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THE lOLA REGISTER VOLUME XLyill No. 60 The Weekly Register, Established 1867: The lola Dtily Hegister, Established 1897. lOLA, KAS., FRroAY EVENING, JANUARY 5, 1945. Snccessor to Tb« Tola D^lj Register, Thj Tola Daily Record, and lola Daily Inde^ SIX PAGES BY DEWITT MACKENZIE • II we ucccpl the view of Oermun rhllitary i-xixTts, th« i Allied utMck on the JK/J 'theru «houl<lcr of the Bel- glAii bulKc IN the Ktuh ot u major coiinter-olfenKlve whldti lit culciilulecl "to hit the Oermun Hrmleh decWvi- \j/ :ln a bin pincers o)!Mfratlon." . That Is. to SUV. the Berlin view Ui that Oeneral Elsenhower Is bent on driving a wedge soutiward to Join the. salient which General Patton lias so sensationally thrust northward in the Bastogne zone. This would close Nazi Marsl^al Von Rund- Bjbedt 's avenue of retreat from the W«tem part of the bulge and a ijarge force of German-s would be - ^'ajped. Well, that's a delectable morsel to roij under the Alliedi tongue, and ctrtalnly It's our ambition to In filet Just such a disaster on the Hitlerites! However, right to - recognize mtjstn't overlook the of the present momen the battle of the bulge, which hl<fe fair to be one of the great and blobdy engagements ot the war, liasn't by any means hit Its peak. It is erowing in Intensity hourly but It's in such a state of flux that no mail at this moment can forecast while It's all tjhls fact, wo stem realities The Weather KANSAS-rGeneraUy fair west, cloudy east; light rain or drizzle beginning extreme east tonight and Saturday morning; not much change In temperature; lowest tonight 20-r>0 west, 32-35 east. Temperature—Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 32: lowest last night 28; normal for today 32; defielency yesterday 3; deficiency since January I. 35 degrees: this date la-st year—highest, 37: lowest 26. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at U a. m. today, trace; Kjtal for this year to dale. 0; Uuflck'ncy .since January 1, .10 inch. Sunrise 8;3t) a. m.; sK fl:l(j p. ni. Thcrmograpli readings I 'lidhu; 8 u. in. today: 9 u. m. 2b U p. ni. 28 10 a. ni. 2b 10 p. m. 29 11 u. m. 20 11 J), m. 29 12 noon 28 12 m. 29 I p. m. . . 30 I a. m. 29 2 p. m. . 32 2 n. ni. 29 3 p. m. 31 3 u. m. .. 29 4 p. m 29 4 a. m. 29 5 p. m. . . 28 5 a. m. 29 6 p. m. . . 28 6 u. m. 29 7 p. m 28 7 a. m. . 29 8 p. m 28 8 a m 30 Step Up Assault On Luzon Allied Air Attacks Destroy 60 Jap Ships And Maul Enemy Air Fields in Past Week Will Speed Draft Action House Committee Favors Legislation Making Use of 4-F's Washington, Jan. 5. (AP)—The house military committee announced today It wlU expedite consideration developments, although there's no ' °^ service legislation doubt that the Allies will win ultl- ' stricter manpower controls mately. Probably It's true that the long raiige objective of General Hodges' Flr.st army counter-attack, in which British elements are participating. Is to Join up with Patton's drive from the south and so create a sack. However,;as pointed out in yest«i- day's'column, Hodges' Initial pur- ,pose is to. relieve pressure on Patton and to disrupt any possibility of Von ^ilundstedt breaking out through that porthera shoulder of the bulge and reaching the all-important AlUed communications center of Liege, Hnd Jierhaps the port of Antwerp upon which Elsenhower is so largely dependent. . Whether Elsenhower is going "all- out" in his present operations remains to be seen. One would expect iilifi to make his maximum effort Iwhen Marshal Von Rundatedt had fully committed his forces to ths battle of the bulge, for the Allied comnmnder's purpose is to annihilate BS iihany of the enemy as possibl->. Von Rundstedt has been movln? troth tr<;ops and armor into the bulge, and it may be that the field iy set for the sliow-down. Car Crash Kills Humboldt Man Humboldt. Jan. 5.—Grady B. Stotts, age 32. vtua instantly killed early this morning when his car overturned at the corner about a half mile south of the Monarch Cement Company. Humboldt. The accident occurred about 3:30 a.