HUNTINGDON, PA., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 8, 1945
U.S. ARMOR WITHIN
200 MILES OR LESS
OF REICH CAPITAL
Allies Racing Almost Unopposed Thru
Flaming Reich 20 To 90 Miles
By BOYD D.
. United Press Correspondent
Pans, March 28
The seven Allied armies of the west struck with their full armored power along the German 200-mile battle line east of the Rhine today in a series of breakthroughs that sent American tank columns to within 230 miles or less of Berlin.
Hundreds of American and British tanks swept ahead of the advancing infantry divisions and raced almost unopposed across the flaming Reich anywhere from 20 to 90" miles beyond the Rhine. The entire German front appeared to have disintegrated.
Into a few blazing hours that threatened Germany with her greatest military disaster of the war were .packed these developments:
The American First Army swept 60 miles or more beyond the
21st Army Group GHQ, March28.—Fighter pilots reported today the Germans are in "general retreat" before the British Second Army.
middle Rhine . to the outskirts of Giessen23miles southwest of Berlin, splitting through the center of the Wehrmacht front and outflanking Frankfurt-On-Main. Radio Luxembourg reported that riots swept besieged Frankfurt on
London, March 28.—Radio Luxembourg reported today that American Ninth Army forces have captured Sterkrade, a big –industrial suburb of Duisberg, nine miles north of that Ruhr city.
Main today when 100,000 remaining- civilians demanded that it be surrendered without a fight. The broadcast said the riots broke out after about 400,000 civilians had left the city and remnants of the regular German garrison refused the surrender
demands made by the remaining civilians.
GERMANS SAY SOVIETS MASSED FOR
EARLY FRONTAL ASSAULT ON BERLIN
ON 350-MILE FRONT
London, March 28.—
The Red Army was reported today to have smashed across the river Raab in northwest Hungary in a drive for "the junction city of Csorna, only 75 miles southeast of Vienna.
German reports admitted the Red Army had crossed the Marcal Canal lying just east of the .Raab and Moscow reports said that it was believed the Raab also had been crossed.
London, March 28.—
A German DNB Agency report said today that Soviet forces now are battling in-the region of Savar on the Raba River, 26 miles west of Papa and only 21 miles from Austria.
By ROBERT SIUSEL
United Press Correspondent London, March 28. —
The Nazis said today that the Red Army has massed "super armed forces" and fresh - infantry divisions across the Oder River for an early frontal assault, on Berlin.
To the south, the Soviets drove to within 20 miles of Austria and 58 of Vienna, as a Fourth Ukrainian Army group joined an offensive crumbling Germany's southern
defenses along- a 350-mile front.
U.S. PLANES RAID
JAPAN IN SUPPORT
OF KERAMA ACTION
By FRANK TREMAIN
United Press Correspondent
Guam, March 28.—
Tokyo said that American carrier " planes raided southern Japan today in support of the reported invasion of the Kerama Islands, 380 miles to the southwest.
A broadcast Domei News Agency dispatch said that approximately 90 carrier planes raided Kyushu, southernmost of the Japanese home islands, this afternoon
(Japanese time). The raid was centered on the Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures in the southern part of "the upland' Domei
An early Tokyo radio broadcast reported that American, reinforcements had landed in the Kerama Islands southwest of Kyushu, and said "savage battles" were under way.
The invasion of the Keramas part of the Okinawa Group, is only a prelude to imminent landings on Okinawa Island itself,, site of an important naval base and several airfields in. Japan's inner defense belt, radio Tokyo said.
Supporting American warships including at least 11 battleships-----
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U.S. TROOPS SWEEP
OVER CEBU; NEAR
By H. D. QUIGG
Manila, March 28.—
American invasion forces swept over Cebu today to within two and a half miles of burning Cebu City, capital of the central Philippines islands.
Elements of the American Division,- which landed on the mine strewn beach at Talisay on the east coast Monday, were battling the Japanese garrison at Pardo
just south of the. capital. Cebu City is the second largest port in the Philippines.
Huge fires were reported out of control in Cebu City and the Japanese apparently were following their theme of destruction which devastated Manila and other
island capitals in the area-
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