Union Jack No 132 June 2nd 1944

rtf? ass* UNION JACK Friday, June 2,1944 No. 132 Twolire FOR THE BRITISH FIGHTING FORCES S T OPP i Si&S King Peter of Yugoslavia has appointed Dr Ivan Suvarsich (Governor of Croatia) Prime Minister of Yugoslavia. All parties will be represented in the government which the new Premier is trying to form to bring about a united front in Yugoslavia. A Premier visits battleground Less than 24 hours after his arrival in Italy the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon. Peter Fraser, saw from the ruins of Cassino Monastery the scene of one of the greatest battles of the war, in which New Zealand troops played their full part. Pausing on the slopes of Monastery Hill, Mr. Fraser, dressed in a pair of slacks and a jersey, listens while Lt.-General Freyberp describes an incident in the battle. Lt.-General E. Puttick, Chief of W.ZN General Staff, is on the left. Russians offbeat more big attacks at Jassy ROOSEVELT IN NOVEL President Roosevelt ap­pears as one of the chief characters in anew novel, ”Presidential Agent.” h> Upton Sinclair. The author says that the word* attributed to the President are mere guesses ”but good ones I hope.” Germans {ailing back to Rome detence line EIGHTH IN FROSINONE J— EIGHTH ARMY troops sweeping north along Highway 6 to join up with the Filth Army forces fighting at Vaimontone have taker, the key road and rail centre of Frosinone. German reports yesterday admitted that their troops are falling back to the north, but cl .Iraed that Marshal Kesseking was intentionally shortening the Nazi fighting front to bolster up his defences on the Velletri-Va!montone-A vezzano line before Rome. Fighting against stiff resistance in the VeUetri area. Fifth Army troops have made limited but important advances. British and American troops, in a 3.000- yard push north-west of the town, have gained a footing on the Alban Hills leading to Rcme. This means that Fifth Army troops now hold the high ground overlooking Velletri from both the east and west in spite of strong German resistance around the area of Lanuvio, on their left flank. On the coastal sector. British troops are still pushing /ahead from their capture of L'Americano, clearing their throughway heavy minefields under intense artilleiy fire. In the central sector, Moroccan troops advancing inland have reached Carpineto. on the secondary road running north-west to Highway 6 and five and a half miles north-east of Norma. Fighter attacks slart landslide MORE fierce attacks have'Se**.'launched by the Germans agr.inst Russian positions nsrth o'Wassy. Again large forces of tanks and infantry were employed but tlie Soviet troops htid firm against day-long assaults. "The enemy suffered enor­mous losses but did not again yard of ground," the supplement to the official Moscow com­munique said ”Wjth powerful fire and cotmter-blows, Soviet infantry, gunners anc tankmen j inousands of thr lrc-my to have I werp killed rand >~j manGe sunk 59,duu tons of Allied rb .p tfOtr/ng the month ofF ot- the month of May 1943, they c!a: .med 389.000 and in lui month we sank 30 U-bo .Now U -bO '-jts are being sunk quicker than they can be bunt, and more U-boats are being sunk than Allied merchant ships. nfcs, self-pronfu^d <?un and armoured carneis were smashed.” On this sector of the front ihe German High Command has sent into action large forces of air-craft. Soviet airmen and anti­aircraft gunners are successfully G.C. tor sweep who tunnelled through blazing debris A'.... 49-year-old Tony Smith, has just been awarded the ”Civilian V.C.”—the George Cross- -for what is described as at'one the most heroic civilian feats <it the war. had three fingers of his right hand shot away. The London Gazette also announces the award of the George Medal to 17-year-old Kenneth R. Cox, of Wandsworth. During a raid on London in February, four bombs hit. a block of flats, Guinness Build­ings. at Worlds End, Che!sen. Smith who lives a few hundrfd yards away and is a member of a Chelsea rescue squad, then got to work. The official citation say a. ”Bombs demolished a number of lour-storey houses and tr.fc wreckage became a ragjn^ inferno when fractured g^s mains caught fire. ”Two floors had pancaked forming a huge pile of blazing debris, but Smith burrowed his throughway the burning ruir sand managed to reach a casua'ty trapped in the front basement underneath. ”Carrying the casualty on his back through the burning debris. Smith forced his way to safety just as the remaining walls crashed to the ground. ”He later helped to rescue a woman from an adjoining building, working for over an hour up to his waist in water.” In the last war Smith served with repelling constant raids, and in two days Ssnting they brought down 164 enemy planes. Ai>art from local actions in the region of Tiraspol, on the pt/nanlan front, and Vitebsk there were no dang K w r other sectors of the eastern front yesterday: The Russian Army paper Star,Red referring to the German thrust at Jassy o. Tuesday, when a wed"e was driven into the Russian lines, says that that wedge has become nothing short of a deathtrap for the enemv The "dent” was soon sealed and the Germans inside were liquidated. The severe fighting which has now been raging for days on the slopes of the Alban Hills is continuing with un­diminished bitterness. Kesse!