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1/7/1944. 9.= am.
In Western France the battle southwest of Caen has been going on in the past 24 hours and both sides are preparing up for the second phase. The signs are than it may prove one of the fiercest struggles of the Normandy campaign. So far the British 2nd Army has set the pace and operations are up to schedule. In the n. western hip of the Cherbourg peninsula fewer than 2000 Germans are still fighting on. The American forces have now taken more than 35000 prisoners in the peninsula. The Soviet army driving across White Russia has drawn a great semi circle around Minsk, the capital. To the north advances troops in the Polodzk (?) sector are over the 1939 Polish frontier and 2 bordertowns are in Russian hands. Some 60 miles south of Minsk the Russians captured Sluzk (?) on the main route from Brabroisk (?) into / and pressed on beyond it. In Finland there is a fear that the new agreement with Germany will result in mass desertions from the Finnish army. Yesterday morning it was announced from Washington that the USA had broken off relations with Finland. The Allied armies in Italy have made a general advance west of lake Fratumierno (?). In Rome General de Gaulle
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has been received in private audience by the Pope. RAF. bombers were again over enemy occupied territory last night. Enemy activity over Southern England caused some damage and casualties. Wing Commander Johnny Johnson has become the topscoring ace of the RAF. Over Normandy yesterday he shot down his 33rd German plane beating the record of group Captain Wellane which has stood at 32 for 3 years. Johnson is an Englishman who also leads a wing of Canadian Spitfires. In the Pacific Allied bombers have have again struck at Japanese island bases in the Carolines and Marshalls. On the Indo-Burmese frontier British troops are steadily dislodging what is left of the Japanese forces east of the Kohima- Imphal road.. In China a fierce struggle is going in Henan (?) province for the control of ?. Today is Canada's Dominion Day the 77th anniversary of the foundation of the Dominion of Canada. General Eisenhower has sent greetings to all Canadians under his command and Mr. Mackenzie King has issued an inspiring message to all members of the army, navy and airforce
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1/7/1944. R. Wessel. 1.= pm
On the Western front we have beaten off more German counterattacks and strengthened our position on both banks of the Adon (?). We have also gone on consolidating our positions and mopping up. The enemy re-acted sharply against the American efforts to straighten the line to St. Lo. There are however no big changes. Before dusk last night some 250 Halifaxes and Lancasters attacked German tanks in readiness in d wood near Villers Bocage on a surface as big as the Arsenal footballfield some 1000 tons of bombs were dropped. Also 6 airfields in Belgium and France were attacked. During the day we lost 16 of our bombers and shot down 20 enemy machines. Our Mosquitoes last night paid another visit to the Rhineland where they attacked an oilplant. Mines were also laid and one plane is missing. More flying bombs came over last night. Today there are low clouds and mists in the Straits of Dover. In Italy the enemy withdrew all along the front. We are now 30 miles south of Pisa and on the outskirts of Cecina (?) also 6 miles from Siena. The 8th Army made substantial gains. East and west of Lake Trasimeno (?). Our bombers attacked targets in Hungary and Yugoslavia and also road and railtransport in Italy were attacked and shipping
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in Yugoslavia. 14 enemy planes were destroyed, 9 are missing from the 2600 flights made. Tito reports more successes. In White Russian Minsk will soon be threatened with outflanking. Yesterday Senzk (?) was captured. Our Allies advance westwards and northwards from Minsk. Borrisow (?) has been taken and the Beresina crossed. Progress is also made in outflanking Polodzk and the Red Army is now 5 miles across the 1939 border. German counterattacks were not successful and the Russian airforce bombed Minsk and Polodzk. Since the offensive in Russia started 184000 Germans were killed wounded of captured. Also 950 tanks, 5000 guns and 30000 lorries either destroyed of captured. A new attack has been launched on the middle Pripet south of the present front. Several miles were gained here. The Finns are being pressed back still further. North and north east of Wiborg and yesterday 40 places were captured. The Finnish Government have now passed a law making desertion liable to a death penalty. The widespread strike in Copenhagen has now become a general strike. 8 Danish patriot were killed yesterday . Kalundborg (?) radiostations closed down yesterday. The Chinese made more progress around Myitkyina. On Saipan American troops captured high ground in the centre of the island. Jap (?) Island in the Carolines got another pounding by Liberators.
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3/7/1944. 9.= am
The Red Army has made another great sweep forward in White Russia and has now almost encircled the city of Minsk. Our Allies were last reported to be only 12 1/2 miles away. To the south of the city they cut the railway linking up Minsk with Warsaw and the West. To the north of Minsk the Soviet forces have cut the railway running up to Wilna and further north still Soviet troops are more than 50 miles west of Polodzk which is still in German hands. In Normandy the British 2nd Army has beaten off a series of short attacks against its bridgehead across the river Odon (?). The Germans are reported to have switched an entire pantserdivison from Russia to Normandy. This brings their forces in the sector between Caen and Tilly up to 11 divisions in all. Allied fighters last evening shot down 21 enemy fighters over the battlearea, our losses were 3 machines. All resistance in the Cherbourg peninsula has now ended and the number of German prisoners taken there by the Americans has mounted to 43000. In Italy 5th Army troops have captured the Westcoast town of Cecina (?) 18 miles below Leghorn. On the 8th Army front British troops were yesterday clearing enemy remnants.
