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

C R U S A D E R -------------------------- P A U L IR W IN ______________ ( form er "Sunday E x p ress' Sports Editor) — T a l k i n g S p o r t — W h a t’s this ? The British Box­ ing Board, battle-scarred from the blows received from time to time by this and other critics, earning bouquets from its ban on the Freddie Mills-Glen Moody fight at London's Albert Hall. Good work. W h y ? Because Glen Moody has lost the first fine rapture of his fistic youth and is no possible match for the British cruiser-weight champion. Glen Moody was fighting — and losing — to Len Harvey and Jock M cAvoy when Mills was still sucking lollipops and was about as tall as sixpenny-worth of coppers. I can also recall the Welshman being beaten by one or two boys right out of the top- class; and this, in the years when the world was much younger than it is today. The much-criticised Boxing Board, as I say, has done the fight game a real service. It has also stopped a really fine fistic proposition in Sergt. Freddie Mills from making himself look slightly absurd. Nothing could have been worse for the Boscombe battler than to have crossed gloves with Moody. There, slap in the middle of his brilliant record — and I forecast that Mills .is going to meet and beat a lot of good men before he quits the ring — would be that shabby looking victory over a pugilistic no longer young as they count age in sport. Indeed, had the champion failed to put the gallant Glen away in­ side a couple of rounds, he would have done himself a lot of harm. Nothing but a quick knock-out would have done. And it might not have happened, since Mills would have been coming back to serious scrapping after a long lay-off. W hat next ? I suggest that the only fit opponent for the 12s 71bs title-holder is Jock M cAvoy, the Rochdale slug-iand-glover. Last time they met, M cAvoy retired almost before a blow was struck when a sciatic nerve caught him on one leg. Now that isn't good enough. If Mills is a real champion, ready to go in there and throw his fists at all comers at weight, he must show the cash customers that he has the beating of Jock M cAvoy. Can he do it ? Yes, in the view of Professor Irwin, that noted old necromancer. Since coming under the managership of Ted Broad- ribb, shrewdest adviser on hand in blighty. Mills has sharpened up his defence more than some­ what. As for his left hook, the best seen around since Mickey 'W alker tagged punches on the chin of Tommy Milligan in the way back, it is better than ever. So there it is. Let Freddie Mills show us that he can lick Jock M cAvoy when the Rochdale thunderbolt is fit and in form. Doing that, he will show us he is no champion looking for easy pickings. And now say I didn't tell you. At first I thought to flee the m ajor s em brace like a startled faw n — but I was tired !” THE GRIFF N ERO O U T -N E R O E D Even old Nero would turn pale — perhaps with envy — at the super-massacres carried out by the modern Nazis. The Turkish paper “Realite has devoted a long article to the subject of the German atrocities in Poland, where a systematic at­ tempt is being made to extermin­ ate the education part of the na­ tion. The paper says that according to conservative estimates 300.000 Poles have been executed by the Germans in the past three years. Scientists, artists and writers have been shot, tortured to death by the Gestapo, or flung into con­ centration camps where most of them die of starvation and mal­ treatment within a few months, “CA M PS O F D E A T H ” At least 200,000 Poles are es­ timated to have been sent to such camps, which are known in Pol­ and as “Camps of Death." The name is well deserved, says the paper, for of 85,000 prisoners in the Cracow region at least 55,000 died in 18'' months. In addition to this gigantic massacre, conclu­ des the Turkish paper, some 1,200,000 Poles have been de­ ported to Germany, where they are kept to work as slaves Our readers will remember that “Crusader' recently published orders captured from two German regiments giving detailed instruc­ tions and descriptions of mass- executions carried out on villagers in Jugoslavia and in Russia. As W inston says, it will be a “bloody account'' which will be presented to Hitler and his ac­ complices when the hour of reck­ oning strikes. FR IEN D IN N EED ... The smartest bit of “first aid we've heard about goes to the credit of the Aussie pilot of an ambulance transport plane who spotted a truck blow up on a mine just as ,he was flying over a colum n.of British M .T. He put his bus — a big De Havilland bi-plane — down on a patch of desert within a few hun­ dreds yards of the wrecked truck. An M.O. aboard the plane found all the men in the truck had been injured. He dressed their wounds on the spot, put them on board the plane and half an hour later they were comfortably tuck­ ed up in the ward of a C.C.S. LOOK AGAIN “Tripoli harbour is completely out of commission owing to its destruction before we evacuated iGerman radio ) T h ose o f you not intimately acquainted with the w adis betw een Stdi Barrani and A gheila will fin d my lecture, difficult to follow ," Crusader Cutie IM o . 29 - 7 -
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