in the European Theater of Operations
WEDNESDAY Nov. IS, 1944
Third Infantry”forces continued yesterday to close in on" the Lorraine bastion of Metz, capturing a second group of fortifications in the Year area and moving to within two miles of the city on the south.
As Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's troops steadily compressed the Germans in the Metz area, Seventh Army forces in the Vosges Mountains to the south went over to the offensive, gaining up to two miles at both ends of a ten-mile front and capturing two towns.
In Holland, quiet since the Allies drove the 15 th German Army north of the Maas, the British Second Army struck under a 400-gun barrage against a pocket
Of German forces in the Nederweert area, on the east flank of the Allied salient. North of Nederweert, which' is east of the Meuse, the Germans were said to have abandoned Meijel, which they had seized in a recent short-lived offensive.
North of Metz, meanwhile, troops of the 90th Division spread their Moselle bridgehead and were within a mile and a half from Germany near the Luxemburg
border. They were said to have bored through the Maginot Line at one point.
Nine Nazi Counter-Attacks
Although the guns of the great Metz forts still were virtually silent again yesterday—an unexplained mystery—the Germans threw in nine counter-attacks against the American encircling forces, four of them southwest of Metz. All the Nazi thrusts were beaten back, although one gained about a mile in the Chateau Salins sector before the doughboys restored the situation.
Fort Driant, where the Americans had previously withdrawn after a ten-day underground battle, was reported to be all but cut off. Although the Americans were pressing hard along the east bank at Corny, across the Moselle from Driant, the fort's guns had not opened up.
By Dan Regan
Stars and Stripes Staff Writer
WITH THE FIRST FRENCH
ARMY IN THE VOSGES, Nov. 14
—Prime Minister Churchill and Gen.deGaulle yesterday visited the First French Army front near Belfort, 12 miles from the front lines. Through mountain valleys shrouded in mists and over roads blanketed and almost obscured by the season's first heavy snowfall, Churchill and deGaulle drove to the command post of Gen. Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, and from there to a French divisional command post, only a few miles from the German lines. After being briefed on the military situation along that portion of the Sixth Army Group front, the two leaders lunched at the division.
- On the tour were Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, British chief of staff; Gen. Alfonse Juin, French chief of staff; Andre DSethelm, French war minister and Mary Churchill, of the ATS, daughter of the Prime Minister.
Didn't Hit Front Lines
In an interview, Miss Churchill said, "We saw many American soldiers in Paris while there the other day, but haven't been to their front-line troops yet."
Asked if she would accompany her father on such a trip, she remarked that, she "would like to very much, but I must soon return to my work in England."
One Palau Isle
Allied planes and warships yesterday hammered Japanese positions on Ngergong Island, in the' Palau group east of The Philippines, which the enemy invaded in a desperate attempt to cut U.S. supply lines to the Philippines,
About 200 enemy troops were believed to have taken part in the landing—the first offensive move made by the Japs since U.S. troops took the Palaus two
months ago. A small force of U.S. Marines was forced to evacuate, Pearl Harbor dispatches said. '
Japanese radio reported that 400 Allied planes hit Manila and Cavite again yesterday and admitted that damage was done to "some Japanese warships."
The Japs also claimed to have sunk an Allied battleship in a "suicide assault."