The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 9, 1944 · Page 1
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Save Wort* P ape ,J H h valuable to th. VV« Ithrtl WcUcfc ihh paper /or Cof/eetfon Dates/ BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS . THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NnnTHEAHT Anif A» CA a .x,.. „„ „ ._. 1 * > ' •»-* I f K^ VOL. XLI—NO 148 Wyllicvlllc Dully News Dlythcvllle Herald Blylhevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Lender AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 'Blood and Honor' "I got the German who .tabbed me and .be kni/eT^" CorT O«ar A. Banner, Blytheviile war hero (right), tells his father nnd his wife as the three examine the interesting souvenir of an mi forgettable experience in Italy. ^ Corporal Manner* father, Staff Scret. O. E. Hanner (center) serves ,i clerk fo, company K, 8 lh Infantry, Arkansas. Corporal Hanner's wife Is the former Miss Ola Mae Wcldon ol Holland, Mo * • • • • • German Knife and Two Medals Blytheville Mans 'Souvenirs' f f[ oui ; American soldiers crept warily in Lo the blackness ol the Voltin-no River front on one of those unsung nijrht patrol missions. One of them was Corp. Oscar A. Hannc. of Blytheyillc. I hey had gone hut a short distance when they suddenly found themselves in close contact with an enemy patrol of six Germans. Then things began lo happen. A big Jerry i ungGC | at Corporal Hanner and plunged a knife into his stomach The American came up with his automatic pistol and in another ins ant the Nazi lay dead on the ground. Then Hainier helped his buddies finish off the other five. That Is why the, Order of the*— - ? - . ', • ^ Purple Heart now appears on the Following' his 5 , arrival in the Unit- imiform ol the, Blytheville soldier ed States a week ago he reached ' BhYTllRVILLB.ARKANSAS.SA'l'UHDAV. SRI'TEJIHKR 9, 10.1.1 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS States & which short time before for conspicuous gallantry. And that is why a cer- lt&- am >' azor - k een knife with a swas- IT; * tika emblem on the handle and the words "Blood and Honor" on the blade is one of the most cherished possessions ot the Blytheville veteran. His Bravery Saves Company This encounter with six German soldiers was after Corporal Hanner had laid a communications line, amid heaiv fire, and so established an observation post which saved Ihc iives. of his company and made it possible for them to wipe out a section of the enemy, for which he received the coveted Silver Star. He was presented the -Order of the Purple Heart for his encounter with the German who slabbed him bul the knife he jerked rrom , his bleeding stomach is just as cherished a souvenir as the two official awards. An account of how the four soldiers, on patrol duty during a dale nicht. were attacked by six soldiers with poised knives is like a western thriller. His wound bleeding profusely from the deep gash, Corporal Han| ner Hrcd ins ,45 automatic in quick 'jfjjicccssion before he jerked the Vknifc from his stomach and aided his rcllow soldiers in "being sure the six Germans were dead", llccovers In Hospital He spent almost three months at n hopsital in Africa in recovering from the wounds and never has been able to resume active fighting but hopes lo be reassigned after a stay in Hot Springs. Aftre 24 days spent here with Ins father, O. E. Hanner. and his wife, the former Miss Ola Mne Wcl- don of Holland, Mo., they will have a belated honeymoon at Hotel Arlington, where the government is giving returned Army men nnd wives ra two weeks vacation. Alter thnt? Corporal Hanner does not know. He will be reassigned and he hopes it, won't be "limited service" as U has been since recovering from the wounds received last Nov. 17. Corporal Manner's experiences of three Invasions have provided him with ninny memories which he will never forget. Already a soldier of several years when he first touched foreign soil. Corporal Hanner soon went into ..