131 Miles of
PARIS. — ( AP) —
American First army infantry and tanks fought three miles forward in the new offensive against the north flank of the Belgian bulge by 8 a. m. and continued the advance today through a blinding snowstorm, it was disclosed at supreme headquarters.
The advance reached to within 13 ½ miles of Third a r m y vanguards in the south in the Bastogne sector.
T h e village of Beffe, four miles southeast of Hotten and seven southwest of Grandmenil, was captured. F i g h t i n g was in progress for Malempre, three miles east of Grandmenil. Other forces of t h e F i r s t a r m y c a p t u r e d t h e towns southeast of Rochefort at the westernmost tip of t h e bulge, beatin g German t a n k divisions.
3rd Army Halted.
The gains were along a wide front on b o t h sides of Grandmenil, 20 miles n o r t h of Bastogne. Three too five miles north and northeast of that bastion
Town on the German penetration.
The U. S, Third army was halted by violent counterattacks against the heroic 101st airborne division.
2 New Landings
(By The Associated Press)
General MacArthur’s Headquarters , Philippines — Co-ordinated air blows smashed southern Japan, the Ryukus and Formosa along a solid 2,000-mile arc down through Luzon, prized island of the Philippines, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
disclosed today his troops have made two new landings on Mindoro, his closest approach to Manila.
Hellcats, Helldivers a n d Avengers from aircraft carriers opened a battering r am assault Wednesday (Philippines date) on Formosa, which funnels Japanese men and planes to the Philippines. (Japanese broadcasts said that 900 XJ. S. carrier and land-based planes struck Formosa and Okinawa islands, Wednesday and
Thursday. Five hundred planes s t r u c k yesterday for nearly seven
hours and 400 r e t u r n e d to the attack today.
Fires Blaze on Nagoya.
Nazi Tank Push
Mobile warfare raged between Budapest and Vienna today as a huge German tank and infantry force, mounting t h e first German counter-offensive on the eastern front since October, sought to break through Russian line to the relief of thesurrounded garrison in t h e Hungarian capital.