Helena, Montana Wednesday, January 31, 1945
German Reports Place Invaders Only 58 Miles
From Reich Capital; Advance Is Swift;
Prongs of Pincers Are Expected to Meet Soon
London, Jan. 31.—(AP)—
Marshal Gregory Zhukov's troops today captured Landsberg, 68 miles east of Berlin, Marshal 6' Stalin announced tonight, and Berlin broadcasts said the Red
Army had plunged to towns only 58 and 62 miles from the Reich capital.
Landsburg, great rail and road hub on the Berlin-Danzig rail line, was conquered along with the strong points of Meseritz Schwiebus and Ztillichau to the southeast as Zhukov's forces broke through the German defense guarding Frankfurt on the Oder river 39 miles from Berlin.
In 2 New Places
Artillery Is Starting
At Siegfried Line
Paris, Jan. 31.— (AP) — A whiteclad infantry of the American First army stormed across the snow-drifted German border at two new places today and Lt. Gen.
Courtney H. Hodges' artillery started pouring shells into the main concrete works of the thinly held Siegfried1 line.
All along the 35-mile assault front from below St. Vith to the Roer river northeast of Monschau the First and Third armies had a full scale assault under way with
gains which carried the First to the ramparts of the west wall and broadened the Third army's foothold inside Germany to five miles.
On Luzon Coast
From Manila; Eighth Army Units
Pour Ashore, Block Japs' Flight to Bataan
General Mac Arthur's Headquarters, Luzon, Jan. 31— (AP)—
Landing unopposed from 150 ships 60 miles northwest of Manila, strong U. S. Eighth army forces blasted any hopes the Japanese may have held for a large scale
withdrawal to Bataan by driving swiftly east today toward a juncture with the Sixth army which would seal off the historic peninsula.