(lie thick of the right and stayed A there until wounded. nU First, it was Ireland nnd England. MVhile impatiently awaiting a chance to fight lie never dreamed a short time later he would be the first man In the 34th Division to receive the award only topped by the Distinguished Service Cross and Congressional Medal of Honor for "Gallantry in aclioh In the Tunisian Cnmpnlgn"; that a short time later lie would be fighting in Sicily and another cnmpalgn; then Italy, where lie was wounded, and a litllc service in the Balkans. Served Three Years Honed at Sioux City, Iowa, for most of three years he served. Plnccd on the Inactive .list, he was here sev eral months tefore recalled Feb. 14, Modest nnd of few words his account of his thrilling experiences contain none of the complimentary language in citations which ac- Whcn asked to lell why lie received Ihe Silver Star, he answered "For laying a communication line to a forward observation post under enemy fire. That was all." But authentic accounts tell of how those in command feared no one would volunteer to lay the communications line, without which death seemed certain for Ihc entire company. First To Volmilcer But when volunteers were sought, Corporal Hanner was first. And two others followed. Previously warned of the extreme danger, because of the heavy mortar and artillery lire completely around them, the men Picked (heir way carefully but hurriedly. There was no time to bury the line—just to get it to the other Iioint would be enough. Tlie trio got there and their silent prayers were answered as not one was injured. Tlic citation continues: "Establishing of lines made it possible lo wipe out the enemy and at the same time to save our company." But there was more work to be done and Corporal Hanner did his part. Tlic company went on to Sicily and then to Italy, where he was wounded on the VolUirno River front. The ktiife he saved from his deadly fight wilh Ihe Germans, he sent his falhcr without any explanation ol how It almost took his life! Corporal Hanner was pleased with one part of that encounter with the enemy. He and the throe other soldiers v.-crc able lo meet the six enemies, kill tticm and return to their own posl within two arid a half hours wilhout any one being injured but himself! Released from the hospital in Africa, to where he was immediately sent last November, exactly one year alter his first medal-winning act. Corporal Hanner worked in a motor pool in replacement centers until returned to the United States. TRAPPED NAZIS HURLED BACK Election Probers Uncover Irregularities As Examination Of Seized Boxes Begins E ROCK. Sept. 0 (UP) _, The Senate Sub-commlltec investi- Kating nilegcd election Irrcgnliirltie.s in Arkaiisits recent primary elections have begun opening several of Uic some 500 boxes recently seized in 11 Arkansas comities, and Irregularities have already been found hi at least one of these. Senator Homer Ferguson, a Republican from Michigan, ordered Hie boxes opened after he hnd questioned several witnesses on nl- legcd fraudlenl t-asllng ai><| comil- ing o[ voles. The flrsl box opened by Ihc subcommittee, composed of Ferguson and Senator James Tiinnell. Democrat of Delaware, was n box from Jackson County. A count by fcd: cr:il f'.ivctiHgiitoa.s, United .States Deputy Marsha] Ed Bradley mid tlie l-,vo senators revealed thai Ihe box contained 428 ballots, of which 20 were blank. This left 40G voled ballots, or 57 less than ihe official count of -1C3 votes as reported lo the Democratic St.