Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 1944; B-29 RAIDS ON TOKYO CONTINUE:



Defiant Leftists
Given Orders to
Leave Area
Gen. Catsotas, acting military governor of Athens, gave armed formations of the leftist Eam 72 hours notice today to quit the area as a consequence of Sunday's violent clashes. Twenty-one persons were killed and 140 injured in the clashes with police yesterday. A general strike ordered by the Eam
had the Greek capital in a tense grip today.
Numerous incidents developed into night-long shootings last night. The Elas, the armed formations of the Earn, seized two government police barracks at P i raeus, the port of Athens.
Marchers Disarmed
The streets of Piraeus were filled with striking dock workers armed with staves, knives, sticks and a few firearms. They were parading and shouting slogans.
Apparently unorganized formations had taken up positions in air raid trenches with machineguns and had posted themselves in other points of vantage.
A semi-private war between the Elas and royalist bands raged in the Thesseum district of the capital.

1 Super-Fortress
Lost in Tough'
Bomb Assault
SAIPAN, Marianas Islands—(/P)
—Industrial Tokyo lay in fresh r u i n s and flame today in t h e wake of the fourth thunderous bombing raid—and the most successful—by American Super-Fortresses based on Saipan.
A sizable force of B-29s, striking in midafternoon yesterday, found the Tokyo area clearly outlined in sunlight and for an hour and a half unloaded their bombs with pinpoint accuracy, despite intense ack ack and swarms of interceptors.
One B-29 Lost.
Results were good, said the20th air force communique. One squadron reported 75 per cent of its bombs fell within the target area.
The prime objective was the Musashina engine factory of the extensive Nakajima aircraft plant, one of t h e empire's top producers of military planes. The plant, built compactly of one-story concrete structures, was the target of the initial B-29 raid there Nov. 24 when considerable damage was inflicted.

50 Miles From Austrian Border
A thundering battle that German strategists predicted would seal the fate of Austria was joined along t h e eastern shores of Lake Balaton today as Cossack flying columns smashed headon into a powerful nazi defensive screen thrown across the "invasion gate," barely 50 miles from .Austrian soil.
The German DNB news agency said "major" soviet tank forces broke through to the northeastern rim of the lake, but asserted that German reserves were attacking them on both flanks and that the penetration had been sealed off..

Historic Fight
Shaping Up
At Roer River
With the U. S. Ninth Army in
Germany, Dec. 4—(JP)
To American school children in the next 10 years t h e Roer river may become as well known as the Argonne  forest.
There are strong indications that one of the great battles of American history is going to be fought along t h e banks of this comparatively unknown stream.
Mighty Nazi Fortress.
In two weeks of fighting t h e U. S. Ninth army reached the west bank of the river and the U. S. First army came within artillery range of it.
At present the great percentage of German armored strength in the west, and about one-third of the infantry strength, is consrntrated in 19 miles centering on the  Cologne plain, from Linnich in the north to below Duren in the south.
Since t h e t o t a l German strength from Switzerland through Holland is estimated at a r o u n d 70 divisions, t h i s gives a rough idea of t h e wall of men
and machines the German high command has thrown up to block the entrance to the Ruhr.

Chiang Rallies China
To Face New Crisis
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Sheck today took public cognizance of t h e " extremely difficult" military situation but called on China to rally and annihilate
Japanese forces which have driven into Kweichow province, a bare 200 miles from China's capital.
Faced with an explosive military and political crisis, Chiang took further steps to reorganize his government, naming Foreign Minister T. V. Soong, brother of Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek, acting president of t h e executive Yuan, a post which Chiang had held
Chiang then summoned his new cabinet ministers and in an address called upon China to rally against the Japanese.
"The present war situation," he said, "is e x t r e m e l y difficult but it is near the stage of final victory."
Enter Crucial Period.
Chiang said that the military developments at t h e front, including the dangerous penetration by the Japanese of Kweichow province "were without our anticipation."

Murder of 29 Yanks Described
By Soldier Who Escaped Japs
HOUSTON, Texas —
Thirty  American prisoners lined up at the rail of a Japanese ship, waiting to be shot. They had been recaptured after an almost four-mile swim for
liberty following the torpedoing of a Japanese prison ship off Zamboanga peninsula last Sept. 7.
The 30 were roped together and their hands were bound behind them. Then, the Japs began shooting them one by one—shooting
them in the backs. Twenty-nine of those bound and helpless and hopeless men were killed. The , other got away—just as death was closing in.
Today that man, 23-year-old Tech. Sgt. Denver R. Rose, home with his parents in Houston, told the story of his miraculous escape.
'March of Death' Veteran.'
Veteran of Bataan and Corregidor and one of the thousand prisoners on the terrible "march of death," Rose lost 70 pounds during two and one-half years in a Japanese prison camp.
He weighed little more than 100 pounds when the enemy transferred him and other captives from one part of the Philippines to another.

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