THE SERVICES NEWSPAPER OF
SOUTH EAST ASIA COMMAND
No 219 One Anna
TUESDAY, 15 AUGUST, 1944.
Printed by Courtesy of
THE STATESMAN in Calcutta.
The following letter has been
delivered, and the goods.
Enlisted Mens Club. 490 Bom
bard went Squadron (M)AAF.
To Officer Commanding British
Troops, Irnphal, India.
Sir—Forwarded under separate
cover are four cases of Ameri
can cigarettes. It is desired
that they be distributed among
the enlisted personnel of your
The enlisted men of this organi
zation want ft to be publicly
known that they are mighty
proud of the tvork your “chaps"
are doing. and trust that before
long the “b—s” are completely
Good Luck and Good Smoking!!!
Signed C. H. Connerly, M Sgt Air
These Yank airmen flew over the
battle of Imphal, taking their
fine part in it. while down on
the ground the British troops of
the Fourteenth slogged it out.
This is what they thought of their
comrades, and we hope it
answers every blockhead all
the way back to Britain or
America who yaps that the
troops of either country*" don’ t
They " get along ” all right on
American boys up there, I!ke ours,
sometimes wonder why the rear
can t have the same sense of
They ask. for instance what the
Chicago Tribune, which happens
to be in the furthest-otf rear on
this planet, is doing? The Tri-
bunc has been suggesting to Its
readers that ‘'virtually-' the
only fighting in the world on
the Allied side is done by
Is this to praise Americans? No,
11 is to damn their Allies.
There is a brief answer to the
Tribune's slander, and here it
is. Each in its own historic
time and place America's
Allies. Britain, Russia and
China were not only “virtu
ally" but absolutely doing the
Who won the war?
We are talking about the last
war, and that question so often
asked, shouted, and jeered,
sounds now (it always really
did) like a catcall of Dead End
DiO the British win the war?. . .
They fought the main ocean
battle for three years, mobilised
six million men for the
trenches, and left a million dead
in them in order not to lose it.
Did the French win it? They
bore the fiercest of the land as
sault, lost more of their sons
even than we did. If France
was frail in the present war. it
was in part because she bled
so terribly in the last one.
Did the Russians win it? At the
fateful hour of the Battle of
the Marne they invaded Prussia.
Thus they drew off the two
German corps who might have
turned the fortunes of that day.
Russia fell out of the war in
1917. Russians have claimed
that she won it in 1914.
Did the Americans win the war?
They came fresh into the battle
in 1917 as it entered its fourth
year. The tremendous strength
cf that ardent, valiant young
giant finally cracked the Ger
Who won the war? While the
victors cross-fircd the idiotic
question the Germans answered
Are we going to have the same
infantile argument all over
again? The Enlisted Men of
490 Bombardment Squadron
didn't seem to want it so.
We don't know what these our
comrades think of the Chicago
Tribune's united war effort. We
know what Tokyo does. It’s
radio repeats, and it’s news
papers re-print the Tribune’s
muck. It saves Tokyo the
trouble of manufacturing and
Hinging it’s own.
Who is winning this war? Chum,
it ain't won yeU
KANDY, Mon—On both the
Ticdim road and Kabaw Valley
sectors, we have made further
progress against light Japanese
resistance, says today's SE Asia
South of Myitkyina Chinese
units and Kachin levies consoli
dated their position in Kazu and
west of the village. In the
Taungni area an Allied patrol
pushed down the railway to
Mingon, 5 miles south-west of
Despite widespread rain. RAF
aircraft of Eastern Air Command
attacked targets in the Araltan.
Chindwin and Kabaw Valley
areas. USAAF units successfully
operated against the railway line
from Taungni to Hopin and from
Indaw to Mandalay.
Long-range RAF fighters are
ever Central Burma.
A fighting patrol from Gen.
Slim's 14th Army has reached the
Burma frontier down the Tiddim
road, striking successfully at tho
Japanese border camp there,
writes the API correspondent.
‘ CAN BEAT JAPS
NEW YORK. Mon—A dis
patch from Pearl Harbour states
that Admiral Chester Nimitz,
C-in-C of the Pacific, believes
that there is a possibility of
defeating Japan without invad
ing the Japanese mainland.
Admiral Nimitz added: “But
I do believe that the occupation
o£ Japan would be necessary to
ensure winning the peace.”
Nimitz disclosed that Japanese
ground casualties in the entire
Central Pacific campaign totall
ed 52.323 killed and 2.022
prisoners plus 1.000 killed in
aerial and surface bombardment.
