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YANKS OPEN BELGIUM BATTLE! # Liberator Crash in Kern Kills 10 Men * THE WKATHER Temperature High yesterday S« Low today ~ 59 Rainfall Reason Airport) T Tear HBO (Airport) T Season (Land Company) T Vear ago (Land Company) T 'Rainfall I'lBui-ps nre for the fiscal year beginning July 1.) Fn recant PIc*HHnnt. cool today, tonight am! Saturday. Buy a Bond It May Save a Life Vol. 57 TWO SECTIONS BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1944 16 PAGES No. 28 Reds Nab Bulgar Border^Gty Thousands Nazis Pressed in Pocket as Armies Press for Balkans, Transylvania; Bucharest Crowds Cheer Soviet Troops LONDON', Sept. 1. <JP>— Russian troop* today captured Giurgiu on the Bulgarian border, 40 miles soutli of. Bucharest. Moscow announced tonight. In this drive southward 10 the banks of thn Danube Soviet forces also took Keverashi and more than 100 other populated places, the broadcast communique said. MOSCOW, Sept. 1. (U.E)—Soviet tanks and mechanized cavalry swept 35 miles beyond Bucharest, liberated capital of Rumania, to the Danube river border of Bulgaria today in relentless pursuit of Germany's fleeing, decimated Balkan legions. Other elements of Marshal Rodion \. Malinovsky's Second Ukrainian Army to the north already had swung west through tlie Transylvanian and Carpathian Alps toward Hungary and a junction with Marshal Tito's Partisan army in Yugoslavia. Front dispatches disclosed that n Russian armored column had reached the Danube and tlic Bulgarian border in the neighborhood of the inland port of Gitirgiti, terminus of n pipe line from the Ploosti oil fields, now in Soviet hands. The Soviet thrust pocketed thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of against the Bulgarian BULGAR PEACE TALKSHALTED NAZIS TAKE MEASURES ON BALKAN UPRISING CAIRO, Sept. 1. Off)—The Bulgarian armistice talks were temporarily suspended today after the resignation of the government of Ivan Bagrianov. Germans border. General Feodor I. Tolbukhln's LONDON, Sept. I. <UF>— German.frhird Ukrainian Army also was ap- . .troops were reported occupying th»«^ Dl .oachihg the Bulgarian border in a iefthing Hungarian capital of Buda- S peedy drive down the Black sea Giant Plane Plummets to Muroc Desert ARMY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE ACCIDENT; DETAILS UNAVAILABLE peat today and an unconfirmed Berlin broadcast said the entire Bulgarian cabinet had resigned In the midst of its peace negotiations with •the Allied powers. With patriot bands in open revolt against the Nazis in Slovakia and the Hungarian people reportedly clamoring for peace, there were signs that Berlin, bad recovered from the Initflft .shook of the Balkan uprising smd. was taking drastic counter measures. Nazis March in German troops marched into Slovakia to battle the guerrilla, forces and a United Nations radio broadcast from Algiers said they also had assumed complete military control of Budapest. The German DNB news agency reported the resignation of Bulgarian Premier Ivan Bagrianov's cabinet almost two months to the day since he assumed the office and i*et about withdrawing his country from the war. Resignation of the Bagrianov cabinet, if confirmed, might be inter•' jreted as a formal gesture paving he way for a peace government that jrould ratify the Allied armistice erms. Reds at Danube i Russian armies, although still not A war with Bulgaria, were at the .-jbuntry's Danube river frontier and «n a position to insure fulfilment of Sagrianov's promise to disarm and intern all German troops who might attempt to escape through Bulgaria. Continued on Page Two 5 12 12 8 ..... 4 12 .12 . 4 3, ia . 2 .10 .11 12 .12 .10 ..12 . 7 Index to Advertisers Page Abrams, Dr. R. F Andy's Fountain Lunch.^ Arvin Theater Arvin. Lines Auto Repairing Balance Rock Resort Beardsley Dance Booth's Brock's ...» Chicken Shop Citizens Laundry Clerou Tire Co ... 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Union Avenue Dance ................ -.12 .Union Cemetery ............. - ------ 9, 16 Virginia Theater ....... -, ......... - ....... 