buy War Bonds. That's ono reason why Mississippi County's Fifth War Loan Campaign is expected to go over with a bang, because Blylhcvillc's super-salesman again is ready for action. When the current campaign has been completed, "Doc" hopes he will have been one reason for its success, and that he will have boosted his remarkable total of 1C million dollars worth of bonds sold in previous drives to a far greater figure. His real name is Thomas F.» . Dean but during the years lie was on the road as a medicine show man. he acquired the inevitable nickname of "Doc". When the present war came along and he was rejected for military service, lie turned ills talents of persuasion (o the next best thing, the raising of money to help pay for guns, ammunition and all the supplies men at the front must have. Since then he has sold, everything, from 10-cent war stamps to $100,000 bonds._ The largest amount he';has sold 'at one rally wis in Jonesboro iyherc more than. $1,000,000 worth tycre dislrlbuled as results of his efforts. Delighted to accent invitalions to conduct rallies", "Doc" always''goes where, possible, be:It a small ; com- TOHAVS WAR ANAI.YSIH Our Strategy Catches Nazis Fiat-Footed Bond Campaign Well Underway Initial Day's Sales More Than $100,000, Chairman Announces The Fiflh Wnr Loan got off to a flying start with more than $100,000 sold the first day In^Blythevlllc according \ to a statement made a' nooii'.'toda'y.by Loy B. Eich, chairman forj triey.Chicknsawba district wfiatvwe,' as citizens on'thi at Cbildress, Ark., and /all day Saturday he will be biisy'at Mon- ettc in another sale. "How much am I bid? Do I hear another? Going . . . going . . . gone!' 1 The lusty spiel of the . hoarse auctioneer will be beard to ^ the far edges of the crowd but it " won't be an ordinary sale at all ... it will be "Doc" strutting his stuff for Uncle Sam. More than 20 rallies have been staged by "Doc"' withoul charge and each time there is announcement of a coming campaign his eyes brighten as he launches into plans for devising new ideas for tale of the bonds. ' Popular Auctioneer His magnetic pcrsonalily, which helped him sell a compound "Rood for everything from hailing hair to falling arches," for 21 years, makes him equally as popular as an auctioneer for the federal government. Just as he practiced Iiyptoinlsm before audiences on show boats plying the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, was a black-faced com- inusl do his utmost," Mr. Eic! said. "The boys on the beaches o France did not have an easy time many of them made tile suprcm sacrifice. Certainly everyone of then was ready to give his all so lha we might continue our America way of life and freedom from tyranny," he added. Mr. Eich pointed out that v;e hart a hard job abend of us to meet our quota of $1,000.000 but that It coul(j be done if everyone would pitcli in and do his part. "No one should do less than his best," he said. "Our toys over there have their eyes on the home front. We must not let (hem become discouraged because of failure on our part to get the job here at home properly done," he added. Half Moon Gin Case Submitted To High Court Submitted to the slate supreme edfan" in vaudevillelrom "California 1 COTllt yesterday was the suit of (lie lalf Moon Gin Company vs. E. C iobinson Lumber Company in which the gin concern is seeking .0 have reversed a Mississippi Chancery Court decree, dated Dec 30, 1943, which ordered the gin company lo pay the lumber cotn- rany (he sum of $701.15, together with Interest at sis percent per annum from Oct. 1, 1940, until pairt 'or building materials purchased 'rom the lumber company by Raymond Spcrr, contractor, for con- struclion work nt the gin. The decree further stales that the lumber company filed its claim of a lien upon certain property in Chickasawba district in Mississippi County and thai it lias a lici upon the properly to secure (he payment of the amount found due it by the Chancery Court. The contention of the gin company in their appeal to the higher court is that pan