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Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/11/44 | Drew Middleton, Hugh Smith, Hanson W. Baldwin

Posted on 05/11/2014 5:06:26 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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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 05/11/2014 5:06:26 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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2 posted on 05/11/2014 5:07:17 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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The Nimitz Graybook

3 posted on 05/11/2014 5:07:48 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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The first excerpt below is continued from May 7.

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Winston S. Churchill, Closing the Ring

4 posted on 05/11/2014 5:09:09 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; ...
Nazi Defenses Hit (Middleton) – 2
Nazis Train People in Arms to Bar Invasion of Reich – 3
War News Summarized – 3
Nazi Fliers Sink U.S. Destroyer; Morgenthau’s Son is a Survivor – 4
Allies Push Ahead in Central Italy – 5
707 Allied Captives Rescued in North New Guinea Victory – 5-6
Advance in Burma Led by U.S. Tanks – 6
Flier Snatches 10 from Foe off Truk – 6
Chinese in Loyang Face New Threat – 7
Roosevelt Appoints Forrestal to be Secretary of the Navy – 8
Latest War Casualties in the Army and Navy – 9-10
Angry Opponents Assail De Valera (Smith) – 10
D-Day’s Secret Armies in Europe (Baldwin) – 11
The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 12-13
5 posted on 05/11/2014 5:10:28 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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Allies attack Gustav Line
Thursday, May 11, 1944

In Italy... The US 5th Army launches new attacks against the German-held Gustav Line. The preparatory bombardment begins just before midnight. It is followed up by infantry advances. The US 2nd Corps, the Polish 2nd Corps, the British 13th Corps and the French Expeditionary Corps are engaged. Attacking Allied forces amount to 12 divisions plus reserves. The German defenders have 6 divisions, including reserves. The commanders of the German 10th Army (Vietinghoff) and the 76th Panzer Corps (Senger) are both absent from their headquarters at the start of the offensive. Meanwhile, Allied warships bombard German heavy artillery batteries around Gaeta.

Over Germany... German fighter ace Oberst Walter Oesau (123 victories) is shot down and killed over the Eifel Mountains.

Over Occupied France... The US 9th Air Force begins a series of raids on airfields around Caen.

In Britain... The Lancaster bomber “S for Sugar” (RAF No. 467 Squadron) completes its 100th mission.

In the Sulu Sea... The Japanese begin to assemble most of their remaining heavy warships at Tawitawi. Admiral Ozawa commands the forces. The build up is in anticipation of the American offensive against the Mariana Islands to the northeast.

In New Guinea... Japanese forces continue to skirmish with American forces on the beachheads around Hollandia.

6 posted on 05/11/2014 5:11:47 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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May 11th, 1944 (THURSDAY)

Frigate HMS Halladale commissioned.

Destroyer HMS Wessex commissioned.

GERMANY: Mildred Gillars, an American, (aka Axis Sally, aka Midge-at-the-Mike) broadcasts on Deutsche Rundfunk a radio-play format drama, “Vision of Invasion”, where she acts as the mother of an Ohio boy horrifically killed in an attempted invasion of Occupied Europe. For this she will be sentenced to 10-30 years and assessed a $10,000 fine in a trial in 1948. She is released in 1961 and joins a Catholic convent in Ohio. She dies in 1988 of colon cancer. (Russell Folsom, 277)
U-1058 launched.

U-826, U-880 commissioned.

BALTIC SEA: At 1632, U-9 fired a Gnat at a convoy consisting of a tanker, a torpedo boat, a minesweeper and seven smaller escorts covered by three MBR flying boats and observed a heavy detonation after 2 minutes 31 seconds. The torpedo damaged the Shtorm. U-9 was depth charged by a Soviet escort and suffered slight damage.
ITALY: Just prior to midnight the preparatory bombardment begins for Operation Diadem near Cassino. This attack is by the US II, Polish II, British XIII and Free French Expeditionary Corps, 12 Divisions. The German forces are somewhat disorganized in their response due to the absence of Generals Vietinghoff and Senger. They have 6 divisions.

