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Cloudy, Warmer




Tighten Hold on Anzio Beachhead

Reds Reach Outskirts of
Lugo, Capture 40 Towns
4,200 Nazis Killed in Desperate German
Attempt To Rescue 10 Trapped Divisions

Study-Weary Soldiers Revel

1n, Stoic-i(rlieg

By The Associated Press
LONDON, Feb. 13, Sunday.-The
Red Army has reached the suburbs
of the rail station of Luga, 80 miles
south of Leningrad on the road to
south Estonia and Latia, while in
the Ukraine 4,200 Nazis were killed
yesterday and 70 tanks wrecked in
the desperate German effort to res-
cue the remnants of ten trapped Nazi
divisions near the middle Dnieper
River, Moscow announced today. '
More than forty towns and hamlets
were captured in the north as the
Russians fought in the outskirts of
Luga, and 18 miles to the east cap-
tured the rail junction of Batetskaya
and cleared the Leningrad-Batet-
skaya-Novgorod raiload.
Luga, midway between Leningrad
and Pskov, is an important German
defense point protecting the Axis re-
treat into Estonia and Latvia along
three railroads joining at Pskov.
The fall of the town appeared im-
minent tonight as the Russians
wheeled through the heavy snow.
Soviet forces pressed the hungry
and exhausted Nazis into an 11-mile-
long strip of land from Korsun north
along a railroad. Golyaki was cap-
tured at the upper end of this Nazi
toehold and Kavashin, less than
three miles southeast of Korsun, was
taken at the southern end.
In this fighting 2200 Germans were
killed as the Russians drove wedges
Union of Polish
Patriots Forms
National Body
New Organization May
Be Used To Establish
Agreement with Reds
LONDON, Feb. 12.-(P)VThe Sov-
iet-sponsored Union of Polish Patri-
ots already has organized a national
council inside Poland, the Moscow
radio disclosed tonight, adding a
new climax to the open conflict be-
tween Russia and the present Polish
The disclosure that the Union of
Polish Patriots, organized in Moscow,
had set up operations in Poland fol-
lowed an editorial in the Communist
Party newspaper, Pravda, attacking
the Polish regime in London anew
and implying that a government
acceptable to the Soviets might be
established in Poland.
The Moscow broadcast said that
the council established by the Union
of Polish Patriots included represen-
tatives of the Polish Peasants Party,
the Socialist Workers Party and
"other democratic groupings," but
gave no details as to how or where
the organization was accomplished.
The broadcast, made in Polish,
added, "Formation of the national
council is a step toward the consoli-
dation of all national elements inside
Poland in the face of the complete
ruin and annihilation with which
the Germans threaten the Polish
3 Cars Leave Track
As Train Is Derailed
Three baggage cars went off the
track when the 3:36 p.m. train from
Chicago and Grand Rapids was de-
railed yesterday a quarter of a mile
west of Ann Arbor.
No passengers or train personnel
were injured in the accident which
train representatives attributed to
the formation of a hot box.
The main train was side tracked
to keep the line open and derricks
worked all afternoon to get the bag-
gage care back on the track.

