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American and British forces crossed the Weser river at a half dozen points , *** *•*****» BY tbibdne staff abtists.
and threatened Hanover on the front straight west of Berll^. Brltlsh-Oanadian fought Into south Vienna and mechanized armies forged a wide arc around
WED.. APB. 4, 1948.
ALLIED TIDES ROLL ON FROM WEST AND EAST
troops to the northwest tightened a potential trap on Germans in Holland. Amer-
ican armies farther south .drove on toward a juncture with the Red army—now
165 miles from General Patton’s vanguards. On the east, Russian shock troops
SAT., APB. 1, 1945. ’
^ALLIES WIDEN WESER BRIDGEHEADS
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DRIVE TO TRAP
FOE IN HOLLAND
A Giant Ironclad Snake:
Among the rumbling, shadow
long the rumbling,
; tanks and tank destroyers, I
[ felt insig-
Inificant in a jeep. One wrong
dthe monster roaring on my tail
|* jeep driver and I would be
The Serpent Moves: The men were
going into a long-distance fight, to judge
by the fabulous amount of supplies car-
ried. More than .350,000 gallons of extra
gasoline and 3,000 tons of ammunition
were rolling up with them. Within a few
hours after the great take-off, several
hundred tanks, hundreds of 5- and 10-ton
trucks, trailers, command cars, jeeps,
j cranes, and maintenance supply vehicles
formed a thundering serpent more' than
22 miles long.
In the villages I noticed the difference
in the attitude of the German civilians.
West of the Rhine, civilians seemed ami-
the Austrian capital. German resistance was weak on the Weser and west cen-
tral fronts; strong in the Dutch-German border sector and on the fringes
able and anxious to accommodate. Mai
were friendly. But across the Rhii
people were sullen. Even the women and
children stood and stared with cold eyes,
displaying bitterness in every look and
movement. They trudged with black
faces along' the road edges, laboring
under big bundles, the whole family
: I passed.
_______ idles, l
down to the littlest kids
I thought a woman was about to spit on
ushing two-wheeled carts. Several times
' j? 1
era front and making a last-ditch stand In the outskirts of Vienna, British,
American and Russian armies continued, to hammer out steady gains Wednes-
day. On the west, Allied forces drove closer to the Zuider Zee and North sea
and pushed to the Weser river on the road to Berlin; Americans In central Ger-
MAP PREPARED B? TRIBUNE STAFF ARTISTS
many stormed Gotha, 16 miles east of Eisenach, and swung around Gotha to
points 15 or 20 miles north and south of the city; other Yank forces were within
84 miles of Nuremberg, and the French entered Karlsruhe. On the east, Soviet
troops entered the suburbs of Vienna from positions six miles outside the Aus-
American 9th army troops Saturday drove 19 miles across the Weser river
In Germany to a point 10 miles south of Hanover. British 2nd army forces
pushed closer to Bremen. To the south, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd army
It Strikes: Suddenly in the darkness
motors roared and the tanks began to
move ahead. Right on the nose the spear-
head crossed the take-off line at 6 o’clock
and the battle had begun. I drove for-
ward as the gunfire mounted until it was
like unbroken thunder. An officer stopped .
rto tell me the tanks had run into, a wide'
minefield and were slowed down. Distant
| enemy artillery was firing into us and
j well-concealed infantry pillboxes pro-
vided the stiffest resistance.
Throughout the morning the tanks
j crept ahead cautiously as the mines were
| cleared. Accompanying infantry crawled
forward and wiped out pockets of re-
sistance. Now prisoners were coming in.
1 They were a mongrel-looking bunch,
some wearing only half uniforms. In-
signia were all mixed up. They ranged
from boys in their, teens to men in their
50s. Most looked as though they had
been running from ghosts all night. Rav-
ing and screaming, one wretched man
wearing part civilian clothes, was held
down by other prisoners.
Next the wounded came backt some
(Stumbling along under their own power,
others on litters, the worst cases in creep-
ing ambulances. I saw a chaplain walking
beside a Utter, holding a wounded man’s
hand and murmuring the last rites.
Every lane, road, and field had a
black serpentine of columns crawling
across it. ‘ Gradually the Nazis crumbled
before the onslaught. The sky began to
dear, allowing needed air cover, and it
| came with a welcome roar.
Shortly after noon the break-through
was achieved. Straight out across Ger-
many moved another finger of American
power. This was just one operation, but
multiply it by several score and you get a
picture of an irresistible machine crash-
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED
DIVISION. SEVENTH ARMY, GER-
MANY— Cpl. Harry J. Wahl, hus-
band of Mrs. Shirley Wahl, of
Newton, was recently promoted to
sergeant He is a member of the
23rd Tank Battalion.
The 12th Armored Division earn-
ed a reputation for itself as a
powerful fighting unit during the
battles of France and Germany
when lt spearheaded the swift ad-
vances of Lieut. Gen. Patch's- Sev-
enth Army and Gen. Patton's Third
Army as the famed “mystery divis-
Gen. Eisenhower's three-army
drive Into the Alpine redoubt in
the south carried within 100 miles
or less of the allies approaching
the Brenner Pass in Italy. Ad-
vances ranged up to 25 miles. No-
where was there resistance worthy
[ot the name.
small loss. British and Canadians, meanwhile, tightened their trap around the
Germans In Holland. On the east front, Russian forces were reported fighting in
the streets of Vienna, Austria. Nazi forces there will be forced to withdraw or
i up against stiff Nazi resistance near Mulhausen and were thrown back for a | face encirclement by Soviet armies.
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