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Save Waste Paper/ It J, valuable to the War «fef f Th* Boy Scout, »ffl caffecf your Scrap Paper over, Saturday. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER or NOHTHMART iniriuaAa .•.„> „„ *" ' ••-* » » **^ VOL. XLI—NO. 07 BlytliovlUe Dally News Blythevillo Hcnild Blythcvllle Courier Mississippi Valley leader NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST AHKANBAg AND 80CTHEABT MI88OORI Invasion Underway! E,'AltKANSAS, TUKSDAY, JUNK 6, 19-14 SINGLE COPIES tflVE C&NTS3 HEADS SEIZED ON FRENCH COAST AlliesJVin First Rounds-Forces Drive Inland Allies BaHer JnvQsion Coast Where Allies Carry Out Historic Assquits GLAND Abbeville uoullens Bopoumc* Peronnc R«th«!( • Noyon IflOfl C»mi»l«9M REIMS' ' NAZI-OCCUPIED FRANCE porlant points which' will figure in ihe invasion e« re ho they follow the course of the Hghllng h ™ V Wh ' Ch tOWard Bcr ""- Mlvny ot lhe mon ° f thD Collrler NeW3 ' wl » «"d helpful as along _ _„.„„ ,„ „„,,„, thoroughness than the Nazi forts on the Invasion coast. TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS— Paris Possible Objective Of Allied Invaders *** "^ *""* """ " W " S bul " m ° rc » nd «'"• greater By JAMBS 1IAKFEK United Press Staff Writer , Tlic wailing is over. The invasion is on in full swing. Allied fighting men sire back in Europe four years and three days after beinig forced out of Dunkerque. But this time they're there to stay. Great fleets of landing craft have disgorged thousands of fighting men along- the northeast short of the French Normandy Peninsula, which thrusts thumb-like into thc- thannel some !)0 lo HO miles below Britain. The invaders apparently have come ashore along the coastline stretching trom Cherljoing, on. the lip of the peninsula, to Lellavre lit the northeastern bsise. The first objective of • the invasion apparently is to slice off the northern tip of Ihe peninsula. Sonic troops have landed in Ihe estuary of the Varc river, which cuts across the peninsula in a wcst-by-soiith direction. The virc is imporinnt because its . valley presents an excellent path to oil off the "nail" from Ihc Normandy "thumb." Keck To Cul Lines A network of railroads from • Cherbourg, on the tip of the peninsula, connects across the Vire river with key points lo the south, cast and west. Thus, a thrust down the river would cut those lines and isolate Germans in the northern half of the peninsula. Paratroopers, who have landed deep inside ihe peninsula, also may be -drying i 0 pick up key airdromes. P(' Heavy fighting also Is reporled in (he area of Caen, nine and one- half miles inland and 115 miles from Paris on a direct railroad line. The Allies may well be headed toward Paris, the chief hub of Trance's 26.000 miles 'of railroads. Lines from mid-Europe converge there, then fan out to the Bay of Biscay and Channel shores. The Allies may hope eventually to seize the city, thus culling many of the supply lanes over which Ihe enemy could rush troops lo threatened beachheads. The .invaders apparently arc try- ing to capture one or more of the great ports, serving Paris. Some such port is necessary if they arc io develop nnd expand Iheir beachhead nnri build, im and supply their forces. One port they're apparently trying to take is Cherbourg, a naval .station of 35,000 people. Cherbourg has anchorages prelected by a series of breakwaters, and its quays can take care of shin? drawing from 20 to 30 feet of water. The Germans say an Invnslon convoy is approaching Lc Havre, an even greater port. Lc Havre, a city of 160,000, can accotnodale great ships drawing as' much as 33 feet of water. Us vast facilities consist of a channel entrance 270 feet wide, miles of quays, and a 374-foot dryrtock. Thus, the Allies apparenlly arc trying al first