RACINE, WIS., FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 4, 1944.
S U P R E M E HEADQUARTERS.
AEF— (U.P.) —
American mechanized columns slashed across Brittany in great sweeps that appeared to have cut the German defenses to ribbons today, and nazi broadcasts
said advanced U. S. elements had driven two-thirds of the
way across the base of the peninsula into Chaleaubriant, 34 miles northeast of Nantes.
Allied Expeditionary Force.—(AP)
U. S armor and infantry, spreading in a widening and lengthening tide over Brittany, reached within 43 miles of the two big ports of Nantes and St. Nazaire on the Loure today and cut off most of the peninsula. While bursting through country
20 miles south of Rennes the American forces also spread 27 miles west of that rail and highway hub in the center of Brittany coming within 108 miles east of Brest.
Vital Burma Base
Captured by Allies
Br J. B. KRUEGER
Associated Press War Editor.
Myitkyina has fallen, conquered by hard-bitten Allied troops who in ten weeks overcame monsoon jungle and and 3,000 Japanese defending this north Burma base vital to reopening the Ledo road back to China.
Southeast Asia headquarters announced Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell's triumph today, saying that remnants of the 18th Japanese division were wiped out with bazookas,
flame throwers, heavy artillery and mortars in the final hours of the long siege.
Clears 200 Miles
Stilwell. nominated to be a four star general, had by this victory cleared more than 200 miles for miles south of Rennes for3
his now-building Ledo road out of
India, which he plans to link up1 193,000 population up the Loire
the with the Burma highway into sup- ( river.
ply-hungry China. His Chinese. They also were within five
American and Imperial troops ' miles of Pipriac. 20 mites southhave
in six months swept down , w c s t of Rennes and 43 miles from
the Hukawng valley to capture SL Nazaire. the U-boat base and
Kamaing. Mogaung and now My- U. S. troop port in the first World
itkyina. moot important enemy w≫'*-base in north Burma.ejt