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  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 9:13:42 AM PDT · 24 of 24
    Homer_J_Simpson to Hebrews 11:6

    Oops. Some of us aren’t

  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:34:21 AM PDT · 6 of 24
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/2/27.htm

    March 27th, 1945 (TUESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: A V-2 bomb kills 131 people in a London block of flats; 2,745 civilians have been killed by the bombs, and 2,900 aircrewmen have died in the campaign against them. What will be the last V-2 rocket to land in England, lands SE of London at Orpington, Kent.

    FRANCE: General Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the Western Front had been broken. (Michael Ballard)

    BURMA: 80+ Tenth Air Force fighters attack troops and supplies along the Japanese front lines.

    CHINA: 25 Fourteenth Air Force B-25s attack towns, rail, road and river traffic at several locations.

    FRENCH INDOCHINA: 28 Fourteenth Air Force fighters attack power facilities, trucks, trains and river traffic.

    JAPAN: XXI Bomber Command Mission 46: In support of the Okinawa invasion 151 B-29s bomb airfields and an aircraft factory on Kyushu. During the night of 27/28 March, 97 B-29s mine Shimonoseki Straight.

    PHILIPPINE ISLANDS: Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force A-20s, B-24s, B-25s and fighters attack targets on Luzon and Cebu.

    RYUKYU ISLANDS: Task Force 58 and Task Group attack preinvasion targets on Okinawa. Royal Navy aircraft of Task Force 57 attack targets in the Sakishima Islands.

    BONIN ISLANDS: Seventh Air Force P-51s attack Chichi Jima. During the night. B-24s bomb an airfield on the island.

    Argentina: Buenos Aires: Today’s declaration of war on Germany and Japan is backed by a powerful ground-swell of popular support. Though by no means traditional allies of the British, the Argentinian people have been showing their sympathy for the Allied cause with generous donations to PoWs through the Red Cross and other funds. It is also reported that the government in Buenos Aires is in the process of studying British laws with the intention of incorporating some elements in a reformed electoral system in the country.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-905 (type VIIC) is sunk in the Minch Canal in position 58.34N, 05.46W by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Conn. 45 dead (all hands lost).

    U-722 (type VIIC) is sunk near the Hebrides, in position 57.09N, 06.55W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Fitzroy, Redmill and Byron. 44 dead (all hands lost). (Alex Gordon)

  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:33:17 AM PDT · 5 of 24
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    Foe Near Collapse (Middleton) – 2-4
    First army Tanks Rip German Lines – 4
    Enemy Strategy That Failed on Rhine River (page 1 photo) – 4
    Eisenhower Meets Aides over Rhine – 5
    Allied Leaders On the Rhine (w/photo) – 5
    Air Blows Cut Off Nazi Front Forces – 5-6
    RAF Error in Bombing The Hague Killed 800 Dutch, Injured 1,000 – 6
    Senators Will Visit European Fronts And Study Plans for Fate of War Materiel – 6
    Soviet Gains Grow – 6-7
    U.S., British Ships Bolster Red Fleet (Sulzberger) – 7-8
    Lists 27 Americans Deported to Reich – 8
    War News Summarized – 8
    U.S. Battleships and Planes Rake Main Island in Ryukyus (Rae) – 9
    Japanese Home Islands Attacked by Carrier-Based Planes (photo) – 10
    U.S. Invades Cebu, Tokyo Radio Says – 10
    Newsmen Saved as Typhoon Rages – 11
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 13-15
    Allies’ Victories on Two Fronts (Baldwin) – 15
  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:32:20 AM PDT · 4 of 24
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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:31:17 AM PDT · 3 of 24
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  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:29:59 AM PDT · 2 of 24
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    Germany, 1944: Crossing of the Rhine – Operations 22-28 March 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    The Western Pacific: Allied Invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa (Operation Iceberg), 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:25:31 AM PDT · 1 of 24
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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.
  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/26/2015 7:15:44 AM PDT · 53 of 53
    Homer_J_Simpson to GreenLanternCorps; fso301
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents The Cold War Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum

    Let me know when you're starting your ping list. I will be sure to sign up.

  • CBS World News Today – March 25, 1945

    03/26/2015 4:40:10 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    This is awful! I completely forgot about yesterday's radio thread. So here it is on 24 hour delay.

    Find the following description of today’s broadcast here.