of the malcrial which went inlo Ihe building was not included in the lien. Reid and Evrard represent Half Moon Oin Company, and Waller L. Pope Is the attorney for Robin- ion Lumber Company. lo New York, and termed by his competitors as "one of the best show men in the business," Dean uses the same tactics as lie con; due Us sales which may run from • nn hour to several days—until the quota is reached. His auctioneering for Uncle Sam began in the first days of war bonds at Beardstown, 111., when Dean was Iherc willi his medicine show. As he sold his wares he urged Ills lislncrs lo buy bonds and, to Etinuilalc interest in people saving for war bonds he gave away $10 attendance prizes in the form of 10-ccnl stamps. Ills Son First Buyer His son, Bob Dean, purchased the first wan bond sold by his father at Beardstown and so good did the idea seem that Dean "peddled" toncis directly from the plalform alter that date ns he sold liis ware.s. The idea spread lo oilier towns of Illinois and Indiana that Summer before lie came home for the Winter season. During that Winter, Dean did a lot of thinking. This resulted in his disbanding his medicine show, buying a business In Blytlievillc . . . and launching into a one-man career for the war effort, His efforts have brought him rewards in Hie way of honors. He was declared an official Arkansas Traveler by Governor Adkins in a ^special Armistice Day celebration Viere when presented a Certificate of Honor, lias been presented two official citations following bond sales, was cited by the Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the city' most outstanding citizens and made an honorary member of this young men's organization, and chosen city chairman for the successful Red Cross drive. Receives Cilalion He has been recognized by Henry Morgcnthau Jr., secretary of the treasury, for his efforts, with tlie citation from the Treasury (Continued on Page 3) De- By JAMES HAKl'KIt United Press 8U(< Writer Allied invasion forces arc steadily moving forward, by seeming to do (hinss backward. They heavily bombed one invasion beach, then landed at anollier. Now, they're moving westward to reach Berlin, which lies lo Ihe east, But in those seeming paradoxes lies one of tlic secrets of General Eisenhower's slratcBS'. A strategy thai apparently cauglil Ihe Nazis flal-foolcd. Here's how it worked out. Tlic Calais nrea of Prance, which lies only 22 miles or six minutes by plane from England, was bomb- el as no other area In the world as been bombed. There, the beaches are best and he distance to Berlin shortest \pparcntly, the Germans, picking t as the landing spot, massed much f Uieir reserves in Ihe area. Ilritlpes Destroyed Ibcn came step number two. Jvery bridge across the Seine rlvei vns pill out of commission. The Seine cuts across Ihe most direct oulc from Calais to Normandy Thus, lliose German reserves were solalcd from Ihc real, iiivasiot irca. And. to reach it, they had lo Ictour many miles inland. This n turn gave llie Allies a chanci o build up their forces for wha : 'resident Roosevelt last night call ed "the inevitable counter-attack. ' But, Instead of striking dircctl> inland, the Allies swung away fron Paris. They now arc driving west ward to wall off the Cherbour peninsula so that finger of land lipped by Its great porl, can scrv' 35 a future base of operations. Tlic; also established a strong positioi in the area of Caen and Baycu: to fend off German forces movin westward from tlic Paris area. An behind this screen, American troop arc steadily clearing out garriso: forces inside the peninsula. ''{ Washington experts say Ihc-Oer mans realized right away , that th Cacn-Bayeaux area was the key pro lectini? 'American forces batllir northward loward Cherbourg. Thai why they immediately threw inl lliis sector all the odds and em of armor Ihey could muster. Tli fighting around Caen apparentl i.5 (lie heaviest of the entire 60 nilc-long beachhead. 