18 ' ~ ............. » .......... .•>...- 8 Qscax* B ----------- «• — 2 coast, about 130 miles east of Giurgiu. Bucharest Free It was Mallnovsky's Second Army that completed the liberation of Bucharest yesterday to climax the whirlwind 13-day Rumanian campaign. Soviet newspapers published photographs of giant Russian KV tanks, self-propelled guns, armored transports and motorcycles rolling along the main streets of Bucharest and pas); the royal palace. Not a single soldier walked, dispatches said. Crowds were shown pelting the Soviet columns with flowers amid scenes resembling victory parades in Moscow's Red Square. Two Yanks There The army organ Red Star reported that among the thousands who lined Bucharest's streets cheering the Red army were two American war prisoners, Walter Hughes of New York and Paul Blake of Cincinnati, who had been shot down during an air raid on the Ploestl oil wells early In July and imprisoned ever since in the Bucharest jail. Another 7000 Germans including the thirty-third general to be captured since the start of the Soviet army summer offensive June 23, were made prisoners yesterday to bring the grand total of the Rumanian campaign to 323,400. Renew Warsaw Drive Other Russian forces lashed out northeast of Warsaw, capital of Poland, in what may be the prelude to a full-scale offensive against that city. Nine towns and villages were captured, including Cegielnia. 9 miles northeast of Praga, Warsaw's easternmost borough. Russian armor and mobile infantry in Rumania, giving the scattered Germans no opportunity to reorganize, already were streaming through two passes in the Transylvanlan Alps in the first stages of an of<en- Contlnued on Page Two A B-L'4 Liberator crash at 7:1 S n. in. today ;it .\lunic Army Air Held killed 10 persons, according td Colonel Gerald Hoyle, commanding officer. Tlie dead lire: Flight Officer Howard Beck. Now York, N. Y.; Flight Officer William L. O'Brien, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Flight Officer William F. Wray, Spring Church, Pa,; Second Lieutenant Lawrence D. Lampton, Libby, Mont.; Corporal Robert L. Metcalf, Denver, Colo.: Corporal Boyd H. Janes, West Union. W. V.; Corporal James T. Davis, Somerset, Mass.; Corporal Wayne E. Brown, flare, Mich.; Private John E. Ki-stich, Akron, Ohio; Private Robert W. Breedlove, Tuskegee, Ala. A routine Inquiry will be conducted by army authorities. Details of the crash were lacking. No further information was available as to whether the plane crashed on landing or takeoff or during flight. The story was ordered held for release until late this afternoon by army authorities. TROOPS' EXODUS HOME PUNNED SOME TO RETURN HOME, OTHERS TO FIGHT JAPS By RE I EL S. MOOKE WASHINGTON, Sept. 1. (UP.)-— With the collapse of German resistance, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of American troops from Europe will begin. Today, five years after the second World War started, the army is perfecting plans to reverse its great mass movement of humanity. Some of the Americans in Europe will come home fairly soon after Germany quits, some will go directly to the Far East to fight the Japanese, and some will remain abroad to enforce the first phases of European peace. Pacific First Call American commanders in the Pacific will have first call on American manpower released with Germany's defeat to meet their immediate needs, subject to limitation of transportation facilities and the strategic situation in that theater. Because of the type of warfare In the Pacific, the Allies will not need there immediately too large a portion oi the troops released in Europe. In the 181and-to-island fighting amphibious combat forces are small compared with the large European armies. Some repatriated Individuals and units may expect later to proceed to the Pacific after an interval at home. But the shrinking over-all combat manpower requirements will permit the army to commence discharging troops after victory in Europe. