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Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/5/43 | Milton Bracker, C.L. Sulzberger, George Axelsson

Posted on 04/05/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson


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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: milhist; realtime; worldwarii
Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
Reading assignment: New York Times articles delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
1 posted on 04/05/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
Tunisia, 1942: Situation 22 April and Operations Since 26 February 1943
The Far East and the Pacific, 1941: Status of Forces and Allied Theater Boundaries, 2 July 1942
India-Burma, 1942: Allied Lines of Communication, 1942-1943
2 posted on 04/05/2013 5:35:11 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
Renault Unit Hit (Bracker) – 2-3
French Take Town (Sulzberger) – 3-4
‘Post-Graduate’ Air School Trains Americans in African Battle Zone – 4
Skip-Bombers Aim for Ship’s Water-Line, then ‘Walk Bombs Up the Side and Over’ – 4
Rommel Sets Up Land-Mine Plant – 5
War News Summarized – 5
Soviet Hurls Back Attacks in Donets – 6
Saboteurs Smash Frankfort Bridge (Axelsson) – 7
Mother’s Tears for Her Five Heroic Sons Christen New Destroyer ‘The Sullivans’ – 8
The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 9-10
Social Studies Extremists Blamed for Ignorance of Nation’s Record – 11
3 posted on 04/05/2013 5:36:52 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Japanese advancing in Burma
Monday, April 5, 1943

In Burma... The Japanese on the Mayu peninsula continue their advance northwestward, in the direction of Indin.

In Tunisia... The Axis defenses on the Wadi Akarit Line have been improved over the course of the past few days. The line is occupied, mostly, by Italian troops. The German 15th Panzer and 90th Light Divisions are held in reserve behind the line. Most of the Axis armor is further north, engaging the US 2nd Corps around El Guettar. In the evening the British 4th Indian Division begins a night advance against the Djebel Fatnassa position. Good progress is achieved.

4 posted on 04/05/2013 5:38:05 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

April 5th, 1943 (MONDAY)

BELGIUM: Antwerp: A US Eighth Army Air Force daylight bombing raid targeted on a Luftwaffe repair factory at Antwerp has gone disastrously wrong, and 936 Belgian civilians, including 209 school children, are reported to have been killed. The Germans took over the Minerva motor works when they occupied Belgium in 1940, and 3,000 people are employed there repairing damaged German planes. The Americans sent 200 B-17s and B-24s across the Channel, initially escorted by Spitfires. When these withdrew at the limit of their endurance, the Germans struck, breaking up the US formations. Bombs fell more than a mile from the target.

The VIII Bomber Command flies Mission 50: 104 B-17 Flying Fortresses are dispatched against industrial targets in the Antwerp area. The main force is directed at the Erla aircraft factory and Erla engine works. 82 B-17’s drop 245.5 tons of bombs at 1530 hours local. They claim 23-8-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost to strong Luftwaffe fighter opposition. (Jack McKillop)

GERMANY: Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer is arrested for anti-Nazi activities and sent to Flossenburg concentration camp. Colonel Hans Oster is dismissed as deputy chief of the Abwehr.

LITHUANIA: Ponar: SS men shoot 4,000 Jews dead.

ITALY: SICILY: During the night of 4/5 April, Northwest African Air Force Wellingtons bomb the Trapani docks and shipping. During the day, B-17s bomb the airfields at Boccadifalco and Milo. (Jack McKillop)

TUNISIA: Northwest African Air Force (NAAF) B-17s bomb airfields at Sidi Ahmed and Tunis. B-25s hit the airfield at Bo Rizzo and attack a convoy off Cap Bon. P-38s fly several fighter sweeps over the Straits of Sicily. One force of fighters claims 16 airplanes destroyed. A-20 Havocs hit the Airfield at El Djem and La Fauconnerie. Fighters attack E-boats off Pont-du-Fahs and vehicles south of Bou Hamran, and fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and patrol over the battle area in Tunisia. Western Desert Air Force and NAAF aircraft hit motor transport west of Cekhira, bomb Djebel Zitouna Airfield, and strike shipping in the Straits of Sicily. During the day NAAF aircraft claim destruction of nearly 50 aircraft in aerial combat. Today starts Operations FLAX (5-22 April) which is designed to destroy, in the air and on the ground, enemy air transports and escorts employed in ferrying personnel and supplies to Tunisia. (Jack McKillop)

As Allied troops prepared for the final push on Tunis and Bizerta, British and American aircraft launched their greatest ever assault on Axis targets in the Mediterranean today. More than a thousand sorties were flown, a record in the North African campaign.

Allied Fortresses and Mitchells saturated three airfields - Borizza, Boca de Felso and Milo - on the Italian mainland. More than 250 grounded aircraft were destroyed.