'British troop which broke into the town on L dny, hav e yet lo control it. Stil bey are safeguarding America :roo])i; inside the peninsula, no only some 10 miles from Cherbour Week's Progress ' Good Tlic invasion. is a week old. Tl Allies have accomplished plenty ;hosc seven days .which shook tl world. In the first place, Ihey ha broken into the Atlantic wall establish a beachhead half Ihc size of Rhode island. A beachhead so firm that Britain allowed its Prime Minister and America its four top commander s to come ashore. Now they're rapidly winning the peninsula as a base of operations. A base which, when won, will be protected on three sides by the sea which the Allies control. Soon, they will have Cherbourg wilh its six-square-mile roadstcd as a port to receive supplies. On top of that, tlicv have definite air superiority. Although the falcons of the Luft- waffe still remain hooded, the Allies, with their 11,000 planes, ha;'e little cause to worry about the 1700 or so that Germany can muster. Allies Face Counter^Attacks Savage Battles Rage In (arentaii Streets And At Montebourg 1 > ' W • • * Jesse B. Westmore/ond Dies At Dell Residence Jesse B. Westmoreland died at 11:50 o'clock last niglil at his home near Dell after a short illness. He was 76. Mr. Westmoreland had farmed near Dell since coming to this section in 1910 from Holly Springs, Miss., where he was born and reared. He leaves his wife and one son, Jessie B. Westmoreland Jr., at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at Dell Baptist Church with the Rev. Guy D. Magec, paslor, officiating. Tiic invasion, lifting a corner of the curtain screening Hitler's dark continent, has disclosed another heartening fact. The Nazis apparently are scraping the bottom of the manpower barrel. The invaders find themselves facing a polyglot army consisting of men, and even women, from almost all the dissident German-hating nations of Europe. The Nazis are estimated to have last between four and six million men killed captured and incapacitated. And they're forced to draw from among their slaves to muster an army. Thus, the situation is encouraging as the invasion moves inlo its second week. Soon, the Russian thrust from the east will be in fill swing. And Germany, which pursued a policy of divide and conquer, will find Itself divided, and (lien conquered. jermany's Back s Against Wall toosevelt Says Defeat Of Hitler To Seal Fate Of Japan, Nation Is Assured WASHINGTON, .June 13. (UP) — resident Roosevelt said last, night ml Germany lias her back lo the all, "In fact, three walls lit once." And Mr. Roosevelt cmphnsl/o.' ml the defeat of Hitler will iimk.-, . possible to iovce the Japanese to iiconditional .surrender or to 1111- iounl suicide much mure mpUll) imn has been though!, possible. In u nalion-wide radio spcecl imichlng llie lli-bllllon dollar flRhl- II! Fifth Win- Ixiiin Drive, the Pres:tent gave an iip-lo-the-iulnutc re- lew of tlic Rloljal war. In lluil evlew, Mr. Roosevelt frankly ad- iiitlcd (bat (he Invasion of wcsteri Hiiropc has been costly In both ihci md materials. Bui lie mldcd Ilia he losses were lower than 'oui sommanders hud thought would oc cur. Ready Fur Countcr-Etlows The chief executive said thai Hi Allied invasion iirinlcs have eslab islied a Ili-iii foothold 111 France. And he declared that they now arc ircparcd to meet the inevitable Gcr- nau countcr-allacks with power and confidence. "Millions of Ions of weapons anil implies, and hundreds of thousands of men assembled in England me :inw being poured'into the great battle of Europe," . Mr. Roosovelt 'aid. And he raided that there was warned that.this must continue. In discussing action on Ihe oilier European fronts, llie PresIdenl'rcT ported that the,Russians are now beginning , to Innd "their -crushing blows nnd that the Allies In- the south have broken the German hold on central Italy. The.President added that tile Allied troops were pressing hard on the heels of the Germans ns they retreated northward in ever growing confusion. t\a for the Allied air war over Europe, Mr. Roosevelt promised that continue with increasing AH Fronts Important But llie chief executive pointed oul