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February 9, 1944

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 10

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10 Wednesday, Feb. », 1S« MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE SUPPLYING OF ANZIO COSTLY Advantages of Surprise, Numbers Are Nqw Lost (EDITOR'S NOTE: Wes Gallagher, Associated Press war correspondent, has spent 4 years in Europe during which he covered the Greek campaign, the initial American landing in north Africa and subsequent fighttac in Tunisia, Sicily · and Italy.. He recently baa returned to London to cover the headquarters of Gea. DffiCht D. Eisenhower's allied ex- Dedlttenary force.) ; . Bjr WES GALLAGHER .-London. #P)--Originally planned as a great offensive thrust to break the. back of German resistance below Home,' the Anzio beachhead has become instead a.Tobruk-Iike defensive position through failure to exploit the early success of the -landings. . Because of allied domination of the skies there seems little danger that the beachhead forces will be pushed into the sea, but the job of maintaining them promises to be a costly one. Forced to supply the beachhead from the sea, the allies face a steady drain on shipping from German rocket glider bombs. The decision to follow a cautious role in the bridgehead was taken despite the fact that the surprise · landings enabled the allies to achieve the goal desired by all generals.-- numerical superiority .at a given point of attack. It is 'now apparent that'.the advantages of surprise and numerical superiority both have been lost, for the Germans have been able to build up their strength and ;have brought in hew divisions from the north. There'is no reason ·to suppose they will not be able to hold this advantage. The allies thus find themselves definitely on the defensive in a position o£ major importance in the Mediterranean for the first tune since Gen. Dwight E. Eisenhower landed in North Africa and Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery oegan his march from El Alamein The original landings at Nettuno represented one of the greatest tactical surprises of the war. They were practically unopposed, the only German reserve divisions around Rome having been rushed south to the Casslno front. Scattered German forces stood between-the allies and two key roads linking Rome'and the main ·oth army front. The allied commanders had 2 choices: '(!--To strike boldly for-Rome and the highways with the 'idea of keeping the Germans so disorganized that they could not mount a counter-thrust, gambling meanwhile on .our ability to keep men i IN RED CROSS PROGRAM --Bob' "Believe -It or Not" Ripley, shown above, will interview a mother whose son is a prisoner of war in Germany, as part of the Red Cross "Service Unlimited" broadcast on KGLO Thursday evening at 7:15 o'clock. The local speaker 011 the weekly program will be Mrs. Robert Glazer, member .of the home service lay committee for the Cerro Gordo county chapter of the Red Cross. Attention in the broadcast will center on the home service and field directors work in the organization. Carl Eastman and Helen Claire, both prominent · radio dramatists, will present a dramatic story of how the Red Cross arranged for a soldier to return to his wife, who is very ill. and supplies flowing into beachead. · the Hitler Will Try to Crush Beachhead By DEWITT MACKENZIE Associated Press War Analyst London newspapers are looking with jaundiced eyes at the Anzio- Nettuno beachhead operations below Rome, and suggest the allies may have been too cau- t i o u s a b o u t forging a h e a d when they first l a n d e d a n d there was no opposition. . -Time may, or may not, justify this harsh criticism, but it ---strikes me we MACKENZIE lack facts to v^arrant such sweep~ ing conclusions as yet. The London Daily Herald, which is among those disappointed, seems to furnish its own excellent answer when it says: "VVe do not yet know enough to criticize or account for tne state o£ affairs." We *""* « e * a better View' of . (2)-- To move inland a few miles, then halt and make sure sufficient men and supplies were ashore, to make the beachead secure before moving forward. The latter course was chosen. The decision to follow this cautious role' is not the responsibility of any one commander. It must be shared' equally by Lt Gen Mark W. Clark, Gen. Sir Harold Alexander and Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, all of whom were Jh the scene and could have taken responsibility for a forward. RETURNS TO CAMP' Waucoma--Pfc. Hilda Tessmer returned to Fort Meade, S Dak Sunday night following IS 'days 1 ' furlough with her mother Mrs Martha Tessmer and family. Lemon Juice Recipe Checks Rheumatic Pain Quickly - o " suffer from rheumatic. »r- or nruriti, Jaip, try this 7 ta " r home rcdpe that thousands of Su-Ex ... using, ait Compound, a two-week Mix »t with a quart of .,,,,,. ,» a me [ 4 lemons. It 5 easy. No trouble and pleasant. You need only 3 ponfuls two times a day often «£"j-j w "ou^--sometimes overnight-- paias do not" ui a r e obtaincd - " Uie do not feel belter, return the empty r«clwge and Ru ; Ex will cost you nothing to try ,i ,t fj S0 l d bjr } . our dmggjjt 12. "«i?E. le monc i'- b »i:k