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Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, December 21, 1964
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General says Bastogne's fall not vital By JOHN FIEHN NFUBERG, Germany (AP) — The German general who was ordered to capture Bastogne 20 years ago said that had his mission succeeded, it still would not have won the Battle of the Bulge for Hitler. On Dec. 16, 1944, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt threw 250,000 of Germany's crack troops into a massive onslaught on thin U.S. defenses in the Ardennes Forest. The German objective was to cross the Mouse River and drive to Brussels and Antwerp, Gen. Heinrich von Luettwitz, commanding the 57th German Armored Corps, was ordered to take Bastogne, a small Belgian frontier town at an important road junction. It had to be secured to safeguard the attacker* 1 further advance, Luettwitz said. "if was a desptrata effort doomed from the outset," said Luettwitz, now 68. "The terrain was wholly unsuitable for any major attack. The Ardennes Mountains, roliing, forested country deeply cut by steep and twisting valleys of mountain streams, had few roads on which our armor could move. "When we attacked, fog strangled the Allied air operations. But any military leader of common sense should have known that the Allies' air superiority would finally win tho battle. "Under these circumstances, capturing Baslogne or not didn't make much difference in the over-all picture. "After easily overrunning the American defenses, my troops advanced quickly toward Bastogne, which we were to reach on the evening of the 18th. "That evening intelligence reported to me that they had intercepted American radio signals ordering the 101st U.S. Airborne Division from Reims into Bastogne. It became a race between us and the Americans of who would be in Baslognc first." A panzer commander, LI. Gen. Fritz Bayerlcin, telephoned Ltictlwitz around 11 p.m. that he was only 5 kilometers — 3 miles — northeast of Bastogne. Bayerlcin had sent a reconnaissance party toward the American lines. It reported everything clear, am! Baycrlein decided to advance on the vi:- eonnoHcrcd path, a country lane, rather than the main concrete road. "From whit Bayarltln told me, he could have taken Bns- Vogue at that hour practically without a shot," Lucltwitz said. "But instead, nflcr advnncing a few hundred feet . . . heavy tanks sank nxle deep into mud and got stuck. To reach the fringe of Baslogne it took Bay- erlcin until 3 p.m. Dec. 10. "By that time the Americans had moved the 101st Airborne into Baslogne, and Bayerlcin told me that he could not take it without heavy fighting and big losses." Luettwitz consulted 5lb Army headquarters. The 5lh Army's commander, Gen. Hasso von Mantcuffcl, ordered him to bypass Bnslot;ne if one lust attempt failed to take the town. Meanwhile, the 2nd Pnnzcr Division had made rapid ad vanccs north of Baslogne. "Baycrlcin's panzer division in the small hours of the nexl day advanced south of Bus- logne, cutting tin; town from it; southern road links, too. On the 21st, In the morning I received orders from 5tl Army headquarters to call on the American defenders to surrender. "Bayerlein handpicked a team of four men headed by a captain as emissaries. They departed for the town equipped with a makeshift white flag. After an hour they returned, minus the white flag but carrying a white piece of cardboard 10 by 10 inches. "The sign read: "To the German general . . . "Nuts" . . . from the American general.' "Frankly, I didn't know what nuts meant. I don't eat nuts, and there weren't any nuts available anywhere around. An interpreter explained the meaning of the word to me and afked me whether I wasn't insulted. I wasn't. "All I can say now is that I recall having had the deepest respect for the American officer, Brig. Gen. Anthony C. Me- Auliffe." Luettwitz **U to h*4 me* Me Auliffe in Parii while the German general was a prisoner of war. "He spoke to me for about five minutes, but I only later found out that it was the man who sent 'nuts' to me at Bai- togne. He probably knew woo I was." Luettwitz' troops, after failing to conquer Bastogne, pressed the attack westward. They made the deepest penetration to the west in the Battle of tbe Bulge but were stow ?d thort of tbe Meu*e. Tbe Americans, after