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  • CBS World News Today – August 20, 1944

    08/20/2014 2:56:18 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Homer_J_Simpson to GeronL
    Sounds like this war is just about over, we should celebrate

    I'm tellin' ya, the boys should be home in time for trick or treating.

  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/20/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · 25 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Hebrews 11:6; Tax-chick
    A clean version of the FFI women was just posted to my Facebook link. The trinkets are more visible in this one.

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  • CBS World News Today – August 20, 1944

    08/20/2014 12:06:11 PM PDT · 2 of 7
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Here is a description of this broadcast from https://www.otrcat.com/world-news-today-radio-show2.html .

    “Russian Chairman Gromeko has arrived for the Four Power World Security Talks, which open tomorrow. The Allies are advancing in France while the Germans are taking heavy losses and retreating back to Germany, leaving behind most of their equipment. CBS London (Richard C. Hottelet): German radio has reported that American tanks have crossed the Seine River. (This has still not been confirmed by the Allies.) The British took 1,000 prisoners today and the fleeing Germans are being harassed by Allied aircraft. CBS Rome: Winston Burdette interviews a B-25 pilot and his bombardier who helped bomb former French warships in the port of Toulon in southern France. Despite heavy flak, no planes were lost. An Admiral spot for the post-war 2-Temperature refrigerator mentions that its freezer will hold 400 ice cubes or 2 bushels of frozen food. General de Gaulle is in Cherbourg to be on hand for the liberation of Paris, which is expected shortly. [Paris was liberated on August 23rd.] Major Eliot comments that the Germans are stiffening their resistance as Russian troops approach the “holy German soil” of East Prussia. Battles of a grand scale can be expected in late August and in September. Spain: Glenn Stadler, who was in Paris when it fell, describes the German takeover of that city in 1940. CBS Washington: Don Pryor interviews a Navy lieutenant commander involved in amphibious warfare, and who describes the make-up of a “Beach Party:” the various personnel (doctors, corpsmen, hydrographers, boat repairmen, communications units, etc.) who are already there to support the troops as they come ashore. Teaser spot for post-war Admiral radio cabinets. PSA asking for part-time farm laborers of all ages to sign up for “the U.S. Crop Corps.”

    To listen to the broadcast click on the link below.

    CBS World News Today, August 20, 1944

  • CBS World News Today – August 20, 1944

    08/20/2014 12:00:00 PM PDT · 1 of 7
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:24:00 AM PDT · 8 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/20.htm

    August 20th, 1944 (SUNDAY)
    ENGLISH CHANNEL: - U-413 is sunk south of Brighton, in position 50.21N, 00.01W, by depth charges from the RN escort destroyer HMS Wensleydale and the destroyers HMS Forester and HMS Vidette. Only 1 of the 46 crewmen of the U-boat survived.

    FRANCE:
    - 61 US Ninth Air Force B-26s bomb troop and equipment concentrations waiting at Foret de la Lande to be ferried across the Seine River; fighters fly armed reconnaissance along the Seine River, support ground troops in the battle area of northern France, and fly an escort mission to 100+ C-47 Skytrains on a supply and evacuation run.
    - In southern France during the night of 19/20 August, US Twelfth Air Force A-20 Havocs attack lights and motor transport from the battleline northwest to the Rhone River; B-26s, joined by fighter-bombers and fighters, hit coastal defence guns in the Toulon area, while B-25s bomb Rhone Valley bridges and airfields achieving especially good results at the airfield near Valence.

    Falaise: Fighting is at its fiercest, as the German Seventh Army tries to break out of the “pocket” to join the SS 2nd Panzer Division at Mont Ormel.

    Last night the last units of the German 5th Panzer and 7th Armies escape from the Falaise pocket through the Allied lines around Chambois and St. Lambert.

    Patton takes crossings on the Seine River at Mantes Grassicourt, 30 miles west of Paris. The XX Corps enters Fontainebleau.

    - U-188 is scuttled at the U-boat base in Bordeaux when it is unable to escape the Allied advance.

    Petain is arrested by the Germans in Vichy for refusing to go to an area which is safe from the Allied advance.

    Paris: The Hôtel de Ville is taken over by the FFI. The mobilization of the FFI is described thus: “An officer was told by a double agent that two trucks were broken down at Levallois; they were attacked and their drivers killed; the spoils were fruitful: 4 machine guns, 12 submachine guns, 250 pistols, and some ammunition boxes. At Clichy two German trucks collided at the angle of the boulevard Victor-Hugo and the boulevard Jean-Jaurès, and 9 machine guns, 15 submachine guns, and 8 Mausers were made away with. Next day, 20 submachine guns were taken from the Hotchkiss factory as well as a truckload of long-handled grenades on the quai de Saint-Ouen. So the insurgents,..., reached a strength of seven to eight thousand armed combatants for the liberation.”
    Since the main roads are clear, and German patrols are able to pass freely up and down them, von Cholitz feels no call to intervene; the occupation of the Préfecture de Police and Hôtel de Ville are without strategic significance. At the demand of the non-Communist resistance and through the good offices of Nordling, the Swedish consul general a truce is arranged.

    GERMANY: U-3513 laid down.

    In east central Europe, the US Fifteenth Air Force in Italy dispatches 460+ B-24s and B-17s, some fighter-escorted, to bomb the airfield and marshalling yard at Szolnok, Hungary and oil refineries at Dubova, Czechoslovakia, and Czechowice and Auschwitz, Poland.

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA:Seventy six USAAF Fifteenth Air Force B-24 Liberators bomb the oil refinery at Dubrova without loss.

    HUNGARY: USAAF Fifteenth Air Force B-24 Liberators attack three targets: 94 aircraft bomb the marshalling yard at Szolnok, 88 bomb Rakoczifalva Airfield at Szolnok with the loss of two aircraft, and six bomb the city of Szeged.

    POLAND: Two hundred twelve USAAF Fifteenth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses bomb the I.G. Farben oil refinery at Oswiecim with the loss of one aircraft.

    U.S.S.R.: A major Soviet offensive begins near Jassy and Tiraspol. This involves a massive artillery bombardment from Malinovsky’s Second Ukraine Front and Tolbukhin’s Thrird Ukraine Front. The defence is by the 3rd and 4th Rumanian Armies and the German 6th Army, which contains many Rumanian troops. This is General Freissner’s Army Group South Ukraine.

    Shellfire from ‘Prinz Eugen’ assists in the successful defence against the Russian attack near Riga.

    BLACK SEA: - U-9 is sunk at 1030 hours local at Konstanza, Black Sea in position 44.12N, 28.41E, by bombs from Soviet aircraft. In 1945 the Soviets raised the boat and brought it in the Russian harbour Nikolaev. She became in 1945 the USSR TS-16, but due to extensive damages she was broken up sometime after 12 Dec, 1946.

    JAPAN: 61 US XX Bomber Command B-29 Superfortresses based at Chengtu, China, bomb the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata during the day; 14 B-29s are lost, including 1 to AA and 4 to enemy aircraft (1 by air-to-air bombing and 1 by ramming); B-29 gunners claim 17 air victories. One crew bails out over Soviet territory and is interned. During the night of 20/21 August, 10 B-29s from Chengtu attack the Yawata steel works and 5 others bomb other targets.

    Saipan Island-based US Seventh Air Force B-24s hit Yap Island for the first time.

    During the night of 20/21 August, radar-equipped US Thirteenth Air Force B-24s attack Japanese installations in the Palau Islands.

    NEW GUINEA: MacArthur announces that the fighting on Biak, New Guinea. Japanese casualties are 4,700 KIA and 220 POW. US casualties total 2550 KIA and WIA.In the Aleutian Islands, 4 US Eleventh Air Force B-25s fly a negative shipping sweep.

