My column schedule is one day late for Veterans Day, when we honor the veterans of all wars. Usually I feature stories carried in the Enterprise about local men and women who served in World War II.
Today is a review of the Enterprise war headlines just a few months before the war ended. These excerpts are from September and October of 1944. Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945; Japan surrendered Aug. 15, 1945.
LONDON, Sept. 8 (AP) - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's Allied battle team broke the Albert Canal Line today and closed on Liege and Metz in advances that carried to within 25 miles of the German frontier at three points along the 200-mile assault front.
Completing the picture of menace to Hitler's Reich, Lieut. Gen. Alexander M. Patch's northbound Seventh Army stabbed to within 50 miles of the Belfort Gap pathway into Southwestern Germany.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (AP) - A new Superfortress raid on the Japanese arsenal of Manchuria was announced today by the 20th Bomber Command, and the Tokyo radio reported more than 100 planes had taken part.
ROME, Sept. 8 (AP) - Eighth Army tanks and infantry fought forward another mile on the Adriatic Coast yesterday and reached the banks of the Marano river, only four miles from Rimini, but 12 miles inland the Germans, counter-attacking fiercely with tanks, brought the Allied offensive to a standstill, Allied Headquarters said today.
U.S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, Sept. 15 (AP) - American assault forces converging on the Philippines from the south and east landed on the fortress-like Palau islands and Morotai today on the heels of the most crushing aerial bombardment the island archipelago ever received.
Marines and Army assault forces from Adm. Chester W. Nimitz Central Pacific Command landed on unnamed islands of the Palau group, 600 miles east of Mindanao island in the Philippines, while Gen. Douglas MacArthur's landing troops made a surprise landing on Marotai, 300 miles south of Mindanao.
MOSCOW, Sept. 15 (AP) - Russian and Polish troops were believed storming into Warsaw proper today across the broad and swift Vistula River from the captured industrial suburb of Praga.
Front dispatches said four Vistula bridges were still standing. Pravda said Russian batteries had been warned not to fire at the bridges because "we are going to need them."
LONDON, Sept. 20 (AP) - Massive forces of British Army and airborne troops straddled the Lower Rhine in Holland five miles from Germany today, in position for a great new invasion of the Reich around the upper end of the Siegfried Line.
British Second Army armor threw a 50-mile long cut-off wall across Eastern Holland in 48 hours. It merged solidly with parachute-glider soldiers dropped near Nijmegen on the Wall Rhine.
The Siegfried Line was being outflanked. Nazis in Southwestern Holland were menaced with entrapment.
OUTSIDE AACHEN, Oct. 12 (AP) - American infantry fought into the factory district on the outskirts of Aachen late today while to the North foot troops and armor beat off a day-long counterattack by the Germans who were supported by 20 to 25 tanks.
The Germans have thrown one of their finest divisions into the battle in a desperate, but so far abortive, attempt to relieve or reinforce the Aachen garrison. German troops inside the wrecked and burning city were being battered from the land and air.
A humorous WWII story
ROME, Sept. 8 (AP) - The Stars and Stripes poked gentle fun to day at New York's air raid drill of last Tuesday night in a story headlined "Believe It or Not, New Yorkers Still Hold Air Raid Alerts."
In the United States they still have blackouts and the New York citizenry took the quaint business as seriously as if the Luftwaffe were just outside Sandy Hook.
Service men home from overseas appeared dazed by the drill.
One GI in the vicinity of Times Square was wondering; 'Who do they think is gonna bomb'em. All the Germans can use against London are robots and blackouts don't help against them. Anyhow, look at the (full) moon.'
Another GI remarked: 'Being in a New York blackout you get a feeling that Naples, Pallermo and Algiers were amateurs at the air raid business, incapable of putting on a real Class A performancein Naples only two blasts of the siren, in New York, four.'