Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 2, 1963 · Page 30
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 30

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, May 2, 1963
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PAGE 32 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 2. 1963 World War II Maginot,, Siegfried Fortifications Still Largely Intact FRANKFURT, Germany -(/P)--British soldiers used to sing: "We're going to hang our washing on the Siegfried Line." You can still hang out your laundry on the massive German defense installations of World War II. Nine-tenths of them remain more or less intact. It would cost too much money to remove them. Across the German-French border in France, the Maginot Line is still there, too. It is even kept in shape. French and t Germans, who built these fortification systems a quarter of a century ago are closer politically today that at any time in the past 1,000 years. Chancellor K o n r a d Ade- Special License Colors Sought ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.--UP) --Red and yellow Florida license plates have been proposed for 1965 as a part of the 400th anniversary of St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. Mayor James Lindsley has asked Gov. Farris Brya'nt to authorize those colors. The flags of St. Augustine and its founder, Spain, are red and yellow. nauer and President Charles de Gaulle have signed an amity pact. German soldiers train in France; their French allies are stationed in Germany. French military authorities say they see no f u t u r e need for the Maginot Line, but it could be put back into operating condition with little effort. They are unwilling to let the installations fall into ruin. After all, the Maginot Line cost 500 million prewar dollars. World War II left Maginot practically undamaged. German troops invaded France via neutral Belgium and rolled up the Maginot L i n e forts from behind, meeting no resistance. After the war, the location of the forts in remote forest land, far from supplies, labor and markets, made them undesirable as factories. A suggestion to use them for storage of NATO supplies also came to nothing. The Maginot Line remains as a ghostly chunk of military' bric-a-brac. It includes 25 big forts and hundreds of lesser positions. Small maintenance crews periodically visit the installations, k e e p i n g machinery ready to run and making sure no looters are around. The Siegfried Line, also largely untouched during the war, was earmarked for demolition by the Allies. The sentence was too difficult to carry out. Ten thousand bunkers of steel and concrete, miles of "dragon teeth" tank barriers and hundreds of other installations had been built by the Nazis from 1937 to 1940. The job of razing most of them fell to the French, who controlled the border area after the war. Just removing mines from the area took years--and scores of German and Allied lives. German authorities say that between 1945 and 1962 about 1,000 bunkers were flattened. The cost was almost $5 million. According to official estimates, it would take $40 million more to raze the rest. Among the most d i f f i c u l t to remove are the "dragon teeth" which are connected by concrete beams. Usually, they are pulled up only when they obstruct road building projects. Many bunkers are so overgrown with shrubbery that you wouldn't find their en- HUMPHREY HUSH trance. Others slowly rot away as waste dumps. Farmers store hay in deserted bunkers. Children are usually advised to keep away from them--an occasional shell may be lying around. In the western Palatinate-in the heart of NATO's largest defense arsenal strewn with depots, airports, barracks and dependent housing areas --the bunkers still serve a military purpose. They are used for ammunition storage. Lately, the Siegfried Line has been detected by the tourist trade. One American agency has arranged conducted tours along some of the bunker systems. Penguins Gone House Hunting? GREAT BR1CKHILL, England--UPI--Betty and Bob, a pair of midget penguins, walked out of their pen yesterday at Birdhaven Zoo and keepers think love may be the reason. "It's spring, you know, and when penguins are ready to start a family they go to endless trouble to find suitable quarters," Capt. John Lee-Hudson, owner of the zoo, said. sweet Every six'/.ling crisp strip of Corn King Bacon has the special flavor the corn country is famous for. Ju st pop a piece in you r mouth. Ever tasted better? Sweet 'n smoked--rich with the natural flavor of a fresh corn country morning. You can almost whiff the cuvls of smoke lazily caressing the sweet sugar-cured sides. Just compare Corn King with higher-priced brands. You'll find you get more flavor for your money in Corn King Bacon! Look for the ear of Iowa corn on the top of the handy Stay-Fresh Box Corn King T. M. Sinclair Co., Ltd. ^Jf 4 Miserable Cleaning Jobs (where you should let Qorox do the dirty work) Don't touch that toilet bowl! No gloves, no trick mops, no grief. Just pour in a half-cup of Clorox bleach as directed on the label. Stubborn stains disappear, odors are gone, and remember . . . cleansers can't hold a candle to Clorox for germ-killing power! Don't let kitchen floors floor you. Next time you have an extra-dirty floor, try this: Add a half- cup of Clorox to your scrub suds. Clorox makes stubborn stains a push-over. And Clorox is also the most effective household disinfectant you can use! Awkward places made easy. Why fuss and try to force cleansers to penetrate into those pesky, tight places? Clorox, water and a vinyl sponge are all that's needed to bleach those nooks and crannies bright and beautiful. Garbage cans, ugh! Forget about scraping and scrubbing! Just hose in water, add a cup of Clorox and swish! Two minutes with Clorox takes care of stains, smells and germs better than a mess of knuckle-busting labor. America's hardest-working house cleaner! « Cioroi Company - "Cloro*" is tht ifghrenccf tr*dmjrV of The Clorot ubsidijry of ProcterCimblr, for bleach.

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