    TERRITORY OF ALASKA: In the Aleutian Islands, 4 US Eleventh Air Force B-25s fly a negative shipping sweep.

    U.S.A.: The USN’s nonrigid airship K-111 operating in conjunction with the escort aircraft carrier USS Makassar Strait (CVE-91) off San Diego, California, demonstrates the feasibility of refuelling and replenishing airships from aircraft carriers. In this operation that lasted 72.5 hours, K-111’s crew was relieved every 12 hours and its engines were operated continuously. In one evolution, the airship remained on deck for 32-minutes.

    Destroyer minelayer USS Lindsey commissioned.
    Heavy cruisers USS Los Angeles and Chicago launched.
    Minesweeper USS Quail launched.
    Aircraft carrier USS Antietam launched.

    Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-256 departed the 3rd Naval District for Los Angeles. She was towing the QS-54. She was assigned to and operated in the Southwest Pacific area. She was decommissioned 22 October 1945.

    Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-259 departed the 3rd Naval District for Los Angeles towing the QS-57. She was assigned to and operated in Hawaii.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-764 sank SS Coral in Convoy ETC-72.
    U-861 sank SS Berwickshire and damaged SS Daronia in Convoy DN-68.

    U-862 shot down RAF Catalina aircraft, Squadron 265/H. The boat shot down the aircraft and escaped despite a massive search for it.

    - U-984 is sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, in position 48.16N, 05.33W, by depth charges from the RCN destroyers HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Kootenay and HMCS Chaudiere. All hands on the U-boat, 45 men, are lost.

    U-984 a VIIC type U-boat, built by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, launched 12 May 43, commissioned 17 Jun 43, in service 14 months, with a record of 4 ships sunk for a total of 22,850 tons and 1 ship damaged for a further 7,240 tons. Escort Group 11 was returning to Londonderry after sinking U-621, OLtzS Hermann Struckmann Knights Cross, CO, (see 18 Aug) HMCS Restigouche had already been detached due to defects, Ottawa and Chaudiere were low on fuel and Kootenay had a leaking fuel pump that was becoming critical. Ottawa gained asdic contact at 1935. Chaudiere used the last of her ‘Hedgehog’ bombs (without result) and then resorted to depth charges, which produced an oil slick. At 2300 the attacks were broken off and EG 11 proceeded back to base. At the time, it was judged that insufficient evidence had been produced to justify awarding a ‘kill’. However, record reconstruction after the war has proven that U-984 was sunk in this engagement. The sinking of 2 U-boats in 2 days, both commanded by experienced officers, was probably the best Canadian ASW performance during the war. Although the successes of EG 11 on ‘offensive’ ASW sweeps in the Bay of Biscay indicate there was some value in ‘hunter-killer’ Ops, post-war Ops analysis concluded that the effort expended per U-boat killed on such ‘sweeps’ was far greater than in convoy battles. Detached groups also had the effect of weakening the escort forces assigned to screen convoys. Historians and naval Ops planners still strongly argue this point. OLtzS Sieder, was U-984’s only Commanding Officer. Heinz Sieder was born in 1920, In Munich. He joined the navy in 1938. When the war broke out he was under training in the old battleship Schlesien. He continued his training at the naval college and naval gunnery school until Apr 40, when he was assigned to the battlecruiser Scharnhorst . He transferred to the U-boat force in Feb 41 and underwent conversion training. He was assigned to the 26th U-Flotilla in Sep 41 and in Jan 42, was appointed as the First Watch Officer in the Type VIIC training boat U-440, KptLt. Hans Geissler, CO. U-440 was transferred to Ops in Sep 42 and OLtzS. Sieder was selected for command in Apr 43. (She was sunk on her next patrol by a RAF ‘Sunderland’ patrol a/c) After his U-boat commander’s course, Sieder was appointed to commission the Type VIIC boat U-984 on 17 Jun 43. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 08 Jul 44, the 112th presented in the U-boat force.

    - U-1229 is sunk in the North Atlantic southeast of Newfoundland, in position 42.20N, 51.39W, by depth charges and rockets from 3 TBM Avengers and 2 FM Wildcats of Composite Squadron Forty Two (VC-42) in the US escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9). 41 of the 59 U-boat crewmen survive.

  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:22:05 AM PDT · 6 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/aug44/20aug44.htm#

    Germans defending Riga
    Sunday, August 20, 1944 www.onwar.com

    On the Eastern Front... In Latvia, Soviet attacks continue. Naval support from the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen assists Army Group North in holding a Soviet advance near Riga. In the south, a large-scale artillery barrage during the night heralds a new Soviet offensive. The 2nd Ukrainian Front (Malinovsky) advances south from Jassy and the 3rd Ukrainian Front advances southwest from Tiraspol. The Romanian 3rd and 4th Armies, on the right and left flanks of German 6th Army are the initial targets of the assault.

    On the Western Front... During the night, the last elements of German 5th Panzer and 7th Armies to escape the Falaise pocket filter through Allied line around Chambois and St. Lambert. Some 70-80 miles to the east, the US 3rd Army captures crossings over the Seine River at Mantes Grassicourt, 30 miles west of Paris. To the southwest of Paris, the US 20th Corps (also part of US 3rd Army) enters Fontainbleau.

    In Occupied France... Marshal Petain is arrested by Germans in Vichy for refusing to go to an area safe from the Allied advance. The French resistance forces (FFI) claim to control 8 departments.

    In Liberated France... General de Gaulle arrives.

    In New Guinea... Americans announce that Japanese resistance on Biak Island has ended. The Japanese have suffered 4700 killed and 220 captured. US casualties are listed at 2550.

  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:20:56 AM PDT · 5 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Trap on Seine Set (Middleton) – 2-4
    German Bastion Falls and Americans on Way to Paris (photos) – 3
    War News Summarized – 4
    Allies Capture St. Maximin, 25 Miles above Marseille (Sedgwick) – 5
    The ‘Mad Colonel’ of St. Malo is Now a Prisoner (photo) – 6
    Stalin Bid to Poles (Daniell) – 7
    Red Army Lunges toward Lomzha – 8-9
    German Rocket Fighter Planes Called Fastest Aircraft in Use – 9
    The Flying Bomb-II (Baldwin) – 10
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 11-13
    Germans Scuttle Fleets in France – 13

    The News of the Week in Review
    “This is the Hour when We Must Throw into Battle the Last Little Ounce of Strength”-German Broadcast (map) – 14
    Battle of France – 15-17
    Fifteen News Questions – 18
    Our Pacific Strategy Nears Its Final Stage (Shalett) – 19-20
    Allied Armies Drive Ahead in the Battle of Europe (map) – 21
    Great Battles Rising to a Climax in Europe (Baldwin) – 22
    “Two-Pronged Attack Does It” (cartoon) – 23
    Answers to Fifteen News Questions – 23

  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:19:40 AM PDT · 4 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    [Continued from August 18.]

    Two days later we sent the following joint appeal, which the President had drafted:

    Prime Minister (Italy) and President Roosevelt to Marshal Stalin 20 Aug 44

    We are thinking of world opinion if the anti-Nazis in Warsaw are in effect abandoned. We believe that all three of us should do the utmost to save as many of the patriots there as possible. We hope that you will drop immediate supplies and munitions to the patriot Poles in Warsaw, or will you agree to help our planes in doing it very quickly? We hope you will approve. The time element is of extreme importance.

