HUNTINGDON, PA WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 1945.
DUE TO APOPLEXY
London, May 2, •— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said today there was some evidence that Adolf Hitler had died of a brain hemorrhage instead of a hero's death in battle as the Nazis claimed.
The statement by Eisenhower was the first from any Allied official to shed light on the mystery of Hitler's reported death. .
Eisenhower said the enemy claim that Hitler died fighting the Russians in Berlin was "in contradiction
of facts" given by Heinrich Himmler at a conference with Count Folke Bernadotte
of Sweden at Luebeck eight days ago.
Himmler and a General Schillenbrug, who accompanied him to the conference, said Hitler had a brain hemorrhage and might not live 48 hours, Eisenhower said in a statement issued through supreme headquarters in France.
Even though this version of Hitler's death was based on Nazi information, it had the merit of coming to Eisenhower through Bsrnadotte, a neutral. Observers
were inclined to put more credence in the Himmler version than in the melodramatic account broadcast by the Hamburg- radio yesterday.
U.S. FORCES SMASH
JAP DEFENSE LINE
IN OKINAWA PUSH
By FRANK TREMAINE
United Press Correspondent
Guam, May 2.—American armored forces pushed through strong Japanese defenders on southern Okinawa today to within a. mile and & half of Naha,
capital of the island.
The drive southward along the west coast by the 27th Division paced a general advance of American troops on a five-mile front across the island.
On the east coast, Seventh Division troops pushed to the northern end of strategic Yonabaru airfield and other elements of the same division stormed into Kuhazu village on a hill overlooking the coastal side of the airfield.