THIS WAS REPORTED TODAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1945:
ST. JOSEPH, MICH., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1945.
ATTACK OF WAR
Yank and British Bombers
Smash Dozens of Key
LONDON, Feb. 22 (AP).—
Allied air forces hit Germany at dozens of places with approximately 7,000 planes today. It was the war's biggest and most spectacular bombardment of the Reich.
The onslaught was aimed at knocking out the Nazi communications network serving both the both the eastern and western fronts.
Explosives cascaded upon German targets at the rate of 100 tons per minute.
Spearheading the "buckshot air war”—a new idea mapped by allied air chiefs in readiness for clear weather—more than 1,400 U. S. Fortresses and Liberators and 800 fighters attacked a middle Reich, rectangle the size and shape of
Indiana extending from Hannover on east-ward also to Berlin and from Nuernberg- north to Luebeck bay.
BACK IN GUBEN
Soviets Lose Ground To
In East Prussia
LONDON, Feb. 22 (AP) —
The Russians again have battered into Guben, German hinge point on the Neisse 51 miles southeast of Berlin, a German military commentator reported today.
Street fighting is going on in the town, he said.
Guben previously was reported bypassed by the Russians, who announced
gains up to the confluence of the Neisse and Oder.
The Germans said last Monday that the Russians had fought into Guben, but were forced to withdraw.
Japs Hold Reinforced U. S.
Marines Virtually At
U. S PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS,
Guam, Feb 22 (AP) —
(Via Navy Radio)—
United States fleet units in the vicinity of Iwo Jima have sustained some damage
from attacks by Japanese fighters and bombers. Japanese counterattacks have been beaten back and U. S. Marine casualties have risen to 4,553 in the desperate battle for the island. Admnal Chester W Nimitz announced today
The attack by Japanese planes was the first against the surface units since the battle for the island 750 miles south of Tokyo began
Seven of the enemy planes were shot down Nimitz did not elaborate on the extent of damage or the type of ships hit.
The casualties included 385 killed and 4,168 wounded in action up to 5.45 p m last night.
Ameiico.il offensives were resumed toward the central fighter field and toward the Suribachi volcano fortress on the southern tip of the island.