that although "the chief lutcr- csl al llie moment is centered on (lie invasion, we must not, lose siglil ol the fact that our armed forces are engaged on other batllc fronts all over the world, and thai no one front can be considered willmjil its iropcr relation to all." Then the President went on It enumerate what we have done to th. lapancse. "By relentless submarine md naval attacks, amphibl«'.' .lirusts and ever-mounting nir-at- lacks," said Ihc Presldcnl, "we h.ivt. tcprived (lie Japs of the power to check the momentum of our cver- ;rowing nnd cvcr-advtincing military forces." Mr. Roosevelt cautioned that "we still have a long way to Tokyo." 'But," said lie, "by carrying out our original strategy of eliminating our European enemy first and Ilicn turning al! our strength to the Pacific, we can force the Japanese to unconditional surrender or to national suicide much more rapiiiiy than has been Uiought possible." -ate Bulletins KOMI), June 13 (U.P,)— l.li'ii- li'iiiint (iriicrnl Mark rim-lc, roininamliT of I he- Alllnl l-'tflh Army, .va.vs 711,11110 Coniians liurv lu't'ii kllli'il, cupturtMl m- winiiid- cil ilitrhiK lite c-iinvii'. nflViisivu in ll.i!y, WITH mmisii Foiiim - IN I'UANCI-:, June 11) (ll.l 1 .)—llrlUsli armored form have driven a weilRC several miles ik'cn l 'lul<> (In- ninny positions south nf (In: SI. Ln-t'iicm; tine. Hulled Press War Corros|ioutleiit Hlclianl IMe- MllUn, ivliii reports (lie sllon'ss, Miys (he Tommies struck a soft spot in Narl di'fcusrs. A I.M CD i Naples-, June IS ((I.P.J— S!i'i»i(,' furces of AlUrtl lumilii-i-s all-.u-k- ni airdrome*, aircraft engine anil EUiliimnlilta plants In (lie Munich area (wlav. Tiii.s is iiilllininccd liliicliilly. It will [lower. Burial ,wlll Cemetery. be mado at Elmwood Active pallbearers will be Tom Martin, Gene Braciberry, John Lewis, Earl Potter, Otto Koehler, and Walter Lewis. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, Hero Of Dieppe Classified 1-A "Ready To Go Again If They'll Accept Me," Sergt. Oglesby Says Wounded at Dieppe . . . imprlson- •d In Germany . . . repatriated uul discharged from the Canadian Army witli a, pension because a ihrapnel \voiiml cost him one luni; . . and now classified 1-A upon ils return lo civilian life, 'llial Is lie status of Scrgl. Everett Ot'lcs- Jy, heroic Manila farmer who wore thn tiMilltlfliinl plaid of the inmous 7ssex Scottish Regiment because he wanted lo (jet a crack at the Oer- nans before Ihe United States.went (ft War. •'• - S , ; - ::•; . Well, T'm ready to'- wcar^unclc Sam's uniform : if lie wants hie," Scrpeant Oglc.tby said here yesterday. Hut friends of Ihe Mnnlla war hcio believe Sergeant Oglesliy Is going lo enjoy a well-earned rest Thc v pointer! nut that his draft board had no allcrnallve but to give him such classification when he agntn became a civilian nix Hint when anil If be is called foi Ills iroiitinc Selective Service examination he ill all probability wll lie classified a s unfit for military service because of his physical condition. He went into the Canadian Army In May, 1(HO, and In the Dieppe raid narrowly escaped death wliei a wallet and paybook prcventxx another piece of shrapnel fron piercing his heart. Followisg bis rcliirn In this country, he became well known in Mis slsslppi Countv where lie spoke a a number of civic clubs dcscrlb Ing the horrors of the battle I which he participated nnd his ex iierlences ns a prisoner of war. After his furlough, he returned to his regiment' In Canada where he was Riven his discharge. In the same mall which brought lilm news of his A-l classification, he received notice from the Canadian Government that h e would (.'el a monthly pension for his disabilities. Since his return lo civilian life, he has been making - his home on a' farm near Manila. 