America at war! (1941--) -- Part 2

Tokyo reports Kurils raid

Bombing of enemy ‘Pearl Harbor’ indicated
By the United Press

Italian rail center bombed

Factory destroyed, royal arms plant hit
By Donald Coe, United Press staff writer

Bid rigging case settled for $250,000

U.S. and informer Marcus to split payoff from electrical firms

UAW strikes Chrysler plant to enforce shortage rules

‘Don’t try to maintain production,’ says CIO group when men are absent from department

Baby talk

By Florence Fisher Parry

2 inspectors suspended in glider crash inquiry

Washington (UP) –
The Army Air Forces materiel command will decide on the basis of a current investigation whether disciplinary action should be taken against two civilian inspectors at the Robertson Aircraft Corporation, St. Louis, manufacturers of the glider which crashed Aug. 1 killing 10 persons.

The War Department announced late yesterday that faulty manufacture by a subcontractor, faulty inspection by the prime manufacturer, and inadequate enforcement of inspection procedures, combined to produce a fatal hidden defect in a wing strut metal fitting.

While the materiel command’s investigation continues, Charles C. Latty, Army Air Forces inspector in charge, and William W. Williams, AAF receiving inspector, have been suspended temporarily.

Davis wants to free draft from the WMC

Calling of fathers tagged unjustified, grandiose; state aroused
By Robert Taylor, Press Washington correspondent

5-week heat wave hits most of U.S.

Willkie: GOP victory possible in 1944

In monopoly scandal –
Congressman hits system of plane fueling

Says Air Forces ignored recommendation of Army engineers
By Thomas L. Stokes, Scripps-Howard staff writer

Rats ‘conquered’ on Capitol Hill at $15 per

By Ned Brooks, Scripps-Howard staff writer

Normandie still rises

New York –
The hull of the former French liner Normandie, rising approximately 2.5 degrees a day, reached an angle of about 37 degrees today.

Editorial: Roosevelt-Churchill decision

Edson: Publications to stir up trouble still circulate

By Peter Edson


Ferguson: The vines still cling

By Mrs. Walter Ferguson

The War Department is asking power from Congress to investigate unjust claims against the Army man’s paycheck. These claims come most often from women who have lived apart from their husbands but waste no time in demanding a dependent’s share of his allotment the minute he is drafted.

Decent feminists will blush for their sex as they study the records. The whole thing is tied up with the alimony question, which is also due for an overhauling.

How can we justify demands for alimony along with demands for full economic equality? In a world where the feminine half of the population does everything but tote a gun into battle, it is absurd to go on expecting clinging-vine privileges. Yet court records disclose this amazing inconsistency.

While half of us yell for bigger pay envelopes, the other half cry to the judge for a larger slice of ex-husbands’ pay.

The war offers new chances to prove woman’s ability and independence, but it will also take away cherished soft snaps.

It is possible that the sheltered woman will be regarded as a social outcast in the post-war world, for we are moving into a period when each individual will be judged by the contribution he makes or the service he renders to society. And if equal rights prevail, will it not be illogical for a woman to ask support from an ex-husband unless she actually tends his children with her own hands?

A fair division of property, yes – but the future will probably see both father and mother, after divorce, contributing to the upkeep of the offspring, and the childless wife having no claim on an ex-husband’s earnings.

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Background of news –
Mr. Hull is at the helm

By Gould Lincoln, North American Newspaper Alliance

Food program runs to talk of new billions

Commodity Credit demands to be outlined to House leaders

U.S. gasoline supply drops

Reserves dip 1,609,000 barrels in one week

Millett: Put out the welcome sign for serviceman’s family

Navy wife complains she wouldn’t contaminate people of towns to which he is transferred
By Ruth Millett

The WACs show ‘em they ‘know’ London

Ghost gunners left by enemy hit doughboys

U.S. soldiers bitter over anti-personnel mines strewn by mines
By Thomas R. Henry, North American Newspaper Alliance

With U.S. 7th Army, Sicily, Italy – (Aug. 6, delayed)
Like death-dealing ghosts, men lie dead for weeks after contacting mines which the evacuating Germans have strewn on roads, in cemeteries, on beaches and at all possible billeting areas along the Sicilian north coast road.

Anti-personnel mines which go off with a slight jar have caused considerable U.S. casualties and delay in the advance after the enemy leaves his position and retreats eight or 10 miles eastward.

The idea of fighting ghosts is very much in the minds of U.S. soldiers. Men who laid the mines are probably dead or many miles away and it seems as though they were operating machine guns from graves. Probably nothing has aroused U.S. soldiers’ hatred of the Germans more than the sight of comrades wounded and dying from these invisible foes.

Italian wounded

I saw a pathetic sight before the advanced field evacuation station today as a chaplain priest gave the last rites to an Italian prisoner whose leg was blown off. The Italian was alternately praying, kissing a picture of his mother and cursing Mussolini while Capt. Don Wilson of Tribune, Kansas, administered what first aid was possible.

Field ambulances arrived every few minutes with more mutilated prisoners. They had been put into what seemed an ideal billeting area on the Mediterranean beach and were building their own barbed-wire stockade in entire agreement with the international convention when they were caught in mines intended for billeting Americans.

Worse than Tunisia

Minefields are much worse here than in Tunisia and grow thicker as the Americans advance eastward. They may have been laid in expecting the invasion on the north coast or purely as delaying devices. It cannot be verified whether the bodies of enemy dead were used as boobytrap bait here.

The Italians are quite helpful because they point out where they saw Germans lay mines but they cannot be trusted entirely. They often get killed themselves. Our troops are usually too impatient after fighting days for an objective to delay hours while U.S. engineers lead the way with magnetic brooms locating mines.