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POISED FOR GREAT
BLOW SIEGFRIED LINE
By EDWARD D. BALL
France, Sept. 9,—(AP)—
A difficult situation developed at one of the Third army's bridgeheads across the Moselle south of Metz today as daughboys came under terrific fire from camouflaged German forts studding the river's eastern bank.
The enemy is inflicting stiff losses upon forces which crossed the river here, but the Americans are clinging to their shallow bridgehead while their massed artillery blasts the German forts with a thundering fire.
By JAMES LONG
LONDON, Sept. 9—(AP)—
American forces poised for a killing blow at the Siegfried line smashed the heaviest counterattack the Germans have mustered since the battle of Normandy today while the British Second army beat to pieces a last-hope German attempt to break out of the coastal entrapment between Lille and Gent In Belgium.
GERMANS HURL MAJOR
FORCE AGAINST THIRD
FIRST FULL-SCALE HEAVY
BATTLE SINCE NORMANDY
By DWIGHT PITKIN
Associated Press War Editor
The Germans hurled major forces today against Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's U. S. Third army bridgehead on the Moselle River to eastern France, precipitating the first full-scale heavy battle since the American breakthrough in Normandy July 25, frontline dispatches reported. A big German
counterattack was repulsed.
Hitting northern outposts of the Siegfried line, vanguards of the British Second army forced a new crossing of the Albert canal in an offensive apparently aimed at German strongholds near the mouth of the Rhine on the direct approaches to Berlin from the west.
A battlefront dispatch said the crossing was effected on the area of Gheel, 25 miles east of Antwerp and three or four miles northwest of a previous bridgehead which had enveloped Bourg-Leopold. The Second army all so was meeting strong opposition.
The Germans were reported rushing reinforcements from Holland in an effort to prevent a breakthrough into the northern sector of the west wall.
GENERAL SIGNS OF IMPORTANT
DEVELOPMENTS CLOSE AT HAND
IN ALLIES' WAR UPON JAPAN
By DEWITT MACKENZIE
Associated Press War Analyst.
There are many signs that important developments are Impending in the war on Japan.
First, London is convinced President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill will meet again in the immediate future—probably at Quebec. They not only will plan for peace, but get set to unleash the entire allied striking power against Japan the instant Hitler has been knocked out.
Here enters General Elsenhower's headquarters to give us a possible late for the feuhrer's crack-up.
They say the end for Germany may come by early November.
Coincident with this, American bombers have made another heavy assault on Palau, the Nipponese naval and air base known as "the Japanes Singapore." Observers, piecing this Into the Oriental jigsaw, think it presages big events which will unlock the gateway for direct assault on the Philippines.
Palau, which can accommodate a great naval fleet, lies only 550 miles east of Mindano Island in the Southern Philippines. Before an attack can be made on Mindano by General MacArthur, Palau must be rendered impotent.
There's one other obstacle still in MacArthur'a .way, the Island of Halmahera which is said to be strongly held but it has air fields which MacArthur needs not only for his own security but for operations against the Nipponese on Mindanao.
War At A Glance
By The Associated Press
WESTERN FRONT —
Blggeat American fighting force ever massed on foreign soil closes in for battle of Germany; British secure second bridgehead across Albert Canal
line—Patch's force within 25 miles of Belfort Gap.
Reds grant Bulgarian armistice; Russians greet Bulgars as brothers In arms; Germans may be cleared out of Balkans within week.
British and Germans battle savagely for Rimini, gateway to Po Valley.
EASTERN FRONT —
Germans announce new Ruwlaa in Poland. offensive