'Bill Of Rights' For G) Awaiting F.D.R. Signature Congress Ends Action When House Accepts Conference Report WASHINGTON, Juno lit (U,IMAM Iho'dl 1)111 of lilfihts needs now Ls (lie President.':; sluniiluro. lo become, a law. Congress completed action on Ihe bill today when the- House unanimously RC- eepled a conference report which ironed out the differences between the House nnd Senate. The nltlmalc- cost of Ilic bill which authorizes lieiiefll.s for vel- itrnns of World War Two Is estimated at somewhere between llircu and li and « imlf billion ilollure Among other Ihlugs llie hill provides, for unemployment compensation for veterans, , Koveiiuuenl loans on purchnscs of homes, businesses or tunas, and educational air. On Capitol Hill today. Sidney Hillnuui, head of the CIO Political jdallni! the liUest communique. LONDON, Juno 1.3 (U.P.)—Cioniiiin troops have rallied Tor a slroiiK cininlcr-drivo on the Cherbourg Peninsula. Untied I'i't'.Hs War CoiTcsp^mluiil Henry Goricll, in a dispatch filed direct from Krainjc, repents that the Germans have piiHlinil their way back inlo townn, Carcntan and MOM-' Lcbotirjf. Violent street ftahlinK nines in botli places. , , At almost tlio Hutne lime that Con ell iilcd liis dispatch from France, Supremo' Allied Headquarters in London an r nounml the capture of Monlobouij,' and Port L'Abbc, oil the Cliei'boiirn Peninsula. llcad(|iiai lois also reported the capture ol' Lo Ham, three miles soiilhwsf, of Monlebourg, and Troanm, seven miles east of Caen. Goncll earlier hail reported the * — —— 1 ciipliirc of Monlclxnirg, and the' liimcliliiiirlcni comiiiiinlr|Ue merely continued his previous amiomicc- ninnl. However. Ids Inter announcement Hint Hie Germans bad fought their way back Into both towns.'is believed to be the latest news, anle- Actlon Committee, defended tluit group's political iicllvlllr-s. Testifying before a Senate '•iininlllct! on campaign expondl- nr'ca, Hlllnuin dented (here was my violation ol law, and lie hailed llml lalnir has been singled ml fur lU; pollllcal uellvlty. lie siiBucsled tliu .CoiiBrexs also nvesli|;ato groups spawned by bifc' justness. Hillnuin ninde clear tlial hu CIO Political Action Commll- ,ce would Blrniisly support a fourth erin for President lloosovclt, because of I us fears of what a Kc- Hibllcan ailmlnlslrallon , would do. iif.'^^: 1 June Court Session Is Adjourned Today The June session of Civil Division of Circuit Court was adjourned until the January term of court by Judge Walter Killoush of Wynne this morning on the opening day ot Court, Prevailing crop conditions nnd labor shortage, which necessitated many jurors to be atecnl from court, nnd *a light docket were given as the reasons for adjournment. Judge Zal B. Harrison will preside over the next term of Civil divisions of Circuit Court (.•> he held the third Monday in January. Council To Meet Tonight The cily council will hold its regular monthly meetiii}! tonight at 8 o'clock at the Oily Hall, Mayor K. n. Jackson announced today. New York Cotton Lashes Pursuers Sudden Resistance Merely Roar Guard Covering Movement A I, I, I K D HEADQUARTERS ROME, June 18. (UP)—Na/l troops fleeing up Italy l»fore inrisslve 1 Allied columns, today turned back 01 their pursuers with fury. • Ragged rcmmiuU of Ihe spltnlcrc< German HIM Aruly, reinforced b; fresh enemy divisions rushed dowi from the north, urn battling vicious ly against General Clark's men They have taken np high crouiu positions In the hills 6D lo VO mile above Rome. The enemy detachments arc fight Ing at four strategic, points on a llm extending w miles Inland from th Tyrrhenian sea soast at OrVjclcllo. Hut this sudden flare-up' of Axl resistance is only a large scale rca Kuard covering movement. The foe disorganized main forces contlnu in pell niell relrcal toward the sec ondard German defense line be twccn Rimini and Pisa, over If miles to the north, Fierce righting Is under way o both sides of lake Bolscna in th west const area. And north of tli lake, South African armored force met bitlcr opposition in the Bagn Rc(;lo sector. open liiijli low close pr.cl. May July Oct. Dec. 2M8 1984 2132 2062 2014 2013 1!)B9 2130 2<wr> 2039 201)8 I'JIM 2132 2059 2033 2012 1988 2I3B 20G4 2009 198-1 2120 2051 2038 2034 Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. 