Newsmap. Monday, January 3, 1944 : week of December 22 to December 29, 1943, 225th week of the war, 107th week of U.S. participation Side: 1 of 2
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OND JANUARY 3,1944
EEK OF DECEMBER 22 TO DECEMBER 29, 1943
225~t Week of the War -107th Week of U. S. Participation
Volume II No. 37
N UNg R N III New la dings on Southwest New
" Britain Island were made by U. S.
Marines on two sides of Cape Gloucester. This enemyheld
area for weeks previous to the landing had been subjected
to some of the most violent air bombardment in the
The Marines, -many of them veterans of Guadalcanal,
established beachheads east and west of the cape and in
addition occupied Long Island, at the entrance of Vitiaz
Strait, following a cruiser and destroyer bombardment and
a blasting by 300 tons of aerial bombs.
The Japanese counterattacked by air several times and
were defeated in every attempt, losing 61 planes against a
loss of seven American planes.
The landing was complicated by the fact that it was
necessary to swing around the lower corner of New Britain
into what had been enemy-controlled waters.
This second landing on New Britain within two weeks
will lead to our increased command of the Bismarck Sea
area and with the advancing of our air bases, Gen. MacArthur
announced, will bring the Kavieng-Admiralty
Islands area within decisive reach of our Sand-based air
Following up an attack by land-based medium bombers
on the main supply dump area at Kavieng, carrier-based
planes from the South Pacific sank a destroyer, two large
cargo vessels and damaged another destroyer and other
On the Huon Peninsula of New Guinea, Allied ground
units occupied Wandokai and continued the advance
fi| i'fllf1'eil~l o p The greatest number of American
heavy bombers ever to take
off from Britain attacked "special military installations" on
the northern coast of France Dec. 24, as part of an estimated
record force of 3000 Allied planes that crossed the
Channel. The U. S. Eighth Air Force announced that
1300 planes handled by American crews took part in the
daylight missions and popular speculation indicated that
the "special targets" were Nazi rocket installations in the
Calais area. There was no immediate official statement as to
the nature of the targets, however. We lost no planes in
The same night hundreds of RAF bombers struck Berlin
with more than 1100 tons of bombs.
The War Dept. announced that of 581 air crew members
reported missing when 60 Flying Fortresses were lost
in the bombing of Schweinfurt, Germany, Oct. 14, 346
were alive as prisoners of war. Reports were still being received
and it was expected that more would be listed as
s ' IThe Red Army made important gains on the
northern front in the advance upon Vitebsk
and at the same time Soviet troops went over to the offensive
in the fighting west of Kiev, on the southern front.
Northwest of the enemy-held rail junction of Vitebsk,
the Soviets cut the rail line from that stronghold to Polotsk
near the village of Dvorishche and at the same time advanced
to within less than eight miles from Vitebsk from
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[United States.] Army Orientation Course. Newsmap. Monday, January 3, 1944 : week of December 22 to December 29, 1943, 225th week of the war, 107th week of U.S. participation, poster, January 3, 1944; Washington, D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc942/m1/1/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.