The Crusader, Eighth Army Weekly, No. 46, Vol 4, March 15th 1943

Issued F ree to the Fighting F orces No. 46 Vol. 4 March 15, 1943 AVENGED BROTHER AT MARETH LINE A week after his brother was killed by a German mine, Lieutenant John Grant, (28), 5 Louisville Avenue, Aberdeen, carrier of­ ficer, took his revenge. W ith his carrier platoon he repulsed the first attack made by the Germans since Alamein, and left over fifty enemy dead on the ground. John Grant’s brother, W illiam, was also an officer. He took out a patrol near the Mareth Line. On the way back they ran into an enemy mine-field, and he was kill­ ed by an A. P. mine. A corporal, though wounded himself, took the compass from his officer and led the patrol home. - “I was just waiting my chance to get my own back," John Grant told an observer, “You can well understand how I felt, when I learned how my young brother had met his death.” "HAD A BELLYFUL" “I went out yesterday with a carrier pat­ rol to form a screen, for a Rommel counter attack was thought likely. About four o'clock we could see about 200 men advan­ cing — both Itis and Germans, I think. “T hey hadn't much cover and were sup­ ported by mortar fire, but not by artillery. W e waited till they were within 500 yards and then opened up with our brens. W e mowed them down. At least fifty of them fell, and didn’t get up again. The rest made for the north, where they got it again from other carriers. “I was hoping there would be more of them. But they had had a bellyful, and went back. It helped me a lot, but there is still more to be done !” There were no casualties whatever amongst our carricr screen... "ROUND THE CLOCK" The long predicted “round the clock' bombing of Germany is well under way. “Allied air superiority,’’ says the “New York Tim es,” is now so great that a daily schedule of raids may be expected — Amer­ ican raids by daylight and British raids by night. It will be a test not only for G er­ many but for us. The British believe that night bombing with heavy loads of explo­ sives scattered over a wide area over a mass objective is the most damaging yet developed. W e have equal faith in our high altitude precision bombing by daylight.' B om b dam age to T ripoli. O ne o f the bom bs lan ded on the beach and blew a hole in the sea wait, causing the ro a d an d pavem en t to sink. In background a re w recked en em y ships. REVIEW FO R THE BLUE Rommel Attempts An Advance East Japs Suffer Heavy Blow in Pacific W e d never have thought it, but these pictures' p ro v e that the C orps o f M ilitary P olice d o possess a sense o f humour ! After his “brilliant advance westward” (according to Gobbels) from Ala­ mein to Tunisia, Rommel made an abortive attempt to advance in the opposite direction by a full scale effort to break out from the Mareth Line. Before the Germans retired to the ihills of Medenine their losses were stated from London to be 45 tanks, 4,000 men and hundreds of prisoners. The overwhelming defeat of a Japanese convoy of 22 ships in the Huon Gulf has tipped the balance of sea power in the Paci­ fic considerably in favour of the Allies. E very ship in the convoy was a total write­ off for the Japs and 109 of the covering planes were brought crashing into the sea. In his communique, General MacArthur said : “Our decisive success cannot fail to have the most important results on the enemy's strategic and tactical plans. His campaign, for the time being, at least, is completely dislocated. W hen the Russians struck toward Rzhev last autumn, Hitler told his commanders that its loss would .be “equal to the loss of half Berlin." On March 3, the Red Army captured the town after heavy fighting. In the north, Timoshenko pierced the German line stretching between Lakes Ilmen and Seligor, occupied Demyansfc, sweeping on toward Staraya Russa, 50 miles north-west. Tw o hundred wounded men of Eighth Army have arrived in Britain. Sir Janies Grigg, W a r Secretary, announced in the House of Commons that at present shipp­ ing operational needs prevented the intro­ duction of any extensive scheme for home leave for overseas troops. It is announced from London that British infantry units are to have their own mobile armour penetrating guns to deal with enemy armoured fighting vehicles. This departure, it is stated, follows the successful exper­ iment in the Middle East where infantry­ men have for some time been given gun­ nery instruction. The new gun, a six-poun­ der, is described as having all the essentials for anti-tank work. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has revealed that the war is now costing Britain £14,000,000 a day. O f each pound, 4s. comes from ordinary taxes and death duties, 3s. from customs and liquor taxes, 2s. from other taxes, Is. from various sources of revenue and the remaining 10s. is borrowed from the na­ tion in the form of war savings. /
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