    “3/25/45: Today is Greek Independence Day [March 25th.] On Friday [3/23] British and American forces linked up on the east bank of the Rhine, forming a bridgehead 30 miles wide. On the east bank, German resistance is “light to moderate” with none on the west bank. Admiral spot congratulating itself for having been awarded an Army-Navy “E” flag. The 1st Army is moving east from Remagen. A report that Patton has crossed the Rhine is still unconfirmed. In Washington, the mood is one of “optimism and hope.” From San Francisco: a very good recorded interview with an Army staff sergeant who flew 8 photo-reconnaissance missions over Japan in the B-29 Yokohama YoYo. [This plane would later fly the first post-atomic bomb strike photo recon mission over Hiroshima in August, 1945.] The staff sergeant tells of seeing a plane with German markings over Japan. He also tells of a Super Fortress that successfully fought off 70 enemy planes. PSA asking for qualified to men to join the Merchant Marine."

    To listen to the broadcast click on the link below.

    CBS World News Today, March 25, 1945

  • CBS World News Today – March 25, 1945

    03/26/2015 4:36:59 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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.
  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:24:40 AM PDT · 7 of 28
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/2/26.htm

    March 26th, 1945 (MONDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: David Lloyd George, the British prime minister between 1916 and 1922, dies at Ty-newydd, Caernarvonshire, Wales at age 82.

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: U-399 (German type VIIC) sunk in the English Channel near Land’s End, an unknown depth, in position 49.56N, 05.22W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Duckworth. 46 dead and 1 survivor self escaped with Drager gear, PoW. (Mark Horan and Alex Gordon)

    Whilst patrolling off the Dutch coast in company with MTB’s 764 and 758, corvette HMS Puffin finds herself in very close proximity to what turned out to be a Biber miniature submarine which she rams aft of the conning tower. This causes the two G7E torpedoes to detonate and Puffin is lifted out of the water by the explosion. Although Puffin was able to make it to port under her own power, she is paid off and not repaired. The only casualty was the operator of the Biber. (Alex Gordon)(108)

    GERMANY: British PM Churchill looks over the Rhine near Ginsberg. (Michael Ballard)
    330 Eighth B-17s escorted by 450 P-51s attack an oil refinery and tank factories; and about 300 Ninth Air Force A-20s, A-26s and B-26s hit three marshalling yards.

    The war weary citizens of the Third Reich were today called upon by Martin Bormann, Hitler’s deputy, to become “Werewolf” guerrillas in a last-ditch resistance against the Allies as they invade Germany. Bormann said: “The Werewolf has been born of National Socialism. It makes no allowances and knows no considerations as imposed on regular troops .... Hatred shall be our prayer and revenge our battle-cry ...”

    AUSTRIA, CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND HUNGARY: Over 500 Fifteenth Air Force B-17s and B-24s with P-38 and P-51 escorts, attack four marshalling yards in Austria and one each in Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

    BURMA: Tenth Air Force B-25s and P-47s attack Japanese positions in Central Burma.

    CHINA: 15 Fourteenth Air Force B-25s and 80+ fighters attack Japanese targets in southern and eastern China.

    FORMOSA: Fifth Air Force B-24s TKO Airfield.
    IWO JIMA: A final suicide attack by the Japanese on Iwo Jima is reported by the 5th MarDiv. During the night of 26/27 March, several hundred Japanese soldiers mount a banzai attack against North Field; 44 fighter pilots and ground crew are killed and 88 are wounded.
    200 of the Japanese Garrison of 20,700 are left as prisoners.
    USAAF Major General James I. Chantey becomes island commander.

    RYUKYU ISLANDS: Carrier aircraft of the British Pacific Fleet carried out attacks today on airfields on the Sakaishima Islands, between Okinawa and Formosa, to prevent their use by Japanese aircraft. The role of the Royal Navy is to support the American invasion of Okinawa, the final step before the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands. A huge armada of 1,400 naval and merchant ships of many types carrying 182,000 assault troops is en-route to Okinawa. The Japanese are expected to employ the full strength of their air forces against the armada; hence the “softening up” of their airfields.

    US forces land on the Kraal Islands. US aircraft from Task Force 58 and Task Group 52.1 and Royal Navy aircraft of Task Force 57 support the landings. Fifth Fleet destroyers establish a radar picket line north of Okinawa. Each ship has a fighter-director team that can guide US fighters against the Japanese aircraft while they are some distance away.

    KURILE ISLANDS: Four Eleventh Air Force B-24s bomb the Asaka naval base.

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Fifth Air Force A-20s, B-24s, B-25s and fighters hit numerous targets in northern Luzon. Ground forces of the Eighth Army invade Zebu supported by Marine Air Group Fourteen (MAG-14) and Thirteenth Air Force B-24s and Fifth Air Force A-20s.

