Daily Mail May 10th 1944

MILK O F «•.{magnesia l«dfLl ,Ado u q LA{ AWE f .NEWS NO. 14.982 ONE PENNY **FORKING AND EMPIRE WED SEN ,MAYDAY 10,1944 Japs Fear Allies May Strike lor Banda Sea J'HE Japanese fear that the Allies may soon start operations in the Banda Sea, north of Port Darwin, Australia. Their fears, according to a Tokio spokesman, are based on a big increase in Allied air operations over the sea- 165 planes in March growing to 974 in April. The Banda Sea offers the Allies a big choice of targets, for it is bounded by the Celebes in the west, by Timor in the south, by the Moluccas in the north, and by Dutch New Guinea in the east. The Japs are also watching the Kuriles. The Americans have completed new airbases in the Aleutians, accord­ing to Tokio, and have doubled mg atti acks on the Kuriles. BRITISH ARMIES ADVANCE Red Army Storm Sebastopol ON TWO FRONTS Burma Japs Hurled Back Eighth Gain 10 Miles Q O O D news comes to-day from two distant British fronts. In Burma, the Japanese threat to India has been smashed. Their Kohima forces are every­where being flung back into the jungles, suffering massive losses as they go. In the central Italy zone— the Forgotten Front of Europe—the Germans, possibly because the flood waters of the bombed Pescara dam are spreading across their rear communi­cations, have been forced to withdraw for many miles. The Eighth Army are following hard on their heels, overtaking each position as it is abandoned. Where the withdrawal will stop is not yet known. CRUSHING JAP DEFEAT The Eighth Advance Ten Miles Mystery German Withdrawal Daily Mail Special Correspondent Algiers ,Tuesday. 'T'H E Eighth Army has ad- x vanced 10 miles ina follow-up of a mysterious German withdrawal in a key sector of the Adriatic fro t.,n The German withdrawal, dis­closed only to-day, began on Saturday night. British troops heard a series of heavy explosions behind the enemy lines. Then German artillery opened up a big barrage. The Eighth Army guns replied, and during the night British patrols went forward to find out what the explosions and the shelling meant. They found the Germans gone. They found bridges, tunnels, and reads and houses blown ROUNDup. KOHIMA From Daily Mail Special Correspondent C e y lon ,Tuesday. EVERY report from the Assam war front to-night points to a crushing Jap defeat in the battle of Kohima. Battered enemy units, outgunned and outmanoeuvred, are facing annihilation by massed Allied forces. Tokio’s dream of seizing bases in India before the monsoon breaks has been shattered. Already more than half the Japanese troops have been destroyed. Planes, artillery, and infantry are concentrated against them and our tanks are rolling straight over their bunker positions, smashing them or blowing them up. Their casualties are dispro­portionately heavy and still mounting. They have had no tanks to support them, and now the enemy command have little hope of getting armour through to their sur­rounded troops. There are signs that supplies of food and arms are short —air attacks behind their lines and the Coast Towns Rocked by French Explosions Windows Crack I T^IVE minutes after heavy bombers had been heard crossing the south-east coast last night terrific explosions on the French side of the Strait rocked coast towns on the English side of the Channel. The vibration fe’ hast never been surpassed and has rarely been equalled when similar oper­ations have been carried out. The explosions continued for sometime. ,From Dusk to Dawn with 1L for London’ The story is told below of a whole lifetime of adventure packed by a little group of men into the few hours between dusk and dawn. The heroes of the story are the crew of a Lancaster bomber. In one short night their experiences included a hard-fought battle, a rescue in mid-air, a “ship­wreck,” a marooning, and ultimate rescue from the sea. THE night began quietly enough. The Lancaster were forced open and windows werej L .for London reached its target, Karlsruhe, almost cracked. Aircraft, after aspell of these ex­plosions, some of which were cer­tainly due to heavy bombs, returned over the Strait. BURMA Peace Moves *in Bevan ‘Trial’ To-day By WILSON BROAOBENT, Political Correspondent^ T R E N U O U S efforts will being of the Parliamentary Labour Party to avert or postpone Mr,j Aneurin Bevan’s expulsion Mr. Emanuel ShmweJI will urge without incident— a few searchlights, easily shaken off, some flak not close enough to worry about. The markers appeared ahead. The bomb doors swung slowly open, Land for London began her run in. Then thing? began to happen. There was a shout from the mid­ upper gunner :“Junkers 88 incom­ing !”He had hardly spoken .when a stream of bullets cut into the bomber from one end to the other. The Junkers turned away to at- marie at this m orninc’s meet-] tack again. The mid-upper guhners at tms m ornm 8 s m eei-f turret was damaf,ed- but he was iust Sable to get his sights onto the returning enemy. letHe go one burst. It was enough The Junkers burst into that this is not the time to exacerj flame and dived for the ground abate differences but the moment when everything should be done to promote party unity. *flaming whirl ol crimson fire.? UrirtOiY. H r Bulg am. kuV II. 1940. One Momentous Day— T h e Story *,U IB E IW »lr»« iwcmirja* < w »«•«[»net rT T^OUR years ago to-day Hitler’s A triumphant armies struck into France and the Low Coun­tries. In a single day, the long- dreaded “total war “came to the world In all its horror. These Evening News bills, printed In The Daily Mail of May 11,1940, were some measure of what that day meant to us at that time. After four years of blood, toll, tears, and sweat, Nemesis has struck— To-day the Bombs are Ours HERE is to-day's map of the i sive of a magnitude and power week’s great air offensive \undreamed of by either inside against Hitler’s Europe—an offen- I the dark days of Hitler's triumphs. Big Night Force Out After Day-long Blitz A great force of R.A.F. heavy bombers crossed the East Coast last night as darkness xvas falling. The droning of engines was incessant for more than half an hour. The bombers were in two streams, heading south and east. MIDNIGHT VICTORY MOSCOW announced at midnight that the Red Army had stormed Sebasto­ poland that the entire Crimea was now free. Earlier, unofficial reports from Moscow had stressed the immin­ence o f the city’s fall. While those reports were being issued the Germans were claiming that their doomed garrison was suc­cessfully counter-attacking. Only a few hours before the official Moscow announcement a Reuter correspondent in the Soviet capital wrote :“The German garrison of Sebas­ topol is going down in, smoke and “Inflame. bitter fighting, picked groups of Soviet Stormtroops are punching their throughway the outskirts of the smoke-hung city, now crackling with fires and acrid with dust. “The surrounding hills are rever­berating with the crash of bombs, the roar of aircraft engines, and the unremitting drumfire of massed Soviet artillery. “This morning— the third of the full-scale assault— Soviet troops stormed forward at dawn to hurl the Germans out of their defences. “These troops had their medals up and went, into battle cheering, for this is the final battle for the 'Heroes’ City ’“Soviet gunners, man-handling their weapons over the shell- churned .earth, are firing point- 800 PLANES OUT- ONE LOST Allied Expeditionary Air Force communique says Thun­derbolt fighter-bombers, Thun­derbolt fighters, and Lightning fighters of 9th Air Force car­ried out one of their heaviest day’s operations, dive-bomb­ ing various military ob­jectives in Northern France and carrying out widespread sweeps over France, Belgium, and Holland. More than 800 aircraft employed only one missing. Seafires of Royal Navy twice joined in yesterday’s offensive over the Continent, states Air Ministry,
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