BURMA: About 40,000 Chinese troops cross the river Salween in a major offensive to retake northern Burma.

Air Commando Combat mission N0. 56. A 3 hour and 25 minute flight. We bombed Japanese troops positions at Nalong, Burma. (Chuck Baisden

CHINA: Chungking: Japan has hit airfields in China as part of its Operation Ichi-Go, which aims to prevent US B-29 bombers from using the bases for raids on Japan. Lieutenant-General Claire “Old Leatherface” Chennault, the commander of the US Fourteenth Army Air Force, fears that the raids could be successful and has appealed for help, but Japan’s offensives in Burma have precluded extra supplies.

JAPAN: The Japanese navy launches Operation A-Go, the defence of the Mariana Islands, under Vice-Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa.

PACIFIC OCEAN: Submarine USS Gudgeon reported missing on her 12th patrol. No survivors.

Corvette HMCS Beauharnois launched Quebec City, Province of Quebec.

Corvette HMCS Cobourg commissioned.

U.S.A.: Movie releases today include “Gaslight,” a mystery thriller about a man trying to drive his wife insane. Directed by George Cukor, the film stars Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, Terry Moore and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut. The film is nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Boyer), Best Actress (Bergman) and Best Supporting Actress (Lansbury); Bergman wins and a second technical award is also won.

The second film is “The White Cliffs of Dover” directed by Clarence Brown and starring Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, Van Johnston, Frank Morgan, Roddy McDowall, Gladys Cooper, Peter Lawford and 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in an uncredited bit part. During World War I, Dunne, an American, marries a British officer (Marshal) in this romantic war drama. The film is nominated for one technical Academy Award.
Submarine USS Cubera laid down.

Destroyer escort USS Ebert launched.

Minesweeper USS Success and Superior launched.
Minesweeper USS Control commissioned.

Destroyer escort USS Oberrender commissioned.

Empire Heath was torpedoed and sunk by U-129 ENE of Rio de Janeiro. The master, 45 crewmembers and nine gunners were lost. One crewmember was taken prisoner by the U-boat.

U-312 had to return to base due to technical problems with the engines.

7 posted on 05/11/2014 5:13:23 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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On May 11, 1944, my Dad's 33rd Infantry Division began to arrive in New Guinea after a year "guarding" Hawaii (the implied humor here is all mine. They of course took their assigned duties very seriously).

Guarding Hawaii, such as this civilian:

Serious training in Hawaii:

Barracks in New Guinea:


8 posted on 05/11/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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So on this date your father was landing about 100 miles down the coast from my father at Saidor. At least I think he was still there as his battalion had yet to move on to Aitape.

9 posted on 05/11/2014 3:01:18 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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USS Lansdale survivor Lt. Robert Morgenthau is still alive at age 94, having been New York County DA until 2009.

10 posted on 05/11/2014 6:14:23 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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Axis Sally (Mildred Gillars) seemed a person who never found an identity. She tried to establish herself as an actress in Greenwich Village but never caught on. She was a model for a time in Paris (yes, there are some nudes of her out there). Was in Algiers for a while. She taught English in Germany. Mildred eventually got a job with German state radio as an announcer.

She was considering returning to America in 1941 as the State Department was urging, but her fiance said he would not marry her if she left Germany. He then promptly got himself killed on the Eastern Front.

Trapped in Germany she seems to have done the Axis Sally gig to appear to be a loyal German to avoid being sent to the camps as an American.

The play she put on today, pretending to be a mother of a soldier dreaming of his horrific death in the D-Day invasion, was her absolute worst, lowest point.

After she was paroled she joined a convent and taught school, finally doing something positive with her life.

11 posted on 05/12/2014 12:44:21 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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Curious to note how well represented MacArthur's command is on these threads, especially a campaign consigned by history to one of the dusty old back-shelves.

Of course, my Dad thought highly of MacArthur.


12 posted on 05/14/2014 5:07:07 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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