-m. Mr. Stotts was the ear's only occupant. Sheriff Homer Troxel, who wss called to the scene along with Humboldt officers, was unable to explain the cause of the accident unless Stotts was driving at a high rate of speed. The man had lived on a small farm alxjut 2 miles south of Humboldt for a number of years and was thoroughly familiar with the highway. His car was almost totally demolished. Mr. Stotts was bom at Gash, Ojcla., and has lived in this vicinity for a number of years. He leaves his wife at the home, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stotts. Marlow. Okla. Funeral services will be held at the Johnson Funeral Home, Humboldt, at 2 p. m. Monday. BurLil will be at the Elmwood cemetery, ;hanule. d Wittich Dies After Long Illness (Special to Tti* l<eKli(«r) ; 'Humboldt. Jan. 5.—Ed Wittich died at his home in Humboldt early Wednesday morning following a long lllne.s,s. He was 53 years of age. •He wa.s born at Humboldt, the son of Mary and George Wittich, iipd had spent his entire life here, jfie was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church, and had been employed at. the cement plant here when lie^.bi'canic Hi several month.s ago. He is -survived by his mother. Mrs. Mary Wittich, one sister. Miss Hazel Wittich. of Chahute, two brothers. ^ Henry, of Chanute, and Rpy, of Humboldt. : Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at'9:30 at St. Joseph's Catholic church, with the Risv. Father Hard In charge. The Rosary service will be recited at the church Friday evening at 7 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. S^wedes Send Food jjnto Dutch Civilians Stockholm, Jan. 4. (AP). (Delayed In Transmission).—The Stockholm ptess said today that two Swedish vessels \ were expected * to leave shortly under safe conduct for Amsterdam and Rotterdam bearing 11,000,000 worth of foodstuffs des- iined for civilians in German-occupied areas of Holland. - The cargoes have been provided Iree by, the .Swedish government, ^ws ]>apers said. The decision, amiounced by Chairman May (D.-Ky.), was made at an informal meeting at which a selec-, , , live service spokesman recommended this week have been (ien. MacArthur's Head- ((uarter.s, Philippines, Jan. 5. (AP)—Heightened American air a.-^-saiilLs on Luzon, main island of the Philippines, sank or badly damaged 60 ships the first three days of 1945 and raised havoc with Japanese planes at Clark Field, ! 75 miles northwest of Manila, headquarters reported today. Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced the sinking or damaging of 35 ships at Manila Bay and In Lingayen gulf, 150 miles to the north, on Tuesday and Wednesday. On New Year's day 25 ships were sunk or damaged in the same areas. Besides the 25 freighters and transports, aggregating 57,000 tons, listed in MacArthur's latest bag, American ali-craft also accounted for a seaplane carrier, three naval escorts, a coastal vessel and five lug­ gers sunk or severely damaged. Hit CUrk Field Liberators flying imder a fighter umbrella returned to Clark Field to wipe out 20 planes caught In dispersal areas. No Interceptors were encountered on this latest expedition. Fresh Japanese air attacks hit Midoro island, where new American Put Squeeze on Nazis On in Western While AllleS First and Third armies put squeeze on Ciermans In Ardennes bulge, on northern western front, they fall; back slightly ander. i>0w Nazi push In.Saar valley.