Clipped From Hartford Courant
of .The 292nd Week of the War Tliis week the advance in Germany continued spectacularly, while to the Easter Sunday landing Okinawa there was added another shattering blow to the Japanese navy, plus the heaviest B-29 pounding of Japan to date. To recite these facts, is to give but an inadequate measure of the tremendous rush events in both halves of this World War. Moreover, the .whole was capped during the week by Mos- cow's denunciation of its neutrality treaty with Japan, an overt sign t i . : - U n JJIUIUUUU Uipiuiuauu (.nausea mat. promise to have military repercus-I sions. In Germany there no longer was a Western Front. The armored spearheads of the French, American, British and Canadian Armies all advanced, some of them a hundred miles. The hopes that soared week ago with the beginning of the advance beyond the Rhine were in the process of realization. All along a three-hundred-mile front, from Bremen near the North Sea down to Karlsruhe, gateway to the Black Forest in the South, Eisenhower's powerhouse drive advanced. It met resistance that was fierce in spots, but there was no longer an organized German front. The battered but industrially vital Ruhr area, manned by an estimated 150,000 Nazi soldiers including some of their toughest divisions, was definitely sealed off by units of the First and Ninth American Armies. Sporadic attempts to break out were beaten back. Far to the east deeper within Germany other units of the First Army were punching beyond Kassel. South of them, and still farther east, Pat-ton's hard-hitting Third Army made the greatest advance of all, reaching out toward the Czechoslovak border and to the Russian lines on the. other side of Germany. Still further south the Seventh Army had left Frankfurt-on-Main and Wurzburg far behind. It was stabbing toward Nurnberg. scene of much prewar Nazi pageantry, and toward the Russian troops who at the week's end were closing in on Vienna from three sides. Most spectacular of the Allied advances in' the latter days of the week, however, was the drive in the North. The American Ninth Army, efter a sharp battle, had seized Hameln. picturesquely medieval city of the Pied Piper, and was nearine Prussia's Hannover, 150 miles from Berlin. On its left flank the British Second Army's armored fisfr' was punching north toward Bremen, and naa advanced to within a dozen miles of that historic and important German outlet to the North Sea. Still farther on the left flank the Canadian First Army was driving north along the Dutch-German frontier, and seemed about to cut off the Nazi forces- that had not been withdrawn from Rotterdam Amsterdam and other centers in unliber'ated Holland. So far-reaching were the week's advances that everyone asked how Germany could hold out longer. There were hints and rumors from within Germany,, that the Nazi command had given up hope of defending the' Reich, and was preparing for party and personal rather than national resistance. General Eisenhower, during the week, said that it became increasingly likely that there would be no surrender marking V-E Day, but that at some point the Allied Command would formally declare the war against Germany over. He warned, however, that there would probably be large-scale guerrilla resistance that would oc cupy great numbers of aihph troops for a long time. It must not oe iorgotten tpat Nazi troops still hold Dunkirk, Lorlent and St. Na-zaire on the French coast, and that they are likely to do the same in the Dutch ports as well as in the mountain fastnesses of southern Germany. News of the latest victory over remnants of the Japanese home fleet came in as the week closed Only after the American Third Fleet had for weeks roamed at will in Japanese waters did Japan take up the challenge. Its reluctant ships steamed out from the inland sea behind the Ryukyus in the neighborhood of Okinawa, under a powerful screen of land-based 'Japanese planes. When the battle was over Admiral Nimitz reported that six of the remaining Japanese warships, including the 45,000-ton battleship Yamato, had been sunk and that 391 Japanese planes had teZtSh0t Jut ot tne sky- Admiral Nimitz, who during the week had nade chief naval commander while General MacArthur was made chief army commander in a realignment of the Pacific command, put American losses at three destroyers and seven carrier planes W0ers As news of this victory came out, r?ld ' 30, B-23s. the greates fcmd-based aerial assault of the war, was thrown against Japan's homeland aircraft plants in Tokyo 'and Nagoya The Superfortresses were escorted by American P-51s based on newly conquered Iwo Jima-the TLAmerican flghters t0 y over Russia's denunciation of its neu-teality pact with Japan marks the most important political shift in the war since the collapse of Italy as an whether the move would be followed by war between Russi! and Thl aCtlon rouId mean o?yd war J Wlalthe KremIIn saw he S u. Bal28t Germay near enough PacSc'-r0 the Clash in" afford " C0Uld not It remains to be noted tnat on hih Apr" 6' 1845' the twenty" tlRlith anniversary of our entrv into the First World War the hrfu t f German fortress of Ehren-breitstein on the Rhine whpr u had flown after the victory of 1918 United states that when Rt last tne coming vlctorv Is tvnn an A .... Ht Vu V ";",U1'" io make mat tne American fiotf in . third h. a Z"iv,w.cn "e leas in sure , -unn,u uiht. enn eyes turn Increasingly toward San Francisco where on April 25 the United N.' ions meet to write tho charter of an international organization to keen pence.