OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 1944
On Ormoc Foe
Japs Fight Bitterly,
But Lose; Tokyo
Radio Warns Nation
By JIURLIN SPENCER
MacARTHUR'S H E A D Q U A RTERS.
PHILIPPINES. Dec. 10.—
The two American Infantry divisions south of Ormoc concentrated yesterday on the job of destroying .Japanese troops pocketed there, but torrents of rainGen. Douglas MacArthur's communique today, said the 77th Division, which was landed (here behind the enemy's Yamashita Line in a surprise move three days ago. Is probing southward, toward the cornered Japanese force.
On the south side of the pocket, the 7th U.S. Division drove forward three miles, capturing Albuera, terminus of a road crossing Lcyte Island from cast to west.
5 Transports Sunk
CHUNGKING. Dec. 9.—(U.P)—
Allied warplanes sank five large Japanese transports in Formosa Strait Tuesday, the C e n t r a l
News Agency reported today, It added that Allied planes in recent attacks have destroyed most
of the Japanese Air field at Amoy, big Chinese port on Formosa Strait.
The trapped enemy force is being squeezed into an ever-narrowing area and his losses arc heavy, Mac- Arthur said.
KEEP UP PRESSURE ,
North of Ormoc. where the rain was the worst, the American 32nd Division kept up its pressure against (he enemy, capturing a field battery and large dumps of munitions and supplies.
On the eastern side of the island Yanks with the aid of light tanks cleared Japanese paratroopers from two U.S. air fields and the sky soldiers were pushed into a narrow pocket.
2 U.S. Armies
Join on East
Bank of Saar
Heavy Fighting Is
Rule on Patton's
Front; French Advance
By DAVID KENNEDY
PARISS. Dec. 9.—(AP)—
A U.S. Third Army division broke through the Maginot Line today and joined and other division east of the Saar River for a concerted drive from the south
on industrial Saarland—already invaded and holly beset from the west.
The 28lh Division, which cracked the fortified line near Achcn, sown miles southeast of Sarreguemiues. plowed ahead up to two miles and met the 35th. which was expanding throe crossings on the east bank of
The Saar just below the German border, part of the 35th which crossed SarreKiiemines pushed on north i n t o Neunkirsch. less than half a mile
from the Saar Basin's frontier in the forefront of a potential enveloping drive against the Saar's capital of Saarbrueken, eight miles north west.