ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17, 1944
Mac's Troops Seize
Mindoro Air Field
By The Associated Press
American forces of liberation, operating on Mindoro island within 155 miles of
Manila, scored advances of from seven to nine miles inland from other beachheads and took the town of San Jose, General Douglas MacArthur reported today.
The Yanks, meeting on negligible Japanese opposition, pushed toward Mindoro s central mountain range from the Island's southwest coast where they landed Friday morning.
American and Australian engineers were rushing work on an airfield in the invasion sector. San Jose, five miles inland from the beachheads, has an air field.
— The 6th U. S. Army invasion of Mindoro island plus new American Fleet tactics
and Filipino guerrilla successes put a new and mighty crisis before Japanese war
Sailing 600 miles between islands which the Nipponese in nearly three years in the
Philippines have failed to conquer, the Yanks made their beachheads Friday
morning on southern Mindoro, with little loss, General Douglas MacArthur said.
With American troops firmly established on Samar and Leyte islands east of Mindoro, MacArthur said the latest landing not only cut the Philippine archipelago in two but will enable the Allies to "dominate sea and air routes which reach to the China coast."
ATHENS, Dec. 16.—(AP)—
Lieutenant- General Ronald M. Scobie rejected peace proposals of the EAM (left-wing National Liberation Front Party) today because the Leftists' offer failed to provide immediate cessation of resistance and fighting continued in the Capital.
A British Headquarters statement said, "General Scobie must continue to insist upon satisfactory fulfillment of this condition."
Scobie, the British commander in Greece, has demanded that all ELAS (fighting branch of the EAM) supporters in Athens and Its port, Piraeus, stop fighting against British and Greek Government troops and surrender their aims.
The tone of his reply to the EAM peace offer today, however, was regarded
British, Greeks battle ELAS, who seek to seize government; Britain pledges support to Papandrou's administration.
Disorders mark protests against Pierlot, Cabinet; Left-Wings accused of attempt
to overthrow government.
Resistance movement demands representation in, reform of returning government; long exiled
Red Leader Thores returns from Russia with slogan "Win War First."
Britain "veto" of Count Sforza as premier fans new strife flames; Italian Fascist purge demanded
.Bitter internal feud preceded emergence of Tito's movement as dominant
authority; all-party federal government studied
BURCOTE BROOK, NEAR ABIN- «EN,' Berkshire, Dec. 16—(/P)—
John Masefield, England's Poet Laureate, said today he believes Russia will be one of the strongest forces for peace in the post-war world. "Russia seems determined there shall not be another European war, that the craze for conquest shall not again get out of hand on this continent, "the. 69-year-old gray-haired man of letters said in an interview.
Masefield predicted that Russia "could come out of the war "with plenty of weight behind her convictions; for we have seen an astounding feat in the east. A profoundly significant rebirth of a vast option within a generation.
''"Russia will emerge triumphantly from the war, knowing her political system will stand almost any shock and with the knowledge that she virtually has saved Europe. Her voice will be strong indeed in world councils."
Masefleld said the two "danger points" in Europe as he saw them "are . Germany and the Balkans.