    NEW GUINEA: Lt Lieutenant Albert Chowne wins Victoria Cross in action on the track between Dagua and Wonginara New Guinea (posthumous) (Daniel Ross)

  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:23:41 AM PDT · 6 of 28
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    Patton Drives East (Middleton) – 2-4
    Speeding Third Calls Back For Aid to Pick Up Captives (Currivan) – 4
    First Army Breach Likened to St. Lo – 4-5
    German Division Wiped Out in Day (MacDonald) – 5
    Enjoying the Rest of the War Weary (photo) – 5
    Churchill Escapes Shell by 50 Yards – 6
    Churchill Crosses Rhine to Visit Americans (page 1 photo) – 6
    Thousands Flee From Frankfort As Radio Warns Patton is Coming – 7
    Chutists in Woods Find Targets Better Than in a Shooting Gallery – 7
    From the Air and Land the Allies Assault the Ruhr as Churchill Keeps Watch on the Rhine (photos) – 8-10
    Americans Evolve Occupation Policy (Daniell) – 10
    Vienna Push Gains - 11-12
    New Pacific Move (Rae) – 12
    Americans Strike at Eastern Luzon (Parrott) – 13
    War News Summarized – 13
    Japanese Advance on Hupeh Air Base – 14
    The Final Chapter in the Reich (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 15
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 16-18
  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:22:30 AM PDT · 5 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 23.

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    James Bradley, with Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers

  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:20:09 AM PDT · 4 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 23.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:19:08 AM PDT · 3 of 28
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  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:17:54 AM PDT · 2 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    Germany, 1944: Crossing of the Rhine – Operations 22-28 March 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    The Western Pacific: Allied Invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa (Operation Iceberg), 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • 3D ARMY CROSSES MAIN IN 27-MILE DASH; 1ST HITS OUT; TOKYO REPORTS U.S. LANDING IN RYUKYUS (3/26/45)

    03/26/2015 4:17:22 AM PDT · 1 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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.
  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 11:10:11 AM PDT · 40 of 53
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker

    Thanks for that link. I might use the online maps instead of my copy and scan versions.

  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:27:21 AM PDT · 7 of 53
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/2/25.htm

    March 25th, 1945 (SUNDAY)

    GERMANY:

    As British and US troops link up on the east bank of the Rhine, Montgomery forbids British troops to “fraternize” with the local population.

    - 1,009 Eighth Air Force B-17s and B-24s, escorted by 341 P-47s and P-51s, are dispatched to bomb seven oil plants and a tank factory. Due to bad weather, only 243 B-24s hit three oil plants.

    - 641 Ninth Air Force A-20s, A-26s and B-26s to bomb three marshalling yards, four communications centers and flak concentrations.

    - Lead elements of the U.S. Third and Ninth armies cross the River Rhine .

    As part of Operation Varsity, the US 17th Airborne Division is dropped over the east bank of the Rhine. (Mike Yared)

    The Red Army has reached the Austrian border in the Köszeg-Szombathely area.

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Fifteenth Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack Cheb Airdrome, and a tank factory and two airfields in and around Prague.

    HUNGARY: The Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front starts its attack across the Hron River and along the north bank of the Danube. Hungarian troops begin deserting their German allies in droves, while German commanders report a loss of confidence among their own men. By the 28th, the Red Army has reached the Austrian border in the Köszeg-Szombathely area. (Tony)

    CHINA: 175 B-25s and fighter-bombers attack numerous targets in southern and eastern China. Due to advances by the Japanese Army, the Fourteenth Air Force base at Laohokow is abandoned. This is the last USAAF base to fall to the Japanese in China during WWII. The US forces blow up the base before abandoning it.

    OKINAWA: The four Royal Navy aircraft carriers of Task Force 57 join the US Navy’s Task Force 58 off Okinawa. Aircraft of Task Force 58 and the support carrier Task Group 52.1 continue their pre-invasion attacks on Okinawa and the Kerama Islands.

    COMMONWELATH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Over 90 Thirteenth Air Force B-24s attack Cebu City.

    NEW GUINEA: Lt. Albert Chowne (b.1920), Australian Military Forces, knocked out two machine guns, then led a successful charge before he was killed. (Victoria Cross)

  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:26:32 AM PDT · 6 of 53
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    Foe Swept Aside (Middleton) – 2-4
    1,500 Planes Fly in Biggest Airborne Push; Navy Ferries Troops Over Rhine by Night (Graham, MacDonald) – 4-6
    Churchill at Rhine To See Drive Start – 4
    12,000 Planes Up (Gruson) – 6-7
    First German Prisoners Taken in Drive across Rhine (photo) – 6
    Churchill Sounds Victory’s Prelude – 7
    Churchill and Montgomery Messages – 8
    Ills of Veterans Called Magnified – 8
    Vienna Road Open – 9-10
    War News Summarized – 10
    First U.S. Woman Seized By Foe in West Escapes – 11
    Famous War Picture Inspires War Bond Insignia (w/photo) – 12
    The Veteran (Hurd) – 13
    Sidetrack Inquiry on Veterans’ Care – 13
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the War – 14-16