—(NEA Telephoto.) First Army Fights in "WHteHell" Snow, Ice, Mud, and Biting Cold Combine To Make Fighting a Test of Sheer "Guts" legislation fully to utilize the services of between 3.000.000 anci 4.000.000 men now holding physical deferments. The exact measures to be considered. May said, will depend on the president's message to congress tomorrow. May Present Own BUI "If President' Roosevelt recommends national service legislation we will consider it promptly," he toid reporters. "If he doesn't, we will put in a work-or-flght bill of our own."' Current talk of more stringent manpower controls Is reported to have sent thousands of -t-Fs and •non-essential workers hustling to war plants in quest of Jobs. Employment agencies clocked the heaviest stream of Job applicants In months as labor and farm spokesmen continiied to blast War Mobil- Izer James P. Byrnes' late.st mari- power recommendations. Counter proposals to Byrnes' threat to draft 4-Fs for war Jobs and hi-s order to scrfeen young farm workers for possible military .service came from senate and iiouse members and_ others. Sjjokesmen for representatives from farm states .said they did not believe many men can be obtained Irom a sifting of .some 364.000 younsj men holding essential agriculture deferments. They indicated they would resist "any move to take away the deferments already granted. Labor circles reacted with bitter criticism to Byrnes' proposals, balancing a contention that there is no shortage of workers for war- supporting civilian tasks against WMC reports of "serious" and "acute" shortages in some states. effected on the east and west coasts. The enemy planes struck airfield and shipping installations at night, causing some damage. Three attackers fell to ack-ack fire. On Leyte Island, 401 more Japanese were reported killed and five captured in one day to bring the total to 121,470. Reduction of Japanese positions on Halmahera Island, between New Guinea and the southern Philippines, continued with an 80-ton bombing by lieavy and medium bombers and fighter bomliers concentrated on ahdromes, supply areas and gun amplacements. Explosions were observed In fuel storage areas. Warm Air Moves Into Kansas Topeka, Jan. 5. (AP)—South winds pushed abnormally mild weather toward Kansas today and it was expected to remain until late tomorrow. : It looks like winter everj'where but in Kansas," Weatherman S. D. Flora said. "But it's Just a temporary respite. Sprine isn't here by a long shot. Cold we?.ther still borders the state north and east." No moisture was reported ?n the Sixth War Loan Far Over Quota • Washington, Jan. 5. (AP)—A blizzard of bond money has biu-led every quota in the Yuletide Sixth war loan. As a result, the Seventh war loan jjrobably won't open until aroimd May or June. That's the word from Treasury Secretary Morgenthau, Who announced these final sales figures in ihe Noveniber-Decemljer drive: (1) Series E bonds—$2,868,000,000. These are the only bonds the average citizen knows anything about. Sales were behind schedule at first but Fteadily improved and finally forged 15 per cent over the $2,500,000,000 quota. <2) Grand total — $21,621,000,OOC'. This is 54 per cent above the $14,000,000.000 quota. It is a new world record for a financing operation. The previous mark was $20,639,000,000 rung up in the Fifth war loan. Morgenthau said he thought the final figures in the Sixth war IOEJI were ".swell." He praised the "amazing performance" of the volimteer organizations that sold the bonds. He also commended Ted R. Gamble, director of the treasury's war finance division, and Gamble's staff In Washington. Don Head Sentenced To Boys' Reformatory Don Head, age about 16, pleaded K"^">' '° grand larceny In the dte- state durWthe iast "24 hours buthrict court yesterday and was sen- fog hung over eastern sections this morning. Most snow had disappeared from Kansas and no more was in sight. Dodge City was the warmest reported state point yesterday W :th 55 while Phllllpsburg was low last night at 18. Temperatures today were expected to range from 40 to 55 reading Irom east to west with the figures iever.sed by tomorrow afternoon. Lows tonight of from 30 to 35 were lorecast. tenced by Judge Wallace H. Anderson to serve not more than five years In the Boys' Industrial School at Hutchinson. He was charged with stealing a rifle, about 110 .22 caliber cartridges and a pair of gloves at Savonburg and later selling them to a LaHarpe resident. Sheriff Homer Troxel recovered the