Sunday, February 3, 2013

February, 7, 1945, Yanks Nearly Through Siegfried Line:


Mac Arthur Cries 'On to Tokyo’
As Supreme Command Hinted

New York    London Edition Paris
Daily Newspaper of U.S. Armed Forces
VOL. 5 Ho. 82—Id.      WEDNESDAY. Feb. 7, 994S

50 Mi. Bridgehead
Near Breslau; Nazis
Admit More in North
Marshal Stalin last night announced that Russian troops had established  bridgeheads across the Oder River southeast of Breslau— the first official statement that the river had been crossed at any point—as the Germans admitted
that Marshal Zhukov also had forced the "water barrier at several points along the Berlin bulge. Stalin's order of the day to Marshal Koniev indicated that the crossings were made three days ago.
It was about this time that Berlin said Koniev had gone over to the offensive. In three days' fighting, Stalin's order disclosed, Koniev's 1st Ukrainian Army broadened their bridgehead to 50 miles and advanced 13 miles. Smashing through long-prepared German defense positions, Koniev's army cut the Hindenburg Autobahn (express highway) and captured a series of westbank towns, including Ohlau, Brieg, Lowen, Grottkau, Thomaskirch and Schurgast. Grottkau is about 13 miles beyond the nearest point of the Oder.
There was no official word from Moscow that the Oder had been crossed by Zhukov's forces, but German Radio disclosed that these troops—only 35 miles from Berlin on Monday night—had established at least six bridgeheads on the west bank of the waterway in the Frankfurt-Kustrin sector.

Yanks Nearly ,
Through Main
Siegfried Line!
Two fortified Siegfried Line towns, marking the eastern limits of the German prepared defense zone, were Singer from 1st Army artillery yesterday as doughboys of two divisions closed s to within a mile of one and half of the
other. Once the towns are passed only supplementary defense works bar a path to the Rhine.
Farther north the Americans won control of two dams in the chain of 'water barriers controlling the Roer, Urft [and Olef rivers, moving in before the Germans
 Had time to breach the walls and flood the path of the 1st Army's advance. The
Troops  were about two to three miles from remaining dams, disclosed at SHAEF
yesterday to have been a key objective for many weeks.
Tear Hole in Main Line
On the 1st Army's right flank, troops of  the 3rd Army had torn a hole a half-
,mile wide through the main Siegfried line and were pushing through what seemed
to be the last chain of pillboxes,, which on one sector were lightly held. The 3rd
army, scoring a general advance of  about 1 1/4 miles on an eight-mile front in Germany, captured Habseheid, six; miles'from Prum, but met a counter-attack farther south at Brandscheid, entered previously,
The Siegfried towns under fire were Gemuud and Schleiden, both of which
were threatened by the 1st Army's 2nd,and 9th Infantry Divisions. Doughboys
from the latter outfit and others from the78th Infantry Division seized the two
dams to the north.

Mac Arthur Cries'On to Tokyo’
As Supreme Command Hinted
MANILA, Feb. 6 (ANS)—With the Jap defenders of Manila caught in a
three-way trap and their destruction imminent, Gen. Douglas MacArthur
issued a statement today declaring that Japan is the final goal and that the
motto for his forces has become "On to Tokyo."
"The fall of Manila marks the end of one great phase of the Pacific struggle and sets the stage for another," he said. "We are well on the way, but Japan itself is our final goal. . . '. We are ready in this veteran and proven command when called upon."
 (There were reports in Washington that the appointment of a supreme Allied commander for the operations against Japan was listed-for discussion at the
Big Three meeting, and the United Press quoted informed military quarters as
saying that MacArthur was likely to be the choice.)

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