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson said recently that this plan would be ready for announcement soon. Meanwhile army sources will not discuss the plan. Point System It will be based, however, on a point grading system. Soldiers will be allowed points for dependents, age, length of service, combat assignments, overseas duties, decora- Oonllnue'd on Page Two Truman Cites F. R. Service President's Experience Stressed as Senator Accepts Nomination LAMAR, Mo., Sept. 1. G 2 ?)— Senator Harry S. Truman (D- Mo.) has summed up in one sentence what may be the main theme of the Democratic presidential campaign. "There is no substitute for experience," he told 12,000 people who last night jammed the town square of Lamar, his birthplace, "which can be gained only through years of application and service.'' Truman here to he informed officially that the Democrats lidd nominated him for the vice-presidential chores in President Roosevelt's attempt to win u fourth term, repeatedly stressed the "proven leadership" and the "proven experience and qualification" of Mr. Roospvelt. Although be never referred to the Republican party or ticket by name, he said, '1 am confident that the people of the United States . . .will not ,choose, for -president, by political chance, a man who lacks experience." And he added: Praises President "It takes time for anyone to familiarize himself with a new job. This is particularly true of the presidency of the United States." This experience-is-the-best-teachor speech, the first official Democratic address of the campaign and devoted exclusively to praise for Mr. Roosevelt, was expected to set a pattern from which other fourth term talks will be cut. Senator Connally (D-Texas), who broke the nomination news to Truman, also sounded the experience note as he declared the voters would not place the military and naval leadership of the nation "In untried hands." "The American people will not cashier the commander-In-chief of the army and navy on the field of battle," he said. Both Truman's and Connelly's speeches were broadcast on all networks. German Underground Asks Hitler Revolt LONDON, Sept. 1. Iff)—The ministry of Information said today tho "Volksender," identifying itself us the "German people's underground radio," broadcast an appeal to all Germans in the Reich and Czechoslovakia to revolt against Hitler's rule. A broadcast from Moscow by the Free German National Committee also called upon the German army and Its reserves to revolt. World Agency With Power Over Food, Money Seen WASHINGTON. Sept. 1. <JP>— The world security organization being rough-drafted at Dumbarton Oaks is regarded by many American officials close to President Roosevelt as only one wing of a greater structure envisioned to provide internntional co-operation in economic and human welfare activities as well as political problems. The form of the proposed parent structure Is still unshaped, but, it was learned today, its general concept goes beyond the comments on the Dumbarton Oaks talks, made this week by President Roosevelt nnd Secretary of State Hull. The President said he envisioned a world agency with jurisdiction over such questions as food and ((nances as well as the use pf military force to preserve peace. Mr. Hull said the BritUh-Ruseian-American conferees at Dumbarton Oaks were concerned strictly with security, that Is, political, questions. One plan for the broader structure which has been discussed and i« favorably 'SiTnsldered by some of the President's advisers is to set up three parallel organizations, which might be tied together and given general policy direction by periodic meetings of the heads of Btatetr, something along the line of the Roosevelt-Churchlll-Stalln conference at Teheran last winter. The three organizations in this case wuoid be: 1. Security—Including council, assembly, court and other machinery which would work with purely political problems such as boundary disputes and potential aggressor nations, using force If necessary to preserve world peace. World Trade, Economics 2. Economic—Tying together sepH' rate agencies now being set up or projected on oil, rubber, aviation, shipping and the like and to seek to remove causes of war by improving world trade and economic