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BRITAIN WANTS EIRE BASES [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
BRITAIN WANTS EIRE BASES LONDON, Monday.-New. efforts by Britain to secure naval and` air bases in Eire are reported by the political correspondent of the Daily Mail. The correspondent says Britain is seeking to make an agreement with the Government of Eire by which the bases woiuldl be leased. Any agreement would probably in clude economic conccssions to Eire to enable her to meet wartitme diffi culties,
HITLER PLANNING M. EAST DRIVE? [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
HITLER PLANNING..l M. EAST DRIVE?-: ANKARA, Tuesday. - With t.he steady progress of the Russian ad vance on the central front and in the Crimea, there has beeti a reneival of diplomatic activity in Turkey. This has led to speculation as, to whether Hitler is Ireparing a new drive to the Middle East in the hope of offsetting his serious defeats, in Russia. The British Ambassadoi (Sir Knatchbull Hugheson), has had in terviews with the Turkish Foreign Minister, following which he told' newspapermen that there was no truth in the German assertion that Russia wanted control of the Dar ldanelles. The Ambassador also ridi culed suggestions that. Russia had dlesigns on Iran. Bogey Tactics Since the Anglo-Russian forces. in tervened in Iran to. put a. stop to German intrigues, Berlin 'has con stantlyv tried to make trouble between Turkey and Russia, Now that the rRussian hrmy is sweeping back the Germans, Berlin is striving even more desperately to scare Turkey with the bogey of Russian domi...
SOLLUM SUCCESS CUTS HALFAYA [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
SOLLUM ` SUCCESS CUTS HALFAYA CAIRO, Tuesday. - Although General Rommel's main force has not yet been brought to bay, pockets of resistance further eastward are being dealt with. The fall of Sollum, near the Egyli tianl border, has had the effect of cutting off Halfaya (Hellfire), from the sea. This latter place is under constant bombardment from sea, lan(I andI air. Thlic British forces pursuing Gen crail Rommnel have reached the road running south frotm ,El Agheila to l aradla. It is expected that Rotn mel will make a stand along this line. Positions . Abandoned Although General Rommel's rear guard, in his retreat front Agedabia to El Aghlicila, is the strongest used in thle camnpaign, it is being forced to labandlon positioti after position. This, says the Daily Tclegraph's -Cairo correspondent, is (due to the inrclentitlng prgssure of a Guard's brigade and( Soutth African mechan isedl troops, The Axis rearguard consists of piicked infantry supportced by a litrge inufihic of imob...
SYDNEY WATER POSITION ACUTE May Ration Milk [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
SYDNEY WATER POSITION ACUTE May Ration Milk SYDNEY, Wednesday.-The water supply position is so seri ou( that unless general rain falls it may be necessary to ration milk before.the end of the month, states a report from the Depart ment of Information. The Sydney WVater Board is con sidering the restriction on the use of water by industrial undertakings Sydney's consumption, at the moment, greatly exceeds 0o million gallons daily as. set down by the Board. Bricks in Cistern Brisbane, Tuesday.-To save water, the Vice-Mayor (Aid. Tait) appealed yesterday to all Brisbane citizens who are served by sewerage to place "two, three or four half bricks" in their sani tary cisterns. . "This will redluce the quantity of water, use'il and will act satisfac torily,". said Ald. Tait. "That has been ascertained by tests." Explaining that further drastic re strictions Would: he placed on sport ing -bodies, Aid. Tait said that the supply was now onily 8go90,ooo gallons above: the desired safety level...
JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS ý MELBOURNE, Tuesday; - The National Junior Swiritning Chain pionships will be held in Melbourne early netct month, provided that three states are represented in each evetit of the atoo yardc freestyle for boys under 16, and the too yards freestyle for girls tunder r6. Judy Joy Davies, the Victorian girl champion, will ý be defending her title.
