Eighth Army News No 68 Vol 4 June 6th 1944

EIGHTH ARMY NEWS 3 ING AD ral excitement Allied libera- wise to oon- d the future ations in pro- inted out in ay is a prize e. Its military less obvious sion certainly theft ,rSt of gn is to abe e must not easy optim- nemy decides ',the country r is suitable sand demoli- th Army well ns are not in Iding ground 60, It would o predict tfrat thee rough es? have re- ter-skelter for far to the^- £he Italian f cjgipend yon •the Xfiies jtfon of men an inflict on Iso plain that Italy of stra- lithe German ay be com- w v ill ease the Eisenhower’s ult West-on o'hting which h Army will, repeat the st month and ions to its ~ord. Under r’s direction, provided a e Eighth and "orking to- fulfilment of then Eighth en that same nity of pur- iers of many a spirit that id on Page ladians’ part ensive. It is lait the word at connection. fought along- swill be their valour and tasks which demands s.on The Eighth its time has i other Dom- s,is proud of hkh~ the Can- y made to its PRETTY ITALIAN BRIDE IGNORES SNIPERS AS FIFTH ENTER ROME By OMAR GARRISON, Reuter’s Special Correspondent. ROME, Sunday evening, B ATTLE-RAVAGED Fifth Army tanks to-day advanced into Rome suburbs through lines of cheering flower-throwing Italian people. The Allied advanced tank force is now standing in along column beside the highway —garlanded with rases and scarlet flowers. One Of I k Jewals Of Tie Eternal City 'tHESE three stately columns be-¦long to the Temple of Castor and Pollux, one of the most beautiful of the ruins in the Roman Forum—symbols of ancient pagan Rome, GEN. EISENHOWER’ S CONGRATULATIONS’ ENFRAJ, SIR HAROLD ALEXANDER, th© Com-, mander-in -Chief, has received j a message of congratulation from General Eisenhower. General Eisenhower con- The advance intd Rome was halted temporarily by a barrage laid down by German tanks armed with powerful 88 m.m. guns which had remained be-G t xtt, »r „hind the German withdrawal to delay f c W S 1 K S I K U I j li-ft i *,•.j.** AIEYANHFB th« r thew Allied advance into the city. W e began inclosing on Rome through the vague early light o f dawn. When the sun rose, it revealed the dome of gratuia+ed officers and other Peter’s shining with a distant golden ranks of all three Services andi °of the A1 lied forces on thej radiance. th^common r au^ fn ^ h fr e -i Sbc out of ei8 *t jeeP® in lhe cent battle, which he regards1 are marked ’’PRESS,” filled with War as a maior Allied victory, of: correspondents —each one benton mand ratinG B r f t a J n j being first correspondent to enter Rome. in his reply, General Alex-1 Snipers upkeep continuous machine- Mider thanked Gene-ai Eisen-l gun flre from houses. Italians, hower for his apor-'Ci-’t'on of <=..,.»,,,’the successes of the Fifth and oblivious of the shells, are crowding Eighth Armies and gave his1 round us, gesticulating and loudly assurance that everyone under ciapping their hands above their heads, his command wo < = verv confl- r r °dent and is determined to The Mayor of a village,° rl th the flrst hastily dressed in the only phase of which last ypar was, J ..,,,,.,¦¦{so success-^ r t under Gesneral good suit left him by the. Elsenhower’s -command Mrs. Everitt’s Name Sent To Washing ton• c The hospital at Saffron Wal-den maybe doubled in assize a memorial to Mrs. Everitt, who lost her life trying to save a trapped American airman. This is the scheme favoured by the dead .woman’s relatives. Already United States airmen i in the neighbourhood have sub-1 scribed seven hundred pounds i towards the memorial. It is understood that Mrs. Everitt’s name has been sub­mitted to Washington by the Americans, with the request I that the highest possible decor-1 ation should be oosthumously >awarded to her.—Reuter. Flashes LONDON. —B. C.B. broadcast a warning in French that round-up of retreating Germans, rushes out to welcome us. ”Rome is liberated,” he cries, and embraces weary, bearded soldiers. They smile a bit wanly—one eye on the snipers. Against a background of bursting shells, we can hear ancient church bells pealing in a shrapnel-pocked, high bel­ fry—we assume this is a welcome. Bat now a wedding pro­cession emerges frona the church and marches reso­lutely down tLe road, the pretty bride smiling, her flimsy white gown fluttering in the breeze. Bullets and shrapnel are still flying. We hold our breath, aasaaed. Yet the procession never falters. When they draw abreast of our column, the bridegroom pauses and rais­ing his arm shoots, “Viva 1 ‘American!.” Members of tank crews raise thedr heads above the hatches, and look back down the road. It has been along road, and every inch of it has been Ploesti Tanks Like Tin Cam TpHE capacity of the" Ploest.1 o-il refineries lias been reduced to a small fraction of its nor­mal output in a series of sis: attacks by the 15th interpretation of recon- j, nalssance photos taken after .most recent u i fit a In the -course of the attacks nearly 4,500 tons of bojulM s were dropped, the©n flrst four occasions the Pioesti rail yards was the principal target hat damage was also caused to adjacent refin­eries, Only one plant remains eapable of any consider­able production at pre­sent. Photos show that three major refineries are now inactive, Pictures of theft battered oil refineries show the great oil tanks with their tops opened like tin cans. The vital distillation and cracking J plants are heavily dam­aged.