Luzon - the road back.

Allied Advance On Luzon – German Armies Withdraw From The Bulge – Russians Control 3/4 Of Budapest – January 9, 1945

Luzon – the road back.

January 9, 1945 – NBC – Alka-Seltzer News Of The World – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

News from all fighting fronts today. From Luzon, reports that allies were now in possession of a hole in the Lingayen Gulf. On the 9th of January, the U.S. 6th Army landed on a roughly 25 mi (40 km) beachhead at the base of the Gulf between the towns of Lingayen and San Fabian. While aboard ship, Task Force 78, the San Fabian Attack Force, a full three days behind Admiral Oldendorf’s Naval convoys, was commanded by Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey, and Task Force 79, the Lingayen Attack Force, an equal distance behind Oldendorf, was commanded by Vice Admiral Theodore Wilkinson. Once disembarking from their ships, the two ground-based assault Task Forces would put more U.S. troops ashore on the first day at Lingayen than those arriving on the bloody beaches of Normandy on Day one of D-Day. Within a few days, the assault forces had quickly captured the coastal towns and secured the 20-mile-long (32 km) beachhead, as well as penetrating up to five miles (8 km) inland.

Meanwhile, on the European front – It was believed that General von Rundstedt was planning a complete and orderly withdrawal of German troops from the area known as The Bulge. German troops, vehicles and equipment were seen moving back into Germany.The German offensive near Alsace was moving closer to Strasbourg, putting that city in danger.

Further East, it was learned that Russian armies had now controlled some three-quarters of Budapest.

Back home – draft quotas were doubling, with some 60,000 being called up, rather than the 30,000 only a month before.

So while reports from Luzon were still coming in, that’s what was going on in the world, this January 9, 1945 as reported by NBC’s News Of the World.

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