Vital Axis supply routes took a terrible punishment. Fourteen Junkers Ju52s, loaded with petrol, were shot down by Lightnings off the Tunisian coast, and bombers set fire to three supply ships, blowing up a destroyer escort in the process. Liberators hit the city of Naples in a mass raid at dusk, damaging port facilities and putting an airport out of operation.

As the daylight bombers returned to their bases, RAF Wellingtons hammered targets behind the battle lines, destroying railway stations, barracks and factories near Sfax. Docks and shipping in Sicilian ports were also hit by the night bombers.

Subadar Lalbahadur Thapa (1906-68), 2nd Gurkha Rifles, led two sections which overcame Axis outposts, machine-gun posts and heavy fire in seizing a hill. (Victoria Cross)

BURMA: The Japanese overrun British brigade headquarters on the Mayu peninsula.

17 Tenth Air Force B-25s bomb railroad targets at Mandalay; 2 others hit Ngamya. Three B-24s bomb the Prome railroad yards; 5 hit the Mahlwagon yards and roundhouse. 12 P-40s and a B-25 support ground forces in northern Burma. 12 Fourteenth Air Force P-40s on Armored reconnaissance strafe 15 horse-drawn wagons at Wanling. (Jack McKillop)

MALAYA: The Imperial Japanese Army forces on the Malay Peninsula begin advancing North-West toward India.

NEW GUINEA: Individual Fifth Air Force B-17s attack occupied areas at several points along the Huon Gulf coast, hit Finschhafen on the Huon Peninsula, bomb Madang and other points on the north coast. (Jack McKillop)

BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO: Individual Fifth Air Force B-17s bomb Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island. (Jack McKillop)

SOLOMON ISLANDS: USN destroyer USS O’Bannon (DD-450) sinks Japanese submarine RO 34 near Russell Island. (Jack McKillop)

TERRITORY OF ALASKA: ALEUTIANS: Aerial reconnaissance by Eleventh Air Force aircraft covers all islands west of Kiska with negative results. 16 B-24 Liberators and 6 B-25 Mitchells bomb the Attu runway and Kiska’s Main Camp and runway. 4 P-38 Lightnings fly top cover. Later, 3 B-25s, 16 P-40s and 16 P-38s bomb Kiska again. (Jack McKillop)

ATLANTIC OCEAN: German submarine U-563 sinks an armed U.S. tanker, the Sunoil, a straggler from convoy HX 231. All hands on the tanker, 69-men, are lost. Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Gretton, one of the most noted Royal Navy commanders, commanded the escort force for this convoy and wrote a book on it called “Crisis Convoy.” (Jack McKillop)

5 posted on 04/05/2013 5:40:03 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Loved the indictment of the teaching of history on page 11. It could well be reprinted verbatim today.

“Stop educators, under the dominance of social studies extremists, from calling a miscellaneous discussion of sociology, civics, geography, psychology, and current events by the name of ‘American History’ and getting away with it.”

6 posted on 04/05/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

That was an interesting p11 article about social studies which I can’t say I disagree with. I don’t see where social studies should be anything but an elective with a prerequisite of American history.

7 posted on 04/05/2013 6:15:07 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Chad N. Freud

Some things don’t change. Or in this case, only get worse. Another reason to homeschool :P

8 posted on 04/05/2013 8:34:41 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: fso301

yes, interesting article on social studies. South Dakota teachers college developed curriculum to supplement history courses, instead it replaced it.

Chronological history of facts is not always the best but it is better than social studies.

9 posted on 04/05/2013 9:33:33 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: fso301

do a word search on “social studies extremists” now and you will find some surprising info. Still an active topic.

10 posted on 04/05/2013 9:37:51 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: Chad N. Freud

There is nothing wrong with teaching history as a study of human nature, but you can’t reach any conclusions about human nature unless you have a thorough grasp of historical facts. That’s where the commies get their way in the modern context of teaching “history.” Their underlying facts are at best incomplete, and more often the worse through distortion and fabrication.

11 posted on 04/05/2013 11:37:10 AM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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I agree. Liberal texts often just make up "history" to support the author's political views.

"Social studies extremists." I love it! I'm afraid, however, they won.

Thanks, Homer, for including the enlarged page in today's post.

12 posted on 04/05/2013 5:20:01 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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I see there is more talk in today's paper about placing a floating concrete landing strip in the Mid-Atlantic.

By this time pykrete had been invented and in top secret meetings the Brits were keen on building a super carrier out of it. But poor Pyke was being "frozen" out of his own project.

The prototype was built on a lake in the Canadian Rockies in early 1943, but I couldn't find exact dates.

13 posted on 04/05/2013 5:30:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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Everyone should study their U.S. history over the weekend because on Monday we will be taking the same exam the Times gave to 7,000 college freshmen in 1943.

14 posted on 04/05/2013 6:38:32 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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