    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:18:21 AM PDT · 3 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:17:46 AM PDT · 2 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Northwestern France, 1944 – The Exploitation: Operations, 14-25 August 1944
    Southern France, 1944 – Operations in the South, 15-28 August, 1944
    Eastern Europe, 1941: Russian Balkan and Baltic Campaigns – Operations, 19 August-31 December 1944
    The Western Pacific, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands: Allied Advances to the Palaus and Morotai, 30 July-17 September 1944 and Air Attacks on the Philippines, 7-22 September 1944
    Northern Italy 1944: Allied Advance to Gothic Line, 5 June-25 August and Gains 29 August-31 December
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, April-December 1944 and Situation 31 December
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • OUR TANKS SMASH INTO SUBURBS OF PARIS, VATICAN PAPER REPORTS CITY LIBERATED (8/20/44)

    08/20/2014 4:16:47 AM PDT · 1 of 20
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 9:21:55 AM PDT · 26 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson to GeronL
    Just that one page [reply #4]alone says so much about that war.

    Indeed it does.

    It is weird to see the same song, or I assume they are the same song, being in the top 10 by 2 different singers.

    It happens every week. Sometimes 3 different performers.

  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:19:00 AM PDT · 9 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/19.htm

    August 19th, 1944 (SATURDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Submarine FS Morse (ex-HMS Vortex) launched.

    Corvette HMCS Tillsonburg arrived Londonderry from workups at Stornoway.

    SHAEF orders the removal of invasion stripes from Allied aircraft. (Ron Babuka)

    FRANCE: Paris: At 7am today 2,000 striking policemen take over the Préfecture de Police. They hold off a counter-attack and capture 700 Germans. The police took the initiative from the communists whose leader, Colonel Rol, was taken by surprise, turning up at the prefecture on a bicycle and giving the orders for a general rising. Today the Germans also cut the cities gas supply.

    The US XV Corps reaches the Seine at Mates Grasicourt.

    The Polish 1st Armored Division links up with the U.S. 90th Infantry Division at Chambois, a village 15 miles (24 kilometres) southeast of Falaise thereby closing the Falaise Pocket. German loses in the ensuing four day battle are 10,000 dead and 40,000 captured.

    In southern France, US Twelfth Air Force A-20 Havocs hit marshalling yards while B-25s and B-26s bomb road and rail bridges throughout southeastern France; fighter-bombers and fighters continue to pound enemy communications north and west, of the beachhead and guns in the immediate battle area as the US Seventh Army’s Task Force Butler crosses the Durance River and moves north to Sisteron and Digne.

    The USN battleship USS Nevada (BB-36), French battleship Lorraine, and heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31) conduct reconnaissance in force off Toulon to support the U.S. Army’s Third Division and French troops making a drive on that port. Escorted by four destroyers, Nevada, Lorraine, and Augusta shell the harbour and batteries at St. Mandrier; heavy cruiser USS Quincy (CA-71) provides counter-battery fire on Giens, from position south of Isle Port Cros.

    VOF-1 from TULAGI shot down three He 111s. VF-74 from KASAAN BAY shot down one Do 217. Both of these carriers were of the CASABLANCA class. (Keith Allen)

    Falaise, Normandy: A fleet of RAF Dakotas today landed 60 SAS soldiers led by Captain Roy Farran on an airstrip behind enemy lines at Rennes. The force disappeared into a forest near Orleans to ambush German columns. This is the 32nd operation of its kind since D-Day.

    From Brittany to Dijon, SAS soldiers are creating havoc by direct attacks on railways and telephone lines, by targetting RAF strikes on military headquarters and by stiffening the Maquis with weapons, supplies and fighting leadership. It might have been otherwise. The Army top brass wanted to insert the SAS, now a brigade of 2,500 immediately behind the coastal area between the German infantry and their supporting tanks: a recipe for disaster which led the SAS commander, Bill Stirling (brother of the founder, the captured David), to resign.

    Hitler has developed a special distaste for these special forces, “Such men are dangerous” he affirms in an order for their execution as terrorists of captured. At Chambon 11 days ago Major Ian Fenwick deliberately drove into a German ambush with all guns firing from his Jeep and was killed. Near Auxerre, with two jeeps and a few men, Captain Derrick Harrison stormed into a village square crowded with SS men, interrupting the execution of 20 hostages. His Vickers machine gun jammed; his driver dead, he escaped leaving 60 enemy bodies in the smouldering wreckage of their vehicles.

    Mantes-Gassicourt: During a night of pouring rain, units of Patton’s Third Army crossed the Seine, 40 miles from Paris. Some men walked across a dam, others went in assault craft at Mantes-Gassicourt, near La Roche Guyon, the German headquarters. While the heaviest fighting continues in the “Falaise Pocket”, near Argentan, where large Panzer forces are being concentrated, Patton has sent three of his corps south and east to capture Orleans and Chartres, with advance units poised to take Fontainebleau.

    The Germans retreating from the Falaise/Argentan pocket are being attacked from the air with devastating effect; but the confusion on the ground has on several occasions led to Allied troops being bombed by their own air forces. The British 51st Highland Division has reported 40 accidental air attacks in one day, causing 51 casualties.

    Field Marshal von Kluge, sacked by Hitler as C-in-C Army Group B, committed suicide today by swallowing poison. Four days ago his car was shot up by Allied planes, his radio was wrecked and he was cut off from contact with Army HQ in Berlin. Hitler was convinced, mistakenly, that he was trying to make peace with the Allies. When communications were restored von Kluge refused to obey an order from Berlin to mount a counter-attack. His suicide note protested his devotion to the Fuhrer, but urged him to end the war: “The German people have borne such untold suffering that it is time to put an end to this frightfulness.” Field Marshal Walter Model takes over.

    U-466 (Type VIIC) which had been damaged on 5 July, 1944 by bombs from US B-24 aircraft at Toulon, France, is scuttled 19 Aug, during the Allied invasion of southern France. (Alex Gordon)

    German submarines U-123 and U-129 are scuttled to avoid capture at Lorient.

    U-123 taken out of service at Lorient, France 17 Jun 1944. Scuttled there 19 Aug 1944. Surrendered to France in 1945 and became the French submarine Blaison. Stricken 18 Aug 1959 as Q165. (DS)

    VICHY FRANCE: German SS men today arrested Marshal Petain and ordered him to move to Belfort, where his prime minister, Pierre Laval, was sent two days ago. It is thought that both will be taken to Germany.

    The troops broke down the door of the Hotel de Parc, where the head of the Vichy state has lived since 1940, and burst into the Marshal’s bedroom.

    At first he refused German protection, but the Germans threatened to bomb the town of Vichy unless he agreed, and he was then arrested by the SS.

    GERMANY: U-2330, U-2508 and U-3005U-3005 launched.
    U-2327 and U-3502 commissioned.

    U.S.S.R.: Riga: In an attempt to save its Army Group North, cut off in Estonia by the advancing Red Army which had reached the Baltic at the Bay of Riga, the German high command has unleashed three Panzer divisions in the Autse area,

    Striking at the over-extended left wing of General Bagramyan’s First Baltic Front, the German tanks have crashed through the flank of the armoured column which had dashed to the coast. Despite desperate efforts by the Russians to seal the gap, the Germans have opened up a narrow corridor along the coast to restore land contact with General Schorner’s divisions. The corridor is narrow, but it is being held with great determination and Schorner can now withdraw his men and equipment from what threatened to become a “cauldron” in which they would have been cut up and destroyed.

    This sudden blow by the Germans demonstrates, that despite their terrible defeats this summer, they can still muster strong reinforcements and defeat the Russians when not faced with overwhelming numbers of men and tanks. It also demonstrated the extent to which the Russians have stretched themselves since Operation Bagration. Their victories have been stupendous, but they have suffered great losses in men and material.