between the German strongpoints,
winning one fortified position after
another. The retreating Germans
abandoned dugouts and trenches,
throwing away their weapons in their
rout. Insidethe cog seven tanks, 12
field guns, 55 ticks and other mat-
erials also were captured by the Rus-
Meanwhile, the Germans outside
the ring who had been attacking So-
viet lines doggedly since Feb. 3 in
hopes of breaking through to the sur-
vivors of perhaps 100,000 men origin-
ally trapped by the Russian coup
failed again to pierce the encircling
Allies Continue
Air Attacks in
South Pacific
Rabaul, New Britain,
New freland Bombed;
Starved Japs Found
day, Feb. i, 3.-(MP-,Allied airmen
continuing their attacks on the Japa-
nese defense bastions in the South
Pacific destroyed 43 planes in at-
tacks on Rabaul, New Britain, and'
Kavierig, New Ireland, the High
Command announced today.
Thirty-two of the Japanese planes
were shot down over Rabaul, target
of almost daily assaults by aircraft
from Admiral William F. Halsey's
Solomon Islands bases. We lost four
planes here.
Airdrome Hit
The attackers hit the Kavieng air-
drome with 167 tons of bombs, while
174 tons were dropped on the Vuna-
kanau and Tobera airdromes at Ra-
baul, producing destruction which
was blacked out from the attackers'
view by smoke.
The Allied communique also said
that American Marine patrols at
Borgen Bay, in the Cape Gloucester
area in northwestern New Britain,
have found many bodies of Japanese
who apparently died 'of starvation
and disease.
Japs Starve to Death
The experience of the Marines here
duplicated that of the Australians in
the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea,
campaign, where hundreds of Japa-
nese were found dead of starvation
due to the Allied activities in sever-
ing the enemy's barge supply lines.
Alliedowarplanes screaming out of
the Solomon Islands which once
swarmed with Japanese, have in-
creased the tempo of their attacks
on the once threatening enemy base
of Rabaul. This may be the begin-
ning of a final move to put Rabaul
out of business.
From before dawn until mid-aft-
ernoon Wednesday 250 Allied fight-
ers and bombers raked Vunakanau
bomber base and Tobera airfield.
19 Die in Greenville
Collision over Field
GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 12.-A)
-Nineteen men were' killed today
when three planes of a bomb group
collided and crashed at the Green-
ville Army Air Base.
The planes crashed at the weekly
Saturday review. Flying low in for-
mation, they touched wings and
crashed just after they had passed
over a bomber group on the field.
They fell a quarter of a mile away,
at the north end of the base. Flames
were seen before the craft struck the

Fifth Army Shells
German Positions
Supplies Landed Despite Heavy Swells;
Weather Break Needed for Air Support
By The Associated Press
ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Algiers, Feb. 12-Mud-spattered Fifth
Army troops grimly tightened their grip on the Anzio beachhead tonight as
their commander, Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark,assured them that supplies were
arriving for them and that their victorious march on Rome was "sure to
Their hold on the shell-pitted battleground was firmer than at any
time in the past 72 hours after a German attack was repulsed with the
aid of warships which ranged boldly inshore and shelled the Nazi positions.

The best way to make use of snow is to wash somebody's face with it, and these men from Com-
pany A wasted no time. The unfortunate recipient of the crystallized super-heated water vapor facial
doesn't seem too harpy, but he was outnumbered three to one, and there wasn't much he could do
about it. However, the picture doesn't show the sequel to the story: friends of the victim rallied around
and ganged up on the dictatorial three until they were sorry they ever heard the word snow.
-Daily Photo by Cpl. R. L. Lewin, 3651st SU, Co. A
Men Swap,'Box15frV-Ball Datet

"But I can't go with more than
one man," sadly quoth Box 15 yes-
terday as replies to her Daily clas-
sified asking for a date for V-Ball
continued to pour in.
Soldiers, sailors, marines, and
civilians have written in to Box 15
giving full particulars, height,
weight, shoe size and in some cases
have implored the little woman to
spend the evening with them.,
In her classified announcement
that ran Thursday, Box 15 offered
to pay a man. an hourly rate for
his escort services, but many of the
replies have made a counter offer
of all expenses paid.
One or two army men who have
replied indicated that military pay
can't afford the price of admission
and would be grateful for the date
and a ticket.
Hopkins' Son Is
Killed in Action

In response to these queries the
Daily has taken it upon itself to es-
tablish a get-acquainted service
for these dateless men and Box 15
and any other coeds who wish to
take advantage of the opportunity.
Persons interested in a date eith-
er male or female are asked to ap-
pear in the Daily office between 1
p.m. and 6 p.m. tomorrow for a
personal interview.
The Daily will make every at-
tempt to satisfy all requests and
specifications, but can't make a
blanket guarantee.
Excerpts from replies to Box 15
"I have got the stuff, if she has
the ticket . . . I have been going
steady with a slide rule, but I could
break away for you . . . I am tall,
blond, a good dancer, and people
say I'm not conceited."
Business Tax
Reduction Bill

