IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 18, 1944.
Seventh Army Has Had Less
Than 300 Casualties in
CAPTURE A LARGE AREA
Forces of the U. S. seventh army swiftly expanded their front in southern
France today, reaching the vicinity of Sollies-Font, six miles; northeast cf Toulon.
Other units stabbing northward against crumbling enemy resistance, advanced seven miles to the Brijnoles area, 20 miles
north of Toulon. ,
In the sectors farther cast forward elements moved three miles or more west and southwest of Draguignan, a road center 18 miles inland in the Argens
By EDWARD KENNEDY
Rome—(AP)—Enemy resistance In southern France was officially reported
crumbling today before the advance of the U. S. Seventh army, now consolidated into a mighty striking force by the union of all the elements landed on the Riviera
beachhead from the sea and air.
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Patton's Columns Wage War, j
Of Movement 12 Miles ;
By The Associated Press
Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's tanks thundered into the Immediate environs of Paris today in what appeared to be a new galloping roundup of German forces retreating
toward Kouen on the Seine.. "American armored patrols are operating in the vicinity of Paris," said a correspondent with Patton’s forces, and the German radio declared the fiery general's columns were waging a "war of movement" within 12 miles of the French capital.
Radio Off Air
The Paris radio has been off the air 24 hours, a possible indication that the Germans either were destroying communications facilities in Paris or that the situation was so chaotic that regular radio channels were unable to operate.
The Americans were within sight of the Eiffel tower, and Parisians continued to hear the roar from the gunfire which would spell their
liberation from four years of Nazi rule.
THREAT TO JAP
Creeping Paralysis Spreads
On Sea Lanes Below
General headquarters, Southwest Pacific—(AP)—
An Allied air and naval blockade spread creeping par alysis today across vital sea lanes below the Philippines, posing an ultimate threat to all Japanese holdings
south of China.
Already enemy garrisons on islands scattered along a distance of 800- miles are forced to rely on "makeshift shipping," inadequate "for even essential items such as munitions and aviation gasoline."
Raid on Islands
A graphic picture of this mounting disaster for Nippon was presented today by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in a communique 'reporting the fifth air raid this month on the Philippines and the knocking out of 23 planes at neutralized Halmahera.