-ilc Committee. Of these 408 ballots, 312 were numbered but not signed as required by law. Of the remainder, 101 were signed, but not numbered. Thirteen were neither numbered nor signed. Count Is Short The official county returns certified lo the Stale Democratic Committee showed thai Colonel T. II. Barton of El Dorado, who was defeated in Ihe prcrcrcnlial July 25th, received 31 votes. The recount revealed that Barton actually received 33 voles. Mrs. Hallie W. Caraway, another defeated candidate, was officially certified us having received .72 votes, but ni- vcsligalors found the box actually contained 76 votes in her behalf. Fulbrlght hnd been credited with Gl votes on the official tally sheet, whi] e tlie recount showed 77 votes cast for him, and the official re- turns showed thai Governor Homer Adkins received 298 votes, while the recount ,showc,| he had actually received only 28R voles. Tlii! .senators wore contused over the count. Apparently nil count* were in error, since (he (ally sheet showed 4Ki ballots—while the recount added up to 475. The .sub-committee also ordered boxes from Union township. Con- wily County. Old Itivcr township. Critlcnden Counly. nnd a duplicate absentee box used hi Jackson County opened. lirniiclit \vr»ii(r DDK Although asked lo bring the duplicate boxes from Union township in the July 25th primary, Conway County Treasurer Ernest L. Hniikln, through n misunderstanding, brought n box used In the August 8th rnn-off. But Senator Ferguson ordered the box opened any»'»v. It contained only five ballots, although the Investigators contend-, cd that orriclal returns showed nearly 100 voles cnst In tlml township. One of the big surprises of tlie hearing cnmc when the Inveslten- tors opened llie box from Old River township or crlllcndcn County. Whll c election oltlcinls had-reported offlclnlly (hat (lie township went "heavy" for Fulbrlght, the 55 ballots found m ti, c box showed that Colonel Burton had received 40 of the voles cast. Fiilbrlghl hnd received only three. None of the ballots foiin t | in the box were signed as required by ln\v. In fact, the ballots did not hnvc any lines provided for signatures. Ttic duplicate absentee box used In Jnckson County In the. run-off primary contained a tally sheet that cave Fulnrlghl 51 voles nnrt Adkins 92 voles. Tlic recount gave 51 to Fulbright and 89 to Adkins, Senators Ferguson nii u Tunncll Graduates Hear Captain Butler *.. ' ••.,.. Veteran Of Combat In European Area Addresses Class Emphasizing responsibility of leaders. Capt. Edward D. Butler, son or Maj. Gen. William O. Butler, commanding general of Eastern Fly- Ing Training Center, addressed members of Class 44-H at graduation exercises yesterday afternoon at Blytheville Army Air Field. "You may become lenders of anything from n squadron to nn air force," he told tlie class. "This responsibility for your welfare and your men as well as for the success of your mission is no small tiling," he said. Captain Butler is now stationed nt the Dyersburg Air Field. Veteran of 31 missions in the European area as first pilot ol a B-17 and having the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Lcsf clusters, he pointed out outstanding features of combat flying. The BAAF Bnnd, under direction of CWO Bernhardt M. Kuschel, played for the program nt which Chaplain Frederick J. Kimmett gave (he Invocation and benediction. Tills was the second graduation exercise yesterday with Mnj. Ima Anderson of Ya?x)o City, Miss., now- group commander at the base here, in a morning ceremony addressing graduates of the civilian pilots class who received their wings for the fifth such group to Ix; graduated nt this field. Weather ARKANSAS—Fair Ibis afternoon and tonight. Increasing cloudiness Sunday and slightly warmer temperature. Honors 'Rock' UNITED STATES OFAMEfMCA )j.- "*"" ' COSIU&I&OR stamp pic- 'tured above,- commemorating TCorregidor—famous "Rock" of the Philippines—will be placed on first-day sale at Washington, .$. C, postofficfl on Sept, 2J.