conditions. S. Welfare—Embracing the United Nations relief administration (temporary), the food ^conference (permanent) health, education and such, all also with the general purpose of removing conditions leading to wat. Anybody's Guess What form an overall world setup eventually might take is anybody's guess and many months If not years of work remain to be done before Its accomplishment may be possible. The Dumbarton Oaks conference presum ably could tackle a larger share of the job than has been indicated to date. But nothing that nas come from behind the guarded .gates of that historic estate so far has given evidence of any intention to do more at this time than deal with the problem of organization for security. ALLIED LEADERS REVIEW PARIS PARADE—Reviewing the parade of American divisions marching toward Arc do Trlomphe on Paris?' Champs Elysees arc, lett to right; Major-General Leonard T. Gerow, commanding general Fifth Army Corps; M. Le Troger, commissioner of liberated France; General Jacques LeClero, French Second Armored Division commander; General Charles de Gaulle. Lieutenant- General Omar Bradley, commanding general of United States ground forces; and Lieutenant-General Hodges, commanding general. United States First Army. Signal Corps raclio-telephoto, London, from NEA. GERMANS FLEE LYON AS YANKS CLOSE H005JHSMT DRIVE YANKS THUNDER UP RHONE AFTER FLEErNG NAZI ARMY; FRENCH ADVANCE AT MILE-HOUR RATE 1126 Yanks Evacuated to Italy^ AMERICAN AIRMEN INTERNED BY RUMANIA AFTER RAIDS FREED FLASHES POPE SPEAKS LONDON. Sept. 1. (JF) —Pope Pius, speaking over the Vatican City radio, said tonight that "on this fifth anniversary of the war, the spirit of injustice Is dying out." "This barbaric world is going to end and a new worhl of humanity and Christianity is to be created," the Pontiff continued. SAILORS ESCAPE OROVILLE, Sept. 1. (UP.)— Two United States Navy sailors escaped from a prison train today by climbing through a car window, shore patrolmen and civil authorities are attempting to find their trail. HOLLAND. RELGILM FLOODED EIGHTH AIR FORCE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS. Sept. 1. (UP.)—American fighter pilots returning from strafing sweeps reported late today that the Germans were flooding large areas of Belgium and Holland in front of • the advancing Allied troops. MEXICANS TO FIGHT MEXICO CITY, Sept. 1. <UP) President Manuel Avila Camucho, in his annual address to Congress, said today that the Mexican air unit now training In the United States would sent abroad "to fight on the side of the Allies." 166 PLANES DESTROYED ROME, Sept. 1. OF)—At least 157 enemy planes were destroyed on the ground and nine shot down in aerial combat in the past two days by United States Fifteenth Air Force Mustangs during strafing attacks on three Rumanian airdromes, Medlerraneun Allied Air Force headquarters announced ROME, Sept. 1. (U.E)—The German Nineteenth Army, following reported high voinnuinU urdi'i-fi lo set out of snutuvr.u Fruiwtvtuuilterit-it «iii, upiiarently was evacuating Lyon today before onrushinp 'atnorifuii forces thundering up the Klione valley from four sides. Heavy enemy movements have been observed ou roads leading north and northeast from Lyoii. Allied headquarters announced today as the four Allied columns made new gains which put them within 45 miles of the city. (Allied-controlled radio France said today that more than 00.000 prisoners have been taken by the Allies in southern France.) One American column operating east of the Rhone river, a late com- munique revealed, advanced 15 miles past Grenoble to Voiron, 45 miles southeast of Lyon, while another closer to tlie river .advanced to a point opposite Valence. On the west bank of the Rhone, Americans were In contact with the enemy between Bourg de I'eage and Tournon, the latter point less than 48 miles south of Lyon. While the drive up the Rhone was under way, the 300-mile French Mediterranean coast from Italy to the Spanish border came under complete Allied control. The French march westward was at tlie furious pace of more than a mile an hour. Virtually