MADISON, THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1945
Stillwell to Lead
Nips Wait Thrust
Tokyo Says Homeland
Invasion Near; Allies
The American Tenth army won the Battle of Okinawa today and—while Tokyo was reporting that the United States already is preparing for a "direct invasion of the Japanese mainland"—Gen. Joseph. W. Stilwell was named to
lead the victorious 10th in the climactic battle of Japan.
U. S. planes scouted Japanese home island*, Tokyo said, apparently getting ready for stepped up raids on Nippon. And elsewhere in the Pacific four American divisions swept ahead in a drive to clean up Luzon in the Philippines; Australian troops made a new, unopposed landing on Borneo'sBrunei bay, and Chinese troops closed in from three sides on Luchow.
Bloodiest FightingTakes Doorway Isle
GUAM— (U.P) —The American 10th army has won the Battle at Okinawa after 82 days of the bloodiest fighting of the Pacific General Nimitz announced today.
Simultaneously, Gen. Douglas MacArthur in a surprise move appointed Gen. Joseph W. "Vinegar” Stillwell chief of U. S. army ground forces, to command the victorious 10th in the climactic battle of Japan.
Radio Tokyo said the United States apparently already has begun preparations for a "direct invasion of the Japanese mainland.
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STATESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1945
Japs In 82 Days
Of Fierce Battle
Japs Fear Invasion
Of Homeland Is Next
BY WILLIAM F. TYREE
GUAM, June 21. — (U.P) — The American 10th Army has won the battle of Okinawa after 82 days of the bloodiest fighting of the Pacific war. Admiral Chester W. Nimtz announced today.
On Okinawa, only a handful of diehard Japanese remained in three shrinking pockets, the largest 1,500 yards in diameter. American guns ceased fire for fear of hitting the attacking Marines anddoughboys.
1. After 82 days of fighting the battle of Okinawa has been won. Organized resistance ceased on 21 June ELD. Remnants of the enemy garrison
in two small pockets in the southern portion of the island are being mopped up.
Japanese casualties on Okinawa passed the 90,000-mark as the bloodiest campaign in the Pacific war entered its 82nd day.. A total of 87.343 Japanese dead had been counted through Tuesday and 2,565 other enemy troops had surrendered Radio Tokyo said informed quarters in the Japanese capital reported
American preparations under way -'for their next operations, which "in all probability will involve direct invasion" of Japan.
Tokyo cited these signs of American intentions. B-29-raids on small as well as large Japanese cities point to an attempt to destroy the country.
MAY ASK U. S.
Are Sentenced To
Terms Up To 10 Years
BY PHIL AULT
L O N D O N . June 21.—(U.P)-A spokesman for the Polish exile government said today that it "very likely" will ask the United States and Britain to intercede for 12 Poles sentenced by Russia to four months to 10 years in prison for terrorism against the Red Army.
He admitted there was little chance the two main western Allies would consent to act. Furthermore, he saw a "distinct possibility" that they would withdraw recognition from the exile government in the near future.
"There can be no doubt that the trials have accomplished theirpurpose, which was political blackmail,"he said.
Radio Moscow announced that the Soviet court had sentenced Okulicki to 10 years for his part in the terrorist attacks and for operating clandestine radio transmitters behind the Red Army lines.