to seize airbases on the Normandy peninsula to receive their planes, and ports to receive their shii>s. But accomplishing these things, they would assure themselves of close fighter support arid good facilities to receive supplies. Coast Line Difficull The invaners picked one of the most difficult scclors of the French coast for their first landings, Between Le Havre and Cherbourg the shore Is marked by steep granllc cliffs and sheer embankments. Tlic (Continued on page 3) Moscow Joyous As News Breaks Demonstrations Held After Announcement Of Allied Landings MOSCOW. June 6 (UP)-News of the Allied landing in prance spread swiftly throughout Russia, it touched off enthusiastic demon- slrnlJons everywhere. Ameripan war correspondents In Moscow were the first to. break the news, and they were quickly • surrounded by who Sgt. Corme! Clune Reported Missing On Austria Raid Stnff Scrgt. Carmcl n. Clune, member of a bomber crew who has been serving with Hie Army Air Forces in Italy since February, has been missing in acllon over Austria since May 24, according to a message received yesterday afternoon by his parents, Mr. nnd Mrs. J. Ben Clune. Sergeant Clune, who Is 21, was born In Parngould, but moved to niythcvlllc with Ills parents ns a fmall child. He attended Immacii- orders pf the day, broadcast General Eisenhower's special communique announcing the loud- ing. He read the bulletin In a solemn and triumphant tone, rival- ling his best performance for the ' bf sgest victory nn- nounccmcnts. Soviet wnr marches, "Yankee ^ • --- ,1... i,uiit,,it.5, I.lll^cc Doodle." and Ihe trutnphal music reserved for Stalin's victory orders followed the bulletin. For two weeks the Russian people nave been expecting the invasion to begin at any moment. Tlie Soviet people now arc waiting for their own armies to strike from the east in offensive mapped ran conference. Follow ing Army Air 1342, Sergeant .Clune took his final training at Santa Ana, Calif., before bcinit sent overseas. In a letter wrilleii to his par- ems on May 23, he lold Ihcm thai he had completed more lhan half . Tnc< ™a, Wash.—E. N. of his missions necessary before ;'°«'cr-brolhcr of the su'pre he would have he™ nlir-lM* fnr „ l iec ''ivasion commander—s he would have been eligible for furlough to come home. Sergeant Clune nlso has a brother, Pfc. J. B. Clune, who is serving In India. ji i -i ii °?[,.Th ' h n? nlrt" of Red planes and tanks are on the alert thing." "'S d , ., (r ° nt BW " U out al the o™,, . c own on troops and thousands oi eastern approaches of Germany President To Lead . Nation With Prayer On Radio Tonight WASHINGTON, June e <U1')— President Hoosevcll has ciillud lop American military commanders (o the White House lo discuss further Invasion plans. Among those called are lh<i Army Chief of Stuff General Mnrshitll, ......., h i Admiral King. coiinnnmler-ln-chlcf conference with "f Hie llcel, jiml Gencrnl Arnold, I'oinmiinrtcr of lh c Army Air Force.!. Meanwhile Ihe President Is prc- parlni! lo address lhc American people with n prayer Hint will keynote (he Allied reaction lo lhc nt- tnck on Frnnce, • In his prnycr he asks for divine ualllc slrcnglh "lo conquer the nuosllcs of grecit and racial tir- rounnclcs." Completed I.nsl NlRht T|io chief executive wrote his prayer over n period of several dnys. He cbtuplctcd it Insl night after his.fireside chat, to the nation. While House Secrclniy Stephen Early says the prnycr'is belli;; made public so Hint Americans cnn Join with President Roosevelt when he broadcasts the prnyer tonight nl 0 •). in. (CWT). The President will broadcast over ill American networks nnd urge his fcllpK Americans to -Join In prayer "m We poignant hour" for ' our sons, pride of our nation," who ."Oils.day have sol upon n mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, nnd