Long Beach 2. California Friday, December 1, 1944
Yonks Reach Last Natural
Barrier to Rhine Region
By THURSTON MACAULY
INS Staff Correspondent
PARIS. Dec. 1.—(Friday)—The United States Ninth" Army pacing a stepped up attentive that captured even more German towns on the road to Cologne and Duseldorf hurled cradling artillery fire across the Roer early today after seizing a seven mile stretch of the vital river's west bank.
The London Daily Express In an undated story reported that nearly all of the Ninth army arrayed along the Roer on a front of 15 to 20 miles, (but this was not confirmed.)
The stage was being set for a new crossing of the Roer, last important natural barrier before the German Rhine Itself, as Ninth army tank led troops, screened by devastating shell barrages, occurred Linden, Flossdorf and Ratdorf, fought through most of hitting Back and clamped a pintera on Linnlch.
, . American spearheads, gouging' at fresh advances up to nearly ••three miles, knifed to within barely more than 21 airline miles from Co'nsne. chief center of the Industrial Rhinrland, and reached points about 21 miles from Duiseldorf. southern gateway to the more Important Ruhr basin. In the 15th day of the war's greatest battle.
5000 Japs Drown
In Six Ship Loss
BY HOWARD HANDLEMAN
INS staff correspondent
A seventh Japanese convoy of six ships, crammed with troops and supplies desperately needed by enemy forces on
Leyte was smashed In Philippine waters yesterday and Thursday with the Japanese suffering the
loss of another 5000 men and huge cargoes.
The convoy, consisting of a 3000-ton troop transport, three small freighter transports, n 5000- on freighter and a destroyer, was lasted In the Visayan sea by
Warhawk and Thunderbolt fighter bombers based on Leyte.___________________