Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 16, 1964 · Page 31
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 31

Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 16, 1964
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D«c. U, m 1*4 j;| Glob*-Giz*H«, Mason CHy, !•. You kill,your own in war to hold position Malmedy example in World War II By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) —I a war you sometimes kill your own people to keep the other fellow from going through your chosen position. This is a necessary facet .of combat perhaps unrealized by a younger generation more used to prosperity than danger. Let me present an example: On this day 20 years ago, Adolf Hitler—as his professional army advisers wryly knew—gave up the ghost of victory in the west by starting the Battle of the Bulge in the Belgian Ardennes. Few things In this world are harder to contain than a .well- planned German attempt to move from here to there, At first they slipped in stealthy silhouettes of well-armed silence, killing us by their being and surprising us by their daring. There were two armies of them. One was the 5th Panzer army, led by a professional army man, Gen. Hasso von Manteuffel, whose main purpose was destroyed by our resistance at St. Vith and Bastogne. The verdict of "Nuts" to the enemy was not given alone at Bastogne. It was given to him at most places after his finely organized breakthrough. The other German army, the 6th, was led by Sepp Dietrich, a former Hitler chauffeur, and made up mostly of poorly led SS troops. To Von Manteuffel, sharing a goal with Sepp Dietrich was almost like asking Gen. Omar N. Bradley to fight side by side with Al Capone, and giving Capone more tanks and guns. The troops under Dietrich came roaring through our lines, as their own photographs of themselves subsequently \ showed, laughing and smoking 1 cigars. And they sometimes , killed our troops and the Bel•' gian people beyond their immediate need for bloodletting. f And now I must get back to my original point, which is: Why n war you kill your own to keep your position clear of the other fellow. The third keystone of the Battle of the Bulge—aside from St. Vith and Bastogne—was a Belgian village called Malmedy. Sepp Dietrich's men lined up and shot more than a hundred captured men of a U.S. artillery observation battalion outside Malmedy, but they lacked the swift genius of battle to penetrate this northern hinge of the Battle of the Bulge. And this is what happened: For several days Allied headquarters, figuring for a certainty that the German adventurers would momentarily penetrate Malmedy, sent flight after flight of bombers to hit the town. They hit it again, and again. The Germans tried to sidestep the town to the south, and their armor was booby-trapped and dismayed by our men. The bombs that fell In Mel- medy fell amid our own earnest and stubborn infantry and the Belgian civilians. No German outfit ever got into Malmedy. But the Allies couldn't risk it. And that was how it was in that town then, and how it has been in many another town before and perhaps may be later. At the time it is hard to be under your own bombs. Later, if you survive, you forget the bitterness and perhaps begin to understand. Anyway, that's one part of war, as it was in a battle that startled the world 20 years ago. College /or sale for $1.5 million CARTHAGE, 111. (AP) — Write your own check for $1.5 million and you can buy a college — 37 buildings on 44 acres. That's what the advertisement says in some newspapers around the nation. It's the campus abandoned this year by Carthago College, a Lutheran institution which moved to Kenosha, Wis., to follow a shift in the population center of its controlling synod. The deserted campus sits bleak and lonely 250 miles southwest of Chicago in Carthage, population 3,500, the seat of Hancock County. CHRISTMAS PROGRAM ALT A VISTA —Pupils of St. William School will present their annual Christmas program in Municipal Hall Monday night, Dec. 21. 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