weathering the first onslaught, threw fresh divisions into the battle. The skies cleared to allow massive Allied air strikes at German supply lines and troop assemblies. Luettwitz withdrew his troops in good order, and shortly after Christmas Day Gen. George S. Patter's 3rd U.S. Army troops broke through the German lines from the south and relieved Bastogne. Luettwitz was captured April 16, 1945, by American troops near Iserloyn, in Germany. The Allies held him until 1948, then he settled in this town on the banks of the Danube River. The son of a noble Silesian family, he lost all his posses- sions in territories now under Polish rule. But after a few lean years he set up a wholesale wine company and a small publishing company and became district agent for an insurance company. He lives in a comfortable, two-family house with a nice garden. Luettwitz and his wife travel abroad a lot and have visited the United States. Dec. 21, 1M4 , M*MM City, I*. ADVEKTUJUEKMn Science Shrinks Piles New Way Without Surgery Stops Itch—Relieves Pain NOT IWk. M. T. <«»irfil>-For tha first tima science ha* found a new healing subiUnce with the aatoo- Uhinf ability to shrink hemorrhoids, stop itching, and relieve pain — without surgery. In ease after caw, while ftntly relieTing pain, actual reduction (•hrinkage) took place. If oat amaiina; of all-r*sulU wer« a* taoroagh that soc?er«rs stataeMBts Uk* haT» eaaaed to h* a problem! The seerit U a B*W healing aafe. staaee (Bfe-I>rM*)-4iscoT«ry of * world-famous reeearri ia^titut*. This substance) la now available la mpp«M(«ry or fiutmtnt ftrm nnder the name JVtporvMM if«X At all drug cotuttats. MAKE THIS ONE THE Insurance bill for farmers at $2 billion yearly WASHINGTON (AP)—Farm era will pay approximately $ billion this year in business an personal insurance premiums Reporting this, the Agricul ture Department said this av eragcs about $575 a farm. Abou one-third of these premium were on a farm business cos category and the remainder personal or family expense. "The need for more insur ance of all typos is caused," report said, "by rising capita values and production invest ment on farms, financial obi gations, and n greater aware ness of risk. Increased media nization and use of motor ve hides have added more risk from potential accident and I ability claims." Eskimos now need drilling EDMONTON, Alia. Ml — Esk mos, apparently, once nccde dentists like B hole in the heat. Now they get cavities like cv eryone else. Dr. C. H. Carlcy, senior federal government den al officer, said that the Eskim once existed on a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet. Jtis tcct rarely decayed. But now, man Eskimos cat the same refine high-carbohydrate foods as oil er Canadians — and they'r paying for it in cavities. Dr. Carley is one of six den lists employed by the fcriera Health and Welfare Departmen to work in the vast area o northern Alberta, the Yukon anc tlie Mackenzie District of the Northwest Territories. MASON CITY: •^—•——^JlsS-l^BM—.^•^^MM^^M^_-^™«_.^™ CHRISTMAS .'isaiis;;;;'.;;- ADDING MACHINES Fisher Typewriter Co. APPAREL Lundbergs, Inc. AUTO ELECTRIC SERVICE Floyd & Leonard Auto Electric A]1Jod Rea] , y INSURANCE Bankers Life Company Cahalan Insurance Co. Cerro Gordc Mutual Ins. Assn. Northern Life Insurance Co. Ralph Lloyd T one8-Albrecht Co. INVESTMENTS <S REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATIONS Chamber of Commerce AUTOMOTIVE Bob Schukei Ford, Inc. Downtown Plymouth S & R Chevrolet Co., Inc. Seders Pontiac-CadiHac Zenor Motor Cn. BAKERY Purity Bakery BANKS First National Bank of Mason City United Home Bank & Trust Co. BUS SERVICE. LOCAL City Transft. Co. CHILDREN'S and LADIES' FASHIONS Bergo's CIGAR STORE Ransom's Cigar Store COMMUNICATIONS Globe-Gazette DAIRY PRODUCTS Carnation Company ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR C. I. Smith—Dewey Electric FOOD CENTERS Grupp's Food Centers FUNERAL HOMES Patterson-James Chapels GENERAL CONTRACTORS Davey 6, Moen, Inc. Henkel Construction Co. Percy Construction Co. LIVESTOCK BUYING Johnson & Son LOANS Olson Finance, Inc. MEAT PACKING Jacob E. Decker & Sons MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR Gildners MUSIC STORE Carleton Stewart Music Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Lock Photos PRINTING & LITHOGRAPHY Central Show Printing Co., Inc. REAL