OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 1944
American Has Same
Rank as Montgomery;
Both Given Praise
Inflicted Upon Foe
DIXON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 31,1944
Drive Finds Nazis
Fleeing for Reich
Americans Stab North
Along Last 30 Miles
to Belgian Border
Supreme .Headquarters Allied
Expeditionary Force. Aug. 31—(AP)—
British tanks captured Amiens and smashed across the Somme river today in a lightning 60-mile drive in -48 hours that found the Germans in full flight
back to the Reich before four onrushlng allied armies.
Thc British raced with American columns which overran Laon and stabbed on north along the last 30 miles to Belgium with such bewildering- speed that they overwhelmed three trainloads of German soldiers trying to escape.
Mount to Total of
284,838 August 13th
Figures Reflect Period of
Washington. Aug. 31—(AP)
Reflecting the period of heaviest fighting- in northern France, total Army casualties jumped to 281838 on August 13, an increase of 23.219 over those
ported just a week earlier.
Coupled with Navy casualties of 58.353. the latest "overall figures for the armed services is 318,791. compared with 317,816 a week ago. All figures are on the basis of those officially reported to next of kin and represent a lag of three weeks or more behind action in the field. Undersecretary of War Patterson,
who reported the latest Army casualty figures to his news conference, said they reflected the heaviest period of fighting in northern France toward the end of July—the time of the brcakthrough against fixed German positions. He added,.