^ Marine Fires Army General, Saipan Leader WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UP) — Marine Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, commanding genera! of the Saipan operation, says dial circumstances have forced him (o relieve Army Major General Ralph Smith from his pa-it as commander of the Army Ground Forces on Saipan. The Marine general declined to elaborate further upon his statement . "I am not given to passing the buck," he said, "but ns you seek details concerning this incident, I remind you that Gen. Smith Is an Army officer and I must refer you to the War Department." Army General Smith is a native ot Omaha, Neb. Rumors of a clash between the two generals have been heard since the Salpan operation. tow Temperature 53 Winter-time weather continued here last night with the ofticial thermometer registering a low of 53 during the night after having fallen to 51 the previous night. Maximum temperature yesterday was 76 degrees. State highway official.? esllmnte needed construction : on principal highways as of July 1913 would cost $7,000,000,000. Retain Defied Germans Before 'Taken Prisoner By Uniltrt Tress The relentless purge of collnlwrn-' tlonlsts continues nil over. France. In Vichy, the'story of the lust tottering hours of Marshal Pctnln has just come to light, of the hours when Pctaln sought to give himself up to French -patriots but was taken prisoner by (he Nazis. And In Pnrls, two more, famous names have been linked with the Germans. The former French air ace, Rene Fonck, who was credited with shooting down 127 German, planes during the First World War, has teen arrested on charges ol collaboration. And Rohnn Chabol, director of the French Red Cross, has been arrested on n similar charge. The story of Petafn comes from Vichy today from United Press Correspondent Dana Schmidt, the first American newsman to enter the city. Schmidt reports that before Pctnln surrendered to the Nazis, lie hnd a violent fight with the German ambassador and called him a "liar." However Pctaln gave up his clcil- nncc after the Nazis threatened to shoot 100 Frenchmen ns hostages, and to bomb Vichy. H Is nlso reported thnt top leaders of Petaln's personal guurd ns well ns the general guard joined with resistance leaders. So when tlie final moment of liberation cnme, there were armed reserves on hand. Youth Faces Charges In Death Of Father LITTLE ROCK, Sept. 9 (UP.) — Prosecuting Attorney Sam Robinson says 17-year-old Herman Davis, who is being held in Pulnski county jail on n charge of murder In connection with the death ol his father, 55-year-old Richard Davis, will be held to the grand jury which meek Sept. 23. Investigation of the case has been completed. Tlie youth was docketed on a charge of murder and preliminary hearing has been set in Little Rock Municipal Court for Sept. 16. Robinson says that during the .hearing the case will be referred to the grand jury. Funeral services for the victim will be held Monday aftcrnc-in. Negro Suspect Held In Mississippi Crime LITTLE ROCK, Sept. S <UP) — The FBI has arrested a Negro wanted ror questioning in connection with the slaying of a Reform, Miss., man Sept. 7. The Negro, Franklc Lee Shell, was arrested at Hamburg Friday by an FBI agent and Ashley County Sheriff Robert Bnird. R. J. Untreln- er, agent In charge or the Little Rock FBI office, says Shell was sought by his office for unlawful Illgnt lo avoid prosecution. Un- treincr fays Shell will be returned to Mississippi for prosecution on Ihc murder charge. N.O. Cotton' Mar. . 2009 2104 2094 2096 2039 May . 2010 2074 2065 2067 2070 July . 2027 2030 2022 2023 2025 Oct. . 2149 2150 2138 2141 2148 Dec. . 2123 212G 2)17 2118 2123 DS(C, . 