    ROMANIA: Using H2X radar, 65 B-17 Flying Fortresses, supported by 125 P-51 Mustangs, of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy bomb two oil refineries at Ploesti for the third consecutive day.

    YUGOSLAVIA: Two B-17 Flying Fortresses of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy, visually bomb the railroad at Cuprija.

    ITALY, Pisa: Nakae, Masato, Pvt., US 100th/442nd Infantry, awarded the MOH for actions today. (Posthumous). (William L. Howard)

    KURILE ISLANDS: The US Eleventh Air Force dispatches a weather sortie and a shipping sweep by 4 B-25s with negative results.

    PALAU ISLANDS: Radar-equipped B-24s of the US Thirteenth Air Force attack Japanese airfields and defenses during the night of 19/20 August.

    PACIFIC OCEAN: USN submarine attacks on Japanese convoy HI 71, begun the previous day, continue off the west coast of Luzon, Philippine Islands, as USS Bluefish (SS-222) sinks fast fleet tanker/seaplane carrier HIJMS Hayasui, 80 nautical miles (92 miles or 148 kilometres) northwest of Cape Bolinao in position 17.34N, 119.23E, and damages hospital ship Awa Maru, 17.36N, 119.38E.
    USN submarine USS Spadefish (SS-411) sinks a Japanese landing craft depot repair ship Tamatsu Maru west of Luzon, 18.48N, 119.47E.
    USN submarine USS Redfin (SS-272) lays mines off Sarawak, Borneo.

    CANADA: Corvette HMCS Smiths Falls launched Kingston, Ontario.

    U.S.A.: Destroyer USS Massey launched.
    Light cruiser USS Topeka launched.
    Destroyer escort USS Presley launched.
    Destroyer USS Little commissioned.
    Destroyer escort USS Finnegan commissioned. Aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea laid down.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-413 sank SS Saint Enogat in Convoy ETC-72.
    U-862 sank SS Wayfarer.

    HMCS Arnprior (ex-HMS Rising Castle), a Castle-class corvette built in the UK and transferred to the RCN, departed Londonderry with the 153-ship convoy ON-249, bound for New York City. The convoy arrived safely with all of its ship intact on 02 Sep 44. ON-249 was the largest of that series of convoys run during the war. ‘ON’ stood for ‘Outward North’ from Liverpool to North America. This series was started in July 1941 and terminated in June 1945 with the arrival of ON 305. The average convoy size was approximately 50 merchant ships and eight escorts. In all, 14,864 ships sailed in the ON series and 162 (1.1%) were lost, most of them in 1942. Of the total lost, only 81 (.55%) were in the convoy at the time of their sinking. The remainder were either stragglers or were ‘out of convoy’ due to detachment, weather, engineering defect, or some other tactical situation that made independent movement necessary. The overall loss rate in 1942 was 2.95%, which was considered unsustainable. This loss rate did not include damaged ships that were effectively lost for the period that they were under repair. Nearly as many ships were damaged as were lost due to enemy action. The effects of weather, collision, grounding and other accidents added substantially to the efforts of the enemy.

  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:17:12 AM PDT · 7 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/aug44/19aug44.htm#

    Rebellion in Paris
    Saturday, August 19, 1944 www.onwar.com

    In Occupied France... In Paris French resistance members begin an open rebellion against German occupation forces.

    On the Western Front... Elements of the US 3rd Army reach the Seine River at Mantes Grassicourt. There is heavy fighting between Falaise and Argentan.

  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:16:04 AM PDT · 6 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Foe Races to River (Daniel) – 2-3
    St. Malo ‘Madman’ Loses Breton Fort – 3
    Veterans of Anzio in Riviera Smash – 3-4
    FFI Units Intensify Fighting in France (Johnston, Brigham) – 4-5
    Huge U.S. Service Army Rushes Supplies to Front (Daniell) – 5
    Sandomierz Falls (Lawrence) – 6-7
    Germans Step Up Warsaw Shelling – 7
    War News Summarized – 7
    U.S. Fliers Smash at Iwo, near Japan – 8
    The Flying Bomb-I (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 9
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in the Various War Theatres – 10-12
    Paris Radio Sounds Free France’s Call – 12
  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:14:52 AM PDT · 5 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Billboard Top Ten for the Week of August 19, 1944

    #1 - “Swinging on a Star” – Bing Crosby
    #2 - “I’ll Be Seeing You” – Bing Crosby
    #3 – “I’ll Get By” - Harry James, with Dick Haymes (reissue of 1941 recording)
    #4 - “Time Waits for No One” – Helen Forrest
    #5 - “I’ll Walk Alone” – Dinah Shore
    #6 – “Amor” - Bing Crosby
    #7– “I’ll Walk Alone” – Martha Tilton
    #8 – “I’ll Be Seeing You” – Tommy Dorsey, with Frank Sinatra
    #9 - “G.I. Jive” – Louis Jordan
    #10 - “You Always Hurt the One You Love” – Mills Brothers

  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:13:59 AM PDT · 4 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from August 10.

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    Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers

  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:12:51 AM PDT · 3 of 50
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  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:12:08 AM PDT · 2 of 50
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  • PATTON 12 MILES FROM PARIS, DRIVING FOE TO NEW TRAP ON SEINE; TOULON ATTACKED (8/19/44)

    08/19/2014 4:11:07 AM PDT · 1 of 50
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 10:42:32 AM PDT · 17 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Hebrews 11:6; Tax-chick
    I suppose if you're the French-Resistance version of the Rosie-the-Riveter generation and you are actually dangling grenades from your belt in a war zone, it probably helps to keep trigger-happy onlookers calm if you do keep your hands pocketed.

    I had wondered myself why all the hands in pockets. And I missed the detail of the grenades on the belts.

    Whatever standards of etiquette they go by are fine with me. Momma always said, be polite to a lady wearing explosive devices.

  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:23:02 AM PDT · 8 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/18.htm

    August 18th, 1944 (FRIDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: The US Eighth Air Force in England flies 3 missions (numbers in parenthesis are numbers of bombers attacking):

    - Mission 561: B-24s bomb Amy Airfield at Roye, France (42) and 10 hit targets of opportunity; 2 B-24s are lost; escort is provided by 96 P-51Mustangs.

    - Mission 562: 720 bombers and 242 fighters, in 3 forces, are dispatched against bridges, airfields, fuel dumps and an aircraft engine factory in France and Belgium; 2 bombers and 1 fighter are lost.
    (1) B-17s bomb bridges at Namur (37), Liege/Benoit (36), Huy (35), Yvoir (35), Liege/Seraing (26), Vise (25) and Maastricht (24); 13 hit Tongres marshalling yard, 12 hit Eindhoven Airfield and 12 hit targets of opportunity; escort is provided by 99 P-38 Lightnings and P-51s; they claim 46-0-15 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 is lost.
    (2) B-24s attack airfields at Metz (78), Nancy/Essey (70), Woippy (60) and Laneureville (35); escort is provided by 38 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost.
    (3) B-17s hit St Dizier Airfield (116), Pacy-sur-Armancon (39) and Bourran (38); 1 other hits a target of opportunity; escort is provided by 93 P-51s; they claim 2-0-3 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost.

    - Mission 564: 7 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

    Submarine HMS Scotsman launched.

    Minesweeper HMS Wave is launched.

    The Canadian-owned, British-registered merchantman Fort Gloucester (7,127 GRT) was heavily damaged in the English Channel when she was torpedoed by a German E-boat. Fort Gloucester had been proceeding as part of convoy FTM-70 at the time. There were no casualties in this incident.

