OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 1944
3 Divisions in
To Spring Trap
By EDWARD KENNEDY
PARIS. Dec. 30.—(AP)—Field Marshal Karl von Rundstcdt has struck with three divisions at both sides of the Bastogne salient, pointed like a dagger at the heart of his shrinkng.
Belgium and Luxembourg conquests, late front dispatches tonight.
Two German divisions drove from he west and a third from the east it the corridor supplying Bastogne. from whose apex American artillery fire is raining on the 16-mile wide waist of Von Rundstedts hour-glass shaped front.
The renewed attacks—breaking a four-day lull—came as Lieut. Gen. George S. Patton's hard-driving forces broadened their front along the south of the German bulge to nearly 50 miles, struck west of Bastogne, sheared supply roads and threatened to cut off enemy armor thrust to within 23 miles of Sedan at Libramont.
American counterblows had rewon nearly one-third of the territory overrun in the Germans' surprise counter-offensive, badly narrowing the maneuvering ground for
Von Runstedt's three armies. Progress of the new battle was not at once disclosed, nor was the time at which it broke.
FALSE HOPES OF
1944 GIVE WAY TO
REALISM OF 1945
By JAMES M. LONG
ALLIED E X P E D I T I O N A R Y
FORCE. PARIS. Dec. 30.— (AP)
Hopeful 1944. a year when the Allies might have won the war by collapse within the Reich, has given way to a realistic 1945. when the Allies expect to win by hard and costly battles.
Jap Air Attack
Mac Arthur Silent On
Nips' Sinking Claims;
116,770 Die on Leyte
By SPENCER DAVIS
GENERAL Mac ARTHUR'S
Gen. Douglas MacArthur disclosed today a new Mindoro-bound convoy pressed on under Japanese attack to reinforce his conquering forces, that the enemy had drawn troops from Manchuria in an effort to stop him on Letye Island.
JAP TOLL: 116,770
Total Japanese losses, including (iOl more killed in recent mopping
up operations, reached 116,770, the communique said.
The opposing forces on Ley! were declared about equal in number.