2123 2126 2117 2118 2123 Jirossed contusion when former Governor Catf, E. Hulley, who Is wnlchlng (he piorwdliiKs In behalf i>f I-'ulbi'islil, dlsravr-ml Hint tins box contained M duplicate and 80 original ballots. Pcnnlor Tunnel said: "U Umk.s hopeless (o me." Issue On st|;mihm-s Tim question or signing duplicates has developed Imo « mn j ra . controversy, linllcy Informed tlie nimuors thru the ' law ha,) b.-en chunked and thai signatures were not. nmiidldulory. But Atlo'mey CiMicrnl <iuy W. Williams, who was on hand nt last night's proceedings. Insisted Hint the slgiinUiivs won- required. So Senator Ferguson nuked Wll- llnms lo look up the Arkansas law on Hie subject. When Williams returned with his chlcr iisslslant, Cleveland lloVnitd, he jirodiKod ;in amended tow which snld the dpullcnlcs should be sinned, lialley contented Hint Ihc statute wns permissive Instead ol mandatory, nnd Williams agreed to tills Interpretation. Williams also (ook time out lo Inke n pot shot at llie siib-com- mlUce lor opening llie ballot boxes. "This is bordering on criminal ncllon, These ballot boxes nrc m/ supposed In be violated n>yvn wllli a court, order," snld Williams. Senator Tunncll answered Wll- llams with tills statement: "1 think we hnvc .the authority necessary." "Well," said lh<; attorney general, "we arc entitled lo our opinion." Senator Ferguson Inlcrruiited wilh Ibis slnlcmcnt: "The difference is Hint we hnvc Hie United Slates Sennle back or us." To which Williams replied: "That's what you think." The hearing reconvened at D:30 o'clock Ihls inlrnlng. Louisiana Gets Hurricane Alei Worn Small Craft To Stay In Port Until Winds Pass NEW ORLEANS, Sept.'O IU!'( — Tlic U. S. Wc-nllicr Bureau here Issued a hurricane nlcrt warning at, 9 n. m. today for Ihc Louisiana' coast from Morgan Clly westward nnd continued alert lor the Texas coast north of Corpus Chrlstl. Danger of hurricane winds on the lower Texas coast hns passed, according to W. ft. Stevenson, meteorologist In charge of the New Orleans station, bill squalls will continue In that area. A large nrea of low pressure Li central about 250 miles southenst of Corpus Chrlstl, moving northward 10 to IS miles per hour attended by stiunlls over n wide nrcn north of, the center nnd by winds estimated -!0 to 50 miles per hour near the center. Smnll craft on the Texas nnd Louisiana coast should remain In port, nnrl residents of Islands nnd other low exposed, places along Ihc west Louisiana coital and the upper nnd middle Texas coast should be prepared to leave promptly for safer localities If warnings or high tides arc Issued. Berlin Reports New Red Drive In South Poland Push May Bo Aimed At Gorman Silesia; Moscow Is Silent LONDON, Srpl. n. '(UP,.-.|, m n 0 Merlin Miy.s Una (ho Uc,i ,\iiny ) m . s humolml n now offensive In soulh- iii] I'olimd. AfcordhiK to (bo enemy le ,, (1 ,-, The- Itasslnns are allackiiiK In tlui iiroa between Krakow and l.ivow The new Soviet drlvo miiy Ire aim-' ed nt Clmnan Sllc.slu. 'I'lw Jli'rltn bron(|i.'nsl does mil in- lUcale the strength ol Ihe Uii..,stun offwislve, niul <!/)(.« not suy whelhcr or not- MIC Ocnmin lines imvr been brniclieil. Moscmv l, entirely sllotit on (he report nt Ihe present moment. -Meanwhile, (he Vichy rnilln M ys Hint Ihc Oermmis nrc cvneiintlnn I'rniiu, lliu enslernino.'it suburb of Warsaw. CioneriU lior, lender of the I'ollsli pud-lot f.ircrs, lias nlrendy nnnoimccd the Nun! evacuation oust ( ol Die nipllnl. foitr llmcs.|ircvloiif,- ln (hi!- Hnlkans. Soviet iirmortd columns m-p Ho miles or low from Turkey on nn iuio])poscd murch Uirouish the Unlkan klngilom. ncporls say the llulRarliuis nre Ki-eedne Ihe invading niusslnw n.i ri-lcnrts, alU'oiiRh Moscow sllu lifisn'l nccqilcd (lie Bulgarian ro- nuejit, ror an iii'mlslicc. Sovlul toree.i linve t-nplni'cd no less Ihnn 112 German warships In Ihe Uiilijiirlnn Ulnck Sen iwrl of ituse. And In the port of Vargn, (he liusslnns found Hint Hie Ocr- mnns hnd scnlllcd Ii7 more ol the Ehljft thai once constllulcil the t'rent Nnv.1 fleet on the lllnck Sea. And while one Hiisslan army mnrelies soiitli In (lie Balkans, nn-' •••"':" ' 's driving north, llie 'main ' tiie Second Ukrnnliin Army . .