    FRANCE: Paris: Oberg drives out of Paris leaving the city to the army. The German embassy closes. The Majestic Hotel ceases to function. No newspapers are published; no mail is delivered. The tricolor flag flies again on the Hôtel de Ville.
    A joint committee of the resistance meets and the Communist representative declares “The hour of insurrection has come; if you aren’t with us, we will go it alone.” “With what weapons?” the Gaullist representative asked. “We have 600,” was the reply. Nothing more than small scale skirmishing could be envisaged. Communist calls for insurrection continued to be issued in the face of reality over the next six days.
    The rue des Pyramides offices of the PPF, as well as those of La Gerbe and Je Suis Partout, are ransacked, their contents strewn in the streets.

    The Polish Corps from the north and the US forces from the south close the gap at Falaise, France.

    The US 3rd Army reach Versailles on their way the the Seine.

    The US VI Corps is now advancing toward Aix-en-Provence with French units advancing on Toulon and then Marseilles.

    - In northern France, the US Ninth Air Force dispatches nearly 100 B-26s and A-20 Havocs to strike a fuel dump, ammunition dump, rail and road overpass, rail embankment, and junction beyond the battleline to disorganize retreating German forces; 1,000+ fighters fly cover over ground forces in the Argentan-Paris area, along the Seine River, and armed reconnaissance over northern and western France.

    - In southern France, the US Twelfth Air Force sends medium bombers to blast coastal guns in the Toulon area and shipping in Toulon harbor; fighter-bombers closely support beachhead troops, hit rolling stock and rail lines, and generally disrupt communications as the US VI Corps overruns the primary defenses in the coastal area of southeastern France; fighters maintain beachhead patrols and area cover for the bombers.

    899 RN Sqn, Seafire aircraft NF661 from HMS Khedive S/Lt(A) David Arthur Carey RCNVR of Stettler, Alberta, lost. Flew into hill near Aix-en-Province during low-level attack on motor transports.

    German troops stationed near the Spanish border and the Gulf of Biscay begin withdrawing.

    Normandy: Maj. David Vivian Currie (1912-86), Canadian Army, led a force which attacked and held a village, denying an escape route to two German armies. (Victoria Cross)

    U-129 after being taken out of service at Lorient 4 July 1944, scuttled. Raised and stricken in 1946 and broken up.

    GERMANY: Rastenburg: Hitler watches the film of the 20 July conspirators’ execution.

    U-2340 and 3013 laid down.

    Hitler orders von Cholitz, the military governor of Paris, to reduce the capital to a “field of ruins.”

    POLAND: The First Ukraine Front takes Sandomierz, on the west bank of the Vistula in southern Poland.

    BULGARIA: Five heavy bombers of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy visually bomb the port area of Lom without loss.

    ROMANIA: Heavy bombers of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy bomb five targets: 273 bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti (48 using H2X radar and the rest visually) with the loss of seven aircraft; 102 bomb the Steauea Oil Refinery at Campina with the loss of one aircraft; two bomb a highway, another a railway and one bombs the marshalling yard at Craiova.

    YUGOSLAVIA: Heavy bombers of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy bomb four targets without loss: 87 bomb Alibunar Airfield; two bomb the railroad at Kraljevo; one bombs the marshalling yard at Lapovo; and one bomb a railroad line.

    ITALY: Cpl. Kenneth Horsfield (b.?), Manchester Regt., tried to save man trapped after an ammunition explosion, but was fatally wounded by a second blast. (George Cross)

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES Sea: The US submarine RASHER sinks the Japanese carrier TAIYO.

    CANADA: Corvette HMCS Shediac completed foc’sle extension refit Vancouver, British Columbia.

    U.S.A.: Submarine USS Trutta is launched.

    Destroyer USS New is launched.

    Escort carrier USS Badoeng Strait is laid down.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: Two German submarines are sunk:

    - U-107 is sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46.46N, 03.49W, by depth charges from an RAF Sunderland Mk III of No 201 Squadron based at Pembroke Dock, Wales. All hands, 58 men, on the U-boat are lost.

    - U-621 is sunk in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle, in position 45.52N, 02.36W, by depth charges from the RCN destroyers HMCS Chaudiere(H99) DD, A/LCdr Charles Patrick Nixon DSC, RCN, CO, with, HMCS Kootenay(H75) DD, A/LCdr William Herbert Willson DSC, HMCS Ottawa(H31) DD, Cdr James Douglas “Chummy” Prentice DSO, RCN, CO. U-621 was a VIIC type, built by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, launched 29 Mar 42,commissioned 7 May 42, in service 27 months, with a record of sinking 7 ships for a total of 32,845 tons and 1 ship of 10,048 tons damaged. Of a crew of 56 there were no survivors. U-621 had been active in the Wolfpacks in 1942. Wolfpack “Panter” (8-14 Oct) “Puma” group (16-30 Oct) which attacked convoy HX 212 and sank 6 ships. “Raufbold” group (15-22 Dec) which attacked convoy ON 153. The newly-formed, all-Canadian 11th Escort Group was deployed in the Bay of Biscay to intercept transiting U-boats. Despite their recent creation, this group was composed of well-trained and equipped ships with highly experienced commanders. The familiarity of the ships in co-operative ASW was very evident in this engagement. Kootenay gained asdic contact at 0953 and Ottawa closed to attack. Despite evasive manoeuvres by the U-boat, at 1012 a ‘Hedgehog’ bomb exploded and asdic showed the submarine had bottomed. Further attacks were carried out until 1530, when Cdr Prentice was convinced that the submarine had been sunk. But CinC Plymouth ordered further attacks and at 1609, after two Hedgehog attacks by Chaudiere, who had been left alone to ‘sit’ on the datum, a secondary explosion produced wreckage and documents that ‘proved’ the U-boat’s destruction. The nearly 5 years of war experience and improvements in equipment and training had finally produced a Canadian Escort Group of deadly effectiveness; moreover, one that was capable of victory over an experienced enemy. (Jack McKillop and Dave Shirlaw)

    U-307 sank SS Ivan Papanin.

    U-862 sank SS Nairug.

  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:21:20 AM PDT · 7 of 36
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    http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/aug44/18aug44.htm#

    Americans close Falaise Gap
    Friday, August 18, 1944 www.onwar.com

    US troops crossing road with abandoned German equipment [photo at link]

    On the Western Front... The Falaise gap is closed by a link up of Polish and American troops at Chambois. Considerable German forces remain trapped to the west. Allied fighter-bombers successfully harass the German columns attempting to withdraw to the east. To the south, patrols from US 3rd Army reach Versailles as the army advances toward the Seine River.

    In Southern France... The forces of US 7th Army continue advancing. The US 6th Corps is moving toward Aix-en-Provence and northward in the direction of Gap while the French 2nd Corps advances along the coast to Toulon and eventually Marseilles.

    On the Eastern Front... Soviet troops of 3rd Baltic and Leningrad Fronts advance to the north and south of Lake Peipus. In southern Poland, Soviet forces of 1st Ukrainian Front capture Sandomierz on the west bank of the Vistula River.