HUGE ENTRIES FOR HOLIDAY MEETINGS [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
HUGE ENTRIES FOR HOLIDAY MEETINGS (By "Cardigan" MELBOURNE, Wednesday.-For two race meetings on Australia Day weekend-January .24 to 26, the entries received total 385. It is likely that divisions will extend the programme over 17 races for the two days. Moonee Valley will race on the Saturday and-Williamstown (at Flemington) on the Monday. For Moonee Valley 186 entries were received; an increase of 9o over the corresponding meeting last year. Divisions are almost certain in the Niddrie Handicap (34 runners),; Twcedside Handicap (41) and Cal dermeade Welter (53),. making =nine events. Aniong the nomination' for the William Reed Stakes, the chief event of' the day, are Gold Salute, Burrabil, Tea Cake, High Road, Sun Valley, Freckles and Beaulivre. Long Day For Jockeys The long progranmmne at Ascot last Saturday made many idlle hours for jockeys who had only one or two mounts, particularly those who rode in the hurdle race. After winning the hurdle race on Whirlaway, Lauje Meenan' bec...
This map will answer your question: Why isn't the American fleet in action? [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
TIvismap will answer your questioh: Why isn't thAerica fleet in action? DO you wonder why the American Navy hasn't rushed to the Philippines? '`. The answer is simple. Manila is over 300ooo miles from Pearl Harbor, and -6tily about half that distance from Yokohlarna The effective battle range of a modlern fleet is S 25oo. These ..distances dictate the strat :,:gey of the Battle for the Pacific. The places Japanv wants are near her principal land and naval bases. America has to reach a third of the vway. -across - th.s world. Japan's strategy is to pounce, possess,- and avoid a major naval engagement with an .Anglo-American fleet any whiere near equal to her own. And geography has made it easy for lher. Singapore is -the. best guaran tee of decisive Anglo-American '; naval offensive against Japan. That's- why -:its ,loss or immobi Slisation would be a major setback to ;the ABCD Powers. SMknila and Guam were never safe 'bets Many '.Anierican strategists .forecast that- it would be imp...
POWER OF HOME ARMY CHIEF NOT CURTAILED [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
POWER OF HOME ARMY CHIEF NOT CURTAILED MELBOURNE, Wednesday. No curtailment of power is in volved in the new arrangement by which the G.O.C.-in-Chief, Home Forces (Lieut-General Sir Iven Mackay), assumed re sponsibility for the defence of the whole of Eastern Australia and South Australia. In miiaking this, annoutnceinent, the Arny NI inister (Mr. Forde), said the arrangement was purely a-tenit porary one to enable Licnt-Gcncral Sir Ivcn McKay to concentirate on, the immediate and urgent needs of the more, strategically important, area, and it had been approved by him. Sir Iven Mackay has already toured as far North as Cairns, and has visited Eastern Command. IHe was in Perth whemi Japan entered the wVar. He will visit Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin as soon as he has completed the urgent work he was now concentrating on. The Western Command, eombric ing Western Australia would be un der the command of Major-General E. C. P. Plant, who was redcently appointed G.O.C. of Western Com mand,...
Victory or Death [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
Victory orr Death LONDON, Monday.-"Vic tory or Death" is the motto of the tatik and guards brigades trained by M.; Stalin, which did such good work in throw ing back the Germans from Moscow; The Moscow newspaper Pravda says. that one brigade alone wiped out 12,000 Nazis and destroyed.or captured 16i tanks, 452 lorries, many machine-guns, and ot h er material.
Big Russian Success Near Smolensk BERLIN ADMITS HEAVY FIGHTING [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
Big Russian Success Near Smoiensk BERLIN ADMITS HEAVY FIGHTING MOSCOW, Tuesday.-The continued success of the Russian drive east of Moscow is a heartening chapter in an otherwise gloomy ainti-Axis war diary. Great successes around Smolensk are claimed in the latest Russian communique. Even Berlin admits the Russian advance west ·of Mohjaisk and that heavy- fighting is going on around Orel and Kharkov. The fall of Orel, which is surrounded on three sides,-' would pave the way for a Russian drive iu, the Ukraine. Further south, in the Crimea, it is clear .Ltfhat the Germans have lost the initiative. Another mnessage says that the Russians are attacking strongly 130 miles. west of Leningrad dnd the Germans are making, a dlespcrate ,standl 80. miles from the Estonian frontier. It is officially claimed that iný the periodl between November 16 and December 6, the Russians in the cen tral front destroyed 2,900 tanks, 4,500 guns, 6,ooo machine-guns, I1,ooo motor vehicles, and 32,000 rifles. ...