- .filed northwest along the •iJiiiu'iBc- In nn ittempr to' sinash German rcslslnncc In Kimgnrlan- lield Trnnsylvnnlii. The Nazis arc- reported lo !)(.• Increasing ihulr re- flslnnce In Ihc mountain passes of the province. And reports sny Unit oticc the nod Aniiy frct'.'i Tninsylvnnln, It will lie returned to rtomnnln. flo- innnla lost. Transylvania to Hungary In 1940 when Germany reshuffled the Dalknn borders. But It fs nlro reported Hint Romania will lose some territory to Russia. The Turkish radio says Ihe Soviet armistice with Romania de- mnmis Unit Romania give up the provinces of Bessurnbln nnd Huk- cvlnn. Flying Boat Saves Airmen Hear Nauru Hy Untied Press A Cntallna Hying boat has rescued six members of an Army bomber crew from sluirk infested waters ofr Japanese held Nauru Island. The lumbering naval aircraft damaged Its hull while landing Jn the swells near the Army airmen's raft, Whllc Hying sailors transferred the Army men from the rart lo Ihe plane, some hnd lo stand by the guns ready to shoot sharks, others were busy plugging up the holes in the Catalina's hull. Pencils, erasers, caps and olhcr odd and ends were used to stop up the leaks. Tlic entire rescue was v complclcd In ten minutes. • J N.-Y. Stocks A TAT Amcr Tobacco .- Anncondn Copper I3eth steel Chrysler Ocn Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester North Am Avlntlon Republic SLccl Ilncllo Socony Vacuum Stndcbakcr Standard of N ,1 Texas Corp Packard U 8 Steel ICO :i-8 71 3-1 25 7-8 59 :i-l 80 1-2 37 3-B GO 1-1 •10 3-1 17 7-B 78 ,1-1 8 1-8 18 10 ;i-l! 12 I-'J in 1-2 51 1-8 -If) 1-1 5 1-2 55 3-1 Chicago Rye opnn liiuh low close Kent., n-i'i; 57 : ;; 55% fi-c/, 0>i-r, Dec. . fl-t'ri SfiVi 55 on OS'.f, Surplus Army Vehicles Offered Highest Bidder WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (U.P.l — Some 30,000 surplus Army vehicles soon will be sold to the highest bidder. The Treasury Division .says the lot Includes ome 2.000 passenger cars. 9,000 motorcycles and 19,000 trucks, Under the truck classification arc listed station wagonQs, ambulances, command cars, weapon carriers and cargo vehicles. No jeeps arc Included In the lot. New York Cotton Mar. . 2091 2101 2091 2093 2098 May . SOfifi 2071 2060 20G4 20C8 July . 2029 2029 2020 2023 2026 Oct. . 2145 2148 2136 213B 2147 Dec, . 2124 2128 2116 2117 2120 Dies In Battle Pfc. Harold W. Burns of Cooler, Mo., has been reported killed in fiction in the English Channel last April, after having previously been reported missing. He was the husband of Mrs. Alcn.c Wngster Burns, father of Cnrole Ann Burns, sou of Mr. and ' Mrs. Buck Burns and brother of Mrs.' Ashlln Williamson, nil of i Cooler. TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS* Brest Must Be Captured And Quickly Hy .TANKS UAHl'KH Dnllctl Press HUH Wilier Possibly the m os[. Impnrlnnl Iml- Hc In Western h'urnric today Is niRlni! hundreds of miles rroui ihe front, ui Dri-si, in Ihesoiilli or France thu American Seventh Army rnny lie supplied Ihroiiith the ri'lnllvely-iin- dnmugcd port of Mnisellle, with Us 15 inlli'.s uf docks niul smrare-iiillc deep-wider nncluirnge. Hut Hit! Urn* Allied mini™ In |)i<: north still gel Ilielr equipment through tin! Inferior pott or Cherbourg or illrretlv "vcr the benches. , <Ihe landing ol supplies on (In open shore will become difficult If not Impossible, once cold wcalli- cr sets In, And Cherbourg, which was largely n passenger port before (lie wnr, Is completely Inade- tiunlc. In pcmc lime. U Immllcd no more tluin III). 