Daily Mirror November 5th 1942

Will MIRROR, Thursday, N orember 5, 1M*. ^NOV Daily Mirror No. 12,136 ONE PENNY Registered at the G.P.O. at a Newspaper. ROUTED iH e dished it out For the tirst time in this war a German Army .ias been really blitzed. The famous Afrika Korps could not standup to the ccaseless pounding that General Montgomery (above) and the Eighth Army have dished out. Twelve days of this terri­fic fighting have broken Rommel's crack troops. They are in full retreat, falling back in disorder Huns’ road back NOW that the retreat has started, Rommel will have the difficult job of extricating his 'battered army from a narrow cor­ridor under the full weight of Allied air power, writes a military correspondent. To accomplish this without the command of the air is one of the most difficult of military tasks in modern warfare. It remains to be seen whether his forces can be rallied on anew l.ne further back. At present the retreating German and Italian forces are compelled to follow a narrow course which keeps them so tightly compressed that air attack can be made with devas­tating effect. What is the reason for Rommel’s lack of an effective air arm at the very moment when he needs it most ?There are four answers:— He couldn’t take it shambles -Rommel’s forward aero­dromes have been heavily and persistently pounded by the Allied air forces there are few airfields between here and Solium Rommel’s main concern must be to save as much of his air force ashe can for possible operations further back and Axis petrol supplies have been gravely compromised Rommel’s road back is liable to become a shambles. The description “disorderly ’’applied to the retreat of Rom­ mel’s army best sums up the situation. Once demoralisation in,sets where will it be checked ?In answering this, it cannot be over- emphasised that the Eighth Army, fighting fit and full of spirit, is hard on the heels of the Axis troops. The figure of 266 tanks cap­tured or destroyed means that more than half the Axis ar­ moured force is definitely out of action. Rommel—not so tough We upkeep ‘nightmare bombing’ THIRST signs of the Axis rout were reported back to a forward aerodrome early on Tuesday afternoon, when a mes--sage flashed from the Eighth Army’s land forces announced that the enemy 'was beginning to fallback towards the west. It was- the moment for the Allied forces to strike. The call went out to the squadrons to“ senr! in every available bomber and every available fighter.” This was a dramatic moment —the moment everyone had been waiting for a longtime. Though the weight of our air attacks had been very heavy for the past few days, the tempo of oun operations seemed to be doubled in a few minutes. From every desert landing ground waves of planes took off, and the desert air was shattered by a mighty -roar from the engines of scores of bombers of all types. Great dust plumes rose as one plane after another took off heading west with throttles wide open. Down on the aerodromes tired .ground crews, the sweat running down their faces, grimed with oil and dust, paused for a few seconds in •their work to give the“ thumbs-up" sign to the pilots. Within a ..matter of fifteen minutes or so when the first waves returned, the ground crews went feverishly to work to put the planes back into the air in the fastest possible time. Throughout the afternoon heat the processiorr wel^t on while the ground crews, too tired even to talk, kept the bombers turning about on their “nightmare ”bombing service. Nothing like this has ever been seen before. Only the barest fighter cover was provided for our bombers. The enemy, powerless to offer any effective defence, had to suffer the most violent and grim air attack seen in North Africa. One British fighter pilot, newly returned from strafing a road, said: “There is very little futuie in being a German this afternoon.’’ “It is known that the enemy’s losses in killed and wounded have been excep­tionally high. “Up to date we have destroyed more than 260 German and Italian tanks, and captured or destroyed at least 270 guns. “The full toll of the booty cannot be assessed at this stage of the operation. “In the course of these operations our air forces, whose losses have been light, have destroyed and damaged in air combat over 300 air­craft and destroyed or putout of action a.like number on the ground. “At sea our naval and air forces have sunk 50,000 tons and damaged as much again of ship­ping carrying Axis supplies to North Africa. “The Eighth Army continues to advance.” 9,000 men captured 260 tanks destroyed 600 planes knocked Rout OiViMEL’S desert army, blitzed as no German army has ever been blitzed before, is in full retreat with the Eighth Army inclose pursuit of his“ disordered1 ”columns. The dramatic story of General Montgomery’s smashing victory was told in the following special joint commun­ique from British Headquarters in Cairo last night:— “The Axis forces in the Western Desert, after twelve days and nights of ceaseless attacks by our land and air forces, are now in full retreat. “Their disordered columns are being relent­lessly attacked by our land forces and by the Allied Air Force -by day and night. “General von Stumme, a senior General, who is said to have been in command during Rom­ mel’s absence in Germany, is known to have been killed. “So far we have captured over 9,000 prisoners, including General R itter von Tho m a ,Commander of the German A frik a K orps, and a number of other senior German and Italian officers. The Italians have asked for an armistice to enable them to bury their dead. The message does not state whether or not the request applies to all Italian forces on the Mediterranean Qattara front. LET 0 X 9 MEAT YOUR VEGETABLES
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