Eighth Army News No 68 Vol 4 June 6th 1944

m EIGHTH ARMY NEWS Story Of Entry Into Rome -SeePage Three No. 68, Vol. 4. TUESDAY, 6th JUNE* 1944. ITALY! ROME LIBERATED Leading Elements Wmm fbvough The Ciiy ALLIES ARE ALREADY ACROSS TIBER ADVANCED ALLIED H.Q., ^Monday, following special communique announcing the liberation of Rome was issued at midday to-day: ’’Troops of the Fifth Army occupied Rome on the night of June 4-5. The leading elements have passed through the city and are now across the Tiber in some places.” Allied troops also dorhi-j"" T a^HEAD h FRANCE POUNDED DAY AND NIGHT LONDON, Monday. ^targets on the French' ALL through last night invasion coast. ¦£*Soon after the bombers had left the English coast came the crash of bombs and of German anti-aircraft, both distinctly almost until daylight, waves of R.A.F. heavy bombers roared over the Channel to carry on the intensified pounding of oate Highways Five, Six and Seven leading into Rome. Highway Five runs across Italy to Pescara. The Eighth Army, in contact with enemy rear­guards, has made con­siderable progress, and among the towns cleared o f the Germans arc Pales­trina, Fiuggi, Paliano, 'Guarcino and Gave. Many casualties were suf­fered by both sides dn the close quarter fighting that occurred during the entry of aur .k’ .i’ccs into Rome, and scores of civilians were killed and injured by the Germans as they greeted our infantry and tank­ men. FAREWELL BLAST The Germans made a ”fare­well blast ”artillery barrage aimed to use up ammunition: on sectors that had to be: abandoned hurriedly. threeSome hours after the Allies had occupied Rome, Hitler announced that German forces had been withdrawn, claiming that this was done to avoid the destruction of the city. Almost simultaneously the German Radio broadcast an announcement by Kesselring of a proposal through the Pope to the Allies that Rome should suburbs to the south-east at 9 be declared an open city. o’clock. It was revealed this morning .which had entered FIRST PICTURE OF ENTRY INTO ROME ¦Wm m ALLIED INFANTRVMEN d&ih froaa cover behind a burn:ng German tank in a Rome thoroughfare to join other troops alongside the buildings as they press forward towards the heart of the city.—U.S.A. Picture Service. that General Mark Clark,'^e outskirts in the same area !V%/*»T T«oM W A tK A Itn lW T rrn nAn lrt yes- Fifth Anmy Commander, ves-ian hour previously was held the approaches ceass firing to possible danger HUNS KEPT FIRING tendsy ordered has troops at|Up by stlfl opposition. to Rome tor Stubborn enemy defences prevent any were also met with three miles to the city .due east of Rome, the leading jtanks encountering many S mines. During this period other and the Alhes had to open fire:urits had move(f forward agar to fight their way ,or‘ points four miles south of Rome and south of Highway The actual entry into the Ssven. southern outskirts of Rome was] made at two points at 8 o'clock j and 9 o’clock yesterday nnJm- ing and a few hours later recce FORTS BY-PASSED parties had pushed onto with­in the city limits. The principal break­through towards Rome was made in the sector defended by the Hermann Goering Division which had also Fighter-bomber pilots return­ing from, the bombing ana strafing missions reported Ger­man dead by the side of the From the Colli Lazialli hill wrecked a.-d burning vehicle... positions the advance was| The attacks Wfcre widespread, made north-eastward mostly The main highway routes Nos. against light resistance. SomeOne, Two and Three, leading defended points were by-parsed north jrror Rome, were all hit. to be cleaned up later, rather So were large numbers of Nazis North Of Rome Plastered From Air j(N INTENSif'P, ATTACKS «n onemjr columns crowding the *roads lea? joorih from Rome, fighter-feombers of the First Tactical Air Fore© on Sunday destroyed at least. 000 German transport vehicles and damaged as many more. A number of tar ks were also destroyed, and bits were scored on smihunitian dumps, highways and bridges, at Terni, north-east of Rome, sarly yesterday morning. A 4,000-pound block-buster is Relieved to have hit abridge )ver the river Nera. *In addition to the 4,000- than delay the advance, The towns of Grottaferrata and Marino in the vicinity of fought vainly in North1 Lake Alba no were taken along Africa and Sicily to stop theiw '^ Genzano on the west Allied advance. ‘.shore of Lake Nemi. One American force moving L British forces on the left from the south-east astride pressed onward to w.thin Highway Six advanced nearly 81X the Tiber below eight miles and then met with r ^on?e stiff resistance from the enemy iorto- on the eastern outskirts. Meanwhile, forces cut High­way Five at the north-eastern entrance to Rome and a for­ward group pushed, on into the and 'bridged the Rio Evidence of the disorgani­ sation of the German forces is seen in the fact that the 337 prisoners taken in Conf. on Page 4, Col 4) .'.eoondary . oads, One fighter-feomber group flew its 1,500th mission. Its day’s total read 131 motor transport destroyed and 138 damaged, )fu addition, this group rc wrted three tanka blasted, *locomotive destroyed, and half-a-dozen freight cars left ablaze. This damage was done north and west c£ Rome. R.A.F. Wellingtons and Lib­erators sfttacked roa'J targets pound bomb, two sticks fell 3 cross and along the bridge. Bomu burst were also seen on the roads approaching the 'unction and another 4,000- oounder fell among buildings ‘lose to the bridge. Oslo Sabotage Two more labour exchanges in Oslo have been blown up, and a third has had its files removed by masked men. The Germans are now pre­paring stronger measures to counter sabotage of the* labour mobilisation." heard on the English side. Not a single plane was lost from this assault and from aa attack against Cologne. In a massive daylight offen­sive yesterday every type of Allied aircraft from heavy bombers to rocket -firing Typhoons and Spitfires struck hard at the German communi­cations system in France and at the enemy radio network along the French coast. The Typhoon and Spitfire rocket attacks were part of a carefully planned cam*paign, put into operation'a fortnight ago, to wreck the German radio system is north-west Europe. Heavy bombers twice pounded Boulogne, while lighter bombers again cut vital bridges over the Seine. Other targets successfully pasted were rail junctions and objective® along 250 miles o£ the• ‘Fr'Sfxh COasf. Striking from Italy yester<day, strong forces of Ameri­can heavies blasted rail yards at Genoa and Turin and in the Riviera in an attempt to sever the two main rail lines across the French Alps from France to Italy, Large explosions, fires and damage to a choke point are reported from Genoa and at Turin the target area was well covered. In the French attacks most profitable results were hits on the Gad river bridge and' the blocking of the line just east of the Antheor viaduct. •An official Air Ministry announcement last night said that as a result of the R.A.F. attacks on synthetic oil plants in the Leipzig area production had been seriously cut Two German aircraft which! attempted to attack a valuable Atl-witic convoy were shot dov-n by carrier-based Hurri- car' as,says an Admiralty cc iimunique, SOVIETS HOLD NAZI ATTACK MOSCOW, Monday. MOW in its sixth day, the German offensive north­west and north of Jassy, has f-iled to make any appreciable breach in the Russian lines. .All daylong German tanks and infantry moved forward and were beaten back to their starting point every time. Wherever the Germans suc­ceeded in reaching the Russian lines they were driven out or annihilated in fierce hand-tp« hand fighting. Two Soviet gun crews be­tween them accounted, for twe.ntv enemy tanks. Soviet airmen, flying Ai.ra- cobras shot down six enemy bombers over the battle sector. On other sectors of the Rus­sian front, Moscow again re­ports there were no material changes.
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