THIS WAS REPORTED TODAY JANUARY 31, 1944:
To Give Ground
Allied Invasion Forces On
BY UNITED PRESS
American troops have smashed through the Nazi Gustav line north of Cassino in Central Italy. But behind them is one of the most violent battles the Yanks have fought in the Italian campaign.
Now our infantrymen hold two mountain peaks overlooking the Rapido River valley and the inland
road to Rome. Before that, the peaks were known as Hills 167 and 223, just north and northwest of Cassino, some two miles away.
German engineers had flooded the approaches to the heights by changing the course of the Rapido River. They flooded the surrounding countryside. But the Yanks forded the stream with tanks and assault troops. And they threw savage left hook at the enemy lines above Cassino.
Heavy tanks trundled through a mesh-work of barbed wire, knocking out enemy pillboxes. In their wake, came charging infantrymen to hurl the Germans from the peaks. And Hills 167 and 223 were won.
Allies Make No Comment
On Japanese Statement
About New Fighting
By UNITED PRESS
Japanese reports indicate strongly that the American invasion of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific has begun.
An enemy communique, broadcast by Tokyo, says that Japanese army and navy garrisons in the Marshalls have encountered American troops and that furious fighting now is in progress.
So far the Allies have made no announcement about an invasion. But Pacific Fleet headquarters has revealed that a big American task force, including aircraft carriers and possibly battleships shelled the Marshalls Saturday and Sunday.
The latest Allied announcement told of American submarines sinking 14 more Japanese ships. This bag brought to 572 the number of Jap vessels sunk, probably sunk or damaged by our undersea raiders.
It includes two large transports. No location was given for the action.
For 25 straight days American planes have shuttled ceaselessly over the Marshalls in what Secretary of Navy Knox recently called a "softening up" process—evidently for invasion. This campaign was climaxed by the powerful task force blow
DAMAGE TO NAZIS
BY UNITED PRESS
A late .bulletin—just received from London—reports that American planes have dropped 3900 tons
of bombs on Europe in 48 hours including Sunday.
The RAF heavy bombers hit Berlin with some 1500 tons of explosives just after dusk yesterday. And
a few hours later, Mosquito bombers followed up with more havoc; for the German capital. Returning
Mosquito pilots report great fires and huge columns of smoke billowing from Berlin.