  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:19:43 AM PDT · 6 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Aunay is Crossed (Daniel) – 2-3
    Paris Hears Guns of Its Liberators (MacCormac) – 3-4
    Canadians Free Historic Falaise (MacDonald) – 4
    Text of Plea to Parisians – 4
    Troops Spare Chartres Cathedral in Routing Out German Snipers (Currivan) – 5
    U.S. Planes Detect and Shoot Up Foe’s Armor Sneaking from Trap (Graham) – 5
    Americans Reach Outskirts of Cannes, Approach Toulon (Sedgwick) – 6-7
    Walk through Snipers’ Paradise Links Two American Beachheads (by Herbert L. Matthews) – 7
    Americans Smash German Flare-Ups (by Sid Feder) – 7-8
    As the Allies Drive Ahead on the Northern and Southern Fronts in France (photos) – 8-9
    The Prime Minister at Scene of Invasion (photo) – 10
    War News Summarized – 10
    Russians at Line – 11-12
    Church in Russia Gets a Free Hand – 12
    Launching Flying Bombs against London from France (photo) – 13
    Flying Bomb Rocks Buckingham Palace, Breaking Windows; Johnson House Hit (by Richard J.H. Johnston) – 13
    Camp ‘Fairly Good,’ Wainwright Says – 13
    Nimitz Outlines Non-Stop War with Twin Forces against Japan (by Robert Trumbull) – 14
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 15-17
  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:18:24 AM PDT · 5 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Four excerpts follow. #1 continued from yesterday. #2 continued from August 16. #3 continued from July 10. #4 not continued.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:17:26 AM PDT · 4 of 36
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    William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:16:30 AM PDT · 3 of 36
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  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:15:58 AM PDT · 2 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Northwestern France, 1944 – The Exploitation: Operations, 14-25 August 1944
    Southern France, 1944 – Operations in the South, 15-28 August, 1944
    Eastern Europe, 1941: Operation Bagration – Operations, 22 June-19 August, 1944
    The Western Pacific, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands: Allied Advances to the Palaus and Morotai, 30 July-17 September 1944 and Air Attacks on the Philippines, 7-22 September 1944
    Northern Italy 1944: Allied Advance to Gothic Line, 5 June-25 August and Gains 29 August-31 December
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, April-December 1944 and Situation 31 December
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • FOE REPORTS U.S. TROOPS NEAR VERSAILLES; REDS REACH GERMAN SOIL IN EAST PRUSSIA (8/18/44)

    08/18/2014 4:15:28 AM PDT · 1 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Seizethecarp
    August 16, 1944 “Gen Ho Ying-Chin “according to our calculations Japan will surrender unconditionally within one year.”

    Those are some impressive calculations!

    Good catch! (Small item on page 13.) They must have used a different algorithm to calculate Germany's defeat. That one is a little off.

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/17/2014 7:42:55 AM PDT · 28 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to Mikey_1962; PAR35

    We were discussing a recent change where the admin moderator suggested I post the war news in the News/Activism forum instead of Chat/General. PAR35 has been here since the early days.

  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:51:04 AM PDT · 9 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/17.htm

    August 17th, 1944 (THURSDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM:

    The US Eighth Air Force in England flies 3 missions.

    - Mission 558: 10 B-24s are dispatched to drop Azon missiles on the Les Foulous, France rail bridge but the mission is abandoned due to deteriorating weather.

    - Mission 559: 1 B-17 drop a BATTY TV bomb on the port area at La Pallice, France.

    - Mission 560: 7 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

    - 33 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

    Fighter-bomber missions flown by the VIII Fighter Command:

    - 397 P-38 Lightnings and P-47 Thunderbolts hit the Paris/Brussels area; they claim 3-0-3 aircraft.

    - 318 P-51 Mustangs are dispatched to hit communications targets; 7 P-51s are lost.

    FRANCE: Three thousand men detained by the SD are released. Those at Compiègne are still put on a train but will be released during transit by the Wehrmacht.

    The Americans are in Chartres. The members of the Fascist PPF begin preparations to flee Paris on a convoy of Wehrmacht trucks, temporary passports are issued at the embassy for those wanting to go to Germany. In total between 10 and 20,000 Miliciens, PPF members and other ultras retreat eastwards to the Reich under constant exposure to Allied air forces.

    The mayor of Paris, Pierre Charles Tattinger, meets with the German commander Dietrich von Choltitz to protest the explosives being deployed throughout the city. Adolf Hitler had decreed that Paris should be left a smoking ruin, but Dietrich von Choltitz thought better of his Fuehrer’s order.

    Falaise, France is completely captured by the Canadian 2nd Division. There remain only a few miles between The Canadians to the north and the US V Corps to the south. Dreux, Chateaudun and Orleans are captured by US forces. The citadel at St. Malo, France surrenders.

    La Lande: Staff Sergeant Stanley Bender, US Army, Company E, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, climbed on top of a knocked-out tank in the face of withering machine-gun fire to locate and destroy the source of fire which was holding up his company. He located the guns and led a squad of men to knock them out. MOH

    In an agreement between Abetz and von Cholitz “Paris was to be neither defended not destroyed, not delivered to looting and arson.”

    German Field Marshal Walther Model takes over command of German forces in the West from Field Marshall Gunther von Kluge who committed suicide because of his involvement in the July 20 plot against Hitler.
    Chief of State Marshal Henri Pétain and his staff are interned at Belfort by order of the Führer. The Vichy French government under Premier Pierre Laval resigns.

    In southern France, St. Raphael, St. Tropex, Frejus, Le Luq and St. Maxime fall to the Allies. There is little German resistance.

    - The US Ninth Air Force dispatches 400+ A-20 Havocs and B-26s to bomb road bridges at Montfort-sur-Risle, Pont-Audemer, Nassandres, Beaumont-le-Roger, Le Bourg, Brionne, and Beaumontel, and a rail bridge at La Ferriere-sur-Risle; fighters fly ground force cover over Saint-Malo and Dreux and armed reconnaissance in northwest France; IX Tactical Air Command fighters attack and severely damage Gestapo HQ near Chateauroux.

    - The US Twelfth Air Force, despite bad weather, sends medium bombers to attack railroad bridges leading to the beachhead area of the south coast and hit coastal guns southwest of Toulon; A-20s hit motor transport during the night and drop ammunition to invasion forces; fighter-bombers and fighters on armed reconnaissance and patrol score excellent results against motor transport and rail cars and destroy several airplanes on airfields in the south.

    GERMANY: A Soviet patrol crosses the old East Prussian border near Stallupoenen (now Nestrov). (Henry Sirotin)

    FINLAND: President Mannerheim meets Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel who has come for a sudden visit to Finland. The formal reason for Keitel’s visit is to bring Mannerheim the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross and a Knight’s Cross for General of Infantry Erik Heinrichs, the Chief of Finnish General Staff.

    Mannerheim informs Keitel that the promise given by the ex-President Risto Ryti, that Finland won’t make peace unless in agreement with Germany, is in force no more. It was made by President Ryti personally and was not ratified by the Parliament. Finnish people doesn’t approve of the promise and thus Ryti had to resign. Finland shall stay in the war only as long as is in her interest to do so. Keitel assures that Germany won’t submit but keep fighting for ten more years if necessary.
    Mannerheim comments that unfortunately we Finns can’t do that. Keitel is visibly agitated when he leaves.

    LITHUANIA: Soviet Army Group North attacks toward Siauliai to prevent Riga from being cutoff.

    U.S.S.R.: Baltic Fleet, Ladoga Lake and Chudskoe Lake Flotillas: SKA “I-27” and SKA “I-28” - by aviation, in Teploe Lake (part of Chudskoe Lake) . (Sergey Anisimov)(69)

    ITALY: The Germans pull out of Florence, releasing Italy’s most beautiful city from a vise in which it long has been clutched. Neither army shelled Florence and it is believed that the historic city is intact except for five bridges blown up by the Germans.

    The US Fifteenth Air Force in sends 53 B-17s, with fighter cover, to bomb Nish Airfield in Yugoslavia and 250 B-24s, escorted by P-51s, to bomb 3 oil refineries and targets of opportunity in the Ploesti, Romania area.