guaran- . and druj.stores everywhere. GLAS5 GLASS FOR EVERY PURPOSE · OBSCURE GLASS · WINDOW GLASS · STRUCTURAL · AND PLATE For Star* Fronts, Desk Top* and Dresser Toft DAVEY AND SON I52RJS. W. Pi 874 , o things after the big battle -which seems to be boiline up at the beachhead. That's the thine of immediate importance -- and it may be a very nasty affair, with heavy casualties. Hitler indicates determination to annihilate our beachhead force as part of his delaying action in Italy. The great Marshal Rommel, one of the master tacticians of the war reportedly had been rushed to the scene. The nazis have had time to move nave heay y reinforcements from the push have displayed in this theater in a contingent of Hitler's elite guard. or schutztaffe], the black-uniformed troops which are the "old reliables" of the dread gestapo. They are brutal and trained in sadistic murder. · The enemy may be superior numerically, and they have the advantage of positions on -high ground overlooking the beachhead. Hitler also has flung into the air more warplanes than the nazis have displayed in this treater in a long .time. German artillery is hammering the allies. latest reports say oar positions in the beachhead have been further consolidated and bristle with men and guns. This beachhead is 30 miles wide and 8 miles deep. With allied superiority in the air, and a naval fleet off-shore to back up the allied land forces, we have a right to expect our men to win through. But they haven't got the battle in their pockets yet. As regards the London criticism, it should be pointed out iirst that indications are this amphibious operation was intended mainly as a diversionary venture. It wasn't, for example, expected to capture Rome, or anything of that sort. Presumably it was hoped that it would draw German troops away from the main battle line to the south and thereby enable the allied armies to get ahead with their offensive, which has been badly delayed by weather. Well, the landing didn't work out that way, but it did force the nazis to rush troops from the north to the beachhead. That in itself shows how anxious Hitler is to hang on to Italy as long as possible, if for no other reason than lo prevent the allies from using the peninsula as a base for invading the Balkans' across the Adriatic. . Why didn't the allies drive deep into the higher ground away from the sea front in the early stages ov the invasion? There may be several answers to that, but it seems to me that one of them certainly is that an attacking force cant advance without supplies-and its mighty hard to get equip- r? n «v n l Othec s «PPWes, especially the heavy stuff, ashore from barges on to a beach. · Why, the allies haven't had a harbor of pin-head worth for that whole beachhead. They took a chance. That alone would seem to demonstrate that our high command didn't intend the operation to be more than diversionary. Awaits Pay, Fails to Get Out of Army With 2nd Amy on Maneuvers. Somewhere In Tennessee, U.R) There is more truth than poetry to the old bromide, "He who hesitates is lost;" as Pvt. J. W. Lyons can attest.. In an evacuation hospital awaiting a medical discharge,- Private Lyons discovered that the day he was scheduled for release would fall immediately before army pay- day. He requested that, he be allowed to stay until he had collected · his pay envelope. His request was complied with, so Private Lyons Jay back.on his bunk dreaming of how he'd spend his money when he arrived home. During the ensuing 2 days the hospital authorities received notification from the war department stating that disabilities such as Lyons had were no longer considered to be reasons for discharge. Lyons has been heard continually singing, "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones." There are 3,000 islands in the Netherlands Indies archipelago. Worth Engineer Quits for Wapello Position Is'orthwood -- County Engineer Thomas E. Riley has resigned'his position effective March 1 and will move to Ottumwa where he has accepted a similar position as engineer of Wapello county. Mr. and Mrs. Riley and daughter, Mari Anna moved to Northwood April 1. 1938. They were at Ottumwa the last of fhe week to obtain living quarters. Buy War Sa vines Bonds and Stamps (ram your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. Hen Uses Rapid Fire Method of Production AIU Vista -- Lawrence Elcnz, farmer south of town; has a White Leghorn hen that is-doing more than her sliare to bring about mass production of eggs. Mr. Slenz declares that this hen laid 3 eggs in succession in about a space of 2 minutes. RECEIVES WINGS AJta Vista--Reynold Hentges son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hentges was graduated Tuesday from the army air forces pilot school at Sumner, N. Mex. From this advanced 2-engine pilot school he was presented with the wings of a flying officer. , ' · MEASLES CLOSE SCHOOL . yV»ucoma-The Alpha consolidated school, located 4 miles south pi here, has been closed for at least 2 weeks, due to an epidemic of measles. Or the 100 pupils, 70 are !!· with the disease. . . INSTALLS LOCKEKS Thompson --Joe Bravick manage · and' owner of Clover Farm 1611 EVE EMB and soothe chafe. 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