Flares in Push
for Naha, Capital
By FRANK TREMAINE
(United Press Correspondent)
American invasion troops smashed forward more than half way across Okinawa today in a swift advance against scattered Japanese sniper and pillbox resistance.
Front dispatches said an announcement that Okinawa had been split in two was expected hourly.
Hard fighting flared on the southern flank of the American army-marine front where tank-led infantrymen were driving toward Naha. the island's burning capital, less than 7 miles distant.
Tokyo radio reported without Allied confirmation that Americans completed a new landing today on the bland at Kumr. 52 miles west of Okinawa,
and 340 miles northeast of Formosa.
Tens of thousands of troops of the new American 10th army swarmed ashore along a wide beachhead Two air fields and more than a dozen villages were captured. Dispatches indicated C. S. planes soon, would be using atleast one of the two captured airdromes.
United Press War Correspondent E. G. Valens, accompanying forward elements of two army units driving across Okinawa from the captured. Dispatches indicated V.
sisbance continued to be comparatively light. This column was heading, downhill toward Noza and the Nagusiiku bay naval anchorage on the past side of the island.
East From Coast
Patron Hits 152 Miles
From Berlin; 150,000
Nazis Trapped in Ruhr
WITH. FIRST ARMY—(U.P.)—
The Third armored division reported Paderborn was cleared of Nazis today after two days of hard fighting in which the Germans employed due-in infantry, tanks, and bazookas. The Ninth armored division completed
the capture of Warburg, midwar between Paderborn and Kassei.
The Swiss radio said today that V. S. Third army troops captured German Gen. von Schulcnberc. identified a* a relativeof the former German ambassador to Moscow.
V. S. FIRST ARMY GHQ
— (U.P.) —
Resistance was reported stiffening on the First army front today with German
armored concentrations trying to break out of the Ruhr trap and to break in to the rescue of the trapped force.
Vienna; Take Hub