Weekly War Review AIR BATTLE BEGINS FOR SINGAPORE Pacific Sunshine and Shadow [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
Weekly ;War Review AIR -BATTLE BECINS FOR SINCAPORE Pacific Sunshine and Shadow The weekly review of the war will appear each Thurs day and not on Sundays; as previously announced. The change is made for your convenience-War Diary on Sundays; War Review 'by Major G. S. Plant, A.E.S., on Thursdays. Air observers in Malaya are cer tain that the aerial battle for- Singa pore is ablout to begin and there are two indications that the battle should go our way. Thlc first big da-ilighlt raid on the islanid fortress Ihas been nmade and it Ihas failed. Japanese bolmbers pro tected by fighters attacked in three big waves, but they twere met -by British fighter formations and their bombs did no damage to military objectives. Garman Tactics Copied In the 3Battle for Britain, German planes first attacked soutli-eastern ports and shipping lanes. When this .plan failed .the tacties were changed atid a direct attack -wvas made on l3ritish aerodromes in an attempt to smash the fighter defences,, The...
REFUGEES FROM INDIES ADMITTED TO AUSTRALIA [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
REFUGEES. FROM 'INDIES ADMITTED .TO AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE, Tuesday.-A limited number of Eurasians and Chinese of both sexes, evacuated from. threatened points in the East Indies, .is .to be admitted into Australia. Minister fbr the Interior, Senator Collings, in. reference to this an- nouncemnicht, emphasiscled , that the decision ::.to admit, colored and Chinese wvomen and children did not menace the. White Australia policy.. Those admitted would be: of good character and mustL show that they would not become a charge on the: State. Permission; To Marry It is undlerstood that Senator Col- lings has reconimmended that one thousand be admitted. C.:abinet has not yet decided wh.ether the refugees would be given permission to marry Australians. 'Th'le term Eurasian is applied to all. East Indian. born persons of mixed European . and Asiatic blood. In most- eastern cities they are stiffi- ciently numerous to. form communi ties. The majority are well educa ted and havea normal standard of ...
Churchill May Change Cabinet [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
Churchill May Change Cabinet LONDON, Tuesday.-Poli tical circles believe that when Mr. Winston Churchill returns from America, there will be a reconstruction of the Cabinet. Criticism of certain of the' members is unremitting. and it is being urged that Sir Stafford Cripps should be brought in to strengthen the Ministry. It was Sir Stafford Cripps who went to Moscow as Am bassador last year and who. urged close friendship with Russia over a long period. Indeed, before the war he was out of favor with the Labor Party, of which he is a mem ber, through his persistent ad vocacy of a popular front against Nazism and Fascism. WHY THE AMERICAN FLEET ISN'T IN ACTION SEE SPECIAL ARTICLE ON PAGE SIX.
A.I.F. OFFICERS FOR INDIAN ARMY War Cabinet Decides Transfer Conditions Considering Militia Deferred Pay [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
OFFICERFORl RINDIAN.: ARMY War Gabinet Decides Transfer Conditions :Considering- Militia- Deferred Pay MELBOURNE, Wednesday.-A decision by the Federal War Cabinet was announced last night, permitting A.I.F. officers to .,_. ; ,join the Indian Army. . . 'Ariviy Ministei 'Forde also made a statement concerning thi ~ # rivileges; of A.M.F. with' regard to deferred pay and pensio *.:already received by 'the A.I.F. 'The Federal War G-abinet has de cided that only a limited number obi officers and-metrn now serving- abroad vyithithe A I.F. will be permitted to leave the A .IE. Fforthwithi tb accept' dcoffriisslons'itn the Indian Arniy. Australia has been tasked to help, profyidlofficers for the Indian Army. Men who take aidvanitage of the cont Scession will forgo all further claims on;;tlie Federal Government .r.espect ing- their war service, but Cabinet "hasidecideld thait on tlhe terminatidn ofatheir services in the Indian.Army, they wihL ..he guaranteed: passages back to Australia at G...