    BULGARIA: One B-24 Liberator of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy visually bombs a target of opportunity.

    ROMANIA: Two hundred forty five B-24 Liberator of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy bomb three oil refineries at Ploesti with the loss of 19 aircraft: Using H2X radar, the Romano Americano Refinery if bombed by 70 aircraft while 54 bomb visually; 124 aircraft bomb the Romano Americano Refinery, 70 using H2X radar; and 34 bomb the Standard Oil Refinery visually. Other targets hit by individual aircraft are a highway at Bailesti, a marshalling yard at Dragonesti, and another unnamed highway.

    YUGOSLAVIA: B-17 Flying Fortresses of the USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy bomb two targets: 51 aircraft bomb the airfield at Nis with the loss of one aircraft while one bombs the railroad at Pirot.

    INDIA: Viceroy Viscount Wavell rejects Gandhi’s request to discuss war support in return for Indian independence.

    NEW GUINEA: The last significant Japanese force on Numfoor is destroyed by US paratroopers.

    VOLCANO ISLANDS: US Seventh Air Force B-24s from Saipan Island bomb Iwo Jima Island.

    PALAU ISLANDS: US Thirteenth Air Force radar-equipped B-24s attack Japanese airfields and defenses during the night.

    CANADA: Minesweeper HMCS Kapuskasing commissioned.

    U.S.A.: Baseball, New York Yankees’ center fielder Johnny Lindell ties a major league baseball record by hitting four consecutive doubles in a game against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees win the game 10-3.

    Destroyer USS Dyess laid down.

  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:49:16 AM PDT · 7 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/aug44/17aug44.htm#

    Canadians capture Falaise
    Thursday, August 17, 1944 www.onwar.com

    Canadian infantry and armor enter Falaise [photo at link]

    On the Western Front... Elements of Canadian 1st Army complete the capture of Falaise. The town has been severely damaged in recent fighting. There is a few miles gap between the Canadian line and the American line to the south, held by US 1st Army with US 5th Corps forward. To the south and west, other American forces capture Dreux, Chateaudun and Orleans. In Brittany, the German defenders of the citadel at St. Malo surrender.

    From Berlin... Hitler dismisses Field Marshal Kluge as commander of Army Group B. Field Marshal Model is appointed in his place.

    On the Eastern Front... In Lithuania, forces German Army Group North launches counterattacks along the entire line. Effort is concentrated on Siauliai with the objective of preventing Soviet forces from cutting off German-held Riga in Latvia.

    In Southern France... There is little German resistance to the Allied advance of US 7th Army. St. Raphael, St. Tropez, Frejus, Le Luq and St. Maxime are captured during the day.

    In New Guinea... Near Aitape, American forces extend their line in a general advance against light Japanese resistance. On Numfoor, the last significant Japanese force is brought to battle by American forces and destroyed.

  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:47:31 AM PDT · 6 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Late, late edition today. Paper boy slept in.

    Invasion Gaining (Sedgwick) – 2-3
    American Parachutists Take St. Tropez by Lucky Error (Matthews) – 3-4
    Patton Lashes Out (Daniel) – 4-5
    German 7th Army Slashed to Bits (Boyle) – 5
    The Beachhead on the Coast of Southern France is Made Secure and the Allies Rule the Air (photos) – 6-8
    Patton Bets $1,000 He’ll Enter Paris – 7-8
    Canadians Battle in Falaise Streets (McMillan) – 8-9
    From North to South France Resounds to Battle (map) – 9
    Welcome Hands for Our Men in Northern France (photo) – 10
    War News Summarized – 10
    Red Army Gives Up Warsaw Suburb – 11-12
    British Drop Arms to Warsaw Poles – 12
    8th’s Bombers Rip More Reich Plants (Anderson) – 12
    Separate Commands (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 15
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 16-18
    Berlin Peace Plea Warns of New War – 18

  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · 5 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    V-Mail from New Guinea-Aitape.

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  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:44:06 AM PDT · 4 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    The second of the following excerpts is continued from yesterday.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:43:17 AM PDT · 3 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:42:39 AM PDT · 2 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Northwestern France, 1944 – The Exploitation: Operations, 14-25 August 1944
    Southern France, 1944 – Operations in the South, 15-28 August, 1944
    Eastern Europe, 1941: Operation Bagration – Operations, 22 June-19 August, 1944
    The Western Pacific, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands: Allied Advances to the Palaus and Morotai, 30 July-17 September 1944 and Air Attacks on the Philippines, 7-22 September 1944
    Northern Italy 1944: Allied Advance to Gothic Line, 5 June-25 August and Gains 29 August-31 December
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, April-December 1944 and Situation 31 December
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • INVADERS DRIVE EIGHT MILES INLAND ON RIVIERA, CAPTURE ST. TROPEZ, RESISTANCE STILL SLIGHT (8/17/44)

    08/17/2014 6:42:06 AM PDT · 1 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
    Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
    To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 5:06:27 PM PDT · 22 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to PAR35

    Actually, for me it is sort of like current events. I spent a good part of the day up to my elbows in September 6, 1944, so August 16, 1944 seems quite recent.

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 5:04:31 PM PDT · 21 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to PAR35

    It looks like the “news” part of “news,extended” causes current events to appear as a topic. Maybe tomorrow I will drop the news and enter extended as the only topic and see what happens.

  • A defiant Perry calls felony indictment a “farce”

    08/16/2014 4:58:05 PM PDT · 64 of 89
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim Robinson

    I just watched Perry’s 6 min. statement on youtube and have to say he was not as polished as I expected. In this particular case I hope and expect he will come out on top, but for 2016 the GOP must field a 100% reliable communicator. The transition to the border issue at the end didn’t work for me.

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 4:45:58 PM PDT · 18 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to PAR35

    As suggested by the mod I post in the News/Activism forum and enter news,extended as topics.

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 10:22:29 AM PDT · 14 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to PapaNew
    Here's a photo similar to the one on page 7. Montgomery looks more cheerful here, even sharing a joke with Patton.

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  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 9:42:10 AM PDT · 12 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to PapaNew

    Technically, it is scotch tape. But thanks.

  • ALLIED TROOPS MAKE LANDING ON THE RIVIERA; GERMANS THRASH AT JAWS OF NORMANDY TRAP (8/15/44)

    08/16/2014 8:26:47 AM PDT · 32 of 44
    Homer_J_Simpson to SES1066
    My Dad, who passed in April of last year, was with the 45th ID and this was his 4th and last amphibious landing of WW2.

    Were the other three Sicily, Salerno and Anzio?

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 4:23:19 AM PDT · 8 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/16.htm

    August 16th, 1944 (WEDNESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: The US Eighth Air Force in England flies 2 missions.

    - Mission 556: 1,090 bombers and 692 fighters, in 4 forces, are dispatched to make visual attacks on oil refineries and aircraft plants in central Germany; 23 bombers and 3 fighters are lost (number in parenthesis indicate number of bombers attacking).
    (1) B-17s hit Delitzsch air depot (102), the aviation industry at Schkeuditz (92) and Halle (60) and the oil industry at Bohlen (88); other targets are Naumburg (15), Halberstadt Airfield (13) and targets of opportunity (9); they claim 6-4-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 10 B-17s are lost; escort is provided by 246 P-47s and P-51 Mustang; they claim 15-1-6 Luftwaffe.
    (2) B-17s are dispatched to hit the oil industry at Rositz (105) and Zeitz (101); 3 others hit targets of opportunity; 6 B-17s are lost; escort is provided by 166 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 5-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47s are lost.
    (3) B-24s are dispatched to Halberstadt Airfield (51); 10 others hit Quedlinburg Airfield and 1 hits a targets of opportunity; escort is provided by 42 of 46 P-38 Lightnings.
    (4) B-24s are dispatched to hit the aviation industry at Dessau (99), Kothen (71) and Magdeburg/Neustadt (67) and the oil industry at Magdeburg/Rothensee; 2 others hit targets of opportunity; 7 B-24s are lost; escort is provided by 156 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 12-0-0 aircraft; 1P-51 is lost.

