ANNAPOLIS, MD., FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1945
Organized Jap Resistance Okinawa Ending
600 Bombers and Fighters In Raid On Osaka
French Refuse To Withdraw Troops In Syria
SUPERFORTS POUR 5,200 TONS OF
FIRE BOMBS ON INDUSTRIAL CITY \ . ,
(By the Associated Press)
Organized Japanese resistance Okinawa appeared to be ended today. Tenth Army Yanks pursued crippled, disorganized remnants of the Rising Sun's once-powerful island garrison and closed a trap on Shuri town while radio Tokyo admitted Japanese losses ware "gradually increasing."
With Marines in the west and infantry on the east, the Americans cut through both flanks to isolate the Shuri, key point of Japanese defenses and to drive spears on both flanks southward so swiftly the retreating Nipponese were unable to-set up new defenses. • .
Sixth Division Marines completed the mop-up in Naha. Former capital city of the island with a population of 66,000. smashing furiously from all directions into remaining pockets. -
Japanese Domei News .Agency, meanwhile while, admitted in a .dispatch broadcast by Tokyo radio, the "penetration" of Naha by Americans.
It termed the situation a "critical development" which, compelled Nipponese commanders to withdraw "part of their troops to positions-in the rear in order to consolidate their defense lines:"
Tokyo broadcasts . said fires raged through the northwestern section, where Osaka's iron,- steel; copper, cotton, hemp and' wire plants are concentrated. Flames also sprang up in the little' industrial town-of Amagasaki, two miles northwest of Osaka.
.The strike was made, by more than 600 bombers and fighters forming one of .the greatest aerial Armadas ever sent against Japan. The 450-plus -B-29s poured 3,200 tons of incendiary -clusters into the enemy's second largest city, which Tokyo propagandists have often proudly described as "the industrial metropolis of Japan."
Will Remain In Position
"French troops, will .remain- in. their positions," said a French communique issued, in Paris" after cabinet meeting. By ordering French- troops 'to cease fire- the 'French 'thus complied with half the request.
Churchill, backed-, by .President Truman, to take steps to end the bloodshed.
In further steps to resolve the dispute that threatened to plunge the Arab, world-into, revolt. it was disclosed that the, United States had agreed to sit with other powers in the role of mediator.
EXPECT MEETING OF
Washington, June 1 (AP)— President Truman said today that a. meeting of the "Big Three" was getting closer.
The President told his weekly news conference that a delay in the conclusion of the United Nations Conference at San Francisco would not affect in the slightest plans for a meeting with Prime Minister Churchill and PremierStalin.
FRENCH REPLY SENTTO AMERICAN NOTE
Paris, June 1 (AP)— It was authoritatively learned tonight that the French have replied to the American note on Syria with a message to Washington in which the De Gaulle cabinet stood by its original position that France should deal with the Lebanon country without outside interference.
REVEAL MURDER OFMISSIONARIES BY JAPS
New York, June 1 (AP)— The American' Baptist Foreign Mission Society, reported today that 11 Baptist Missionaries and a nine year old boy were beheaded by the Japanese in 1943 on Panay Island in the Philippines.