American losses were 5,903
Second Lieut. Walter Steiner,
an American Ninth Air Force
Mustang pilot from California, got
separated from his flight during
an offensive sweep.
He looked around for a bit then
saw a flight of eight planes.
"They're Mustangs, all right,”
he assured himself. He flew on
with them for a minute, or two,
then casually glanced at his
They were German F.W. 190s.
So Steiner waded into the
enemy. He saw one Focke-Wulf
blow up and crash.
Almost 6,000,000 Americans are
now serving in the Armed Forces
The War Department reveals
that more than 4.000,000 officers
and men have left for the fighting
fronts, while Navy Department
figures show that over 1.500,000
men of the Navy. Marine Corps
and Coastguard were afloat or on
foreign duty on Jupe 1, with
90u.000 more in transit or in
SHELTER GIRL WAS
Scotland Yard officers investi
gating the death of 22-years-old
Joan Long, who was found in a
Blackpool air-raid shelter, have
decided that it is unlikely she was
Home Office pathologists be
lieve she died after a seizure. A
soldier with whom she had visit
ed a number of public-houses is
believed to have been with her
when she died.
LONDON. Mon.—Prime Minis
ter Churchill has had meetings in
Italy with the Yugoslav Prime
Minister and Marshal Tito at
which political and military ques
tions were discussed in a spirit of
ALLIES RACE TO
15-MILE ESCAPE CORRIDOR
SHAEF, Mon.—The German retreat in the centre of
the Normandy front is fast becoming a rout. American
troops in strength have swung northwards to Argentan and
are pushing foiward to link up with British and Canadian
troops battling their way south in the Falaise area.
As the escape gap narrows every road east is being battered
savagely by the massed air power of the Allies. Tanks, armoured
vehicles and men are being bombed and machine-gunned. Roads
and road junctions well ahead of the retreating forces are being
wrecked by a terrific weight of bombs.
Von Kluge, it is estimated, has
ICO.000 men in this chaotic
scramble for escape. Behind the
fleeing troops he has left screens
of artillery and Panzer troops as
The gap through which the
Germans are trying to escape is
now only 15-mile wide.
"Everything now centres on ‘the
bag’ formed by the Americans to
the south and the British and
Canadians to the north/' a Cana
dian Army spokesman said.
12 Divs Trapped
“It is estimated that there are
at least 12 German divisions in
this bag. The only main road
now open to him runs through
Falaise to Lisieux.
‘‘If we cut that he is left with
only side roads and paths. I
think he has left himself in the
bag too long this time and his
position is precarious. It is very
significant that for the first time
he used roads by day. We have
had reports of vehicle density of
80 to the mile which is almost
unheard of. He seems to be get
Allied air bombardment of the
retreating forces is described as
the most effective in military his
tory While fighters and fighter-
bombers cut up German trans
port. heavy, medium and light
bombers ranged over the German
lines of retreat, hitting at rail-
day choke-points and bridges both
east and west of the Seine.
All along the 18-mile head of
the threatened German pocket
between Vire and Mortain Allied
troops are moving forward.
the west bank of the river Laize
to aid British troops in cleaning
up German salient today fought
their way to the east bank seve
ral miles further down and are
now fighting their way through
the vital sector five miles north
west of Falaise. A Canadian
Army spokesman said the troops
struck southward so swiftly from
the area of the former German
salient fhat they captured two
bridges across the Laize river in
General Eisenhower's communi
que today says that further pro
gress was made east of the River
Orne. where Allied troops enter
ed Clair Tizon and Donnay.
Gains at Brest
South of St. Pierre la Vielle
the advance continued along the
high ground on each side of the
road to Conde. South-east of Vire
ground was gained in heavy
fighting. Further south towards
Mortain our forces following up
the German withdrawal encount
ered mines and long-range artil
In Brittany the Allied attack
on Dinard continues to meet
strong resistance and remnants
of the German garrison of St.
Malo hold out in the citadel.
Slight advances have been made
by units in the vicinity of Brest.
There has been no change in the
situation at Lorient, the com
MOSCOW. Mon-—The Soviet
threat to East Prussia has entered
a new and dangerous phase. The
Russians now hold a solid 100-
mile front facing the southern de
fences of the German province.
This has resulted from the
ironing-out of the German salient
east of Warsaw, following troops
of Marshal Rokossovsy’s Army
crossing the Bug north of Siedlco
and joining the southern arm of
General Zakharov's advance in
the area beyond Bialystok.