- ring has ordered the Nazi 14th Army to hold the Velletri- Valmontone - Csmpo - Jemini line at all costs. Heavy street fighting is taking place in the old quarters of Velletri. Here, German shocn troops break into the ruins i the town during the night-time to attack the American troops and blowup remaining build­ings. Vaughan Thomas. BBC, cor­ ent. rcoorta .that after GRIP TIGHTENS As the Russians are massing their strength on the eastern front, and the momentum o: Mlied air attacks increases, the Germans are tightening their gnp on Hungary and Bulgaria. Changes in the Bulgarian High Command, which will give ihe Germans greater control, were announced in an official com­munique quoted by Transocean In Hungary the Nszification is ¦ncreasing daily, and the areNa?.- not hesitating to tramnie on .Hungary's dearest tradition. Jap base in Burma isolated fey Allied attacks ALLIED attacks in the past few days in northern Burma have been so severe that the Japanese base and garrison town of Mogaung has been cutoff from all outside reinforce­ments, says a Reuter dispatch. Chindit forces are now block­ing the 80-mile railway stretch south-west of the town, while Allied air attacks are making the enemy’s position more hope­less. General Stilwell’s Chinese and American troops are keeping up their pressure on Myitkyina. another large enemy base in northern Burma. All these attacks are being helped by Allied air blows against railway bridges, mar­ shalling yards, installations and the Royal Marines, and troop concentrations. The oil W iTffih'v.y ifrAft'ano ¦ uot summit overlooking Veljet!" oe does not see how the Ger ­mans can hold on'o the town much longer Their position !?hourly growing more precarious The enemy's resistance his been heavilv strengthened wi*b artillery and reserves and ir. some places they are makine desperate counter-attacks. In one of these thrusts. the Nazis lost 50 percent of the tank forces they used Con­centrated artillery fire front! the Allied forces soon broke ut» the attack, which was sup­ported by many self-propelled guns. New Zealand troops, making ‘heir wcy through the Appemnes m conjunction wi+h the Eighth Army's advance along Highwa' 6, have captured the town of Sora, on the main road running north from Arce. In The north of Italy. German supply lines are suffering heavily from, attacks carried out by patriot forces. It is repored that these patriots ha.’e des­troyed 27 railway tunnels between Verona and the Brenner Pass. pipe-line running east of the Irrawaddy River to Rangoon has also been damaged. A message from Chungking says the Chinese troops have gained more ground in their drive through western Yunnan Province towards the Burma border, while on the Intio- Burmese border, where the monsoon has now broken British troops continue to cleat the Japanese from heights near the Tmpbal-Kohima road. Fighting on Biak Island, off the Dutch New Guinea coast has now died down. Since the first American landing, more than 700 Japanese have been killed. LIGHT bombers and fighter- bombers, continuing their punishing attacks on enemy communications in Italy, had one of their best successes in one particularly effective attack near Subiaco. Kitty-bomoers and Musiangs destroyed (J7 out of 200 German motor vehicles jammed three abreast altn» a 1,009-vrrd stretch •of the winding mountain rosd leading from Frosinone or High­way 6 to Highwav 5 and Avez- here the Germans hope to defensive line. ^outh b \Hr The Allied fighter-bombvrs dive-bembpd and -fretted >he stalled motor veftirlps all mov­ing and cvuseo such havoc o*id Ac st’¦ nc'lev rhnl Ihe fs were set afIre n a erm^aaratlrn 11'hirh oevt no a S.OOO-feet-h’ch column tcicer>na ore' the sur- roundirtg mnuntnin teaks As a result of -.he attick.s, vhich cT -ato-ed bo’h the front and -ear of the concentration of ^nemv veb’clos. g vr V*ole «Q cton of the road gave wav and slid down the mountain eliff O^her plane* bombed the town of Alatri. along the -erne road, end stretcbQ s of the Albano-Po-^a road, as well as h’ehwavs leading out of HiTe fro-n north m AUSTRIA WARNED An appeal to the Austrian? to •nerease their resistance aga’nst he Germans was made bv Mos­cow radio The apnea! said that he momen'um of Allied air assault against Austria will increase in the coming weeks and months The longer Hitler was "a^le to mnin’ain his grip on Austria s»’d the speaker the worse would be *-hcv i r \£MOt v’s i f e p j f These units are there XT AIMES of British units*^ which have taken part in the present inoffensive Itaiy have been released. Units of the Brigade ot Guards were eng'ged in bittei fighting for two key mountains on the Eighth Army front Monte Grande and Mmte Piccolo. Elements of the Royal West Keats were among the fir>t to cut Highway 6. thus cutting oil Cassino and the enemy s mi inline of retreat. Among units inaction are the Duke of Wellington's the North Staffordshire Regiment and the Gordon High! nuers Others reported in Italy are the Csme-oirans. Royal Snms killing Fusiliers. Duke <>t Cornwall sLight Sniiintn Grenadier Giards. Welsh Guards, t'eaforfb Hiehlanders Sherwood Foresiers. the Loyals. the Narthsmptons. th. Duffs, the I.iverpoo! Welsh the lloyil Tank Regiment, thi 80th (Scottish Corse' regiment. RA. the 90th Lis>.l A A Regiment. R \The Roval Fusiliers (Cit.v oj London Regin-.''nt! h*>ve been taking part in the An.-^i hat:**’
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