unopposed, they reached the canal Du Midi. American troops striking eastward along the resort coast, found little or no enemy opposition, although Hie advance was delayed by mined areas. Frontier Reported Crossed (A dispatch from the Italo-Swiss i border said American vanguards from Nice had crossed the Halo- , French frontier at Ventimiglia and j were understood to have made < on- I tact with Italian partisans.) The desperate German situation in j southern Franco was confirmed by j the captured Nazi General Olto j Richter, commander of tlie Hundred Ninety-eighth Infantry Division, who I said the Nineteenth Army was trying to extricate itself "by any means possible " He said artillery personnel in tlie Nimes area had been ordered to return to Germany by their own resources. American und French troops of the eastern side of tlie beachhead UNITED STATES FIFTEENTH AIRFOUCE HEADQUARTERS, Italy, Sept. 1. (JF) —Of the more Hum 3000 American airmen shot down over the Ploostl oilfields and interned in Rumania during the last year. 11^6 have been liberated and safely evacuated to Italian soil. They wore brought from Bucharest to an air ba.so In southern Italy in a fleet of ;JS Flying Fortresses, which wore hunted by enemy fighters Kulnu; and coming. The spectacular mass evacuation was arranged by Lieutenant-Colonel Jamos A. Giinn, III. of Kelsey- vllle, Calil'.. who hid ill' the fuselage of an enemy ME-I09 und was flown oiil to .safety by Captain Curl Contacuzino of the Rumanian air force. Canlacuzlno, a momber of Rumania's royal family, is credited with shouting clown (14 Allied planes before bo joined the Allied siilo. Kl .\I.\M.\.\ I'RISONKliS TAKEN TO IH ('HAREST BUCHAREST. Sept. 1. t.ff>—Ru- manian prisoners captured at Stalingrad were brought liack to their own capital by the Russian army today. ;i gesture' which provoked tlie greatest public demonstration since the day King Mlhai cut (lie ties with Germany. Tho arrival was proclaimed In Troops Storm Past Verdun, Maginot Line Canadians, British Close Noose on Dieppe, Arras on Rocket Coast; Second Army Takes Hebuterne in Drive Beyond Captured Amiens SUPREME HEADQUARTER!?, A. E. V., Sept. 1, (UP.)—Two Amerf- . can tank armies opened the battle for Germany and Belgium along a - l<w-mile front, tonight, capturing Verdun and St. Mihiel and breaking Into the historic Ardennes Gap above Sedan, Stunning through the outer works of the Maginot Line, tanks, guns and riflemen of the : American First Army were reported moving in force into the Ardennes forest on the Franco-Belgian border just north of Sedan. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Sept. 1. (U.E)—American troops were reported to have opened the battle of Belgium in the Ardennes forest north of Sedan tonight, while the United States Third Army's kinks and riflemen surged past the fallen fortress of Verdun in a lightning drive that Berlin said had broken into Alsace-Lorraine only 25 miles from Germany. Attacking under a mighty aerial barrage that littered the roads to the Rhineland with enemy dead and the wreckage of tlumsunds of Nazi transport vehicles, the American First and Third armies pounded in on Germany and Belgium uioug u front of more than 50 miles. " •"•'German resistance melted away under tlio paralyzing American thrusts that stabbed at Belgium and the Ardennes gap on the north and ALLIED BOMBERS LASH FORMOSA m rL r T : M ^ THOUSAND-PLANE RAIDS PROMISED JAP HOMELAND By LEONARD MILLIM.AX Thousand-plane raids on Japan were forecast by the United States the .sprawling iron and steel centers Army air commander for the Pacific ! of Lorraine at the southern end Of the line. The outer works of the Maginot Jne, where some military men , i thought the fleeing Germans might 111 stand and fight, were breached and overrun by fast-rolling American drives across the Meuse below Sedan and beyond Verdun in little more as Allied bombers slashed at Formosa, key to the area he named as potential bases. The attack on Formosa, of China coast, was made by. China based Liberators and Mitchells, Tokyo radio reported today. Other bombers raked the peri- I than