    The News of the Week in Review
    Ten Steps in Victory of the Rhine (map) – 18
    Across the Rhine – 19-20
    Fifteen News Questions – 21
    On the Rhine: The Big Parade (cartoon) – 22
    The Battle Beyond the Rhine Takes Shape (Baldwin) – 23-24
    Answers to Fifteen News Questions – 24
    “Bridgehead” (cartoon) – 24

  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:25:37 AM PDT · 5 of 53
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    The first of the following two excerpts is continued from yesterday.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:24:36 AM PDT · 4 of 53
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    Today’s sound bites: BBC reports on Churchill crossing the Rhine (1:23). CBC describes the fate of a glider involved in the operation (1:35).

    Robert Barr, BBC

    Stanley Maxted, CBC

  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:23:49 AM PDT · 3 of 53
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  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:23:10 AM PDT · 2 of 53
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    Germany, 1944: Crossing of the Rhine – Operations 22-28 March 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    The Western Pacific: Allied Invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa (Operation Iceberg), 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • ALLIES STORM ACROSS RHINE AT 4 POINTS, JOIN CHUTISTS IN BRIDGEHEAD 5 MILES DEEP (3/25/45)

    03/25/2015 4:22:41 AM PDT · 1 of 53
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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.
  • PATTON CROSSES RHINE IN A DARING DRIVE WITHOUT BARRAGE, EXPANDS BRIDGEHEAD (3/24/45)

    03/24/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · 9 of 41
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/2/24.htm

    March 24th, 1945 (SATURDAY)

    GERMANY: Montgomery’s crossing of the Rhine, meticulously prepared and impatiently awaited, is now under way, and in a message to his armies he says that they will soon be “chasing the enemy from pillar to post”. Over 100 miles to the south, Patton crossed the Rhine 24 hours ahead of Montgomery after boasting that he was not going to let the British field marshal “carry the ball”. he went across at Nierstein against light opposition and swept down on Darmstadt.

    While Patton has captured the headlines, Montgomery’s operation, on a massive scale, has substantial strategic objectives; it is aimed at taking Allied forces in a deep thrust across the north German plain, while the US 9th Army seals off the Ruhr.

    The assault force assembled behind a 20-mile long smokescreen. With 1,250,000 Britons, Canadians and Americans under him, Montgomery has more than 5,500 artillery pieces, anti-tanks guns and rockets. The British Second Army alone has 120,000 tons of ammunition, stores and other supplies above normal needs.

    The British went across last night at Wesel; the town had been reduced to rubble by Allied bombing and shelling, but the Germans clung on for the best part of 24 hours. To the south, the US 9th crossed against patchy opposition. “There was no real fight,” a company commander said, “The artillery had done the job for us.” There were 31 American casualties.

    This morning, in Operation Varsity, over 21,000 airborne infantry were dropped north-east of Wesel. They quickly overcame enemy resistance and linked up with the main force. Only on the extreme left wing, near Emmerich, is resistance really tough. “The enemy”, say the Canadians, “are fighting like madmen.” There are now three bridgeheads between Wesel in the north and Mainz in the south: Montgomery’s, Patton’s and the US First Army’s at Remagen. Operation Plunder under General Montgomery extends the bridgehead to a depth of 5 miles. The US 9th Army, now part of Montgomery’s 21st Army Group, begins to cross the Rhine south of the British and Canadians.
    Starting at 1000 hours local, 2,029 IX Troop Carrier Command C-47s and gliders plus 839 RAF aircraft and gliders drop paratroopers and glider troops of the British 6th and U.S. 17th Airborne Divisions around Wesel.

    Supporting this operation are:

    - 1,714 Eighth Air Force B-17s and B-24s which bomb airfields in western and northwestern Germany. Escorting the bombers are 1,297 P-47s and P-51s.

    - Almost 700 Ninth Air Force A-20s, A-26 and B-26s attack communications centers, rail bridges, flak positions and other targets. Ninth Air Force fighters and fighter-bombers fly 2,039 sorties in support of this operation.

    150+ Fifteenth Air Force B-17s attack the Daimler-Benz tank-engine factory in Berlin.

    GERMANY: Cpl Frederick George Topham (1917-74), Canadian Army, brought in a wounded man from the open, despite being shot himself. He later rescued three men from a crippled carrier. (Victoria Cross)

    EASTERN FRONT: The Red Army is preparing with great deliberation for its last campaign, the attack on Berlin, in its long march to the west from the very gates of its own capital. Marshal Zhukov, having taken the fortress of Kustrin, the last obstacle on the road to Berlin, is now enlarging his bridgehead across the Oder to set the scene for the drama which is about to unfold.

