Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 235th week of the war, 117th week of U.S. participation Side: 1 of 2
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Above map is enlarged section of area shaded at right, shows where Chinese and American troops are fighting.
Map below is area shown shaded directly to right, and shows where Indian and British troops engage the Japs.
WESTERN EUROPE: Heavy American and British
air attacks on Northern
France and Northwest Germany continued to seek out and
destroy German air strength, in factories, on the fields and
in the air. The outstanding action of the past week was
the series of four American operations over Berlin.
The first was carried out March 3 by long range Lightning
fighters, which cruised over the German capital, seeking
but finding little enemy opposition. They were the
first American planes over the city, six hundred miles from
England. The next day Fortresses made a daylight attack
but the force was smaller than usual and the operations
may have been a diversion for other USAAF heavy bombers
and fighters hitting targets farther west.
On March 7 some 800 American bombers escorted by
hundreds of fighters bored their way through the intricate
air defenses of Berlin and according to unofficial sources
dropped more than 2000 tons of bombs. In what was described
as the heaviest air battles of the war, losses on both
sides were high.
An authoritative source in London announced that 176
Nazi planes were destroyed, 93 by bombers and 83 by
escorting Allied fighters. The enemy loss represented
about 29 percent of the estimated defense force of 600
planes. Nazi fighters flew in from Munich and Vienna to
Berlin's defense. American losses were 68 heavy bombers
and 11 fighters. The fourth attack occurred the next day.
SOUTH WEST PACIC Allied troops made four
UUfW important gains in the
area of the Bismarck Archipelago. On the Admiralty
Group the dismounted cavalry units which landed on Los
Negros Island last week, gained control of the whole island
after bitter fighting. The Momote airfield on Los Negros
was already in use by our artillery observation planes and
ready for basing bombers.
On New Britain, U. S. Marines landed near Talasea on
the Willaumez Peninsula. The site is on the north coast of
New Britain Island, about 160 miles southwest of the
bomb-plastered Jap base at Rabaul and 110 miles northeast
of the Marine base at Cape Gloucester. On the other
side of New Britain American infantrymen moved up 24
miles from the Arawe airdrome toward Gasmata, the chief
town on the island's south shore. Gasmata has been used
in the past as a Jap air base and has had numerous heavy
BRI MAe .American infantrymen, veterans of the
jungles of Guadalcanal and the Southwest
Pacific, went into action in northern Burma for the first
time. Marching 200 miles through the heavy bush country
they encountered the Japs south of the American-trained
Chinese forces who last week took Maingkwan and Lashu
Ga. The Americans captured Walawbum in an encircling
This action and the Chinese victory at Maingkwan constituted
a pincers around an enemy force estimated at 2000
men. The Americans, under Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill
were squarely across the Jap line of retreat from Maingkwan
southward along the Hukawng Valley.
In southern Burma, patrol action continued in the Chin
hills and south of Maungdaw. North of Akyab in the
Kaladan River Valley, West African troops had come
within 40 miles of the seaport but were meeting stiffened
EASTERN FRONT: Red Army troops on the Northern
Front gained a bridgehead
across the Narva River and virtually encircled Narva the
first important city in Estonia on the way to the Baltic Sea.
The rail line from Narva to Tallinn was cut.
Below Lake Peipus the rail center of Pskov was under
Soviet artillery fire and fighting was reported in the outskirts
of the city. A premature thaw on the Northern
Front was impeding operations.
On the Southern Front the Soviets opened a new offensive
inside Poland, driving southwest toward the Carpathian
Mountains and possible entrapment of the major
Nazi forces still remaining in southern Russia. Commanded
by Marshal Gregory K. Zhukoff, the Red Army
struck in the direction of Tarnopol, a junction on the
Odessa-Lwow rail line and cut the line southeast of Tarnopol.
Heavy tank and infantry engagements were reported
as the Nazis counterattacked in force in an attempt
to reopen the exit from the Ukraine to Poland. Should
these enemy blows fail, the Nazis in the Odessa area would
be forced to rely on the supply available along the secondary
communications to Rumania. Movement by both
sides was seriously hampered by deep mud which reached
to men's knees. The Soviets were reported using mud
sledges dragged behind tanks to transport infantry units.
ITALY: The third major German attack against our
jg 11O, l Anzio beachhead was launched and driven
back after three days of heavy fighting, after which the
line remained where it had been before the attack started.
The fight was concentrated mainly on a front 1000 yards
wide, midway between Aprilia and Cisterna. The Fifth
Army holds about 100 square miles around Anzio.
Patrol and artillery action were constant and Allied
shipping off Anzio as well as our ground positions are targets
for the Germans. Minor fighting occurred on the
Garigliano River front, near Cassino, and on the Eighth
Army Adriatic front.
Air operations, which vary with the weather and had
been limited, were renewed with heavy attacks on rail centers
serving the enemy in Italy. The rail yards in Rome
and Florence and the Toulon Naval Base in southern
France were assaulted by heavy units of the U. S. Fifteenth
Standing out clearly in contrast to camouflaged ships-ofwar
in the background, two Allied hospital ships steam into
the harbor of Anzio, scene of the landing below Rome.
At the sunny entrance to an air raid shelter on the AnzioNettuno
beachhead, Pvts. Jackson Brown, of Dale, S. C.,
and Roy Williams of Savannah, Ga., take a moment out.
U-BOATS: Sinking of Allied merchant ships in convoy
by enemy U-boats dropped to less
than one ship in 1000 sailings in the last six months of
1943, A. V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty revealed
last week. This compared with one in 181 in 1941,
one in 233 in 1942 and one in 344 in the first part of 1943.
Ten days of dramatic naval action in March, 1943,turned
the tide of battle against the enemy. Alexander explained
that the change was brought about by new dispositions
adopted by Allied anti-submarine forces. These included
the formation of special reinforcement groups of ships,
possible because of increased Allied naval strength, which
could be sent to the aid of threatened convoys, new tactics,
and greatly expanded air cover for Allied ships.
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Flying Fortresses of the 8th Air Force fly down a vapor
trail that leads to Brunswick. The city was Germany's
important producer of Luftwaffe fighters and bombers on
the River Oder. At times the road became rough and some
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formations of our heavy bombers were attacked by
swarms of enemy fighters. Clouds and profuse vapor
trails added obstructions to the path of the attackers and
pilots were sometimes forced to depend on instruments.
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on Adak Island in the Aleutians it comes in a hurry. The
above series of photos was made in 17 minutes during
which time the fog rolled in and blanketed Mount Moffet.
Nazi planes set this Allied truck afire in the Carasuolo area
in Italy. It had been loaded with German prisoners. At
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[United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch. Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 235th week of the war, 117th week of U.S. participation, poster, March 13, 1944; [Washington, D.C.]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc931/m1/1/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.