ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING/AUGUST 27, 1944 –
By JAMES F. KING
FORCE, Aug. 26—(AP)—
The last enemy machinegun was stilled in Paris tonight, French and American infantry 'stalked the last few stragglers and snipers, and
then the Germans admitted they had cleared out of the capital .which they had held under an iron rule since the first summer of the war.
The German garrison in Paris that surrendered to the American corps commander and the French Gen. Jacques
Leclerc was estimated at 10,000 men.
Nearer to Reich
By JAMES M. LONG
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY
FORCE, Sunday, Aug. 27— (AP)—
The Allied armies, having broken across the Seine river barrier on a 200-mile
front, herded the once-indomitable Germans before them today in a battle of pursuit that swirled steadily nearer to the Reich's frontiers.
"The elimination of the German Seventh army as a fighting entity has decided the battle of France," declared Supreme Headquarters in warning the little duchy of Luxembourg and the French frontier provinces of Alsace and Lorraine that they soon "may become a theater of war."
What there is left of the Germans in northwest France is hanging like meat on a butcher's hook, waiting to be cut down," said a high officer at British field headquarters. Southeast of Paris there was brisk fighting on the northeast bank of the Seine between the American bridgeheads at Corbeil
arid Melun as the enemy strove to delay the American advance.
The ragged remnants of the Germans remaining on the southwest bank of the river at its mouth were frenziedly trying to cross in day troops closed enexorably in for the kill. But all the German efforts were of a sporadic nature born of the knowledge of thc.ir ultimate futility.
Only the harried survivors of the Normandy debacle and a handful of divisions of the once-mighty 15th army guarding- the rocket coast stood before the Americans, British and Americans surging: across the Seine over at least six bridge west
and southeast of Paris.
The British in a spectacular 40-mile forced march in six hours forced a crossing of the Seine at Vcrnon, ten miles northwest of the strang American
bridgehead at Mantes, and turned loose another powerful force against the Germans scrambling from their channel forts.