    German reports say that in a new advance with six infantry divisions and two tank brigades he has reached the road junction at Golzow, just 33 miles from greater Berlin. The advance is almost leisurely by Red Army standards, but it is inexorable. In Hungary yesterday Marshal Tolbukhin finished off Hitler’s ill-fated Operation Spring Awakening and is about to resume his march on Vienna.

    In the north, Marshal Rokossovsky is tightening his grip on Danzig and Konigsberg as the Germans continue their feverish evacuation of East Prussia. It is the unfortunate General Schorner, rescued from command of the cut-off forces in Courland to take over Army Group A opposite Marshal Konev, who has felt the full weight of the Red Army in recent days. Konev has hit him hard near Oppeln in Silesia. Everything is now ready for Berlin.

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA: 271 Fifteenth Air Force B-24s destroy the Neuberg jet-aircraft factory.

    HUNGARY: Szekesfehervar falls to the Red Army, as the German counter-attack fails with heavy losses.

    ITALY: A re-equipped and revitalized Allied army is braced for a major new campaign aimed at trapping the German army in the Po valley. Fears that Hitler is planning a fight to the death in a mountain redoubt have put pressure on Allied commanders to moce quickly.

    Field Marshal Alexander, supreme Allied commander, Mediterranean, is planning for the Eighth Army to attack westwards through the Argenta Gap, with the US Fifth Army attacking northwards, west of Bologna. Alexander hopes to achieve the critical element of surprise by simulating preparations for seaborne landings north of the Po.

    The Eighth Army’s low morale of December has been improved by the arrival of new weapons including flame-throwing tanks and 400 Fantails, tracked amphibious troops carriers, badly missed in the crossing of countless rivers in the previous advance.

    The commanders have not been cheered by the loss of the Canadian Corps to north-west Europe; nor by the universal shortage of artillery ammunition which is restricting many batteries to five rounds daily for each gun.

    CHINA: To support the upcoming invasion of Okinawa, a campaign against Japanese air bases is initiated with the intent of tying down Japanese aircraft in China.

    BURMA:Lt-Gen Daniel I Sultan’s Sino-American force links up with British troops at Kyaukme.

    JAPAN: XXI Bomber Command Mission 45: during the night of 24/25 March, 223 B-29s attack an aircraft-engine plant at Nagoya. Five B-29s are lost.
    RYUKYU ISLANDS: The final preinvasion operations by Task Force 58 and Task Group 52.1 (the Support Carrier Group) are conducted. A strike force 112 USMC andUSNaircraft sink an entire eight-ship convoy 150 miles (241 km) northwest of Okinawa.

    U.S.A.: The motion picture “The Clock” is released. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, this romantic drama stars Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason and Keenan Wynn.

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    03/24/2015 4:25:04 AM PDT · 8 of 41
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    3d Wins Firm Hold (Middleton) – 2-3
    Lieut. S.R. Gregg Wins Medal of Honor; Bayonne Man and Kelly Once Buddies – 3
    Patton Confounds Foe by New Rhine Crossing (map) – 4
    New Rhine Bridgehead Won Without Loss of Single Man (by Edward D. Ball, first-time contributor) – 5
    Jurist’s Son Is Wounded Going to Aid of Two Men (w/photo) – 5
    Air Fleets Flatten Nazis Around Ruhr (Gruson) – 6
    War News Summarized – 6
    Berlin is Epitome of Bombing Effect – 7
    Oder Bridgeheads Reported Merged – 9
    Soviet Drive is On For a Record Crop (Sulzberger) – 9-10
    Mikolajczyk Sees Yalta Aim Balked – 10
    U.S. Carrier Lost in Battle Off Iwo – 10-11
    Bastion of Baguio Won by M’Arthur * – 11
    M’Nutt Would Defer Philippine Freedom In Interests of Rehabilitation Program – 11
    A Submarine Commander Gets the Nation’s Highest Award for Valor (photo) – 12
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 13-15

    * From the article: “Thirty-third Division men waded the Naguilian River behind a rolling artillery barrage after the Japanese had blown up the 250-foot bridge and took the city of 15,000 people against light resistance.”

    BroJoeK’s father is with the 33rd ID.