ESTATE & INSURANCE Beck Bros. Co. W, L, Patton Co. REFRIGERATION James Refrigeration Co. SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSN. Mutual Federal Savings & Loan SERVICE STATION Snell's Services, Inc. SHOES Odd Lot Shoe Co. SHOE STORE Walker Shoe Store SOYBEAN PROCESSING North Iowa Soybean Cooperative ... Homes with their lighted *j candles, trees and wreaths express warmth of family gatherings within GENERAL FREIGHT SERVICE TAVERN Slockberger Transfer & Storage Blarney Stone INTERIOR DESIGN Kellum Interior! TELEVISION SALES TV Mart. Inc. C«»jr1fkt Christmas means many things — Christmas trees, Christmas cribs. Down at the office there is a Christmas party. Carols ring through the city's streets. There is a last minute gift. Sparkling fresh snow is falling. The whole world stands still for a day. Christmas is all of this and much more. Christmas is a time for meditation. To know the meaning of Christmas is to have a purpose for living. To know the love of the Christ Child is to find the value of all love in our lives. Christmas. In all Christian countries, Christmas is celebrated as the anniversary of the birth of Christ, "The Prince of Peace," "The King of Kings." That day, Dec. 25, is'marked by religious services in churches, charitable deeds, exchange of gifts and merry-making and rejoicing. The 12 days of Christmas, embracing the period between Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, is known as Christmas-tide. The time when the Christmas festival was first observed is not definitely known. It is spoken of in the beginning of the third century by Clement of Alexandria. Other dates were often celebrated as the day of the Nativity until about the middle of the fourth century when Pope Julius established the festival of Rome on Dec. 25. The exactness of the date is not so important as the "spirit of Christmas," the spirit of giving, of helping, a love for our fellow men. The giving of presents and the use of holly, mistletoe, Yule logs and the wassail bowl have all descended from the days of paganism, but they are things which set the day distinctly apart from all other holidays. Without the Christmas tree and Santa Claus for the little folks, the day would be incomplete and lose much of its deeper meaning to families. The custom of sending greetings on "Christmas" cards also started more than 50 years ago. Use of the fir tree in connection with Christmas celebrations is of Germanic or Scandinavian origin. When the pagans of northern Europe became Chrstians, they made their sacred evergreen trees a part of the Christian festival, and decorated the trees with gilt nuts and apples in imitation of stars. Many fine stories have been woven about the Christmas spirit and Christmas merry-making. The holidays of the year are the red-letter days of its calendar. But among them all, Christmas is unique, for it brings universal joy and goodwill. If Christmas gifts could talk, what they could say more eloquently than words is that they can make family dreams come true. There is a meaning to Christmas that the church teaches. In the church, you will wake to the marvels the Christ Child will work in your soul. That is the true meaning of Christmas, The Christmas spirit is eternal truth. Its message, "Peace on Earth to'Men of Goodwill," describes the day and gives meaning to Christmas. Let's make this one the best ever! civic »0» TKt ^f lot TNI CITY " CITIZENS SERIES . J. Outer. >nc.. MCMl.VIl THIS MESSAGE SPONSORED BY THE LEADING CIVIC MINDED FIRMS AND INSTITUTIONS LISTED ABOVE ar DECEMBER 22 International Arbor Day DECEMBER 23 The Christmas Pageant of Peace Begins DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Pageant and Carol Singing Programs DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day DECEMBER 2B Blue—Gray Football Gam» DECEMBER 27 Anglers' Day DECEMBER 28 Childermas, Holy Innocenc* Day DECEMBER 31 New Year's Eve JANUARY 1 New Year's Day Circumsion of Christ Rose Bowl Football Game Orange Bowl Football Game Sugar Bowl Football Game Cotton Bowl Football Game Tangerine Bowl Football Game Take a Deep Breath Day JANUARY 1—31 United Cerebral Palsy Wheat Bread Sales Break a Cold Pest Control Month Kid Pleasin' Meals Time International Cooperation JANUARY 3—10 Save the Pun Week JANUARY 10—17 Big Brother Week

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