157 158 K ISfi'i ISTTfc I56}| Sept. . ISG'v 157 : !; I575i N. 0. Cotton open high low close pr.c Mar. . 2011 2010 200!) 2015 201 May . 1!)88 1090 IBM 1088 101 July . . 2H(i 21Sfi 2116 215G 21 Ocl. . 2060 20CO 2060 20G5 20S Dec. . 2037 2041 2036 2010 203 Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy til afternoon, lonighl nnd Wcdnesda Scaltercd thtiuderslKwcrs ihls a ternoon and Wednesday and I north portion tonight. Soldier From Luxora Is Wounded In Action Pvt, Joseph L. Lunsford of Luxora ha s been wounded in action In the Asiatic area, the War Department announced today. The extent of Private Lunsford's injuries was not revealed. His wife makes her home in Luxora. Livestock ST. LOUIS, June 13 (UP)—Hogs 16,000 head, all salable. Holdovers 15,000 head. Top 13.70. 180-210 pounds 13.70. 140-170 pounds 11.1012.60; sows 10.90. Cattle 3.600 head, with 3,500 head salable, calves 2,200, all salable. Mixed yearlings and heifers 14.5010.00; cows -9.25-11.00 canners and cutters 6.00-9.00; slaughter steers 11.75-17.25. Slaughter heifers 10.0016.60; stocker and feeder steers 0.75-14,00. fewest Cruisers Outclass This Beauty Gorrcll wus luilf-mLle from Montc- houi't,', a German hedgehog blisc 1-1 lies southeast, of Cherbourg, when 10 enemy counter-alliick began. He ij'.s as tlic Germans ndvnnccil, U. S. •tltlcry laid down a while smoke ireen to shield American Witnessed tlalllQ Then, as the UP man luolwd on, ouse-to-lioiisi! lighting developed. e heard thu crash of niortius and H's, llie clutter of German machine ins, plslols and carbines. The- re- llls of Ihe balllc for Ijolli Monle- oiirg and G'arcnUin now la .screened •chlndlho smoke of battle, liiilcr, Allied licudquavlcni follrnv- d through wilh v >an iiimoiim.emenl ml, dcspjto the »prbgres. r i of Uc"r- inn couiilcr-aUack at Mo'ntebouri nd Care/titan,, the general sltuu- lon on the Cherbourg peninsula Is very jjrnUfylni;." With .the capture of Ponl L'Abbc 10 Americans arc within onlj Klil miles of the enemy's wcs! oast railroad and highway, whlcl onipi'itic Hie. CherlKuirg garrison's ist practical land supply and cs- upo route. Pont L'Ablie was cap- iiretl by the Americans In a live- illc advance from Saint Merc Ijjllsc, 20 miles southeast of Chor- x>urg. 100,000 Yanks Across Lieutenant General Omar Brad cy's Americans now hold at leas wo-thlrds of the Normandy bench lead. Nearly 100,000 yanks alread lave boon revealed as fighting 01 he Cherbourg peninsula. Over 10, 000 Nazi prisoners have been cap urcd. llul the British, now holding th Caen sector, arc engaged In heav lighting. The British have Ihrow u ring of armor around Caen. An llicy arc attacking Ihe German gar •ison, which Is stubbornly bolclln on lo that eastern anchor of th enemy defenses. Violent tank bal ties arc developing, The Tommle ire pouring round after round ammunition Inlo Hie three Genna [)anvx?r divisions massed in that arcn To (he southeast, heaclc|iiarlcr says Hie Americans arc makln "very satisfactory" progress In drive to flank Saint Lo, anclei citadel balf-wny across the pcnln sula. At Ihc last rc|H>rl, they wcr less than six miles from the strong point. The capture of Saint Lo, communications hub, would furlh isolalc the German garrison <i Cherbourg, on the tip of llie penli sula. Reports earlier loday, filed be fore Ihc news of Ihc German coun Icr-nltacks, saltl American palro were probing the outskirts of tl port. Nazis To Use Strong Forces Uul the Germans arc estimated have thrown 14 lo 15 divisions, 01 qiiarler of their armies in wester Europe, Into an all-out attempt save Cherbourg. Meanwhile, Allied air power coming into fuller play. The Inviu ers now arc using five landing stri in France, and today's weather Is good over Ihc Channel—with visibility described as "excellent." Some limited air-borne operations arc revealed to have been carried out Monday niitht, with the Allies using their new landing strips. But the greatest air blows still arc being struck by Allied planes based in Britain. A fleet of Flying Fortresses hammered at three enemy airfields midway between Paris and the Normandy battlefront today. The heavyweights also struck German communications lines fanning out to the invasion area. Escorting fighters and fig liter-bombers also carried out offensive patrols, dive- bombing n long list of selected targets. Tile daylight assault followed we (lono homo shelling. , (icrnutn People Warned Now reports, all'unconfirmed, -are mlug In alxiltt-the 1 German'rcac- m lo Ihc invasion. A Slockhojnj Jtt.spapei says Ihe Germaii'rt(Srtt,"-« cparlng for a War on theirl owtfj'^ II 'ihi'j'io s.ild to Imvo issued!Jn"-ifv% HU.UOHS lo Iho population on"!