  • PATTON CROSSES RHINE IN A DARING DRIVE WITHOUT BARRAGE, EXPANDS BRIDGEHEAD (3/24/45)

    03/24/2015 4:23:53 AM PDT · 7 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Billboard Top Ten for the Week of March 24, 1945

    #1 - “Rum and Coca-Cola” - Andrews Sisters
    #2 - “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time” - Les Brown, with Doris Day
    #3 - “Candy” - Johnny Mercer, with Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers
    #4 – “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time” - Phil Moore Four
    #5 - “I’m Beginning to See the Light” - Harry James, with Kitty Kallen
    #6 - “A Little on the Lonely Side” - Frankie Carle, with Paul Allen
    #7 – “Accentuate the Positive” - Johnny Mercer, with Pied Pipers
    #8 – “Accentuate the Positive” – Bing Crosby, with the Andrews Sisters
    #9 - “Dream” - Pied Pipers
    #10 - “I’m Beginning to See the Light” - Duke Ellington, with Joya Sherrill

  • PATTON CROSSES RHINE IN A DARING DRIVE WITHOUT BARRAGE, EXPANDS BRIDGEHEAD (3/24/45)

    03/24/2015 4:23:11 AM PDT · 6 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Today’s sound bites are from BBC coverage of the Allied operation to cross the Rhine. The first two are from Richard Dimbleby and the second two are from W.V. Thomas.

    Aboard a glider-towing aircraft (1:11)

    Recounting the glider operation (3:43)

    Waiting to cross by Buffalo (2:12)

    During the crossing (1:22)

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    03/24/2015 4:22:12 AM PDT · 5 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    [Continued from March 22.]

    In the face of so astonishing a charge it seemed to me that silence was better than a contest in abuse, and on March 24 I minuted to Mr. Eden:

    Prime Minister to Foreign Secretary 24 Mar 45

    For the moment these negotiations have dropped. They may be reopened in a far more vital area than Italy. In this military and political questions will be intertwined. The Russians may have a legitimate fear of our doing a deal in the West to hold them well back in the East. On the whole it will be well to send no reply [to Molotov] till we have checked up with Washington to whom you should repeat the Russian message.

    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

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    03/24/2015 4:21:24 AM PDT · 4 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 15.

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    Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers

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    03/24/2015 4:20:36 AM PDT · 3 of 41
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  • PATTON CROSSES RHINE IN A DARING DRIVE WITHOUT BARRAGE, EXPANDS BRIDGEHEAD (3/24/45)

    03/24/2015 4:19:02 AM PDT · 2 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    Germany, 1944: Crossing of the Rhine – Operations 22-28 March 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    The Western Pacific: Allied Invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa (Operation Iceberg), 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • PATTON CROSSES RHINE IN A DARING DRIVE WITHOUT BARRAGE, EXPANDS BRIDGEHEAD (3/24/45)

    03/24/2015 4:18:23 AM PDT · 1 of 41
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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.
  • GERMANS REPORT A BIG PUSH BY MONTGOMERY; PLANES BLAST PATH; SAAR REARGUARD HACKED (3/23/45)

    03/23/2015 11:47:51 AM PDT · 19 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; Steven Scharf

    I see. Suribati, not Suribachi. The staff officer who supervised the typing of that report should be transferred to Desron 57 for a while to think about the importance of accuracy in communication. The repercussions of his sloppiness would resonate for 70 years. Chester will need to be more careful in future also.

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    03/23/2015 10:40:05 AM PDT · 17 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Steven Scharf

    I wondered about that, too. I guess in this case SURIBACHI is code name for an island in the Kuriles. From the site linked below:

    Destroyer Squadron 57 was the next-to-last squadron of 2,100-ton Fletcher-class destroyers formed. It was composed of nine square-bridge ships as follows:

    Destroyer Division 113: Rowe (DD 564), Smalley (DD 565), Stoddard (DD 566), Watts (DD 567) and Wren (DD 568), all built at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding and commissioned in March and April 1944;
    Destroyer Division 114: Bearss (DD 654) and John Hood (DD 655) from Gulf Shipbuilding and Jarvis (DD 799) and Porter (DD 800) from “Sea-Tac,” all commissioned in June and July 1944.

    OPERATIONS
    Following shakedown, both divisions sailed for the Aleutian islands for duty with the Ninth Fleet. There they deployed on multiple missions to the Kurile Islands.

    While DesDiv 114 remained on station in the Kuriles and patrolling the Sea of Okhotsk for the duration of the war, when they steamed south to Japan, DesDiv 113 was detached from the North Pacific Force on 18 April 1945.

    http://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/desron57/#

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    03/23/2015 10:16:08 AM PDT · 13 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Hebrews 11:6

    True dat.

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    03/23/2015 9:45:17 AM PDT · 11 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Hebrews 11:6

    They don’t call our language “American.” They call it “English.” Illogical sentence structure is not our fault.

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    03/23/2015 4:46:51 AM PDT · 8 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/2/23.htm

    March 23rd, 1945 (FRIDAY)

    GERMANY: The British 2nd Army and Canadian 1st Army begin Operation Plunder to cross the Rhine.