00(1 ions <if fniliiht. ii' month. AiTled engineers hnvr Jaiwrs !l«n>cr Ibonslcd they 1:011,-I Iriple its ca- 'piiolty. Hill, sin, i.' ciicli IlghtlDK ,1111111 iineds- slightly over a Ion of eciulpment a month, Cherbourg could keep only '!)0,COO or them go- Ing nt Dresl. llcm-e, the acquisition of Brest or some equally bit! port Is a "must" before the Allies cnn strike deep Into Ocrmnny, secure In the knowledge Hint ihelr supply lines nre pro- leclcd. lllllcr knows Ibis. That's why he hns ordered the die-hard garrisons at every western port, to hold to the Insl. It's nil port of n strategy he vnunclnleil 11 year ago next month when he said: "We will hold everywhere and must wall lo see who Urcs soonest.",.., ...,,, ,. ". .Antwerp iins FucWtlcs •'' There ni-e few ports' In Western Kurupe (lint, could work nxVsiibsd- tutc for\ Brest. Belgium's 'Antwerp, however, might serve. The city bonsls W miles or wharves nnd n 500-mile marine railway system, ns well ns drydocks nnd ship repair rnclltlles. Bill Antwerp, a cltv of 27,-i,()00 people, lies (50 miles up the Scheldt! River. The Germans, clinging to the mouth of the slrcnm, still nrc denying the port's use to (he Allies. However, once free it will serve admirably to supply British Second Army forces plunging through Bel- glum. Other than Antwerp, no other port In Western Europe could tnke the plncc of Brest. Lc Havre is reported to have been liberated, But tile Germans nlmosl certainly hnvo wrecked Its facilities beyond quick I'cpntr. Rouen, no miles up the Seine, and Amiens, 40 miles up (he Sam mo, nlso probably hnve been' worked over by Nazi demolition experts. Dieppe, with Its IB-acre outer Imrbor opening Into n lo-ncrc Inner basin, Is only GO miles rrom England n)i,i ii Die hub of four main mil lines. Hut there, too, the Germans had plenty of time to np-' ply dynamite to Its facilities. The same is true nf Cnlnls. Boulogne, Diinkerquc, Lorlcnl nnd St. Nnzalrc. Docks Quickly Unpaired Dul. strangely, (he snmc Is not nlUificthcr true of Drcst. N.O dynamite on cnrlli could destroy -Its nnturnl land-locked roadstead. 1-1 mites long and four miles wide, iiolh Its nnvnl nnd commercial h(ir- bors arc cnrved out of solid rock. Of course, the Germans could (lo '•a thorough demolition Job on its niUiw-loiig series of docks. But these could be quickly repaired by Allied engineers. Hrest hns one major advantage over any hnrbor in Western Europe. U is a full two days closer to the Untied Slates than any of the military ports In Britain, [fence, American replacements and cn'Up- mcnl could travel straight from the United Stales lo Franco without a •loporr in England. In the last wnr 791,000 of Ihc one-million soldiers who sailed dircdly to France landed in Brest. In peace-time. Brest handled 240.000 more Ions of freight n year than Cherbourg, it has good rail connections with Pnras nnd other part* of France, and an excellent highway runs d i enst from it to (lie capital. A nal connects the port with Nniilt! nhd the Loire river lo Ihc soiithc.i ,t. The acquisition ol Brest would grcally cas^ the British and American supply problem, the quadruplet Allied Armies In Western Europe now consume giant quantities of equipment. As nn example, American forces alone are using 5,000 tons of ammunition and 13 tanks n day. And that doesn't Include British and Canadian troops. Brest Is 517 miles from the Oerman frontier, but victory at the first place would pave the way to victory at the second. Chicago Wheat open high low close Sept. . I54-S I55« 154^ 155 154X Dec. . 