V-Ball Tickets
To Go on Sale
Tickets for Victory Ball, which will
feature the music of Les Brown and
Fletcher Henderson, who was signed
yesterday, will go on sale tomorrow
in designated places for Army, Na-
vy and Civilian students.
Ticket sale has been allotted to
each student group according to a
proportion of theiy. number to the en-
tire campus.
The ball is formal and there will be
continuous dancing from 9 p.m. to
2 a.m.
The following schedule will be ob-
served for the sale of Pickets:
Army-5-7:30 p.m. Main Lounge,
East Quad, and Travel Desk, Michi-
gan Union.
Navy---5-7:30 p.m. First half deck-
West Quad.
Civilians-10 a.m.-4 p.m. 'U' Hall
Corridor and 5-7:30 p.m. Travel Desk
Michigan Union.
At the close of registration Friday,
more than a dozen barber-shop quar-
tets had signed up to compete in the
V-Ball contest.
A private elimination will be held
to select the three finalist quartets
who Will sing the night of the dance.
Competing quartets will be notified
of their appointments for the elim-'
ansikivi Goes
To Stockholm
Peacemaker Denies
Journey Is Political
STOCKHOLM, Feb. 12.-P)-Dr.
Juhu Kusti Paasikivi, who negotiated
the 1940 Finnish-Russian peace, ar-
rived quietly in Stockholm today on

Landing of supplies for the bea
despite heavy swells, and a slight bre
Churchill Says
Rome Will Be
Won by Allies.
LONDON. Feb. 12.-(P)-Prime
Minister Churchill announced flatly
today that Allied commanders in the
Italian campaign had assured him
Rome would be won and there was
"no justification for pessimism."-
The announcement, at the height
of the swaying battle on the Anzio;
bridgehead and around Cassino, was
obviously intended to quiet mounting
anxiety both in this country and the
United States and to reassure the Al-
lied and neutral world. It was inter-
preted here as a sign of great confi-
dence that the Anzio' bridgehead1
would be held.
(President Roosevelt said yester-
day that a very tense situation and,
heavy figpting existed at the Anzio
bridgehead. He told a press-radio
conference that we are praying for
good weather to aid sea and air op-
Churchill quoted reports from Gen.
Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, Allied
Commander-in-Chief in the Mediter-
ranean, and Gen. Sir Harold Alexan-
der, Commander of Allied Forces in
Italy, as saying that in the Anzio
beachhead the Allies "npw have a
very strong army and superiority
both in artillery and tanks."
Liberators Raid
Battered Calais
No Fighter Opposition
Met in Daylight Attack
LONDON, Feb. 12.-()-American
Liberators maintained the unprece-
dented pace of daylight bombing
with a thumping attack today
against the Germans' battered forti-
fications around Pas-de-Calais, ene-
my-held French territory nearest to
The four-engined bombers crossed
the channel under a roaring umbrella
of Mustang and Thunderbolt fight-
ers and returned without loss to com-
plete successfully their 13th opera-
tion in 16 days. The fliers reported
they did not see a single enemy fight-
er in the sky.
Two small formations of RAF
Mosquitos also pounded military tar-
gets in northern France under cover
of typhoons and these too returned
without meeting serious opposition.
One RAF plane was lost, while the
Typhoons bagged three German
"There was not too much flak"
said Lt. Howard Holladay of Som-
erset, KKy., a co-pilot on the Liber-
ator sweep. "The Nazis must have
used up their weekly ration in the
past two days.
"We really laid a good pattern of
bombs," he added. "We didn't see'an
enemy fighter, but our P-518 (Mus-
tangs) were everywhere like a swarm
of bees."
Boy Dies of Injuries
From Auto Accident
Paul R. Hilge, 16, died yesterday
afternoon at St. Joseph's Mercy Hos-
pital of head injuries sustained when
the automobile which he was driving
collided with a GMC tractor and