lo act free n suffering humanity." Tlie President's prayer was read In the House of Representatives to- day'at the request of.Speaker Sam Haybilrn. Mr. Roosevelt will have his first chance to publicly nlr his views on the Invasion this afternoon nt 3 o'clock, Central War Time, when his press conference meets. Acting Secretary of Stnlc Stct- linlus, Jr., says this Is not the time for rejoicing but Is Die time for everyone at home "lo put everything he has inlo his Job lo speed the day of vtclory." "IJberly" Hells Toll In America's "Dlrlhplacc of Liberty," 'Lexington, itfnss., bells lolled the news in the while-spired First Unltnrlan Parish Church summoning townsfolk for union services of D-Dny prnycr. Congressional leaders are unanimous In a prediction that the Invasion will be successful. Senator James Mend of New York says: "There is left for us Ihe Insk of closing ranks behind our com- mnndcr-ln-chlef, to rcinnln .slenii- fnsl unlll Ihc victory Is achieved.; 1 House Democratic Lender John McCormnck of Mnssachusclls says: "Our boys are fighting for early vlclory lo preserve (or the future n decent world lo live In. Let us hope that nfler vlclory the United ^— ...vv.ivvn I»IL*IOV>*- nujju iimt. iiiier victory me united late Concepllon School, nnd wns Nations will have such courageous graduated from Blythcvllle high ll Ottawa—Prime Minister W. L. MacKcnvJe. King of Caimili cx;- his entry Into lhc presses confidence In final victory Forces In December, for allied armies engaged In the invasion. The Prime Minister says "No one can say how long Ihis phase of the war may last, but we have everv reason for confidence In the ultimate outcome."' Tacoma, Wash—E. N. Eisen- imc Al- fecls certain of the Invasion's success. The Tacoma attorney says: . certain of. success ns I am of any ,~^...v ~i»v »v Ul.h. •."" UUTH.IMI l^lll, IVIIlll;!! OUyrt LI pinned down on the the most solemn hour In the tory of our country. D-Doy Brings Prayers Here For Men In Battle With the arrival of the long- awaited D-Day, the hoarls of millions of American people have turned to prayers for the preservation of their loved ones In the battle. At 6:15 o'clock this afternoon, a joint prnyer service will be held at First Baptist Church under sponsorship of the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance, when, for 15 min- ules, prayers for the safety and success of our battle forces will be offered. All churches of the city have been open to the public throughout the day, wllh many persons gathering for a few minutes of prayer. At 12 o'clock noon loday a brief prayer service was broadcast over radio station KLCN, when both a Protestant minister and a Catholic priest participated, and at the same hour a service was conducted nt Hie Rice-Slix factory, when the Rev. George W. Archer, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, was U charge. A holy hour for the men in service will be held at 7:30 o'clock' tonight at the Cmirch of the immaculate Conception, when the Rev. J. J. Thompson and Ihe Rev. J. P. /MI muse wno can tnKC nctlon McDonnell, will be assisted by the lie said, "either with the Allied nr- Rev. p. J. Ktmmet, Catholic chap- inics or engage In demolition work lain al the BlyUicvlllc Army Air must not let tticnuclvcs be made Field. The public Is invited to nt- ••-' '— "•- " •• tend this service, Father McDonnell announced. Tills morning special prayer services were held at the Dally Vacation Bible schools being conducted at several of the churches of Dly theville, while plans were First Baptist Church for at *itoK uaijuai, v^uuioii lui pittycTs LO nut. OUCH iguuccu mm not. vanquisli- be offered each morning at 8.30 ed. She stands up to take her part o'clock when members nnd friends of In this offensive." • • • the church nre asked lo join with the boys nnd girls In prayer for victory and peace. laen Alter (racking Atlantic Wall; Churchill, King 'Well Pleased' '™ I " KWU8 i Hy llnlleil I'rcss list iiflei'iioon in tlic Allied inviision of ii.stuii'iuux! 