    - Mission 557: 8 of 8 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

    Minesweeper HMS Squirrel commissioned.

    FRANCE: Canadian troops from II Corps enter Falaise. Polish units of the British I Corps advance west over the River Dives. The US XX Corps liberates Chartres, France.

    The French II Corps lands and passes forward through the US lines in the South of France.

    The US Ninth Air Force dispatches about 130 B-26s and A-20 Havocs, with fighter escort, to hit a Foret de Roumare ammunition dump and rail bridges at Pont-Audemer, Thibouville, Brionne, Nassandres, and Le Bourg; fighters give air cover to an armored division and infantry forces, and fly patrol and armed reconnaissance over northern and western France.

    Normandy: Lt. Tasker Watkins (b.1918), Welch regt., led a successful charge against superior numbers and later silenced a machine-gun post, saving his men. (Victoria Cross)

    Savoy: The Resistance launched a general rebellion to coincide with the Allied landings in the south.

    Adolf Hitler orders the withdrawal of all German forces in southern France.

    The German Me-163 rocket-powered fighter sees action for the first time against a formation of B-17s.

    GERMANY: U-2518 laid down.

    EASTERN FRONT: POLAND: The Russian attacks reach Ossow, 7 miles NE of Warsaw where they are pushed back by a German counterattack.

    Moscow: The Soviet government describes the Warsaw rising as a “reckless, appalling adventure.”

    ITALY: The US Fifteenth Air Force in Italy bombs targets in Germany and France.

    - In Germany, 89 B-24s, with fighter escort, bomb a chemical works at Friedrichshafen.

    - In France, 108 B-17s, supporting Operation DRAGOON, attack railroad bridges at Saint-Vallier,

    Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny, Grenoble, and Isere-Valence.

    In support of the landings in Southern France (Operation DRAGOON):

    - US Twelfth Air Force fighters and fighter-bombers continue to blast enemy defenses and communications on the beaches and in the invasion area of southern France; A-20s hit lights and vehicles during the night of 15/16 August from north of the beachhead to the Rhone River and during the day raid ammunition stores; medium bombers pound Rhone River bridges and gun positions throughout the general area.

    - 42 US Fifteenth Air Force P-51s escort MATAF C-47 Skytrains on a supply dropping mission to the beachheads.

    INDIA: The last IJA troops retreat to Burma.

    BONIN ISLANDS: US Seventh Air Force B-24s from Saipan Island hit Chichi Jima Island and Pagan Island while Marshall Island-based B-24s bomb Truk Atoll.

    CANADA: Frigate HMCS Thetford Mines arrived Halifax from workups in Bermuda.
    Corvette HMCS Whitby arrived Halifax from refit Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

    U.S.A.: Destroyer escort USS Mack commissioned.

    Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-525 was commissioned with LTJG George C. Steinemann, USCGR, as commanding officer. She was assigned to and operated in the Southwest Pacific, and Western Pacific areas, including Milne Bay, Hollandia, etc.

    Coast Guard-manned Army vessel FS-263 was commissioned at New York LTJG W. G. Hill, USCGR, was her first commanding officer. On 6 September 1944, she departed New York for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war. On 1 August 1945, the FS-263 anchored in Serida Lagoon, Biak, New Guinea, without cargo awaiting orders to proceed to the Philippine area, and departed on the 2nd for Finschhafen, New Guinea. Arriving on the 6th, after an uneventful voyage, she loaded mail and commissary supplies for Oro Bay, New Guinea and Milne Bay, New Guinea. On the 7th she entered drydock at Finschhafen, where she remained until the 9th having her bottom scraped and repainted. On the 11th she departed Finschhafen to search for a man lost overboard on the 10th, but returned to port when the man was located on Scarlet Beach having swum ashore during the night. On the 15th she departed Finschhafen for Oro Bay, New Guinea, and moored there on the 16th. Here the #3 cylinder liner of her starboard engine was found to be cracked and it was deemed inadvisable to proceed to sea with only one engine. She was, therefore, docked at Oro Bay for the remainder of August 1945 with cargo for Oro Bay discharged but cargo for Milne Bay still on board. While the engine was being repaired, the crew was engaged in routine cleaning and upkeep work aboard the vessel. On 12 October 1945, Coast Guard crew was removed from the FS-263 and she was decommissioned.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-862 sinks SS Empire Lancer.

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 4:21:15 AM PDT · 7 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/aug44/16aug44.htm#

    Germans counterattack near Warsaw
    Wednesday, August 16, 1944 www.onwar.com

    Panthers of 5th SS Pz. Div. “Wiking” north of Warsaw [photo at link]

    On the Eastern Front... Soviet forces reach Ossow, only 7 miles northeast of Warsaw. However, a counterattack by German forces compels the Soviet troops to withdraw.

    On the Western Front... Troops of the Canadian 2nd Corps (part of Canadian 1st Army) enter Falaise and meet heavy resistance from German defenders. To the right, Polish forces of British 1st Corps move eastward, over the Dives River. To the south, the US 20th Corps (part of Us 3rd Army) captures Chartres.

    In Southern France... The French 2nd Corps (de Lattre), part of US 7th Army, comes ashore and moves forward.

  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 4:18:56 AM PDT · 6 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Resistance Slight – 2-3
    Making Last-Minute Plans for Southern France Invasion (photo) – 3
    Starting Their Mission with a Prayer (photo) – 4
    War News Summarized – 4
    Germans Caught Unaware by New Thrust from South (Matthews) – 5
    Parisians Go Wild with Joy at News – 5
    Falaise Gap is Cut (Daniel) – 6-7
    Planning to Set the Trap for Germans in Normandy (photo) – 7
    Patton the Third Army’s Chief; Senators Confirm His Promotion – 8
    Norman Trap Lines 1,000 Miles of Ruin (Denny, Boyle) – 8-9
    Woman Says Laval, Petain Must Die (Gruson) – 9
    Russians Drive On – 10-11
    Soviet Proposal Made Debate Topic – 11
    4,000-Plane Blow Flails Luftwaffe (Anderson) – 11-12
    Himmler’s Hand Seen in Bombing; Reich Power for Him the Result (Pertinax) – 12
    Poles in Italy Gain East of Frontone – 13
    Air Power and the War (by Alexander P. de Seversky) – 14
    Another Powerful Blow (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 15
    Ottowa Postpones Provincial Parley (by P.J. Philip) – 15
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 16-18
    Red Cross to Equip 10 Soviet Hospitals to Aid Civilian Population in Freed Areas – 18
    MacGowan of Sun Captured in France; Nazis Report Companion Hurt in ‘Scrape’ – 18
  • ALLIES DRIVE INLAND IN SOUTHERN FRANCE TO JOIN FORCES POUNDING NAZIS IN NORTH (8/16/44)

    08/16/2014 4:17:48 AM PDT · 5 of 32
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Today’s audio is another recording of a Japanese radio broadcast aimed at Americans in the Pacific theater. It starts off with war news and then shifts to a program of music hosted by Iva Toguri D'Aquino (aka “Tokyo Rose” aka “Orphan Ann”). This one lasts 17:08. Click on the link below to listen.

    The Zero Hour, with Orphan Ann

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    Iva Toguri D’Aquino