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r s & y : nrji . ---. r - K 1 1 f, .."1 . v.. ? Fully equipped and each carrying large amount of ammunition, Tank troop climb aboard landing craft for the cross-channel dash.) (WIKEI'IIOTO) Additional Picture on Pafe 21 (I"""""! 1 . " 1 '.1- .."- '-r. 1 --iV ' 1 1 t - 'f-r?i "X , V) i. LCT boats are loaded with half track and other mm a swjss'ttTitttfti'sss: First Pictures Of Invasion Start (WIRKI'HOTO.) Then boat load of troopi and aupplie are be Ing ferried out to Invasion boata at an Engliah port for Invasion of France today. (WIREPHOTO.) THE WEATHER mm DAYTON DAILY NEWS ; "a&SZj SSal? eJlSgiL8iJlJ3 ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS AND WIREPHOTO TO CALL NEW, DIAL AD-2112 VOL. 67, ISO. 289 ffff &S1 ,MC DAYTOX, OtflO, TUESDAV, JUiyE 6t 19t4 38 ftgw Price 4 Centi 8 jifu J -jw lAj v!J V FDR To Recite Own Prnvpr On V t f MM. M. M 1J V JL II Radio Tuesday WASHINGTON, June 6. l President Roosevelt called upon a hopeful nation today to join him in a prayer for divine aid in speeding the invasion to victory and "a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil." The chief executive wrote the prayer last night as he aat up late at the blacked out White House to hear up-to-the-minute reports on progress of the great battle of liberation. He will read it over a nationwide broadcast at 10 p. m., eastern war time, tonight, but its text was FDR Will Broadcast Prayer At 10 P. M. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. Roosevelt will be heard over the nation Tuesday night in prayer for the safety and success of allied invasion troops. The broadcast will be heard over stations WHIO and WING at 10. King George VI of England was to have broadcast from London at 3 p. m. Issued at mid-day to permit Americans to familiarize themselves with its wording so that they might join him in the recital. Mr. Roosevelt dispatched the prayer to the house by motorcycle messenger, and it was read on the floor shortly after Dr. James Shera Montgomery, house chaplain, departed from custom to ask members to join him in the opening invocation. Again the members stood, this time in 'silent prayer. At its conclusion Minority Leader Martin of Text of Prayer Written by President is on Page 4 Massachusetts reminded his colleagues that "many heart-breaking days lie ahead." During the morning Mr. Roosevelt summoned the army and navy high command to the White House for his first personal conference with the commanders since troops began hitting the beaches during the night. Gen. George C. Marshall, army chief of staff ; Gen. H. H. Arnold, head of the Army Air Forces, and Admiral Ernest J. King, chief of Continued on Page 4, Column 8 DAILY NEWS INDEX Tage Alice Hughes .16 Betty Fairfax 16 Comics 22 Crossword Puzzle 16 Take My Word For It 16 Fditoria'ls 12 Market and Finance 24 News Sidelights 15 Radio V 24 Rationing Time Table 16 J Service Men's Photos.. 14 Society 17 Sports 20 Theaters Travel Time Tables 16 Vital Statistics 2 Washington Merry-Go-Round.12 Wirephoto ................ 21 Womea'a rage. 15 . , v ; ; - ENGLAND JW r-V-V- Southampton - , . . - - - - - n",1 -i -T --TIJ'nT,nIiflu - - ' Ports BrwHen, jrfT WijCd English Channel 1 , Cherbourg .7 V T ' V T $. m,o fe;.'1 KANC yyryt - STAjyTMi BY WES GALLAGHER Invasion Points Allied headquarters confirmed the German radio re ports that allied forces had landed in Normandy (Cher hours area). Flags indicate United States, British and Canadian forces which Eisenhower command said were participating. Late reports said the islands of Guernsey and Jersey had been landing spots. The center of the invading forces was said to have been directed toward Caen (A), where a beachhead was established, while other forces spread out fan-wise and entered the continent at Le Havre. German radio reports said allied forces were also storm ing ashore at Abbeville at the mouth of the Somme river. Atlanta Editor First With "On-Tlie-Scene" Broadcast NEW YORK, June 6. UP Wright Bryan, NBC correspondent with the airborne troops, described the dropping of the first para troopers on occupied Europe today in a broadcast described by the network as the first on-the-scene radio report of the allied invasion. He told of his plane, the "Snootie," with many others streaming behind, dropping the paratrooper H Hp- scribed the re- Wright Bryan turn trip over the Channel and said his plane passed countless hundreds of others making their way toward Europe. He said he also saw many ships on the water below, all with prows pointed toward axis soil. Bryan, said by NBC to be the first radio correspondent to return to England after the landings, told of talking with the men before they parachuted earthwards. Briefing periods before the takeoff were described by the NBC reporter, who also is associate editor and managing editor of the Atlanta (Ga.) Journal. He related how the men were placed under strict guard many hours before thev left on their assignment. The men filed into trucks after Hhe briefing, he said, and were- taken to planes which lined the airfield for the takeoff. Gen. Eisenhower visited the airborne troops the afternoon of D-day, Bryan added, and went about the camp asking names and patting the boys on the back. ATLANTA, Ga.,June 6. In July of