TUCSON, ARIZONA, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1945.
First Efforts Of Reds
To Force Crossing Of
Oder Reported Foiled
By ROBERT MUSEL
LONDON, Feb. 2. (U.P)—
The Germans, reported today that powerful Russian forces massing along the Oder east .of Berlin were trying to smash across that last big barrier before the capital, in the streets of which the terrified civilians were throwing up barricades.
The German high command said strong Red army units had reached the Oder on either side of Frankfurt, 38 miles due east of Berlin, and northwest of Kustrin, where the Oder elbow points down within 30 miles of the city.
A Nazi military commentator deported that the first effort by Marshal Gregory K. Zhukov's first White Russian army to force the Oder was made at Kustrin, 42 miles
east-northeast of Berlin. . .
Citizens Join In Prayer
"The courageous citizens of Kustrin chased back a Soviet tank detachment which was trying to cross the Oder, destroying six of the tanks and damaging others," the
commentator, Wilfred Von Offen, said in a German home service pep talk.
Moscow dispatches said Zhukov's armor and mobile infantry were flooding across a broad reach of the German border east of Berlin, and now were closing in on Frankfurt, and Kustrin to exploit the gains of armored spearheads blazing the Soviet trail to Germany's "Rhine of the east."
Russian Flanks Fan Out .
Both flanks of the Red army which had raced from the Vistula to the Oder in three weeks were fanning- out in strength as the forces at the center of Zhukove ‘s offensive front massed-on the-Oder.
Yanks And French
Clear 30 Miles
Of Rhine Bank
PARIS, Feb. 2. (/P)—
American and French troops broke into the northern end of Colmar, provincial French capital 40 miles south' of Strasbourg, at noon today after
clearing :M) miles of the left bank ' of the Rhine and laying siege to the Neufbrisach bridge from a mile away.
(The Paris radio interrupted a broadcast early tonight to announce
that French troops had captured Colmar.)
By -JAMES M. LONG
PARIS, Feb. 2. (AP)—
American and French troops cleared 30 miles of the left bank of the Rhine below Strasbourg today and laid a heavy.'artillery barrage on the Neufbrisach railroad escape bridge from less than a mile away.
In the center of the western front, the American first and third armies probed deeper into the thinly manned Siegfried line and advanced up to two miles in its
fringes on the western slopes of the Eifel mountains opposite the late Ardennes bulge.
Half a dozen German hamlets were taken; more lines of dragon teeth tank barriers were passed; scores of pillboxes—many undefended—were captured.
On Two Sides
Third Landing Is Made
Chief Fighting Is Far
To North By Japs
By WILLIAM B. DICKINSON
•• MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS,
Luzon, Feb. 2. (U,P) ~
American tanks and infantrymen converged on Manila from two sides today.
The capital and the entire Japanese defense system In southern Luzon were outflanked with a surprise landing 13 miles below the mouth of Manila bay.
Amphibious forces of the U. S. eighth army, knifing into the
enemy's thinly-held west coast defenses for the third time In 48 hours, , swarmed ashore early Wednesday at Nasugbu bay, 41 miles south-west of Manila.
To Shore Of Manila Bay
The landing was completed without loss and at last reports the Americans were advancing Inland through weak opposition at a pace that may already have carried
them to the shores of Manila bay, within artillery range of Corregidor.