— MA.A.F. Loot Is Nazi General's Gift To Goering •By FRED REDMAN "Eighth Army News” Front Line Correspondent. LATEST IjOOT from Italy to enrich the private collec­tion of Reichsmarshal Goering is an altar statue from Mon to Cassiuo Monastery. It was a gift from HeiarTcn, G.O^?. erf thr German First Parachute Division, who owed Goering a good turn for anew decoration. Hetdrich proudly told the The Reichsmarshal received story in an order of the day the deputation on April 25 read to all surviving troops ofi ”Th3 Reichsmarshal showed his division before Cassino fell, i the greatest delight with the He said:— jgif-t from the First Parachute "I have sent the Reiohs- Division. He also agave marshal a deputation composed message to be handed to allot Cassino fighters, It had or- s^P ,113 pays tri- ders to give the Reichsmarshal J ?V te the unique bravery of o ^r>n Q n r>n i Lis-ut-General H^idncn ana fngs from the K rft Parachute the First Parachute Division. Divisions and thanks for the He i^proud of toe best div sion bestowal on me of Oak Leaves with Swords to the Knight’s Cross. ”In addition the deputation took to the Reichsmarshal as a gift from First Parachute Division a costly altar statue saved from the ruins of Monte Cassino Monastery. "This figure was taken into in Germany world.” and the whole Eighth Tread A Hard Path French patriots inT ou-jtaken with blc,od and toil, louse district was imirsin-1 -¦- ent. Warning called upon patriots togo into hiding immediately. SYDNEY— Contingent of soldiers from Nether­lands West Indies Kingston-on-Thames, Monday, SDeaxheacf1 fOTce^to fight By a remarkable coincidence, .-v ?spearhead force t^ fight rew ^from Italy that omen f a master key at^the receiving DURING the past week troops .of Eighth Army have ad- safety by the First Battalion ot Vanced some 20 to 30 miles, and the Third Parachute Regiment. EAST SURREYS NEVER FITTER TO STOP PARCEL PILFERING CJPECBAL locked containers for packages ¦to and from troo?s w are< forcing the Germans back of one strong locality after arother. Two examples of the difficul­ties which British, Canadian and New Zealand troops are overcoming show the endur- oontainers, to be opened with t’oTS i.ateS n r l ''the East Surrey" Regiment'haci end. shoidd be introduced, was CARLISLE —When taken a prominent part in the j mad-e recently in the Middle London-Glasgow Express reduction of the German for-'E ast foil owing complaints that involved in smash at fress at Cassino, was released soldiers’ parcels had been Gretna Green, engine as the Mayor of Kingston, Sir .broken open/en route, fireman G-ran m of C^r- Edward Scarles was announc-1 ”Such a system, which was lisle, although suffering r tog a big crowd at the j considered at the beginning of from severe shock, ran Guildhall the corporation’s the war but turned down for various reasons, would be' ideal in theory. There are. however, serious practical snags,” a War Office official said, ”First, there are no suitable containers available, ons-and-a-half miles to dec1 'si onto confer honorary nearest signal box to freedom of the borough upon prevent other trains from 0ffl.C ers and men of the Regi- dashing into wreckage, ment. v r r m n S T hIm f1 A nnmi 7 General Sir Richard Foster, Normaa Tbo n°mi Colonel of the Regiment, who ated as Soctalis* Pre macje ^ sn€cial journey to 1 1 *•s very difficult to get Idential candidate for arc3Dt the offeTi brought a b'g jth« necessary priority for their fifth time at Party s Z4th efjeer when he read this cx- i manufacture now o'^ng National Convention. tm.ct from a letter from an!m ore urgent demands BELFAST.—Sir Craw- officer commanding one o f the I operational equipment overseas in order to prevent pilfering is being considered by military forwarding authorities.,,... .___ The suggestion that such space would abe problem for ^^ftti^m em aevalTcw ns, suth unlike individual parcels, con- gg Frosinone, Fersntino, An- tainers cannot be scjueezed i agni_ Alatri and Sora, which ..nto odd corners, I the Germans converted into "However, we are examin-lstrongpoints, are perched on n,g the scheme carefully to the top of rocky eminences see if it can be made a prac-1 several hundred feet high, and tical proposition their approaches were mined„ _ _ jnino snd covered by artillery, mor- Meanwhile, we dare Star and machine-gun fire, our best to reduce the nsk oi -yhen there th?is arduous pilfering by locking up opening up of the few main much as we canon board. rog(jS i vital to the Germans into for ford McCullagh, Bt.. took battalions, ’’Never hav? I seen office as Lord Mayor of a Battalion in better shape for Belfast for- 17th succes- battle than they ®re at Hie :sive year. moment.” Secondly, stowage of con­tainers carrying a number of packages equal to that now handled dn the same shipping How much can be safeguarded depends upon the lockup space available, and f.o we have asked the appropriate Govern­ment department to provide j special lockups for parcels on all vessels. their retreat and indispensable to us for supplies, Along eacn of these roads almost every bridge, often.! crossing gullies a hundred feet 'roopt’ jwide, is blown. Culverts over the many slreams are mined. ”The percentage of losses j The road itself and its ap- from pilfering reported b e-1 .proaches are also heavily tween here and the port oflmlned, and well-concealed disembarkation—where there- artillery positions cover the sponsibility of British author-r^fd from the hills on each ities ends—te very small,” 'side.
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