chhead was carried out successfully
ak in the weather gave promise that
overwhelming Allied air superiority
might soon return to the aid of the
hard-fighting ground forces.
In a message to all his troops along
the western Italian front, including
those who slugged out limited gains
in the Cassino sector, Gen. Clark
urged his men to break through the
Germans' "thinned out lines" and to
crush the enemy on their way north.
Supplies were arriving at the beach-
head, Gen. Clark said, which would
given the Allied forces there the op-
portunity to kill Germans "in large
(A British broadcast, recorded by
CBS, quoted a British war corres-
pondent as saying that the German
More Nazis Called
STOCKHOLM, Feb. 12.-)--The
Berlin afternoon press announced
the military call-up of all men still
not mobilized in the classes of 1884
to 1893, those between 51 and 60
years old.
All such men were directed to pre-
sent themselves for mustering be-
fore Feb. 16. The step apparently was
a new sign of Hitler's increasing need
for further manpower.
radio was boasting that the beach-
head force soon would have to take
to boats. Such German statements
never have been "within miles of the
truth," the correspondent said, add-
that the troops were facing their
job with sober confidence).
Issuing his message soon after his
return today from a visit to the
beachhead, Gen. Clark told the
troops who have been battering
down a week-long series of German
counter-attacks there that their
landing was a "splendid accomplish-
World Day of
Pr'ayer Will
Be Held Today
Inter-Guild Sponsors
Ceremony at First
Congregational Church
Students, servicemen and towns-
people are invited to attend the an-
nual World Day of Prayer service at
*8 p.m. today in the First Congrega-
tional Church.
Sponsored by Inter-Guild, this ser-
vice will include music, prayer, a re-
sponsive reading, and a short talk.
William Muehl, acting director of
the Student Religious Association,
will speak on "Prayer and the Real
World." Harriet Porter will sing "The
Lord's Prayer" with Harry Daum ac-
companying on the organ, "Forever
with the Lord" will be offered by
Robert Waltz and Robert Dierks.
Scripture will be read by Bertsung
Li, and Ruth Daniels will present a
poem. The responsive reading will be
led by Vivian Ligon.
Student groups all over the world
will hold services similar to this one
a week from today. The internation-
al World Day of Prayer is under the
sponsorship of the World Student
Christian Federation,
All contributions received at the
service will be turned over to the
World Student Service Fund, an or-
ganiztion which is now conducting
a nation-wide drive for text books.
Diplomats Trapped
In France To Return,
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. - M)--

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. - (A") - .Meld irt Sei El

President Roosevelt tonight inform-
ed his long-time friend and adviser,
Harry L Hopkins, that his 18-year-
old son, Stephen, had been killed in
the fighting to wrest the Marshall
Islands from the Japanese.
Hopkins was on his way south, to
rest and to try to improve his health,
when he received word of his son's
death. The lad, a Marine who chose
action in preference to service train-
ing in college, was buried at sea.
He was the youngest of Hopkins'
three sons by the first of three mar-
Mrs. Hopkins, who disclosed the
President's action, said no further
details of Stephen's death were avail-

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12-P)-The
prospect of post-war corporation tax
reduction which will help clear the
track for business to provide jobs for
returning service men and war work-
ers was held out today by two senior
members of the Senate Finance Com-
mittee. Chairman George (Dem.,
Ga.) and Senator Vandenberg (Rep,,
About all the encouragement
George could hold out for individuals
was that Congress will make the rev-
enue laws more understandable. This
job is going to be tackled immediate-
ly, it was promised today by Chair-
man Doughton (Dem., N.C.) and
Rep. Knutson (Rep., Minn.)

Proposed Recreational Program

what he said was "private business"
a few hours after former Finnish
Foreign Minister Eljas Erkko said
g'b S C - his country was "considering every
Discuse = au dr
way possible in finding the road to
_-- -- ---'In excellent humor, Paasikivi dis-
adult crime and race riots frequently claimed that his present trip had
occur." He went on to say that this anything to do with politics. In 1940'
lack of recreational facilities is one he had arrived here and gone secretly
of the reasons for these things and to Moscow for peace negotiations..
although the proposed plan should "I expect to stay as long as possi-

Highlighting the evening assembly
of the Southeastern Michigan Rec-
reational Workshop which was held
in thesRackham Building yesterday

The program was initiated in 1928
to provide recreation areas in south-
eastern Michigan which, considering
the population pressure, suffers from
a definite lack of recreational facili-

sions of unusual danger build up un-
der such conditions. Wholesome rec-
reational outlets help to relieve
Facilities Inadequate


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