Los Cruces, New Mexico Thursday Afternoon March 1, 1945
Marines Hold All
But Point of Iwo
By LKH' ERICKSON
U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS,
Guam, March 1—UP)
All but the northern third of rocky little Iwo Jima was in American hands today as the marines, their special supplies parachuted from transport planes, fought to clear the vital central plateau.
Front dispatches said the third division devildogs already had crossed the plateau in places and were moving downhill for the first time since D-day, 11 days ago.
Third division Marines overran the main village of Motoyama, Just behind the captured central airfleld.
They reached n third airfield, Motoyama No. 3 which was under construction when the Americans landed.
The marines had artillery, naval runs and close air support as they drove ahead more than 500 yards all along the two-mile battle line against the toughest, cleverest defenses encountered anywhere In the Pacific.
Danzig Cut Off
In Soviet Rush
By RICHARD KASISCIIKE
LONDON, March 1 UP) —
Red army tank spearheads sweeping through a split-up German front have cut Danzig off from Germany by land, a Moscow dispatch said today, and the Germans said the Russians had crossed the Ihna river defense line east of Stettin.
Coastal Ralhvay Under Fire
Col. Gen. A. K. Sokolsky's artillery has the Danzig-Stettin coastal railway under fire in several sectors and there is no traffic moving from east to west," said .a Moscow dispatch from AP Correspondent Eddy Gilmore.
The German communique said Marshal Gregory Zhukov's first White Russian army forced the crossing of the Ihna. a river flowing in an east-west direction to
Stargard. a stronghold 19 miles east of Stettin, then turning north toward the Baltic.
Germans in Retreat.
Farther east, the Germans said Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky's second white Russian army forced the Germans into another retreat south of Bublitz, 22 miles from the coastal railway, whose capture the Russians announced lost night.
Center of Trier
By JAMES M. LONG
PARIS, March 1 (AP) —
Powerful American armies poured through the last defenses before besieged Cologne today and broke into ancient Trier, guardian fortress city of the Moselle valley on the route to Coblenz.
Reports many hours outdated placed first army tanks and infantry within five miles of Cologne, greatest communications center in the Rhineland and a city the size of Boston proper.
A least five bridgeheads had been thrown across the Erft river.
Spectacular New Gains" The American ninth army to the north was declared at Field Marshall Montgomery's headquarters be making "spectacular new gains at the edge of the industrial Ruhr region, driving the German toward the Rhine.
JAPS REPORT YANKS
INVADE NEW ISLAND
MANILA, March 1 (AP) –
American invasion of Palawan island, the occupation of which would go fast forward sealing off Japanese holdings in the southern Philippines from access to the south China sea, was reported today by Tokyo radio.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur made no reference to such an operation in his Thursday communique which announced virtual destruction of the trapped enemy garrison of 6 000 on Corregidor island in Manila bay.
The enemy radio said that a regiment of Yanks—possibly 6,000 men—landed at 11 a.m. yesterday on Palawan, 250 miles southwest of Manila. The unconfirmed report told of a "violent battle" in progress.
If substantiated, Palawan would be the 16th island invaded by MacArthur's forces in the Philippines.
Hatch Flier, Caught in Nip Searchlight,
Tells How Bombs Blacked Out Blinker
ARMY AIR FORCES, Pacific
Ocean Areas, Feb. 10 (Delayed)—-
How the 7th AAF Liberator, Tarfu caught in the beam of a Jap searchlight high over Iwo Jima, dropped bombs which blacked out the light, was told by Sergeant Shelby Amos, Jr., Hatch, New Mexico, assistant engineer-left waist gunner of the