Hokossovsky's thrust opens up
the possibility of a Soviet moVe
to outflank Warsaw to the north.
In the drive from Bialystok.
Zakharov's men have covered
hall the distance along the direct
highway to the much-bombed
towns of Prostken and Lyck, on
the frontier of East Prussia.
River Defences Broken
German defences on the Biebrza
river, running 17 miles from the
East Prussian frontier, have been
pierced with the Germans unable
to close the breach.
On the Baltic h ront the Soviet
plan for isolation of German
troops in Estonia from those in
Latvia is moving rapidly towards
Two Red Armies are moving on
the Tallinn-Riga railway, spinal
coid of the Germans’ communica
tions system inside the Baltic
The biggest threat to the Ger- ^
ing on unchecked and with a mas
sive weight or armour and guns
Thrust to Railway
Their tanks and mobile units
have less than 30 miles to go to
sever the trunk railway at the
Estonian-USSR border town and
rail junction of Walga.
To the south-west, General
Yeremenko's troops are also
threatening the railway in their
push above the Dvina, which has
brought them within 45 miles
Latest Soviet communique says
that west of Pskov Russian
troops captured Vyrub. the dis
trict centre of the Estonian Re
North-west of Rezekne. the
town and railway junction of
Maddona was taken.
Troops of the Second Baltic
Front in one month have killed
more than I),636 Germans.—
LONDON. M on—The Admir
alty announce the following losses
in Allied invasion operations:
Destroyers Isis and Quorn,
Minesweepers Magic. Cato and
Pylades. Trawler Ganilly. and
Auxiliary trawler Lord Wake
i Eisenhower: This
j L O N I) O N. Mon —Gen
: Eisenhower, in an order of
: the day issued in Normandy
• yesterday, said:
• “ Allied soldiers, sailors
: and airmen : Through your
: combined skill, valour and
¦ fortitude you have created
• in France a fleeting but de-
: finite " opportunity for a
• major allied victory.
Because the victory we
can now achieve is infinitely
greater than any it has so
far been possible to accom
plish in the west and be
cause this opportunity may
he grasped only through ut
most zeal, determination and
speedy action I have made
my present appeal to you
more urgent than ever
“I request every airman
to make it his direct res
ponsibility that the enemy
is blasted unceasingly by
day and by night and is
denied safety either in fight
or in flight. I request every
sailor t'J make sure that no
part of the hostile forces
can either escape or be re
inforced by sea and that our
comrades on land want
nothing that guns and ships
and ships’ companies can
bring to them.
“ I request every soldier to
go forward to his assigned
objective with determination
that the enemy can survive
only through surrender; let
no foot of ground, once
gained, be relinquished nor
a single Cierman escape
through a line once estab
“ With all of us resolutely
performing our special tasks
we can make this week a
momentous one in the his
tory of this war btiflK+rt—f
and fruitful week for us and
a fateful one for the am
bitions of Nazi tyrants."*—
OVER S. FRANCE
HQ, ITALY, Mon.—In Florence
sniping is decreasing and Amgot
officials are already able to bring
water and medical supplies to the
civilian population, says today's
communique. On the remainder
of the front active patrols con
Strong forces of escorted heavy
bombers yesterday attacked
bridges and military installations
in Southern France and Western
Italy. Other heavy bombers at-*
tacked enemy troop concentrations
at Pec in Yugoslavia while fighter-
bombers attacked the airfield at
Mjntelimar in the Rhone Valley.
Tactical aircraft continued
their attacks against military ob
jectives in Southern France and
TO GOTHIC LINE
trolled Italian radio today broad
cast a call to Italian patriots from
General Alexander's HQ which,
stated: ‘‘German armies are now;
forced to fall back to the Gothic
The King, during his visit to Italy, awards the title Knight
Commander of the Order of the Bath to Lt.-Gen. Jacob L. Devers,
U.S. Army, Deputy Supreme Commander, Mediterranean.
“Allied armies are making pre
parations for a great assault
which will be launched with
powerful forces. Carry out
harassing acts to hamper thu
enemy while he is trying to en
trench himself in new positions."
JAPS LOSE 8,064
ADVANCED ALLIED HQ,
NEW GUINEA. Mon—The sink
ing by Allied bombers of a
3.000-ton Jap freighter in the
Davao gulf in Philippine watezf
and damage to two more Jap
freighters near Halmahera Island
are reported in today’s Mac-
A military spokesman sam
that Allied losses in the Aitapy
area total 1,307—285 dead. 23
missing. 999 wounded, against a
Jap total of 8,064.—Reuter.