Union Jack No 132 June 2nd 1944

SHE REMEMBERED ing Man storm espondent, Pte. 3 .spent 7 pounas he trash outsold &ve had more pse. thing to do with: a tariff of 500 nufactured goods taly and sent to mights deter spending large y which, before y would have 1 fortune, by instinct keen •s.and most oi ass out if they is paid for some it home. admits that the stion cost him value and several It would have his credit if he ids 19 shillings to invest in war he could use the 5 war when com- learer their true obbing the fight- 3 s. duty, did he er that the shop- Id him the stuff •ee or four times to be able ark's "Special toma n, rculd I being ovi June 6 , ibi4 NEWS PAGE Whole unit went over Rapido in two boats EPIC OF MIDNIGHT RIVER CROSSING By PETER WtLSON T T is very doubtful if the morale of any Army has ever been higher than that of the Eighth at 1 the moment. During the past day or so it has been my privilege to meet and talk to some of the British units which crossed the Rapido Garland rivers in about as adverse conditions as it is possible to imagine. fHE YOUNG IDEA At the age of 15, Geoffrey Woolley, of High Street, Rainham, Kent, is starting out on a business career. Gillingham Food Control Committee have granted him a trader's licence, and he is to start on a green­grocery round of his own. aspeci- R.A on /.gilt umstances ail. tall parties have it a continuation rol C 'be called W ttr- .At the same nit tat its appli- ? ne«s*arv in the eertfci industric-s. iriesWre the first Itate «or.trol being se industries tend­r­il and pr.vate en- 9th common ulling national Side small r icleus of Left-* n g extre- 3emand» ancondi- jntrol ft' ost-war ig O •*>that the future rnmem hall be in me rase of 3t the pc‘ cy that 'ernmen* ioes not Wha- 1 follow victory make the peac worthy and sw*j •?Fore is no Mcy at i defeat. Indubit -ids first Nobody But sor-e time nan Go- -ernmeni i. able a m willing atonerrv nt and ntrv’s p>•sage to laps on tfce morn- le storrr. really rill suddcr !y come fuller do aration ,.._.ihat *ill give Itre and call to is for •lis that people oi Europe Take the Beds and Herts trr example—and what an example. It was about midnight when they began to cross the Rapido, and there were only two boair’ in which the whole unit could get across. On the far side the Germans had artillery, mortars, and snipers lurking in the bushes and under­growth. The Bads and Herts lest some men through drowning and others were putout of action by shell-fire. But, in three hours, they were across and had begun to move towards their first objec­tive, a road some 700 yards from the far bank f the Gari. Almost at once there were violent explosions. Visibility¦ saw one 'yard.Men had to bend dowji to look /or the white tapes by which they were to keep dii ection. Through the drifting mist and the smoke the word came back that they were in the middle of a mine-field. When the first explosions sounded, the commander of the leading company went to earth. When mines are going off it doesn't need aP.T. instructor to make you get down smartly. The company commander told heme flung himself down. When he got up he found that he had been lying on an”S” mine. By a miracle it didn't go off. There was no time to clear the mine-field. The troops went through in single file. Of course, there were casualties. The only popular one was when one com­ pany's records were blown soup that, for the present, everyone Ifras a clean sheet!• PrBAVONET FIGHTING I pton ‘Sorting continued bitterly says t«| attributed ___ , ^vorked an ifmbuff were met with G. fire from a through which one had already passed oefore the Germans had re­occupied it. The Beds and Herts were caught by surprise, but when it was allover, there were 20 Germans lying dead in a few yards and the bayonet had been used. At the end of the attack two patrols were sent out to sit astride two main roads leading out of Cassino. One of them killed 1 5 Germans and captured three more. On the whole the percentage of killed to captured was high. As told by some of the men who took part in the attack, these are the high-lights—or, at least, what they best remember: NEAR MISSES The second-in-command of one company who was shot through the shoulder early on, but although weak from loss of blood, insisted on being taken up by a tank so that he could direct operations on Point 50. While talking on the wireless to the CO. he refused to be evacuated until another officer was sent to relieve him. The utter- confusion of the early stages. The private who got a bullet through his pack which struck