«/»,, v ,i combat ali-boinc Iroops. ' * A London newspaper publl spalch from :21st Army , erf oad<|iiiulm in England todny' t ij«'yS-' v ' H Ma'.shal Rommel Is 'believed" lo avc been -removed: as commander the German armies facing the' llles. The.Gcrniaiis llicmsclvos say General Maicks, whom they cull ic "commanding general of an ar 1 iy nnd defbiulcr of the CherboiUB enlnsiila" Ims been killed at the- out In the comsc'ot jieavy lighting. French Underground Busy A 1 ; the fighting'continues, n Free 1 lonch sppkesman nays members-'ot 10 rrcncl^uifdcrground have "cy-°'f rj where multiplied their actions galn.ll Hie Nazis." The,spokesman, ild that in two' departments of ^runco, ,thoy have completely par- ly/.cd cohinninIciillons.--Gencrar Do Gaulle's headquarters in Ixindon kewlsc says rail communtcatlons'ln" lie Paris region have been attacked >y salxilciirs, • And, Incidohtally, the French In- ormailon service says 'i the exiled ovornmciiUs of Belgium, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia, liavo rccog- dzcd General DC Gaulle's provision-' il government of France. As the fighting increased, United TOSS Correspondent James McGlln- cy has Just completed a tour of the •car Hues In England where "great nasses of men and .war machines are taint assembled to go to France." flic correspondent snys flatly: "The Invasion Is only a week Q]U! and Ihc , Germans hayc not seen anything yet." Germans Face Soviet Drive In Far North By .TIniicd Press III eastern Europe, Ihe Finns/say e Russians- have ^opened- an-offensive against the Germans In the Far North, near Murmansk. A Helsinki dispatch says Russian forces are attacking Nazi positions along the Litsairivcr which, mns to the Barrentsr' Sea. 1 ''About seven German divisions'are believed poslcrt along the upper end of the Soviet-Finnish fronl. To llie south,.-Finland has hurled fresh reserves into batlle on Ihe Karelian Isthmus, but the Soviets arc reiwrled still advancing on a broad front. Allied heavy bombers based in Italy today flew 16 Southern Germa- nyto punish the Munich area. An official announcement says strong air fleets, escorted'by fight-, crs, - attacked airdromes, aircraft engine plants and motor works'in the Munich area. The chief target was an airdrome where ME-14 twin cngincd fighters are assembled. Before dawn. RAF heavyweights flew from Italy to dump blockbusters on a big oil refinery near Komaron In Hungary. The U. S, Navy thought it really had something when-it built ihc supcr-dupcr cruiser Wichita, • ( above, last year. Bui the now Alaska class, first type nqmed for U. S. territories, put it in the ese'27,000-tonners arc 750 feet long, have nine 12-inch guns in their main batteries ""^afid can dd 35 knots—faster than most speedboats,. New York Stocks AT&T 160 Amer Tobacco 701-2 Anaconda-Copper x 26 Beth Steel ..'.... ........ 60 1-2 Chrysler 02 1-2 Coca , Col a •. 123 M Gen Electric .... ...:.... 37 7-8 Gen Motors. 631-3 Montgomery Ward ........ 47 1-8 N Y central ........; 17 3-t Int Harvester 76 1-2 North Am ; Aviation ...... ,8 1-4 a night bombardment by 1000 RAP Republic Steel ., 18 planes on a German synthetic oil Radio' 101-2 center and four rail Junctions In Socony: Vacuum 131-3 France. Studebaker 137-8 The Germans countered today by firing their heavy guns in the Capo Gris Nez area across llie straits of Dover today. But the Allies also Standard'of N J 57 1-2 Texas Corp , 41 7-3 Packard 5 U-4 U S Steel 55

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