Fighter bases back 130 miles

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Fighter bases back 130 miles

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Newspaper cutting. The whole German fighter force operating over Normandy forced to operate from bases more that 130 miles away. Report that German propaganda about flying bombs wearing thin. Problems of German soldiers with lack of sleep in Normandy. Map showing Russian advances into Poland.

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Daily Telegraph

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PNichollsJEK20010005

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[missing letter]aily Telegra[missing letters]
and Morning Post

Printed in LONDON and MANC[missing letters]

[map]
The Russians announced last night the capture of Pinsk and Volkovysk. The Red Army is attacking the Nyemen Line north of Grodno, and in the northern sector has broken into Opachka.

NAZI FIGHTER BASES BACK 130 MILES

PRISONERS DAZED BY R.A.F. RAIDS
The whole German fighter force operating over the Normandy battle area has been forced by constant Allied air attacks to operate from airfields more than 130 miles away in the Paris area.
This was disclosed at S.H.A.E.F. last night, when it was stated that, on their biggest day, this force’, under Maj-Gen. Sperrle, has made no more than 200 sorties. Their daily average is between 50 and 100.
Working at this distance from the front line, it is impossible for the Luftwaffe to provide any sort of close support to their ground forces. There is evidence of bitterness among the German infantry about the inadequacy of air cover.

ANGER OVER FLYING-BOMB
Reports reaching S.H.A.E.F. indicate that the German soldier, now that the effect of Goebbels’s flying-bomb propaganda is wearing thin, is angry that the Nazi High Command has chosen to expend so much of Germany’s industrial power on the manufacture of inefficient automatons instead of on good orthodox aircraft to support the battle.
The effectiveness of R.A.F. air attacks is shown by the fact that prisoners captured after the great dusk attack on the northern outskirts of Caen before the British ground assault on the town last Saturday, were so stunned and dazed that they were unable to work the bolts of their rifles when ordered to do so by their captors.

LACK OF SLEEP
Other prisoners confessed that they had not had real sleep for over three weeks. Many of them had serious eye trouble because of “the eternal bomb dust” in their part of the line.
Though the Second Tactical Air Force and the Advanced Ninth Air Force have done wonders from their hastily-constructed airfields in the beachhead, they are waiting for Gen. Dempsey’s Second Army to break across the Orne and clear Rommel out of the flat country south of Caen.
As well as being good tank country

TWO TOWNS CAPTURED 22 MILES FROM FLORENCE
From L. MARSLAND GANDER
Daily Telegraph Special Correspondent

ADVANCED A.F.H.Q. Italy Friday

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“Fighter bases back 130 miles,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 19, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25372.

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