a grenade but did not set it off. He was swearing alike madman because it went through 50 fags and ruined them. Later, a sniper’s bullet cut through his rifle and he picked it out, flattened, from inside his baltledress blouse. Some of the men who took part in the attack and to whom I talked were Cpl. W. Pickees (61. Norwich Road, Lowestoft), and Ptes. O. Marshall (Botany Bay, near Retford, Notts.), E Bingle (20, Southfields Lane, Stroud, Glos.), W. Easen (138, St. Pancras, Chichester, Sussex) J. Clark (4, Southfields Terrace, Danby, Essex), H.and Meadow- croft (10, Ramsbottom Square, Bury, Lancs). What they say and remembered may not have been of stragetic importance, but it stood out in their minds. And their regiment can be proud of its work. “VOYAGE TO ABETTER WORLD ”Sir William Beveridge, com­menting on the White Paper on post-war plans, said that the Government had accepted the responsibility for seeing that there is enough planned expendi­ture to ensure employment. The first general issue, he stated, was whether the Govern­ment could ensure full post-war employment and whether capital expenditure could be made sufficiently stable while it remains in private hands. Sir William summed up the new White Paper as ”a voyage to abetter world,” and that it amoun­ted to a declaration of war against unemployment. It’s always an extremely special occasion when a girl puls heron very best party dress togo places. aier Whitsun \AfHITSUN, 1944, in Britan will be remembered t j many as the time of a great hunt for a glass of beer. Many public houses ran dry early on Whit-Monday after a week-end of restricted opening owing to the shortage of sup­plies. Village inns in many parts of the country beeame teashops for thirsty hikers and cyclists, They displayed notices, ’No beer, but teas at reasonable prices.” Pubs with sufficient supplies were hardly able to cope with the demand. In many, customers even had to queue for glasses which were pounced upon as fast as they were emptied. Some of London’s West End public houses and many in the suburbs were inclosed the evening haying run dry during the morning. Drinking water at sixpence a gfass and no ”half price for children ”was sold by street vendors in Ascot. There were some protests at the price, but the vendors continued theirs’ les throughout the day. In many cases a sixpenny glass of water had to be shared by the whole family. The holiday was essentially GUARANTEED HOUSES L I OUSE-BUILDERS, whose job it will be to erect homes after'¦ the war, are banding themselves together to end jerry- building, says the ”Daily Mail.” Already 50 percent of the private builders who will put up 85 percent of our houses after the prefabricated days are over nave agreed to accept certain .standards and to permit inspec­tors of their own organisation to examine the construction in various stages. If their buildings are sound, they will receive a certificate from the National House-Builders" Registration Council, which has been approved by the Ministiv of Health. This certificate will carry with it a guarantee to the purchaser of the house that if anything goes wrong, within two years, with any part of the structure which does not comply with the Council's standards, the builder will put it outright of doors. Thousands of Lon­doners made for Thames-sde resorts like Richmond, Walton and Windsor, taking their rations with them. Thousands more went to the races at Ascot, where the once- exclusive Royal Enclosure wa- packed with Servicemen and women, trousered girls and men in flannels. The Zoo was again top favourite for family parties, bvt with no fruit or monkey nuts, and even biscuits on points, it was a lean day for the anima.s. Many other peopie tried to get farther afield in spite of the Government’s warnings about restricting travel. Barrier^, had to be erected to control queues at Paddington on Monday, and half an hour before the 9.15 Gloucester train w?r due to leave there was a queue 12 deep in parts, stretching in a wide horseshoe from Platform 1 to Platform 3." The heaviest train of (he day was the 1.15 for South Wale*. The first man in the queue fcT this got to the station at 7.4-i. Some of the nassengers had been 'eft behind the previous day by two trains. ”Third time lucky,” one of them commented. Georgina University, w originated ”Poppy Day ”in 1918 as a memorial to the warde:d, has died, aged 74, in America. The American Legion adopted her poppy day idea in 1920, and the British Legion followed suit in 1921. GIFT TO NATION Another gift has been made to the National Trust—Gunby Hail and about 1,500 acres of landon the edge of <the Lincolnshire Wolds near Spilsby, some eight miles from Skegness, and not far from Tennyson's home at Somersby. It was at Gunby that Tenny­son wrote the ”Alines haunt of ancient peace.” The house was inbuilt 1700 in William and Mary style. _ READERS’ SERVICE FOUND.