Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on November 25, 1955 · Page 18
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 18

Cumberland, Maryland
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Friday, November 25, 1955
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EIGHTEEN EVENING . TIMES, CUMBERLAND. M0. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1955 Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker 'Defense Line Invades Frozen North Arctic Warning Net Is Triumph Of V. S. And Canadian Cooperation By DOUGLAS LARSE.V NBA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON - (NBA) - This has been the crucial summer for the establishment of the DEW line, a chain of "Distant Early Warning" radar stations across the Arctic.: to warn • of transpolar air attack. ' : . ^ : Never in history has there been such-,an invasion of this remote, frozen area by ships and aircraft. Close' to the equivalent of an Army division 'of construction workers, . technicians, engineers and mili- Military Sea Transportation Service ships later in the summer. Air lifting of heavy cargo items was halted when the ice strips and frozen gravel landing fields melted. U. S. and Canadian civil airlines helped lift cargo in cooperation with the Air Force. . During the last weeks of August All of the men sent up to handle the basic job of delivering supplies will return before winter sets in. Only small crews of expert workers will be left during the winter to do what construction and technical work they can under the cover of special buildings. When the DEW line will get into this- advance planning for theifull operation and how many and MSTS ships began to pay 'off,(where the individual stations, are according to 'early reports. Thejlocated are closely guarded' se-| Army and Navy had teams of har : ships out of this Arctic region by early fall before the ice locks them in. But,if any of them are trapped the crews will be evacuated by helicopter and the ships "winterized." When winter comes the Air Force will again. be able to fly into this region with cargo or to evacuate sick persons. Also under study is the possibility of supplying some of the northwestern radar sites by special "Snowtrain" (rucks from Alaska. This has already been done successfully on a limit «d scale. bor, navigation and stevedoring :xperts working for weeks pre- iwanuudu*, w>w* «... ».-. bcachin? sites , determining tary personnel are working up «,,„. » Bf|fhc . Af » |iiit ^ tnr nnM £ there.. They are taking full advantage of the long summer Arctic days to prepare for the bitter. black • winter which arrives early in the fall.. '•;'.• ' . .-; Preliminary reports from units scattered' across the northern rim of the continent indicate that this unprecedented effort will be a success.' So far it has been a triumph of cooperation among the U..S. armed services, the Canadians and Western' Electric 'Co.,' the prime contractor. -•.'.'-.. Canada and' the U. S.,are .combining efforts to establish the DEW line.; Canada alone is building the Mid-Canada line, which is the. sec ond line of warning for the con~ tinent' And the U. S. and Canada have built the Pine Tree line,- the third string of radar warning stations which cuts across the southern part of'Canada. The Pine Tree line is completed and the Mid-Canada line is being rushed toward early .'operation. "Our goal for.this summer was to get undercover so that we could work all .winter," says -Air Force Maj. Gen.-James E. Briggs who has been in.-xharge of the whole operation for the -Air Force. "I'll keep, my fingers crossed until later in- the fall," he adds, "but I'm pretty sure we'lTaccom- .plish this.". -..': ,. :; .•'•-'. .After months of advance planning the Air Force began the. actual work '•„ of putting men and • materials above the Arctic Circle at the string of secret radar sites early last spring. First men in were ice experts to find adequate landing strips for the planes which would follow, with bulldozers. crets. The ships of the MSTS left inj two groups, one from the West Coast of the U. S. and one from the- depths'of the. water, findingjthe East Coast., On their'way to; the best approach channels -and | the radar sites they have dropped: harbors and setting up radio navi-jcargo at U, S. bases in Greenland gation aids. land Alaska, •The" Army sent .a total of 37,000 tons of cranes, forklift trucks, landing craft and special cargo handling equipment for the complex unloading jpb. In many cases cargo will have to be unloaded from, the ships many miles from good harbors. The bulk of the cargo carried up by MSTS consists of pre-fabri- caled buildings, diesel power plants, diesel.-fuel, food and radio and other electronic equipment. The total operation included 117; ships carrying more than 750,0001 tons of cargo and 4,000,000 barrels, of petroleum products. The big : difficulties have been dodging andj cutting through the huge ice floes; and navigating through waters: the shore because of the lack of never before traversed by ships, j The need for stopping to unload! cargo at so many different spots j along the unchartered coast hasj also added to the difficulty of thisj daring undertaking. j ' It. is, planned to have all of the! Cut out this ad as your reminder . . . JOIN THE LIBERTY TRUST CHRISTMAS CLUB NOW! Deposit Weekly $ .50 .... 1.00 .... , 2.00 .... 3.00 .... 5.00 .... . 10.00 .... Receive in 50 Weeks ....... $25. 50. 100. 150. •• 250. 500. The Liberty Trust Company CUMBERLAND LONACONING Member F. D. I. C. Member. Fed. Res. System : In many cases bulldozers had to be dropped by parachute. so that strips could be scraped out of frozen gravel or cleared of snow. 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