MALAYAN FORCES RETIRING SOUTH SCANTY COMMUNIQUES CAUSE CONCERN Strong Raid On Singapore JAPS HELD NEAR MANILA [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
MALAYAN FORCES RETIRING SOUTH SCANTY COMMUNIQUES SCAUSE CONCERN. Strong Raid On Singapore JAPS HELD NEAR MANILA Last night's Singapore communique made no reference to the situation in Malaya It is stated, however, that another strong air attack was attempted on Singapore itself. Fifty heavy Japanese bombers, escorted by 20 naval fighters, flew over at a high altitude. One enemy fighter was shot down and four more probably failed to regain their base. Beyond saying that 55 persons were killed or wounded, the communique made no reference to any damage. MALAYA LONDON, Tuesday.-Tlhe scanti ness of the news from Malaya has given the impression here that the position is more serious than the news would indicate. For two dclays communiques from ,Singapore have merely said that our troops are continuing their with dcrawal southward from Kuala Lutm pur. No details have been given, be yoncd the trifling infoirmnation that the enemy's progress is being de layed by the extensive demolition of. ...
"DARWIN'S DEFENDERS" IS THE TITLE OF THIS FINAL CHAPTER OF OUR SERIAL All Aboard For Singapore [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
"DARWIN'S DEFENDERS IS THE TITLE OF THIS FINAL -CHAPTER By OF OUR SERIAL FRANK F ·RANK All Aboard -LUNE_ For Singapore The first bunker was a rubbish dump where a covey of malodorous billy-goats and frail nanny-goats were browsing on .jm-tin labels; and :pickle-bottle smells. Up and over we went, ruthlessly crush ing these relies, of tropic bacchanals. while the billy-goats baa'd and scam pered. Then; we plunged into: the jungle. smashing saplings as we veered, cavorted and slewed, until, we bumped a large pandanus-and a shower ot- cling-biting green ants fell from its fronds on .to my neck and scalp. Furiously . changing gears,. the j Jungle demolisher backed -"and plunged into a yawning chasm. I rose a.. yard and flopped two, then bit.-my lip, swallowed and ant and grasped the hot plate as -we roared atforty.down, a rugged slope in a power-clive de luxe, at any angle of. sixty degrees.' towards the swampy mangroves. of the shore. I was terrified. I foresaw death asw'the pace and t...
TASMANIA MAY MANUFACTURE ALUMINIUM [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
TASMANIA MAY MANUFACTURE ALUMINIUM CANBERRA, Wednesday. - Because of the great hydro electric plant existing there, Tas mania may become one of the main centres of aluminium pro duction in the Commonwealth. Federal officers . said on -Mondlay that if necessary,, bauxite from other States could be shipped to Tasmania for the manufacture of aluminium. Production for dther States, they pointedl out, would. be governed by economic consilderations,, including the ability of States to provide suffi cient power fo'r plants. Enough bauxite to meet Austra lia's requirements for at least a ccn tury- has been dliscoveredl front a survey lby the Commonwealth Cop per .and Rauxite Conlmittee, The surveyv disclosedl that all de posits are easily . accessible, and can be worked cheaply. It is emphasised that until the re port of the comnliitteel has beent con sidered fully by trhe Government, no dlecision will he made. regarding actual ' centres for aluminium pro duction. V
Darwin Ideal Base For U.S. [Newspaper Article] — Army News — 15 January 1942
Dlarwin Ideal' - '#Base For U.S. NEW .YORK, Monday. - -"Darwinr.is ideally. situated :as a base-off operations for, United :.States' forces 'inthe,,Far.East, since it .can .be . safely 'reached 1 from 'the east 'coast, of Austra lia, through the well mined barrier dhannel," says the1 New York Times in an editorial article. It describes Darwin's trans formation from a mere hamlet to a well protected,. fortress, and the centre of an aii' net-' work connecting Australia with Singapore and:the Dutch' East Indies. It warns, 'however, that Darwin's usefulness is depend ent upon "the 'speed and poiter with which the United States moves its 'forces in. ATTACK ON PAGO PAGO WASHINGTON, Monday. - A Navy comnmunique states that a hit and-run attack.,was: made by a light Japanese naval vessel on the U.S. naval station at 'Pa go Pago, on thc. island of Tutuila S-iSmoa. Fourteen shdts of light calibre were.fired be .fore the raider .fled. 'I'hey did no, damage. Three people were slightly, injured....