H'look to^drive through t'hem" meter of Japan s defense from the • ° equator to Paramushiro in the north „ . Ifeacn Border Pacific. Heaviest blows centered around the southern Philippines. Davao, largest city of the southern Philippines, was left ablaze in the eighth raid in recent weeks; four Japanese ships, including a destroyer, were sunk or crippled in the Dutch Celebes to the south; l j ulau and Yap in the east wen; hit in daily softening up raids. Promises More Raids The regularity of these raids extending over 4000 miles emphasized Lieutenant-General Millurd F. Harmon's promise of "unremitting bomb- in::" of the .fapanc.se industrial empire, spread over Japan, Korea and Manchuria. He Indicated the at! tacks in force would come after Formosa, tho China coast und sumo of tho Ryukyti islands, reaching out ,- ron , Hertogcnboschin. Holland, toward Nippon, have, been seized. | through Antwerp to Mons on one With the main Nipponese armies | sil]l . ac| . OSK to Xnmur through Liege and defensive air forces still to be | ,,, tlu , Dutch-German frontier at engaged, Harmon predicted the Pa- , Roermonde, with the western end of jctfi-: war would last at least a year | tlu , hox seale(1 by a rait j on the after Germany is defeated. I Charlerol freight yards. j s,, far the. heaviest-bombed .lapu-i i: m ,fficlal, but apparently accur- nese baso is by-passed Rabaul in the , , lto ,. e , )Ort8 also , sald Canadian vet- southwest Pacific. 11 has been , ei .. n)!) ot . P , 4ple(I Dieppe without a blasted by .some I'o.omi tons of bombs. | ,, Kht tt , n , ght . redeeming the historic More, than 110 vessels have been , t , hannp , town wnere a host of domln . Mink in its harbor ami 10 times as :.,„„„ , ro wrote a Wood , n mun> Japanese planes shot down dc-j lh ,,,,. mimarv history In the com- fending the fortress. American com- „,.,,„,„ m , d t)f August _ 1942 . The United Nations radio at Algiers broadcast a front report that units of the American First Army had reached the Belgian border at an undisclosed spot north of Sedan. Headquarters spokesmen had no confirmation of the report, but it appeared likely that the Yanks already had smashed across the border and were sweeping forward through the same Ardennes gap in which the Nazi hordes came in the summer of 1940 to conquer France. Overhead, waves of Allied bombers and fighters spread death and ruin through the ranks of the disintegrating enemy In an effort to prevent him from bracing anywhere for an effective stand. Hundreds of planes were on the attack, centering their fire upon a great oblong box extending roughly Hertogenboschin, manders acknowledged the loss of L'44 pianos, probably utily about half the actual losses. The British Second Army advanced 'Jt miles beyond Amiens to capture Helniteriie. 12 miles from Arras, th* Perhaps In preparation fur the ex- j lVnlwl . headquarters of the British were meeting less and less resistance • i u . a( i|| ne « i,, ,. a eh of f-liicharest's as they advanced east and north-! six j.,,, M( , u ,. s|)il , KJ ,. s ;llul th( . (tlj .. ward, but n United State salient, j which struck into tho maritime Alps at Ccmdumine-Chutelard, 8 miles from Italy, ran Into a stubborn German defense. Heavy Nazi Toll In the Rhone valiey, the Americans were taking a heavy toll of German troops and equipment as they pursued tho struggling enemy forces past the Iscre river at Bourg de Peage. 10 miles north of Valence and 48 miles south of Lyon. Highway Seven, the main escape route of the Germans fleeing toward Lyon, was strewn with enemy dead and wrecked equipment. An obser expeditionary force during the 193911)40 winter. Routed, demoralized Germans were , abandoning guns and equipment In n flight for life before the advancing Hrltish and on the American front ; a long ihe, German and Belgian bor- i peeled American invasion of tlie ! continent. Tokyo announced the. ap- | ] poiiitment of General Xuosaburo i ; Okubc as supreme commander in north China, replacing General Xeijl ! Okamura. j In southwest China, American- mer captives paraded as soUlicrs j made flame throwers rifles and ma- , ( , ( ,,. ii