last year, Wright Bryan was sent to London by The Atlanta Journal, which is published by James M. Cox, former governor of Ohio, who also publishes The Dayton (0.) Daily News, The Miami (Fla.) News, The Springfield (0.) News and The Springfield (0.) Sun. During Bryan's stay in London he has been "loaned" to the National Broadcasting Co., and his reports have been a regular feature of the system's war coverage. The following statement was issued today by John Taschall, editor of The Atlanta Journal : "When Wright Bryan, associate editor and managing editor of The Atlanta Journal, gave the world the first eye witness account of Continued On Page 4, Column 7 Field Gets Funds For Construction WASHINGTON, June 6. UP The army todav announced authorization for $590,000 worth of construction of taxiways, access and service roads and sidewalks and a building extension at V right Field, Dayton, Montgomery Sees Bitter Battle On Beaches AT GEN. MONTGOMERY'S HEADQUARTERS, June 6. Britain's Gen. Sir Bernard L Montgomery, who whipped Mar shal Rommel In the African sands, predicted on May lfi 22 days before the invasion that "I thin'j Kommei will commit himself on the beaches." Montgomery said he foresaw bitter fighting on the beaches be cause he had come to know Rom mel as an impulsive commander who preferred to reach a quick decision rather than engage in a slow slugging match. tie described nis old foe as a "disrupter" and a "disorganizer" who liked to create confusion. "He will try to knock us back into the sea. He is a disrupter and to disrupt the invasion he will try to hit us early. "It is terrifically Important to know human nature, he added. The commander who heads the ground invasion forces made the statements in a talk with a group of correspondents assigned to his command. Wearing his familiar battledress, 1 he spoke in sharp, clipped sen tences and declared "I have supreme confidence" in the outcome. In praising the leadership of Gen. Dwisht D. Eisenhower in drawing British and American forces close together for the invasion he declared, "we are the only two peoples in the world who could have done it teamed up for this great show." He cave warning, however, that ithe battle will be hard, SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, June 6. The allies landed in the Normandy section of northwest France early today and by evening had smashed their way inland on a broad front, making good a gigantic air and sea invasion against unexpectedly slight German opposition. ; Prime Minister Churchill said part of the record-shattering number of parachute and glider troops were fighting in Caen, nine miles inland, and had seized a number of important bridges in the invasion area. Four thousand ships and thousands of smaller landing craft took the thousands of American, British and Canadian seaborne forces from England to France under protection of 11,000 allied bombers and fighters who wrought gigantic havoc with the whole elaborate coastal defense system that the Nazis had spent four years building. Naval gunfire completed the job, and bridgeheads were secured quickly. Allied losses in every branch were declared to be far less than had been counted upon in advance. " ' The Germans said the landings took place from Cherbourg to Le Havre a front of about 100 miles, and that a strong airborne force was fighting as far inland as Rouen, 41 miles east of Le Havre. Churchill told commons: "All this, of course, although very valuable as a first and vitally essential step, gives no indication whatever of what may be the course of the battle in the next few days and weeks, because the enemy will now probably endeavor to concentrate on this area. "In that event, heavy fighting will soon begin and will continue. It is therefore a most serious time that we are entering upon." ' The grand assault scheduled for yesterday but postponed until today because of bad weather found the highly-vaunted German defenses much less formidable in every department than had been feared. Airborne troops who led the assault before daylight on a history-making scale suffered "extremely small" losses in the air, headquarters disclosed tonight, even though the great plane fleets extended across 200 miles of sky and used navigation lights to keep formation. Naval losses for the seaborne forces! were described at headquarters as "very, very small," although 4000 ships and several thousand smaller craft participated in taking the American, Canadian and British troops to France. Coastal batteries were virtually silenced by the guns of the British, American and allied fleets, including battleships, and the beachheads were speedily consolidated. The German radio said the scene of around the bay of the Seine and the northeast shore of the Normandy peninsula. Britain's Prime Minister Churchill, in announcing the successful invasion to the house of commons at noon six hours after the first seaborne troops landed said the landings were "the first of a series." Churchill ' disclosed that 11,000 allied planes were available as needed for the battle. . The allied bombers, climaxing 96 hours the landings was a 100-mile stretch of iof steady, pounding, lashed German coastal coast from Cherbourg to Le Havre c4io.i.ni.cwi-

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