4 NEWS PAGE June 2,1944 The strotegy behind the oir war AXIS ROUTES IN CHAOS THE terrific bombing of Nazi Europe in recent weeks has been primarily concerned with disrupting ail transportation facilities in advance of the invasion, said an official statement issued by the Air Ministry in London. ....————...........During the past 10 days, said I&OM CROSS FOB t'ie statement' British -based 20 CIGARETTtS Private Hiram M rrison, of Dodswortli, near Barns ley, Yorkshire, who has been repatriated from Germany after being captured and wounded in Crete, has given a picture of the Reich to-day. He says the Germans are always asking when the invasion will come off. They will never speak if there are two of them, but alone, a German will admit ”We are finished," he told Reuter. ”When we were first taken prisoner,'' he added, ”the Hitler salute was being given all daylong. Now, one hardly ever sees it. You can buy a second-hand Iron Cross fur 20 cigarettes.” German drug plot smashed SPECIAL detachments of the •“*Middle East Narcotics Board, aciing on secret orders, have smashed a German plot to smuggle drugs to the Middle East, They made a series ol simultaneous raids throughout Egypt, Palestine and Syria. In several swoops they arrested 53 members of a German -controlled international drug-running organisation A raid in Cairo tools. Plaec nged Soliman Pasl'a et, where the police seized a Syrian bank clerk, a Swiss chemist, a doctor, a trader and a pharmacist. It is disclosed that this German drug plot has been foiled after months of unrelenting work oivfhe part of the polire forces in Egypt. Palestine, Turkey and the Lebanon. MAYOR’S SCHEME A scheme for supplying loans •k) local men and women on demobilisation, to enable them to tra'n for a profession or setup a business is being devised by the Mayor of Surbiton The Idea had occurred to the mayor after examining Government. demobilisation plans which he thought to be devoid of practical help to those who had formerly owned small businesses or who had joined the Forces s*rar»ht from school. planes ot the Allied Tactical Air Force have flown more than 25,000 sorties against the communications network supplying German armies in north-west Europe. At the same time, in the past 12 days light and fighter- bombers have also flown more than 14,000 sorties. The damage caused by those attacks has been so serious that it has created a bottle-neck in German road and rail communications in many parts of northwest Europe. Railway junctions have been so devastated tha some railway systems are completely disorganised. Allied pilots have also reported damage to first-class roads so serious that the Nazis have had to shift their heavy military traffic onto the third-class inroads some districts. BRIDGES HIT Wednesdays daylight raids were against communications and again bridges on the Seine, between Rouen and Paris, railyards at Hamm, Osnabruck, Schwert, south-east of Dortmund. and Soest, south-east of Hamm, and an aerodrome at Luxeuil were attacked by bombers escorted by more than 1,200 fighters. Among the bridges attacked were tha 840-feet span at Cour- celles one of 450 feet at Banne- court, and the 375-feet steel girder bridge at Rouen. The Rouen bridge was left half underwater by the first formations of attacking planes. On Wednesday night the RAF. went out in very great strength to make further atlacks on German controlled railways in France. Soon after the big force "f Hali- fexes and Lancasters crossed the Channel great flashes were observed on the English coast and heavy eajali SERVICE OPENS The telegraphic service between Britain ar.d Tripolitama re-opened yesterday. For the time being, messages can only oe accepted in French or English Full concessions are tote restored as soon as possible. *II Gas “alert1 THREE hundred people were evacuated from an Essex market town after a series of terrific explosions had rocked the district, blown in roofs and windows and caused havoc in the main street. Hardly had they returned to their homes when the ’gas alert'' was sounded. The police made an urgent round-up to see that everyone in tha neighbourhood had their gas-masks, but the danger did not materialise. The explosions which took place at an ammunition dump were heard for miles. Nobody was killed but Mrs. Sarah Gerthe, ONE MORE CROSSING The original bridge across theM elf a River was blown, and so the infantry waded across this bridge. But the man on the motorcycle had a spot of bother and only just made it with assistance from willing helpers. U-BOAT TAKES PASSENGERS OFF PORTUGUESE REFUGEE SHIP IN MID-ATLANTIC A GERMAN submarine! boats. Three persons, including stopped the Portuguese liner Serpa Bin to which was carrying refugees when she was in mid- Atlantic on May 20, it is announced in Philadelphia. Two American citizens and a Canadian were taken prisoners by the U-boat. According to naval officials the Germans threatened to torpedo the ship, and removed all 385 passengers and members of the crew from the vessel, but later permitted them to reboard. Before they returned to the ship, however, the refugees, Europeans bcund for Canada, spent nine hours In the life- LEND-LEASE TO BE INCREASED Shipments of American food under Lend-Lease, which have been sent in increasing Quantities in recent weeks, are expected during lii*, months to bethe largest on record, War® Food Administration officials said yesterday. After a drop In shipments during the first quarter of this year there was a considt rable increase in April and May. A total of more than 1 1 million tons of food have been moved from American farms to Britain, Russia and other Allies (Reuter). after dump explosion who is nearly 70, was missing, believed killed, for two hours. She eventually upturned in a jeep. The ammunition dump went up in a series of big explosions which continued for seven hours. Some were felt 40 miles away. Within a couple of hours of the first explosions the homeless had all been billeted. By evening the danger from further explosions was considered averted and the people were allowed togo back to their homes. a 16-month-old baby lost their lives during the transfer between liner and lifeboat. An official announcement said that the ship was stopped by gunfire at midnight. Her captain was summoned to the bridge when blinker signals were sighted, said the announcement. The submarine flashed 'send a boat.” SINKING THREAT The chief officer and second officer ware sent with the ships papers, lists of members of the crew and passengers. The first officer was held as hostage aboard the U-boat while the ship's boat returned with a I'-boat officer and a sailor armed with a tommy-gun. The German officcr, speaking English, ordered the crew and passengers to lineup in the saloon. He informed the captain that he intended to take Camilo Grande Periz, a native of Canada and a British citUan Peri* waul to his cabin and failetT to re-appear. The off cer informed the captain that the ship would be sunk unless Periz was produced within five minutes. A search was instituted and Periz was found and put aboard the ship's boat which returned to the submarine with the Germans, The officership's than returned in the boat with a message that the vessel would be torpedoed in 20 minutes. The captain immediately gave orders to abandon the ship. The crew and passengers took to the life-boats. After they returned to the ship, the American citizens were taken off by the U-boat and the vessel was then allowed to proceed. TITO’S CALL Marshal Tito has issued special Order of the to^Day forces of the Yugoslav Armi'^jf Liberation in which he callfor the launching of imnv offensives against Germ' lions and bases iCBtrttj The Yugoslav taken thejIK}' Dalmatia and j cesses in Velenja y a ot Slovenia. ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE perhaps control then go control BARli Garrison Theatre (E.N S.A,l :”China ”(Loretta Young) at 1300,1530,1800 and 2030 hours. 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