merchandise. Troxel said that the boy has been involved in a series of petty offenses during the past two or three years. Doughboys End Gritn Ring 'Round The Rosie Game Between Tanks Soviet Nod To Lublin Poles Recognition of ^Group As Provisional Government Freezes Worst Split Among Allies London,;Jan. 5. (AP)— Russia today announced recognition of. the Polish provisional government of Lublin, making a ;clean break with the Polish ^govemment-in-ex- ile in London, which still Is recognized; by the United States and Britain. Moscow's recognition of the Lublin group made no reference to the rival London government. The announcement i^id in part: "The presl^llum of the supreme Soviet of the.U. S. R., following Its policy of supporting and strength- entag friendlS relations with democratic Poland} decided to recognize the provisional national government of the Polish republic and» to exchange ambassadors." Washington. Jan. 5. (AP)—The United States; today reiterated Its recognition ot the Polish exile government despite Russian recognition of the new Polish regime at Lublin as a "provisional government." Although R^ia's action >was not unexpected here, it was obvious that the diplomatic reaction was, "the worst has happened." No Immediate way to break the deadlock appeared. The general view to Washington was that Stalin felt he could wait no longer in recognizing the Lublin regime because of the imminence of a great Russian winter offensive to liberate all of Poland. Freezes Allied SpUt The Russlap recognition action freezes the worst spilt to date In the ranks of |he United Nations. It puts Ru^la in firm support ot a regime radically opposed to the exiled government of Poland at London—the government supported by both the United States and Britain. It also represents a defeat for those in the :^ritish and American governments ;:who had sought im- offlcially in' Jhe last few days to persuade the-. Russians to delay, possibly until after the Big Three meeting, any formal announcement about the Lujflln regime. Hurl Panzers Into Drive On Budapest Fierce German Counterattack in Bid to Break Soviet' Siege Reported Held By Reds By DANIEL DE LUCE Moscow, Jan, 5. (AP) — Russian forces were reported grimly holding off German armored atlack.s supported by hundreds of-planes today in f »je Soviet-,held corridor, once 30 miles deep, northwe.st of beleaguered Budapest, The German panzer thrust down ] fot- the Infantrymen who trahip be- 'Br 'he A ««n<-iated Pri -M) With the Wirst Army in Belgium, Jan. 4 (delayed) — First army gains in the pa.st two days have been won in the most appalling conditions ever seen on the western front. A snow and sleet storm has turned the fighting in these mountains and forests into a white hell. • EVery Inch of ground being won by these doughboys of the First army, who jumped off yesterday to squeeze Von Rundstedt's northern flaiik while his southern flank is being hit by the Third army, is being won. on sheer guts and not on grand strategy. It is difficult to Imagine a place more difficult In which to fight an armored battle than this front. Ideal on Defense "The Germans are fighting a defense battle under Ideal defensive conditions and on ideal terrain," declared MaJ. Curtlss N. Clark, New- York City. "Look—you can't see as far as you could throw a rock." 411 over the mountains and woods wet snow was falling m mushy clusters. The roads were churned alleys of ice,, snow and mud. Trucks, tanks and gims slid arotmd like giraffes qnr roller skates. And this warfare is as tough on the men as It is on their tanks. Doughboys riding along with them can reduce battle peril by knocking out ambushing antitank guns. But Gallagher Takes Slap At Allied Intelligence By WEs' GALLAGHER With Allied Forces In Bel- glum, Jan ^ (delayed) (AP)— British troopw have been participating as "silent partners" of the Amertcsgi doughboys since the first dajc^ of the German breakthrougl^, it ca^n now be disclosed. i Censorship;" prevented announcement "Of