160 160-S U93; 150'^ 150 British Thwart • Frantic Effort To ^reak Lines; Pojron Masses Troops For Mighty Assault Across The Moselie K ALLIED IIEAD- CJUAIlTlfHS, Sept. 0 (UP)-Allled tmnlcs l;i Western Em ope have" hurled b\ick n dcspcmUi brcnkoul iillcmpl, by lens or llioiis.inris of Nazis trapped along Ihc cllnnnel const. < Tlic frnnllc Germans lluow 'everything they had Inlo one Insb tiy .it pile-driving through (lie British Itiu'.'i between Mile In Pi mice nnd Cent In Belgium, Ijiii Hi e detei- mlned Tommies held fust. And in a Rlnnt buttle, rnelng nloii(j scorei of imlc.i of thb front ycslcidny, the" Oormnns were slopp C( | co ld. Tlic Allies still have tlieni corncicd, like 11 cat corners a nit. Tlic Americans nrc miming Jn force on the west bunk of the Md- selc for n mighty effort to crush the Qcnnnn defenses between McU niul Nancy. • • ' Viink armor, troops and heavy guns may try lo overwhelm Ihc Nazis with one swift blow. Ocncriil Pnlton'fi men scr-m nil set to exiiloit their five /Irmly held brldKcliCiids across the Moselle 'llicy inu bent on penetrating and slint- lerlnit Ihc Wchrmacht forces arrayed In depth along the heights behind the river. : This next two days .should tell whether the struggle will tic prolonged mid bitter, or whcthci the enemy <lc rouses on the slicnm's east bank are too shallow to hold back our armor nnd infanliy slcinn- rollcrti. Supplies Move lip An Indication the bit' push Is about lo sliivl Is provided by tin Allied disclosure Hint ration's inech- nut/ being supplied with gns.nnd.oll by iilr, A huge How of guns and 'supplies Is also moving , ,ii)i Hi o. Moselle. by roa'd The Third Army, Vins already lib- crated n number of unldftnLIlieil towns north nnd. south o( Met?. They freed the- towns as they (mined out along the Moselle's east bunk under heavy fire from Nazi mortars nnd •: field guns commanding' the river. A force of tnnks, lank destroyers nnd halt tracks on the west side are clearing Up rcinnnnts of a panzer column thnt tried lo assault our forces from the rear eaily yesterday. They destroyed nt least 30 lo •10 German tanks and captured 700 prisoners. Hodge Goes Forward Further north, General Hodges' men piled up spectacular gains of up lo 12 miles through the Ardennes forest. They arc smashing the Nazi defenders back toward the Siegfried line. The Germans arc being plagued every inch ot the' wny" by American flying columns ' of tanks nnd motorized Infnntry. On the First Army's southern Hank, nmorert spearheads. -Jabbed forward ';:) miles souLiicnsl of 'Sedan. They reached- u point 'onljT'sa miles from the Luxembourg-Ger- innny-P.nnco. border triangle above Met/.. The sector is under direct threat by Ocnernl Patton's forces. Above the American positions- British Second Army troops In northeastern Belgium now arc solidly estiiblishcd on the east, bank or the Albert Canal along a five-mile line. Today's Allied communique says they have completed the capture of the cast bank town of Bourg- Leopold, 2B miles west of Hie German border. , . .- Sl.iml or Die Order A mixed force of green Nazi troops nnd survivors of the Ill-fated German 155th Army nre facing 'the Tommies. They arc reported lo have received n stand or die order from Adolf Hitler himself. Unconfirmed reports say the Wchrmncht has opened the sluice gntcs o( the cnnnl and flooded the battle area In a desperate effort'to stem the British advance. To the west, Canadian, British nnu Polish units are clearing the Isolated enemy pockets just inland from the Channel coast. They '.arc nlso closing In on the chain of iiorts still held by Inst ditch Nazi garrisons. The Canadians drew nearer to Dunkertiue with the capture of n village five miles to the, south. They- battled deeper Into the outskirts of Calais nnd burning Boulogne. Walter Webster is Missing In Southern France Pvt. Walter G. Webster has been missing in action since Aug. IS, the War Department yesterday informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Webster; '.-.'. In a Tank Destroyer unit, Private Webster is believed to havei been fighting in Southern France. Already a veteran in battle, he had participated in the invasion of Africa and Italy before moving on to another -invasion. '-'...'•

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