    Speyer: An infantry unit of the US 12th Armoured Division is tasked with taking the city. As they approach a bridge over the Rhine they were ambushed by anti-tank rockets and machine gun fire. The rocket fire appeared to be coming from a nearby warehouse. Private Edward A. Carter volunteered to lead a four man squad to take out the warehouse, which was 150 yards of open terrain away. Two of Carter’s men were killed almost immediately; the third was severely injured.

    Carter alone got within striking distance, but took five bullets and three pieces of shrapnel before he was able to take cover. Carter waited there for two hours, until the Germans, thinking he was dead, sent out an eight-man patrol to make sure. Carter engaged them single-handedly with his Thompson .45, killing six and capturing two, whom he used as human shields to get back to his company. Carter refused immediate medical treatment, and instead took his commanding officer up to an observation spot where he pointed out several German machine gun nests.

    General Vietinghoff takes over in Italy from Field Marshall Albert Kesselring.

    FRANCE: Paris: de Gaulle announces a limited form of self-government for Indochina, but insists that Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia remain French colonies or protectorates.

    EUROPE: The Allied ground offensive across the Rhine River begins. Supporting the offensive are 2,000 bombers of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces attacking targets in Germany. The Eighth Air Force has 1,206 B -17s and B-24s attacking 14 marshalling yards and other targets. Over 800 Ninth Air Force A-20s, A-26s and B-26s bomb seven communications centers, a factory and targets of opportunity. The Fifteenth Air Force has 658 B-17s and B-24s bombing an oil refinery, three marshalling yards and a tank factory in Austria and a marshalling yard in Czechoslovakia.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-1003 type VIIC/41 is scuttled 8-10 miles north of Inistrahull beacon, Malin Head after ramming with HMCS New Glasgow on the 20th. March. 18 of the U-Boat crew are dead, but 31 of them survive. (Alec Gordon)

    FORMOSA: 47 Fifth Air Force B-24s

    RYUKYU ISLANDS: A destroyer assigned to Task Group 58.4 rams and sinks a Japanese submarine. Task Force 58 aircraft attack preinvasion targets on Okinawa.

    BONIN ISLANDS: Iwo Jima: The USAAF 21st Fighter Group arrives on the island.

    ULITHI ATOLL: After much discussion and indecision, Royal Navy aircraft carriers forming Task Force 57 sortie from Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline

    Islands to join Task Force 58 supporting the upcoming invasion of Okinawa. The four carriers, HMS Indomitable, HMS Victorious, HMS Illustrious and HMS Indefatigable are formed into Task Group 57.2.

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    03/23/2015 4:45:30 AM PDT · 7 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Foe Tells of Blow (Middleton) – 2-4
    Americans On the March through Captured Saarbruecken (photo) – 3
    Yanks Use Gliders as Air Ambulance – 4
    8,000 Craft Strike (Gruson) – 4-5
    Koneff Traps Foe – 5-6
    Goebbels, Gloomy, Sees Crisis Gaining – 6
    Brooklyn General Leads 99th Division in Action (w/photo) – 6
    Russia-Vatican Negotiations Afoot And Progressing, Flynn Implies (by Virginia Lee Warren, first-time contributor) – 7
    War News Summarized – 7
    Hungary a Key Sector (Baldwin) – 9
    Paris Economists Decry Optimism (Callender) – 9
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 10-12
    The ‘Volcano’ Dwarfs Six-Tonner (w/photo) – 12
  • GERMANS REPORT A BIG PUSH BY MONTGOMERY; PLANES BLAST PATH; SAAR REARGUARD HACKED (3/23/45)

    03/23/2015 4:44:19 AM PDT · 6 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 8.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

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    03/23/2015 4:43:16 AM PDT · 5 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 18.

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    James Bradley, with Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers

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    03/23/2015 4:40:49 AM PDT · 4 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 18.

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    John Toland, The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

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    03/23/2015 4:38:43 AM PDT · 3 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • GERMANS REPORT A BIG PUSH BY MONTGOMERY; PLANES BLAST PATH; SAAR REARGUARD HACKED (3/23/45)

    03/23/2015 4:37:44 AM PDT · 2 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Final Operations on Luzon, 3 February-20 July 1945
    Southeast Asia, 1941: Final Allied Offensives in the Southwest Pacific Area 19 February-1 July 1945
    Germany, 1944: Crossing of the Rhine – Operations 22-28 March 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    The Western Pacific: Allied Invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa (Operation Iceberg), 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • GERMANS REPORT A BIG PUSH BY MONTGOMERY; PLANES BLAST PATH; SAAR REARGUARD HACKED (3/23/45)

    03/23/2015 4:37:04 AM PDT · 1 of 49
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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.
  • FOE SURRENDERS BY THOUSANDS IN PALATINATE; 4,500 ALLIED PLANES RIP REICH OIL, AIRFIELDS (3/22/45)

    03/22/2015 4:37:57 AM PDT · 7 of 44
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/2/22.htm

    March 22nd, 1945 (THURSDAY)

    GERMANY: The US 5th Division crosses the Rhine near Nierstein. Patton sends his troops across the Rhine at Nierstein, stealing the glory from Montgomery, who had long been planning a crossing on the next day.

