COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA: WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 30, 1944.
American Armored Units
Sweep Through Reims and
Storm Across Vesle River
Whirlwind Advance Carried Several Miles
Beyond Cathedral City While Another Unit
of Patton's Army Crosses Marne at Epernay
By George Tucker.
American 7th army troops and German forces fleeing up the Rhone valley from southern France were locked in heavy battle Wednesday near the Drome
river a dozen miles north of captured Montelimar.
The Americans struck Tuesday night while the enemy was making a desperate effort to cross the Drome, which runs into the Rhone from the east midway between Montelimar and Valence. The heaviest fighting centered around Loriol, south of the Drome along highway seven. The Germans threw pontoons across the stream, but whether they succeeded in getting any sizeable group across was unknown.
Meanwhile, due east near the Italian frontier, American troops were forced back to the outskirts of Briancon, a city on a 4,330-foot elevation in the Hautes-Alps, 90 miles north of Nice, by an enemy force which was reported here to have crossed into French territory from Italy.
in the Balkans
Withdrawal to Place
Germany in Bad Spot
Russian troops have captured Ploesti, Premier- Marshal Stalin announced Wednesday
The whole Ploesti oil region is in the hands of the red army, Stalin declared in an order of the day.
Free French to
Join Allies in
Will Enter Conflict
After Nazi Legions
Have Been Whipped
By Leonard Millman.
(Associated Press War Editor.)
The Free French and the American navy joined Wednesday in threatening Japan with new power blows, leading Rear Adm. Alfred E. Montgomery to "look with confidence to the future and early extermination of the Japanese."
These predictions were underscored by daily air blows reaching into Nippon's inner defenses and Japanese losses in China, Burma and New Guinea.
Radio France said Free French forces would join the Pacific war after Hitler's defeat. Their .eyes will be on French Indo-China, whose doors were thrown open to Japan by the Vichy government, but the radio -promised the French would fight "until the final crushing of our "enemy in Asia."
Naval Striking Power Grows.