u . he ,. e th UnU j stttt First through the heart ol the city he- ; clime guns aided Chinese in knock- ; . uu , Thjrc , Al . miea were riding east- fore crowds unrestrained In their i ing out a half dozen enemy -strong > wa ,.,j ut . in incredible pace welcoming shouts. points in the Burma Road sector. i A , 1(ist ' , lf al . m , lred troops—Berlin estimated that possibly a quarter of a million Americans were on the mutch for the Rhineland—drove, almost without firing a shot, through the Argonne forest, across the Meus* and on beyond the line on which tlu 1 Kaiser's armies surrendered in. I Ml 8. I'nltad Hress War Correspondent; Robert C. Miller reported from the British Pierce Gothic Line Paving Way for Po Smash I'o. ROME, Sept. 1. <U.H) —British and In the ancient seaport tc Polish troops peneiruied the Ger- , saro. where the Gothic Line was an^___ _ inaiiM 1 heavily fortified Gothic Line j chored on the Adriatic sido. Kightli vaUon pilotr Sergeant Al Townsend i ut threo different points today to , Army troops were established along pave the way for a drive up the 20- [ the coastal railway entering the town mile wide corridor between the Alien- ' and for the last two days have nines and, the Adriatic coast to Bo- I beaten off fierce German counternt- York Springs, Pa., who flew over the battle area yesterday, said he could smell at 10()0 feet the stench from the 3000 dead horses, which the Germans attempted to use for their artillery. "It is u terrible scene of destruction," he said. "At leant three'long railway trains were wrecked, together with some 2000 autos, trucks and tanks, many of them still smoking." Between Bourge de Peage. a road junction 'town with a population of 110,000, and Lyon were several lateral rivers, where the Germans were expected to try to delay the Americans in an effort to retrieve the Third Army front that the Americans were rolling up the miles faster than tho censors patches on their could clear dis- progress. Verdun Captured HeacUiuttrters Itself had only corre- Iiignu, So miles northward, and the ! tacks. Front dispatches said the I sponiients' front reports to confirm mam part of their force.-*. Richter Indicated the Germans would not make ' a definite stand until they reached the Selgfrled Line where, he said, Germany would unleash "secret" weapons. Po valley beyond. The Allied Infantry and tank units, pressing northward after crossing the Foglia river, captured Montecchlo, 7V. miles inland, and j town at present is divided between j the cu.ptu.iv of Verdun und Com-, German and Allied troops, i mercy, :!9 miles to the southeast. Key Point Occupied j The German DNB news agency Before Polish tank units entered said, however, that Lieutenant-Genthe town yesterday, British destroy- I eral George S. Patton's Third Army drove u wedge 1000 yards into. Che | ers hud bombarded gun positions and Gothic Line. j transport lines in the northern sub- Other troops occupied Monte Dellu | urbs. Within the town the Allied Croee, one of the key points In the I troops again met their old antagon- fortifications. G'.i miles north of \ ists of Cassino, tho German Firs'. Urbjno and just south of Monte Culvo, 0 miles inland, where the line curves northward. The third penetration was at Belvedere Fogllense, 4^4 miles southwest of Montecchlo, where the Allied units drove through the first lines of enemy defenses to within 1000 yards of the stroiiKpolnt at Monte Grldolfu. 4. Parachute Division, one of the crack enemy outfits on the Italian front. The Germans reacted Immediately to the penetration of the Gothic Line at Montecchlo, bringing up infantry and tank reinforcements to relieve their Seventy-first Infantry Division. Panzer units were engaging forward elements of the Allied umks and infantry in that sector today. troops had lunged on about 25 miles beyond Verdun into the great Lor-' Continued on Page Two BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE r At Boston— R. H. > PHILADELPHIA -.„*.„ 3 • , BOSTON ^ 4 19 Batteries: Black, Berry (8) MM Hayes; Bowman, Barrett t! SB r tee.

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