    Soviet troops under Konev bridge the Oder at Oppeln.

    Soviet pilot L.I. Sivko flying a Yak-9 claims to shoot down an Me262 jet but is himself swiftly thereafter shot down himself by an Me-262 jet piloted by pilot Unteroffizier. Franz Schall, the wingman of his victim, and one of the leading jet aces of the war.

    EUROPE: Over 2,700 USAAF bombers hit targets in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Over 1,280 Eighth Air Force B-17s and B-24s hit four airfields and three marshalling yards east of Frankfurt and ten military encampments in the Rhine. Nearly 800 Ninth Air Force A-20s, A-26s and B-26s bomb nine communications centers and a marshalling yard east of the Rhine River; and over 680 Fifteenth Air Force B-17s and B-24s hit oil refineries and rail targets in Austria and Czechoslovakia.

    EGYPT: The Arab League is formed with adoption of a charter in Egypt.

    PACIFIC OCEAN: Task Force 58 retires to take on fuel, ammunition and supplies at sea. The damaged carriers USS Enterprise (CV-6) with Night Carrier Air

    Group Ninety [CVG(N)-90], USS Franklin (CV-13) with Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5) and USS Wasp (CV-18) are organized as Task Group 58.2 and retire towards Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline Islands. TF 58 is reorganized as follows:

    Task Group 58.1 (CarDiv 5)

    USS Bennington (CV-20) with CVG-82

    USS Hornet (CV-12) with CVG-17

    USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) with Light Carrier Air Group THIRTY (CVLG-30)

    USS Jacinto (CVL-30) with CVLG-45

    TG 58.3 (CarDiv 1)

    USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) with CVG-84

    USS Essex (CV-9) with CVG-83

    USS Hancock (CV-19) with CVG-6

    USS Bataan (CVL-29) with CVLG-47

    USS Cabot (CVL-28) with CVLG-29

    TG 58.4 (CarDiv 6)

    USS Intrepid (CV-11) with CVG-10

    USS Yorktown (CV-10) with CVG-9

    USS Independence (CVL-22) with CVLG-46

    USS Langley (CVL-27) with CVLG-23

    SOLOMON ISLANDS: Cpl Reginald Roy Rattey (1918-86), Australian Military Forces, silenced three bunkers and later captured a machine gun intact. (Victoria Cross)

    An attack by a company of 25th Battalion, Australian Military Forces on a strongly held enemy position was met by extremely heavy fire. Corporal Rattey, realizing that any advance would be halted by this fire and heavy casualties inflicted, dashed forward firing his Bren gun from the hip and completely neutralized the enemy fire from three forward bunkers.

    Then, having silenced a bunker with one grenade, he fetched two more with which he silenced the other two bunkers. The company was then able to continue its advance. Later Corporal Rattey captured another machine-gun and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. (Daniel Ross)

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    03/22/2015 4:36:30 AM PDT · 6 of 44
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    30,000 Are Seized (Middleton) – 2-4
    American Seventh Army Storming the Siegfried Line Defenses (page 1 photo) – 3
    Air Blows Batter Jet Plane Bases (Gruson) – 4
    Pocket at Danzig Almost Cut in Two – 5-6
    War News Summarized – 5
    Iloilo is Captured with Piers Intact (Parrot) – 6
    Iwo: Our Hallowed Marine Dead Will Be Avenged by Our Superfortresses (photos) – 7-8
    The Next Steps on the Three ‘Ladders’ to Japan (Baldwin) – 9
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 10-12
  • FOE SURRENDERS BY THOUSANDS IN PALATINATE; 4,500 ALLIED PLANES RIP REICH OIL, AIRFIELDS (3/22/45)

    03/22/2015 4:35:26 AM PDT · 5 of 44
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • FOE SURRENDERS BY THOUSANDS IN PALATINATE; 4,500 ALLIED PLANES RIP REICH OIL, AIRFIELDS (3/22/45)

    03/22/2015 4:33:53 AM PDT · 4 of 44
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from March 20.

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    Major General H.W. Blakeley, USA, Ret., 32d Infantry Division World War II