this earlier, but the news wis kept only from the British 5nd American people. The Germans announced it over their radios shortly after British troop^ moved Into combat positions^ These radlb reports were described as "Qshing expeditions" by Allied Intelligence officers who like to ^believe the enemy is being con»pletely fooled—the same Intelligence officers ^who were completely bamboozled by the Nazi coiicentratlons which crashed thrt^ugh the westwall. (By HAL BOYLE.) In Belgium, Jan. 1. (AP)—During the mighty battle of Krimkelt, two German "Tigers" and one American "Sherman" played ring around the rosle in a wild chase around a house—until two doughboys ended the game with bazooka shots that knocked out both Nazi machines. Noticing that the enemy tanks were stalking and trying to get behind them, the Americans swung in behiiid the Germans. In a few moments the three tanks were circling madly around the house—with the Sherman trying desperately to catch up with and knock out one Tiger from behind, and at the same time keep from exposing its own rear to fire from the second "Tiger." When the two doughboys sized up the situation and ran to the rescue They started galloping after the Tigers but, after a couple of trips around tbe bouse, they realized they never would get set for a knockout blow while running. So they ducked into a doorway and waited for the Tigers to come by. They trained their bazoolcas on a corner of the house and as the enemy tanks whipped aroimd, they knocked them out in one-two order. Local Dr^ft Board Seeks Addresses, of Five Men The Local Board of selective service has lost track of five men whose last reported'jiddresses were as follows: Samuel Miles Knox, 835 Quindaro Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas; Ralph Emerson U^xUke, !702 No. Pearl^^Compton, California; Earl Lynn li^lton. Box 6, c/o Roy Spaur, De So^o, Kansas; Isaac Leroy Cox, c/o •Uggett Oil Co, Paradise, Kansas,^ and Glenn C^rence Bond, 1511 •' Charlotte St, c/o Charles Voyle^, Kanias City. ISo. Relatives aad friends are requested to give the, local board the present addresses of these registrants or to have them report to the lola office. • r from the Danube,, west of the Big Danube bend, entered its third day. It appeared daringly designed to hb- erate remnants of nine Nafel divisions trapped In the Hungarian capital. Inside Budapest Russian storm forces for the eighth day gained more ground 'and now have occupied 1,400 city blocks since the Initial attack last Friday, a Soviet com­ munique said. In Reckless Battle Tlie German, counter-offensive northwest of the city was fed by panzer and air. force reserves brought directly from the Reich, the Russians said, and they were flung recklessly into battle in a desperate bid to break the Soviet siege line clamped arotind the capital. The Russians asserted they had knocked out < more than 100 tanks in two days in the relatively narrow corridor alx)Ut 20 miles southeast of Komarom. , The Russians havie estimated that six panzer divisions, augmented by several panzer grjenadier divisions have been thrown into this Nazi coimterattack. which as yet shows no signs of abating. ^ "No Real Breach" Russian reports insist the enemy has failed thus far to make any real breach In Marshal Feodor Tnlbuk- hln's front, though paying a high price In manpower and equipment. Meanwhile Inside the flaming capital, roughly one !,hird of Pest was believed mopped up by Marshal Rodlon Mallnovsky, while three- quarters of Buda on the west bank was reported under Soviet control. side the tanks or the crews who ride Inside them there is no relief from the spirit-sapping cold. No BnlldlnKB Here Unlike the Aachen and Duren fronts In Germany, where there are many dwellings in which the soldiers could find shelter, this vast Ardennes battlefield has few homes or buildings where troops can snatch a few hours of warmth and rest. Here they can heat their chilled bodies only when they pause long Radio §iience Hides Action