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out of a village to the north west of Lake Trasineno (?). Over on the Adriatic sector Allied troops have fought another river barrier in their drive up the coast towards Aucana (?). More than 500 American heavy bombers from the Mediterranean yesterday again raided the Budapest area. In the Central Pacific American troops on Saipan Island in the Marianes have pressed froward along the whole front and in the South West Pacific Allied aircraft have kept up their attacks on the Japanese island bases off Western New Guinea.

3/7/1944 6.= pm Jos. Mcleod.
Early this morning the Americans started a new attack in Normandy on the West Coast of the peninsula. 6 miles from the coast at the base of the peninsula at La Haye du Puits (?). The attack was started in considerable strength. In their communique today the Germans for the first time speak about fighting with patriot in the South of France. Fighting at Cecina (?) was heaviest since Rome fell. French troops captured Siena which the Germans admit. The enemy was dislodged from both side of Lake Trasimeno (?) and on the Adriatic we are within 10 miles from Ancona. It is now known that General Mackensen commander of the 14th Army in Italy was removed from his post
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our Mediterranean aircraft shot down and destroyed 57 enemy planes for the loss of 15 heavies and 8 other machines. Last night our heavies and Wellingtons again went to Budapest. Some more flying bombs came over Southern England last night. Damage and casualties are reported. In the Straits of Dover there are low clouds and rain today. In Russian the Red Army advanced 30 miles beyond the Beresina and Barrisow (?) reaching Wilejka (?). 3 senior German generals all army commanders were killed in action. There is no news that the strike in Copenhagen was called off and this afternoon Stockholm reports that the strike has spread to 24 provincial towns. Over the weekend golden bars arrived in Portugal from Berlin by air. 1 announcement about petrolrations for period commencing August 1st next.
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4/7/1944. 9.= am
The Russians have captured Minsk the capital of White Russia. The city had been in German hands for just over 3 years. The Russians re-took the city following deep outflanking moves to the north and south of it. They have already pushed spearheads 80 miles to the southwest along the main railway which runs from Minsk to central Poland while other Soviet forces are more than 1/3 rd of the way along the railway running northwest from Minsk to Wilna. At the northern end of the White Russian front streetfighting is reported to be taking place in the railtown of Polodzk, gateway to the Baltic states. In Normandy the American forces have started a new drive down the western side of the Cherbourg peninsula. In spite of very bad weather and stubborn German resistance they have advanced from 1 1/2 to 3 miles on a 10 mile front in the first day's assault. To the southwest of Caen the Germans are still re-grouping after the decisive defeat of their counterattacks against the British salient. Our patrols have been very active and have penetrated about a mile beyond the salient at some points while our naval guns and land artillery
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have continued to pound troops concentrations behind the enemy line. In Italy French troops o the 5th Army have occupied the city of Siena. The city has suffered practically no damage and the people gave the French troops an enthusiastic welcome. More than 500 American bombers were out again yesterday pounding oiltargets in Hungary, Rumania and Yugoslavia. In the South West Pacific American troops have landed on ..... Island in the .... Bay area of Dutch New Guinea and have already captured one of the airfields. More flying bombs have come over England in the last 24 hours. Damage and casualties are again reported.

4/7/1944 1.= pm Stewart Hibberd.
The Canadian attacked at Carpiquet which attack was launched at 5 o'clock this morning. They have already stormed the town and fighting at the airfield. This is on the eastern end of the Normandy front, a little west of Caen. At the base of the Cherbourg peninsula the front line of the Americans is now 13 miles and they have captured useful high ground. They also captured St. Jores (?). From Italy advances all along the front are reported. Our troops on either side of Lake Trasineno(?) have now formed (?) up. Partoua (?) has been occupied and we
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were 8 miles south of Arezzo. Our aircraft made 2500 sorties yesterday and .... the attacks on oilinstallations in the Balkans. Medium and light bombers attacked railways in Northern Italy. 15 enemy planes were destroyed and including 12 heavy bombers 29 of our are missing. The Russians broke into the outskirts of Minsk on Monday morning at 2 o'clock and at 7 in the morning the eastern part of the town was occupied. In the 3 years of German occupation Minsk suffered terribly. The Russians already use the railwaystation at Barrisow (?). The Germans already announced the loss of Minsk in their foreign broadcasts. Beyond Minsk the Russians liberated some 700 other places yesterday. The Red Army also reached the suburbs of Woladepchno (?). Polodzk (?) was entered yesterday and the Germans already reported the loss of it. In Finland the Russians made more progress between Ladoga and Onega (?) Lakes advancing on the line Petrosawodsk - Sartavola (??). Our Mosquitoes attacked targets in the Ruhr last night. Mines were also laid, all without loss. Today weather in the Straits of Dover is brighter. Mr. Churchill will make a statement about flying bomb activity in the Commons Thursday. This was announced by Mr Eden.
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