—A Gold Watch, make" Laco,” left in billets of a South African unit. Union Jach w'U forward correspondence. Golden voice is a spy’s WANDA is called ’’the girl with the golden voice” by thousands of Allied soldiers serving in Italy. They hear her broadcasting daily from a Nazi-controlied station in northern Italy, trying to entice Polish troops to leave the Allied cause. But Wanda's voice is too beauti­ful to remain anonymous. Polish soldiers recognise her as Wanda Wojdal, the spy. Before the war, Hitler sent V . anda into Poland to do fifth column work. Her first sabotage plan was successful. A train was derailed, and 35 Polish airmen were killed. When Polish. troops escaped to Hungary a little later, Wanda followed. Posing as a welfare worker, she tried to persuade them to return to their homes in­stead of escaping. Wanda's next ’’appearance" was at Tobruk. When Polish troops jcined defenders of the fortress, leaflets signed ’’Wanda” were dropped from German planes. JEWISH SERVICES BARI: Jewish Services' Club, 7, Via Putignani, on Fridays, at 1930 hours and on Saturdays at 0930 hours. BARLETTA: Ct. George's Church, 33, Via Saccarini, on Fridays at 1900 hours. TRANI: The Toe H Chapel Room, on Fridays at 1900 hours. TARANTO: The Court Maitial Room, Palace of Justice, on Fridays at 1900 hours. BRITAIN AT WAR Parsons plan to brighten religion 7 \’’LEAGUE of Merry Laugh-ter” has been formed ny hs vicar of St Saviaur’s Churtb, iirocKley ilise, London, to suip the outside world comparing jolly pagans with gloomy Christians and to show that Christianity is not a thing of misery.” ???Cinema pageboys and usher­ettes do not get enough recrea­tion, says the London County Council. So the age limit for these jobs is to be raised from 1 4 to 1 6 ,’We feel that these youngsters don t have much of a chance of recreational facilities, so the con- cefsion allowing their employ­ment in cinemas in the. L.C C area is being withdrawn Irom September 30, an official explained. Surrey and Middlesex County Councils are to follow London example.s ?*?One thousand messages—many of them containing vital war stcrets—pass through a signals room of a naval operations’ centre "somewhere on the coast of Britain" and they are. handled by girls. Two hundred Wrens code and decode these messages. They work telephone switch­boards and teleprinters linking up with all important 7 1 avy, Army and Air Force head­quarters. The average age of these girls who can certainly keep a secret is 19. ?*?Mr. Herbert Morrison, the Home Secretary, has praised the work and devotion of the National Fire Service. He said that recently a train carrying thousands of gallons of high octane petrol for the R.A F. was involved in a collision. Immedi­ately the petrol ignited and there was a great possibility of the tanks on the train exploding. N.F.S. men arrived and, totally ignoring the danger, set to work. So welland speedily did they do the job that considerably less r cent of the oil was **By use of anew blue dye which turns pink when toadded milk it is hoped to save millions of gal­lons of milk this summer from souring. The degree to which the blue dye turns pink wh-n toadded milk tells bacteriolcgats the number of organisms in the milk being tested. Any doubtful milk will be immediately rejec­ted Testing centres will be cutablished in all big towns and dciry farming districts. it *if ?-The Government’s plans for reconstruction and maintenance of full employment as announced in the recent White Paper, are being closely studied in Scotland, where the industrial belt across the country will be greatly affected. Shipping, building, engineering, coal and steel industries are given as examples of alternate pros- Derous and depressed areas caus­ing districts to be ’’unbalanced.” Scottish experts are to help informing plans for redistribution of industry under the new scheme, NAZI MOVE A report from Ankara says that one of the most important mem­bers of the German Secret Service, Pfeiffer, has arrived in Istanbul to take charge of all German Secret Service activities in Turkey and to try and clear up the situation created by the de­flection of various German agents to the Allies. SEBASTIAN
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