Friday, April 23, 1943

The Charlotte News

Friday, April 23, 1943


Site Ed. Note: "During the night in which hail, rain and stars alternated in the skies, heavy concentrations of British guns opened fire on a mile-wide objective and poured their deadly fury on Long Stop Hill…" So goes a piece of nearly bloody poetic consequence on the front page, telling of the First Army's attempt to recapture the strongest Nazi point held between Medjez-El-Bab, six miles southwest, and Tunis, 30 miles away. Members of the Coldstream Guards had fought there and perished during Christmas week. The British now wanted to avenge the dead.

The Army attacked on a nine-mile front between Goubellat and Bou Arada.

The Eighth Army captured the important citadel at Takrouna and moved six miles northward from Enfidaville toward Bou Ficha.

The British shot down twenty giant six-engined Messerschmitts designed to carry 120 troops, potentially amounting therefore to a loss of 2,400 men, twice the number of men shot down in Sunday's raid which had knocked out 57 Junker 52's, each capable of carrying 16 to 20 men.

The Japanese continued to issue threats to American pilots who would be caught in any attack on Tokyo, promising swift justice and harsh treatment.

In the same hospital in New York City where, 37 years hence, John Lennon would be pronounced dead on arrival, Emporia, Kansas editor William Allen White, and his wife, parents of They Were Expendable author W. L. White, were reported recovering from the flu.

Whether the Whites' birds could sing, however, was not reported.

On the editorial page, "Eye for an Eye" counsels a determined, annihilative spirit against the warring populations of both Germany and Japan, declares that they were not simply poor puppets in the hands of harsh masters, but a hell-bent, willful people whose self-proclaimed and inculcated pre-ordained destiny was the destruction of the West. They must be treated likewise, it concludes.

"No Reports" indicates that an OPA official had stated that American housewives were not only not reporting black market price-gouging on certain goods, such as nylon hose, but were gladly encouraging the practice by being willing to pay the increased margin.

Anything went.

"The Alarm" makes room for the possibility that MacArthur was sounding his warning of insufficient air strength to combat the growing Japanese naval and air concentrations forming north of Australia only as a ruse in prelude to a grand offensive, reminds that he had similarly made such protests just prior to the beginning of the Guadalcanal offensive the previous summer. Or, it cautions, perhaps he really did believe his forces to be lacking strength. Whatever the case, it refuses to accept that the call was one by design to pit the Pacific war effort against the military precedence granted the European war.

Samuel Grafton examines a report from the The Economist out of Britain that Hitler was engaged in attempts to polarize the Allies, both within and between each other, by seeking to exploit rightist and leftist opinion against one another, and warns of its deadly consequences. He was seeking to perform it in Poland where he claimed that 10,000 dead Polish officers dug up from mass graves had been killed by the Russians. Two London Polish newspapers had taken opposite stands, one condemning Russia for the act and the other taking the defense. He had practiced the game in France, in Yugoslavia. It had even spread to China.

William Feather writes briefly from Imperial Zinc Magazine of the fun which might be had from making the best of a declining standard of living from the war, taking the bus and getting some exercise.

And, so the world went, on this war-torn Good Friday of 1943.

Not reported, the armed resistance among Jews remaining in the Warsaw Ghetto was finished in death by the Nazis on this date. It had been Passover week.

During the previous three months, 56,000 Jews had been either sent to the camps or murdered.

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