Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 1944; CIGARETTES TO THE ENEMY:

(See below, U. S. fags (cigarettes) sent to the enemy.)

New York        London Edition              Paris
VOL. 5 No. 25—Id.      Daily Newspaper of U.S. Armed Forces in the European Theater of Operations THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 1944

Canadians Advance
Into Reich From
Nijmegen Salient
The Germans admitted yesterday they were making a major withdrawal from Alsace-Lorraine before the drive of the U.S. Third and Seventh Armies on the southern sector of the Western Front, while to the north it was disclosed that Canadian troops were already a mile inside Germany after a regrouping of the forces along: the Nijmegen salient in Holland.
Observers looked for important events soon on the 400-mile front following the meeting in Belgium Tuesday Between Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery, and it was assumed that the powwow between the Supreme Allied Commander and his chief aide could only result in another dose of bad medicine for the Germans.
On the extreme southern end of the front, the French First Corps was reported to have trapped a sizable German force between Mulhouse and Belfort.
More than 30 towns were freed, and a steady stream of prisoners was said to be coming in.
The Germans, continuing their Tuesday reports of tank operations north of tank operations north of tank operations north of Sarrebourg, said a tank battle was going on in the region of Sarre-Union.
Third Army Advancing
Massing a great threat to the Saar Basin, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army was moving forward on a 35-mile front, and 26 of those miles were inside Germany. Patton's men were said to have passed beyond the greater portion of the Maginot Line, though they have not yet come up against the Siegfried defenses.
The 95th Division,' meeting strong artillery and mortar fire, was reported to be only 3+ miles southwest of Saarlautern after a two-mile advance, while the 80th Division made further gains on the road to Saarbruecken after throwing back a tank-led Nazi counter-attack.
Other units were said to have crossed the border at a point southwest of Saarlautem, and farther south mechanized cavalry entered the outskirts of Sarre-
First Army doughboys and tanks cleared the villages of Hurtgen and Kleinhaus and .continued northeast to Grosshau, where they were fighting from house to house, a consistent feature of the battle in this sector. To the north, infantrymen were still working to clear the Germans from the eastern parts of Inden and Lamersdorf.
Gateway to Cologne

B29s Hit Tokyo
In 1st Night Raid
U.S. Superforts made their first night raid on Tokyo last night, Japanese Radio reported. Appearing over the Japanese capital shortly before midnight, a "small force" of B-29s was reported to have dropped incendiary bombs.
An earlier Japanese communique announced an attack by Jap planes on the Saipan B-29 base.
Meanwhile, on Leyte Island, the battle for Ormoc continued, as U-S. naval units; operating off-shore hurled shells into enemy positions, Gen. MacArthur announced yesterday. Fifteen Japanese planes were destroyed by ack-ack.
                                                    Interned Japs

                                                    Send U. S. Fags
                                                    To the Enemy

This should be of particular interest to those in the U.K. with  corrugated tongues stemming from the imposed diet of cigars and smoking tobacco—and English cigarettes, when the shillings are willing. It's a reproduction of an article from the camp paper at Tule Lake Relocation Center, Cal.—showing how Jap internees pick up American cigarettes and ship them out to Jap soldiers.

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