SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1945
MacARTHUR PRESSES ON
FOR DECISIVE BATTLE
Japs Taken Completely by
Surprise at Lingayen
By WILLIAM B. DICKINSON
United Press War Correspondent
WITH GENERAL MacARTHUR ON LUZON, Jan. 10.— (U.P.)
—In a tour today of much of the long American beachhead in Lingayen gulf I saw troops, armor, and supplies pouring smooth]y ashore in quantities unequaled in any previous Pacific operation.
As the materiel for the campaign to retake Luzon and its great capital city of Manila piled up on the beaches, reports coming back from forward units indicated that, our troops have gone a number of miles inland along almost the entire front and are meeting thus far Very light resistance.
One of our divisions had suffered only three fatal casualties, all by drowning during the landing yesterday. At intervals along the miles of low beaches, groups of LSTs lay with their ramps in the sand while tanks, trucks and supplies of all
kinds were hustled ashore.
Jap Resistance Light, But
Fighting to 'Get
WITH GENERAL Mac-
ARTHUR ON LUZON,
invasion army— 100,000 strong— today drove down the highway toward Manila, 100 overrunning miles away, San Fabian and other Lingayen gulf towns against feeble Japanese resistance which cost our forces virtually no beachhead casualties.
Reports from forward units indicated our troops, supported by the greatest flow of armor and supplies ever put ashore in a Pacific operation, already have advanced
a number of miles inland along the entire invasion route.
Light Japanese, forces fell back under the impact of the American blow. So far there has been little Japanese air reaction and advancing American vanguards found the Japanese had only made half-hearted efforts to wreck bridges as they
fell back in confusion.
Back as Both
Allied Armies Pushing in
Relentlessly on Both
PARIS, Jan. 10.—(U.P.)—
American armor by-passed the Ardennes anchor bade of La Roche today and captured near-by Samree by storm after winning a big tank battle there, while
British forces advanced two miles on the heels of German troops retreating from the nose of the bulge.
Front dispatches made it clear that Marshal Karl von Rundstedt's forces were engaged in an orderly withdrawal from the western end of the Belgian salient, leaving only a brittle shell of rear-guard resistance to cover the retreat. Parade Out