New York, N.Y.— London, England— France Monday, Sept. 4, 1944
American and British troops plunged deep into Belgium yesterday. And Gen. Patton’s armored columns crossed the -Moselle River—last water -barrier west of! the German frontier—and reached the area of Metz and Nancy, fortress cities 25 miles apart on two main roads leading into Germany. A Reuter correspondent with Third Army troops operating beyond the Moselle, within 27 miles of the Siegfried line, declared there were no signs of German resistance east of the German border. German reports placed the Americans 13 miles from the Reich' in the area of Thionville. Allied pilots reported that the Maginot line had been abandoned and that the Germans had made a general withdrawal to behind the Siegfried line, said a UP dispatch from the Third Army.
As troops moved into Belgium, a message on behalf of Gen. Eisenhower was broadcast to officers and men of the German forces in Belgium, warning them against committing atrocities on the Belgian Forces of Resistance, which, it said, "are now fighting side by side with Allied forces."
Pick-a-Back Plane Packed
With Explosives; Paris
Gets Doodlebug Raid
X A new German weapon—believed "to be an explosive-packed Ju88 bomber launched from beneath an Mel09 or FW190 fighter—was used against
England for the first time over the weekend. Two of the machines fell "somewhere in England" Friday night but caused little damage and no casualties, the British Minister of Home Security announced.
Pilotless planes were turned against the Paris area for the first time the same night, according to the United Press, but southern England enjoyed a long lull
from robot attacks that passed 48 hours at 1.15 PM yesterday. It was the longest lull since the robot attacks started in June.
The explosive-carriers which fell on England Friday night were believed by the Home Security Ministry to be the lower half of a composite bomber-fighter
pick-a-back plane, packed with 4,000 to 8,000 pounds of explosives.
One of the two came down in open country, blowing up with a terrific explosion heard miles away.
Patton Runs Right
Off His Maps; Gets
A New Issue by Air
Allied planes dropped ten tons of maps to Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's racing
units, it was officially announced over the weekend.
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Some Normandy-based fighters and fighter-bombers supporting Field Marshal
Montgomery's drive on Belgium are now refueling in England. They find it quicker
to hop across the Dover Straits than to return to their own landing fields inFrance, now far in the rear of the Allied armies