Lowell Mass. Wednesday September .27 1944
Wounded Left Behind as Epic
Of Gallantry Comes to an End
Loss of Foothold First Time Since Invasion
- Allies Have Had to Yield a Key Position •
NEW YORK, Sept. 27—
NBSs David Anderson broadcast from" the western front today that of the 7000 to 8000 British troops in (he Arnhiem pocket, (it least 2000 had been evacuated to the south bank of the Rhine river by this morning. Twelve hundred wounded British airborne troops were left behind and are under the care of the German commander Anderson said.
U. S. FIRST ARMY HEADQUARTERS, Sept.. 27. (UP)—
Allied armies on the western front, including South France, were estimated today to have inflicted 900,000 casualties on the Germans since D-day.
(Supreme headquarters yesterday estimated German casualties since D-day at 800,000, without specifying the inclusion the campaign in southern France.)
WITH THE U. S. FIRST ARMY IN GERMANY, Sept. 27.
With the Germans battling desperately along the Reich's borders mid with the weather steadily worsening, Allied armies faced the prospect today of having to fight a winter campaign before Hitler's forces finally are crushed.
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY
FORCE, Sept. 27. (AP)—
Britain's Lost Division—all that remained of it after nine days long battle for a cross-Rhine foothold at Arnhem—was withdrawn Monday
night to the south bank of the .river. How few or how many of the battered and bloody British First air-borne division got out was not disclosed. Its wounded had to be left behind to become prisoners. Its living had written a new epic of heroism in the records of British arms. The loss of the tenuous north bank foothold that might have opened a way for a flanking sweep around the north end of the Siegfried line was one of the first times since
the invasion that the Allies have had to yield a key position.
It was yielded this time not through any lack of battle tenacity nor sacrifice of the hard-fighting British First air-borne, but because the "Red Devils" were forced to hold out alone—without reinforcements or more than a, trickle of supplies—longer than an air-borne division is jfiuinped to tight. '
Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery s land drive north through Eindhoven was delayed too long m winning the Nijmegen bridge' lo reach Arnhem while the parachute troops still held the bridge there. Counter-attacks into which the Germans hurled 'some of their toughest SS divisions pushed the parachute troops back into woods west of the town. '
Then miserable weather prevented the normal strength nine of the pocket by air-borne reinforcements and heavier arms. One Polish reinforcement drop was attempted—but the Poles landed on the wrong side of the "much about the withdrawal, which had been cloaked under a 48-hour censorship ban on news at the request of Montgomery, remained to be explained
Charge U. S. Press Is
LONDON, Sept. 27 (/P)—Several members of parliament raised the question today whether the exploits of British troops throughout the world
were getting full recognition in the American press.
Sir Thomas Moore, Conservative, asked why is it that from US papers it is almost to be gathered that, British troops are not in the told at all?