'clime from tlirec Allied i i •••••, " •••"••• °' I-' 10 onumy'ti iiinioiincemeiils. r •mi<HI rinvnsin ,T •<'' lMf °™ «io HOIIHO of Commons lwl ny , P limc Mmistoi KIUII llic invnsion is mjcecdiMK m n . tluirouRlily Hulisfnetoi'v mnnnei'." in unmiiinrlon Adm,,-,,! !<•',„ ndor In chief of Ihe Unite ropoi'lers Llie invasion M '\ llend<|iinrlei';i in Lomlo Churchill , «> f«K" our forces Inivo iionolniled several •n, ni »„ ,-- '''plitiu IN nndorwiiy insiide Cuiin. 1 lie Prime Minister added: "Many [lungers run! dlfllcultles which nt this lime last nlglil nppearcd e.>!- trciuely formidable, are behind us The passage of llur'neti hns beeii innelc wllh far le.ii •• Inss Ihnn we apprehended." Churchill made his report after visiting ; lirlllsh Infor million cenlers. .'.'•• HrlilBc Of Ships American. British and Canadian troops continue lo |icnr Into Nor- inaiidy over n vlrlvud bridge of 4000 navnl craft. Bulletins •from both Allied headquarters i!nd - fibmv'Qcrman 'HOWK ngcncics ;'rcp6rl conltmiods now Allied landings and poiiotrhtlons' ex- leiKllnjtftalb the Invasion nreiv be- tween'Cncriionrg nnif'l.e Havre,--'-" Tlic Intest bulletins disclose.Ihcse facts: •> '• ' j Tlic Allies so tar have mot less rcstslnnco tlinil expected, bolli ut the boachhcndit iuid In: the nlr. Casualties alnoiiK Allied airborne troops Imve Men light. Allied air .'forces nrc mnlnlninhif; an effective nit 1 cover, nnd have cs- labllshcd supcMorlly in' the air. Berlin ndmlls Ihe Allies have succeeded In sending landing barges Inlo two estuaries behind lhc Atlantic wall, estuaries of the Orno nnd Vlre rivers. ; The Germans acknowledge thai Allied tanks have penetrated several miles inland between the towns of Caen and Islgny on lhc Normandy peninsula, nnd admitted that sonio penetrations ranged up lo, 10 miles In depth. , Allies Land On Islands The Nauls nlso report Allied fool- holds on the Islands of Jersey and Guernsey off Ihe Norman ccjiwt, Fierce fighting Is reported'by the Gentians In a nnvni bntlle norlh of Lc Havre. ' . • . Tlie German* admit Hint tlic Invasion front hns widened. And Rclchsmnrsltnl Gtierliig proclnlnicd lo Ihe German air force thnt the Invasion must be fought'off even If It means Ihe death of Ihe Luft- wnlfc. Although detailed official reports were lacking as tlic tense first day wore towards a close, n spokesman nt Allied headquarters summed II up In Ihese words: "We have gotten over the flrst : flve or six hurdles. Allied strategy In I Li Inltlnl singe apparently falls Itilo this pattern- on eflort to seize a number of strategic airfield*, cut off the Normandy peninsula and capture Cherbourg, one of the imiln ports (o Paris. Earlier, an Alltel spokesman lilnl- cd tlml operations may soon cxtcnit to Ihe const of Holland. A^n Allied broadcast urged the Dutch lo cvac- unlc their const lo n depth of 21 miles. Calls On Nonvcgians And General Hansleen, commander In chief of the Norwegian underground, broadcast lo lighting groups Inside Norway dial they must be "Dwlght never undertook any- prepared to tnkc part In the great thing he couldn't finish. I am as settlement. General De Gnullc made a stirring radio appeal from Lrmdon lo iiiiig, * mt i i»i i LI iiuuuLll nun I LXJlHlU s «" a ™»«>. Calif. - California's the" people of France saylnf ih Oovc ™°<- Earl Warren says this Is Allies were certain of victory over - Ihe Nazis in Ihe second batUc France. He exhorted the French lo "fight with nil means at Ihcfr disposal to destroy the Germans" for liberation. In Ihls biiltlc "All those who can tnkc ncllon," prisoners by the Germans," DC Gnitile emphasized that all orders given by his French Committee of Nntlon.il Liberation ntid by not been r but she has not vanquish- gets. _.,... , A . cmims tnat me invasion troops nac canoad traffle pivU. S. railroads been thrown back toward the sea In 1943 aggregated 42,414,000 cars, except for the Ca«n beachhead. Bui Invasion Leaders Late Bulletins K LONDON, June fi (U.I 1 .)