July 22, 2012

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July 22, 1942

Minneapolis Morning Tribune

U.S. Steps Up War Plans

The War Administration disclosed that sinkings during the week of July 12 were at the highest levels since the war began. It announced destruction of United Nations vessels through enemy action and marine casualties, including mines, “have greatly exceeded new construction” although building was breaking all records. Because of the sinkings, WSA said it decided to limit shipping space to “cargo essential the prosecution of the war” and this rule will apply to imports and exports.

Casualties
United States for the first six months of the war, announced by the war and navy departments, include 4,330 dead, 2,941 wounded and 4,694 missing. This figure does not include an estimated 35,000 troops on Bataan peninsula when it fell, nore 10,307 men on Corregidor.

No figures are are available for Japanese losses, but they are believed to be much higher.

“On to Victory” Aquatennial theme continues
A second Minneapolis parade is planned for today and the spectators lining the street is expected to exceed the 380,000 who viewed the event’s opening day parade.

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July 22, 2012

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July 21, 1942

Minneapolis Morning Tribune

Nazis Retreat at Voronezh

Moscow radio stated that the initiative had passed into Russian hands in the battle for the upper Don near Voronezh, and the Germans were being forced back westward step by step. The entire battle has entered a new stage

Total War! Waacs Get First Drill
Women hit the warpath by government decree as the nation’s first feminine army assembled at Fort Des Moines for the historic opening of America’s only military academy for the fair sex. Indicative of their country’s determination to fight total war, hundreds of women from every state in the union poured int the old fort to don uniforms and do their bit for the duration.

It will be their invaluable task to release able-bodied military personnel, now doing many non-combatant jobs, to man the fighting front.

Cargill to Complete Ship Construction
The Argentine tanker Victoria, built by Cargill reverted back to U.S. ownership after being damaged by the Nazis. Construction orders by the U.S. for 6 more tankers will complete completed by Cargill at their Savage, Minnesota facility.

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July 22, 2012

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July 20, 1942

Minneapolis Morning Tribune

Russ Yield More Ground

Russian troops have evacuated Voroshilograd, only 108 miles above Rostov, the gate to the gReat Russian Oil fields. This was the worst news from the Russian front.

Allies Have Yet to Keep Red Promise
The Germans and Russians are now locked in a crucial battle. Both sides are throwing their might into the battle. Hitler’s German legions have created a chance to try to win the decisive victories which for more than a year the Red armies have denied them. Even without actually crushing Russia’s military resistance, it now appears the Germans may be able to maneuver the Russians into a position where they could no longer constitute an offensive threat to the Nazis.

12,000 Worship at Service on Slopes of Powderhorn Park
The service carries out a custom, part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial from its inception, of providing fun-making festival participants with an opportunity to express thanks for divine favors which have been showered on Minneapolis and Minnesota. Powderhorn, long noted as an ideal location for outdoor gatherings, has been the scene of the service since its inauguration.

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July 19, 2012

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July 19, 1942

Minneapolis Sunday Tribune

Russ Advance; Second Front Talk Grows

On every Russian tongue today is the same question: “Kogda zhe budet vtoroy?
That explained Eddie Gilmore, Associated Press correspondent, in a dispatch from Moscow, means: “When will there be a second front?”
To that appeal, several unofficial answers shaped up in latest developments.

Some military experts in london thought at least a small-scale invasion across the English Channel might come soon should the Russians, whose armies up to now have been withdrawn intact, begin to crumble.

These sources said an all-out war-winning thrust might come later if the Russians were still in there slugging by the time the tremendous problems of shipping, supply and air support on a western front are solved. Other reliable British informants said a second front of any sort was unlikely in western Europe within the next few months unless considerable reinforcements of American troops arrive.

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July 19, 2012

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July 18, 1942

Minneapolis Morning Tribune

British Beat Back Rommel

Although the Nazi Steam-roller still is crunching its bloody war southwestard in the Don basin, its slowing pace warrants a shift from Russia to Egypt where a decisive crisis seems ever more imminent.

There seems little doubt that the German desert-warfare genius, Marshal Rommel, is making desperate efforts to break the stalemate forced upon him by the British stand at Alamein June 30.

Wings Roar Over Head at 350 Miles Hour
Fifty thousand [Minnesotans] looked on at Wold Chamberlin field Friday night as the army fighter plane and German Messerschitt sped across the airport at 350 miles per hour in a series of maneuvers staged as an aid to sale of war bonds and stamps.

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July 19, 2012

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July 17, 1942

Minneapolis Morning Tribune

Major Desert Battle Rages; Reds Retreat

Momentous military decisions are in the making at both ends of the Caucasians-Middle Eastern theater. A major battle of armored forces which may have decisive results erupted Thursday in the central sector of the Alamein desert in Egypt. The Axis apparently followed up an unsuccessful attempt to pierce the positions newly won by the British with an attack supported by heavier armor.

While detailed information was lacking on the Axis counter-attack, there were indications that the entire battle of Egypt might turn on this thrust.

Minneapolis to See War Planes Put on Show
Four fighter plane pilots will show Minneapolis some of the tricks airmen of the United Nations are turning against their foes.

Record Heat to Continue; City has 96
Humidity Still to be high – One Prostration Reported – Beaches Crowded.

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