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As the war dragged on, seemingly every part of the planet was engaged in some aspect of the conflict or another. As this newscast attests, fighting was going on throughout the Pacific region, with the U.S. and its allies relentlessly bombing enemy positions on The Marshall Islands and Caroline Islands, the islands of Rabaul and Bougainville, and with troops fighting on Sumatra, Timor and the Dutch East Indies. And heavy fighting was taking place in the Hunan section of China.
In Europe a bomber force of some 2,000 allied planes staged raids deep in Germany, attacking aircraft factories and destroying parked German fighters. They were met with little resistance. During a 30 hour period, some 6,000 allied planes attacked Germany, the Lowlands and along the French coast, dropping roughly 9,000 tons of bombs on targets.
According to the Associated Press in a dispatch from London reported that “areal warfare never before has witnessed a bombardment of such sustained volume and violence, and the end is nowhere in sight”.
German radio announced all traffic on the Danube in Rumania and Hungary had been stopped until further notice, due to mines laid in the waterways by allied planes.
The Swiss radio announced difficulties in the Balkans have forced Swiss Postal authorities to stop accepting mail for Bulgaria, Turkey and countries beyond.
Red Army forces seized several strongly fortified defense centers in the Sebastopol area. Navel and air units struck at German forces attempting to evacuate the port city. To the Northwest, the Russian Army, for the second day, turned back strong counterattacks by German tanks and infantry in the area west of the 1939 German/Polish border.
And that’s a sample of the news for this April 20th in 1944 as reported by the Office Of War Information to the Armed Forces Network.