Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 272nd week of the war, 154th week of U.S. participation Side: 1 of 2
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Other Allied Armies surged ahead-the U. S. Third
hammering at the gates of Metz and finally entering the
fortress-ringed city; the British Second striking out toward
Venlo; the U. S. Seventh entering Vosges Mountain
passes; and the French First bypassing Belfort to reach
the Rhine, then encircling and capturing Belfort.
The rapidity of the Allied advance has kept the battleline
fluid, but the list of captured cities, towns, and villages
is increasing constantly, and includes such places as
Geilenkirchen, which is north of Aachen, and Dieuze, to
the northeast of Nancy.
Substantial gains were made east of Aachen, and Allied
troops were fighting in the outskirts of Eschweiler. To the
south, the Allies were closing on Sarrebourg, and farther
south, gains were made in the St. Die area.
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Italian Fighting Bitter
Allied Eighth Army forces battled through snow in the
mountains before the Po Valley plain. Fighting was bitter
around Monte Fortino, and Rome reported that Allied units
operating in eastern Italy had run up against a new German
delaying line. The chain of defensive positions follows
the Montone River southwest from Ravenna, crosses
Highway Nine between Forli and Faenza, and runs into
hilly country in the Monte Fortino area.
Faenza, on the Rimini-Bologna highway, and Ravenna,
on the coastal highway to the northeast, appear to be the
next Eighth Army objectives. The Fifth Army front saw
aggressive patrol actions and German raids which, however,
From Rome came word that British troops of the Adriatic
land forces had invaded Montenegro and Hercegovina,
in Yugoslavia, in cooperation with Marshal Tito's Partisans.
Budapest Under Siege
Pushing forward in Hungary, the Soviet Second Ukrainian
Army battled along the defense line which runs more
than 80 miles northeast from Budapest to Hungary's fifth
city of Miskolc.
Jaszbereny fell to Red Army men who plunged ahead
to cut the Budapest-Miskolc highway in several places and
to partially encircle the latter city.
The siege arc around Budapest continued to contract
as the Soviets took Valko, northeast of the Hungarian
capital. To the south, Red Army troops consolidated
their Danube River positions, enlarging bridgeheads across
that body of water.
Lack of information on other sections of the long eastern
battlefront indicated the Red Army had not yet
launched a winter offensive, although German commentators
were predicting action in East Prussia and southern
Poland. Berlin reported a Soviet push in western Latvia,
but Moscow remained silent on operations in that area.
U. S. Planes Hit Manila
American aircraft from a carrier task force smashed
again at the battered Manila area on Luzon in the Philippine
Islands, striking airfields and shipping in the harbor.
Incomplete reports show two large cargo ships and one
large oiler were burned in Manila harbor, while approximately
100 enemy planes were destroyed on the ground.
Japanese aircraft rose to battle over the targets and near
the U. S. carriers, but 18 enemy planes were shot down.
The attack was the fourth major strike on the harbor area
in November. Meanwhile, the Navy announced the loss
of ten American vessels in Pacific waters. These included
a destroyer, two destroyer escorts, and seven smaller vessels
lost "as a result of enemy action or the perils of the sea."
Land fighting on the Philippine Island of Leyte was
slowed down because of a typhoon which struck the island,
flooding the streams and turning the roads into masses of
mud which stalled traffic.
U. S. troops are pressing in on the Japanese from three
sides, the action taking place in the Ormoc Valley area of
northwestern Leyte. Driving south from the northern end
of the corridor at Pinamopoan, units of the Twenty-fourth
and Thirty-second Divisions are fighting near Limon.
Other divisional elements completed an encircling movement
to surround an estimated 3000 Japanese.
Troops of the First Cavalry Division and the NinetySixth
Infantry are driving west from the rugged terrain
which lies immediately east of Ormoc, while units of the
Seventh Division are driving up the coastal route from the
south toward the city.
China-based Superfortresses struck Kyushu, in the
Japanese home islands, as well as the Jap-held Chinese
cities of Nanking and Shanghai.
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a move through the Liuchow corridor
to Kweiyang, capital of Kweichow Province; or a drive on
Chengtu and Chungking, China's wartime capital, in
To the north, other Japanese offensives threatened the
Chinese in Kweichow Province. Nipponese forces near
Lungsheng, northwest of Kweilin, drove west and northwest.
In Hunan Province, the Japanese were advancing
west of Paoking and had reached points 15 to 20 miles
beyond that city.
As the Japanese drove toward western China, Chinese
troops raced to open the Ledo-Burma Road, the overland
supply route leading through Burma to Kunming, Kweiyang,
These forces, operating in the China-Burma border
area, took Mangshih, on the old Burma Road between
Lashio and Lungling. To the west, the Chinese units
entered sections of Bhamo, in Burma, after American aircraft
had dive bombed Japanese positions at the edge of
the town. Despite the Chinese successes, there is still considerable
territory to be taken before the famed road can
function again. The road distance from Bhamo to Lungling
is 177 miles. The Chinese have cleared the road to
about ten miles south of Bhamo, and to about 22 miles
south of Lungling. The intervening 145 miles still remain
to be occupied.
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MONDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, 1944.WEEK OF 15 NOVEMBER TO 22 NOVEMBER -Volume III No. 32F
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[United States.] Army Service Forces. Army Information Branch. Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 272nd week of the war, 154th week of U.S. participation, poster, November 27, 1944; New York, N.Y.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc895/m1/1/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.