Strong Allied Attacks On Formosa May Be Continuing Today U. S. Pacific; Fleet Hea'dquarters, Pearl Harbor. - Jan. 5. (AP)—The crushing might of U. S. Third Fleet aircraft carriets, whose deep penetration of eneijiy waters has Japan warning of ma^or war developments may have fajjen for the third straight day c>h Formosa and the Ryukyus. ' An ominous Tadio blackout today by the fleet strongly suggested that possibility. j; Hitting two J,strongholds at once. Indicating evtin greater striking power than thiit loosed on separate days against the same targets last October, the qarrler planes struck Tuesday and Wednesday U. S. date for sure. May Be Big(;e <4 Blow That much was confirmed yesterday by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz in a communique? which said the details "are not ^t available." That phrasei^logy often covers a continuing operation. (ITie circumstances surrounding I toward th the present attacks are such that the most concentrated aircraft carrier blows of the Pacific war may well be in proigress.) An Assembly Point The very fa«\t the fieet units Front "Monty" Leads In North Bradley Has Charge Of Forces On South Flank of Nazi Bulge; Tempo of Battle Rises By •WILLIAM L, RYAN (.^.-.boeiHled l'n'S« War EJ.tur) Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Mt)ntgomery ha.s as.5umed command of British and American forces on the northern flank of the German salient in Belgium, and British armor and infantry from the Second army have been thrown at the northwestern tip of the bulge in the mounting battle. Gen. Eisenhower's re'.'.lininent of the western f-ont join^^ia.ia, confirmed in Washington todav, gave Montgomeiy. roinn.anc!;'r of the 21st Army group, com.-nar.d of most of the First army a.id oi the U. S. Ninth, while Lt. Ge.i. Omar !•). B.-ad- ley, chief of the 12th Army g:-oup, commanded forces on the southern flank of the Nazi Arilp:i.:e5 salient, including the U. S. Third ?nd elements of the American Flr.st. Four AlUed annie.- new were in action hi the nsint b,'.'!c wiilch a field dispatch said migi .i o.^cfme the bloodiest of tlio v ,Ls :era front. Divides Command Supreme headvU^-rncrs,. amiounc- Ing the snlic In coMiiia .nd. said Montgomery would command all forces on the nor'kl.ern flank, Bradley all those c ;i the boiithern in tho battle of the Ardennes bui-:p. More than 1,000 U. S. Elcinh air force heavy bomber, imyt.lf.-d at a score of vital targets behir.d a 150- mile .stretch of the Qncmwx lines between Cologne anrl Karlsruhe, striking through heavy cloiis.';. Five hundred fighters cscoi'xd them. Even before those forc(?.s r^'turned to their bases, RAF h>.av'.i;s sh caked bcttlc area. enough to build log fires—and dur- , stayed on suggested that Adm. Willing an attack these periods are few. For many hours tankmen must sit cramped and freezing in their cold Iron warhorses. Yet despite prolonged exposure to frigid temperatures morale is very- high. • Fights to Get Home :"It is higher than I can explain, considering- the conditions tmder which the men are fighting," one officer told me. Perhaps the best reason was given 'CnntinuMi nn Pasr li. No. Zl BULLETIN U. S. Pacific Fleet Headqnar- tera, Pearl Harbor, Jan. 5. (AP) Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced the ;Z7th and 28th successive daily strikes at Iwo Jima Japanese airbase in the Bonin Islands, in a commanl- qne today which omitted mention of the continuation of carrier plane attacks on Formosa and Okinawa. Veteran Biltlsh Infantry p.:.'X armor have gaini^d up to 2,000 y irds all along their front. Thr.se fore .s went on the offensive ye.lerf.ay in the Marche area and also assaulted the Nazi line soutii of Rocliefoit. at the western end of tho Belgium bulge. Nazis Gain In South Meanwhile the Ceim.'u-i attack against the U. S. bjventh army in eastern France appeared to be developing into a fuiJ-tlow.n oifensivc. The Nazis dro'.'e 'u.iolher tv.