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October 29, 1944 – World News Today – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
October 29, 1944 – Upbeat news from the Western Front. Dispatches coming in reporting Allied forces have been sweeping through Holland, at last report taking control of the Southern town of Breda in the Netherlands, with only snipers posing problems. Germans was seen retreating across the Maas river. Groups of British and American bombers were spotted flying over Sweden en route to proving air support to Finnish and Soviet troops in Finland.
Berlin Radio claimed four Russian armies were launching an offensive in Latvia and British invasion forces were landing on the Greek island of Melos in the Aegean Sea.
On the Pacific front – Fleet headquarters was readying a report on the second battle on the Philippine Sea. Though details were sketchy, initial reports coming in said it was clear Allied forces were victorious and that Japanese forces were broken and in retreat. Tokyo Radio reported a different story, saying Japan had in fact defeated the Allies and were gaining the upper hand in the Pacific. It was a clear attempt on Japan’s part to present an upbeat story to the Japanese home front in an effort to shore of sagging morale.
The morale issue may have been a factor in Japan replacing Prime Ministers of late. The latest casualty was Koiso Kuniaki, who had replaced Tojo after Japan’s loss of Saipan. Koiso was becoming the latest casualty in the Japanese loss of the Philippines as he had been replaced by a dozen ‘advisers’ who had all but neutralized any power Koiso may have still had.
But replacing government heads wasn’t only happening in Japan. The latest wrinkle in potential postwar governance came by way of Aachen, where the search for a Mayor to run the newly liberated city was running into a series of brick walls over a suitable representative of the Allied occupation. Those who were interested were of questionable leanings and those whose credentials were good weren’t interested in taking the job, out of fear a liberated Aachen may only be temporary.
But it didn’t stop the war from grinding on. All that, and much-much more for this October 29, 1944 as reported by CBS World News Today.