—The (jcrinnn 'Iransoccan News Astncy r now siiys the. illllcil "offciiifi-e are.i" IMS been extended lo the entire Norman Vcnhuuila. LONDON, JUIIB fi (U.lM—The Gcrtnnn-cftntrolkd Vfohy radio s:iys vlnlcnt flBh!ln K Is InklnR place nn ihc lilanrts of Guernsey nnd Jersey, west,of the Norman I'cniniula, arid that the Allies are suffering heavy losses. WASHINGTON. June fi (ll.l'.)-'rhc heart of. the Montgomery • Ward Company .Inihiy appeared before a Congressional commi«ee Invcsllgalliiff Rdvernmcnl' seliiiirc of the null 'order house, i Rcadlne a prepared stalcmcnl, Se\vell A>crj', Ihe Ward board chairman, charge,! that President Ilooseiflt ordered' his firm's Clilcaffn projicrlics selr^d lo force Ward's to obey an order known to (he I'rcsMwil's advisers >lo be unfilr and ifTeeal. NEW VOHK, June 0 (U.P.)-Tho exchange liner Grlpsholm, com- ptellns- Us fourth rcpalrl.Ulon (rip, ! s expected to dock late lodaj at Jersey city will, 129 passengers, includlnj 51 sick aoaiLwounded American soldiers nnd six rcpairialcd American citizens, from Europe. British Guard Own Coastline For Possible Counter-Attack local underground leaders "must be, gmis f0 'Sr^ a h Uy ''i,i '« h rf h, u And 11KU01lal " re servlcc lorccs ns - mer/eT^r f^r ""--*"•-•"*" <iCmble<1 l ° gunrd P ° rU ' embarkft - LONDON, Jutic G (UP)—From n troop carrier base. United Press War Correspondent Bruce Munn reports the return of huge transport planes with one of the lightest casualty HsUs ever'reported for an operation of such magnitude. The weather lent a hand. The planes slipped below an undcrcast and thousands of paratroopers were dropped directly 6ver their tar- gels. Only • a few crews reporled difficulties. American, paratroopers hit at German communications, nlr fields, supply dumps and command points. Atij British airborne units struck farther along the French coast. In Britain today, millions of home guards, Britain's entire defensive force, stood at (heir posts, on the alert for any possible counterattack the Germans might launch. Stand By Coastal Guns The home _ims and „., And national ccnlcs and other obvta, t< -" l> - lc> »"« uinei ug\iuuj> A late dispatch broadcast by the German transocean news agency :lniim that Ihe Invasion troops had my epiphasized this is nn ene- report. And as , a matter of . , fact, the reports of the Allied perU etrntlon Inland Involved only the Caen area . ... .; •, ;; | Britain's General Montgomery, leader of the Allied Expeditionary Force, predicted before 1 today's assault that the Invasion would be R rough show— bu.t It would succeed.-.' . • Air Chief Marshal Lelgh-Mallory, Commander-in-chief • of 'the ;Allied Expcdlllonary Air • Forces, sent a message of congratulation to all units of his command for maglf,- icicnt work done in preparation for the invasion. : I. That unprecedented pre-invasion , assault was climaxed earlier today with a shattering zero-hour boin^ bardment of Nprlhem France. More than 7500 /imertcan and British heavy bombers teamed up to send more than 11,000 tons of bombs' crashing on Oennan gun emplace'r inents guarding the French coast. H was the greatest attack against a single objective In the history of aerial warfare ,. RAF Opens Attack , British heavy bombers stalled the Allied parade at midnight last night. At ctawn, a 1000 Anifrlcan (Continued on Page Three) ,< •n

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