-o miles southeast of Bltche anci clnse to ,15 miles insidi. France. They were within 12 miles ct the Savfrne gap, key to the Rhine French city of Stras- twurg. Berlin said that in tlie south. Field Marshal Karl Von Rundstedt had broken through the Maginot^ line at Sarreguemlne.? on a 25-mile front and had cles-rea the area be- London.-.JanrS. (AP)—Prime Mln- Itween the Saar river and the upper ister Churchill-conferred today with]Rhine of U. S. Seventh army troops. lam F. Halsey^ Thh-d fleet commander, and Vipe Adm. John S. McCain, carrier t^k force commander, have found sizeable numbers of enemy planes ant^ ships as they did in October and are determined to erase them. ^ Formosa is ^ assembly point for troops, planes and ships intended to bulwark menaced holdings In the Philippines and the East Indies. Churchill Sees Eisenhower and Montgomery Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery, i An announcement from 10 Downing street said; "The prime Cilnlster, accompanied by the clhef o^the Imperial general staff, returned-this afternoon from a short visit t*p France during the com-se of whicfi he met Gen. Eisenhower and F^ld Marshal Montgomery." Plastering an Isle in Japan's "Front Yard" In the same battle, another dough boy forced a German tank crew to surrender by giving their vehicle a front line version of the old American "hot foot." The Germans were trapped Inside their tank when a bazookaman damaged the treads, but they refused to come out. As doughboys circled arotmd, trying to open the batch with bayonets and firing through the silt in the tank, one soldier picked up five gallons of gasoline. He boldly climbed atop tbe crippled tank, poured gas down tbe exhaust 'State of. Union' Report On Air Saturday Night Washington. Jan. 5. (AP)— President Roosevelt. will take to tbe air tomorrow night to smn- marize to the nation his state ot the union message to be delivered to congress earlier in the day. The chief Executive, telling his news confersnce today that the message wlH deal with fo»ign policy and ..manpower, among other tUQSBvtsald it wlU be about 8.000 wact&laog. On Other Fronts Marshal Tl .j £.:inou»icod that Yugoslav partisan forces had cro.ssed the Austrian fro.itier and were (Continued on PBKC 6. No. II 3rd Army Holds Firm Against Nazi Blows Lying at thfe mercy of 7th TISAAF Liberator bombers, in tbe photo above, is the much -bombed Island of Iwo Jima in the Volcano group, only 650 airline miles from Tokyo. Smoke from bomb bursts Rovers the main airfield in center pf the island, and another, "A"-shaped, field is visible to the right. Hrom Iwo Jima, Jap bombers have made radds on our base at Saipan. BY THOBURN WIANT With the U. S. Third Army, Jan. 5. (AP>—Third army doughboys have repulsed 17 separate German counterattacks In a 24-hour period ending at 8 a. m. today. The counterattack.^ north of Bastogne ranged In stre.-"th from one tank and 200 men to 20 tanks .'»nd 2,000 men. Three of the heaviest were in the Michamps and Longchamps area nonh of Ba.-^to^ne. The others were mounted e.vst of Bastogne. The Americans scared a gain of a mile in the area of Hciopont, six miles west of Bastogne. Field Marshal Von Hun<t:tedt was estimated to have nad 900 tanks in opening his counteroffen.dve December 16 and the Third army alone baa destroyed 435. (However Von Runditedt Is known to have received reinforcement.s which may have made up some of these losses.) The 35th infantry division relzed an important rord JJ net ion six miles southeast of Bastogne. The cotmterattacks no.-th of Bastogne (where the lOlst airborne division has been lii action) were beaten off in prolonged battles. The Germans jumped off at 9 a. m. yesterday in the Longchamps area with 15 tanks and about 2.000 infantrymen, but the Amci-lcans held firm. A few hours lat^r the Germans tried again with 18 tanks and 2,000 riflemen, but failed. The Germans hurled 15 tanks and 2,000 men into the Michamps area vrtth artillery I support, but the Americans cooled ) them off in three and a half bouts.

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