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By Axis at Bengasi, Rejoin British Italians Report Retreat Of Enemy Forces Under Heavy Pressure B» the Associated Press. CAIRO. Egypt, Jan. 31.—The Brit ish Middle East command said today there was no change to report in the situation around Bengasi, but that two columns of the 7th Indian Brigade ousted by the Axis detach ments of Field Marshal Gen. Erwin Rommel from the area around that Libyan port had rejoined the main British forces. “In the Msus area (70 miles south west of Bengasi* our mobile columns continued throughout the day to engage the enemy, whose patrols again withdrew on making contact," a communique said. “Our fighters again oarried out protective patrols over our troops, while others successfully attacked the enemy’s lines of supply." Italians Report British Are Continuing Retreat ROME <from Italian broadcasts), Jan. 31 (/P).—The Italian high com mand announced today that British forces in Libya were continuing to retreat under heavy Axis pressure and declared that the scene of battle was being steadily extended, •'We are maintaining frequent contact with the enemy,” said a com munique, which also reported that Axis bombers were heavily blasting British troop concentrations and communication lines. The Italians acknowledged, how ever, that the Royal Air force was striking back sharply at the ad vancing Axis forces. ' The British air force continued to disturb transport on our supply roads.” said the war bulletin. It reported that two of the raiders had been shot down by anti-aircraft batteries. The high command said German atr formations were continuing re lentlessly their assault* on the Brit ish Mediterranean stronghold of Malta, and declared the raiders had caused fires and explosions in the fort area. In the Central Mediterranean, the Italians said, one of their convoys beat off ar attack by British tor pedo-carrying planes, shooting down one of the attackers into the sea and escaping wlthput damage. Dr. Coffey Speaks Tonight Dr. E. R. Coffey, assistant surgeon general of the United States Public Health Service, will speak on "Public Health—The Urgent Need of Defense Today” in the Washington Health Forum at Confederate Memorial Hall, 1322 Vermont avenue N.W., at 8 o'clock tonight. Prof. George R. Laird, president of the forum, will lead the discussion to follow. Army Orders QUARTERMASTER COOT. Firestone. Col. June* J., from Fort Harm, Ohio, to Stockton, Caul Soule. Maj. John R, from Atlanta to Washington Robbins. Second Lt. than C-, troaa Oama Gordon. Ga, to Washing tor Scales. Second Lt. Llewellyn O.. from Washington to Camp Lee, Va. INFANTRY. Gallagher. Lt. Col. Phll& R, from Wash ington to West Point. JT. T. McDowell, Second Lt. Milton 8., from Fort Knox. Ky.. to Fort Monmouth, N. J. Farner. Lt. Col. Harry J.. from Arkadeaohla, Ark., to Washington. Wasson, First Lt. J. E, from Game Croft. S. C.. to Washington. Camp. Col. Thomas J., from Fort Rnoa, Ky,. to Washington. Wall. Second Lt. zaehari&h R., from Camp Joseph T Robbmaon, Ark., to Fort Mo clellan. Ala. Drew Capt Clyde W. from Fort Crook, Nebr., to Camp Joseph T. Robinson. Savage. Col. Gordon P.. from Hollywood, Calif., to Camp Joseph T. Robinson, ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT. Goddard, Second Lt. Richard H., from Camp Edwards. Maas., to Fort Moo mouth. Jank. Lt. Col. Otto M. from Parsons, Kane . to Burlington. Iowa. Royston. Second Lt. William W.. from Wright Field. Ohio, to Fort Monmcmth. MEDICAL CORPS. Lindgren. Capt. Russell Cu from Hot Springs. Ark., to Fort SiU, Okie. French. Capt. Lyle A., from Springfield, Mo., to Port Sill. Koschnltzke, First Lt. Herman K. from Fort Beniamin Harrison, fnd., to Fort Sill. Btrough. First Lt. La Verne C„ from Fort Snelling. Mich . to Fort 8111 Bwanson. First Lt. Vincent F.. from Fort Snelling to Fort SIU. Brooks. Capt. Robert H„ from Fort Bam Houston. Tex . to Kelly Field- Tax. Hansen, First Lt. William L., from Chi cago to Kansas City, Kans. Crawford. Col. Paul M . from Wagt Point to Fort George G Meade. Md Orifflth. First Lt. Paul R. from Camp Forrest. Tenn , to Fort Custer. Mich 8'urgfon. Col. John H , from Fort Bragg, N. C.. to Fort Custer. COAST ARTIIXBRY. Barrett. Second Lt. John T . from Fort > Wadsworth. N. Y., to Fort Monroe. Va. j Boo’hby. Second Lt. Netl G. L., from Port Bliss, Tex.. to Fort Monroe. Brehm. Second Lt. Frederick W . from I Inglewood. Calif., to Fort Monroe. Burger. Second Lt. Paul 8 . from Fort I Eusti*. Va.. to Fort Monroe. Chavet. Second Lt. Walter A., from Fort ! Stevens. Oreg . to Fort Monroe. Degyansky. Second Lt. William, from Camp ! Callan. Calif., to Fort Monroe. Dennis. Second Lt Horton D.. from Fort Banks. Me to Fort Monroe. Cilldep. Second Lt. John J. Jr., from Fort Saulsbury. Del., to Fort Monroe. Grenier. Second Lt. William T. from Camp Callan. Calif., to Fort Monroe. Kentor. Second Lt. William E.. from Fort Barrancas. Fla , to Fort Monroe I/Oder. Second Lt. William C., from Fort Barrancas to Fort Monroe Mays. Second Lt. Edmund A . jr.. from Fort Totten. N Y . to Fort Monroe. Miller. Second Lt. Charles E . from Fort McKinley. Me., to Fort Monroe. Nesmith. Second Lt. Joseph F. from Fort Bustle. Va . to Fort Monroe. White. Second Lt Thomas M . from Fort Rosecrans. Calif,, to Fort Monroe. Williamson. Second Lt. James L., jr., from Norfolk. Va. to Fort Monroe Compton. Second Lt. Lathrop. from Camp Huien. Tex., to Fort Monroe Bart, Second Lt Charles F., from Fort Bliss to Fort Monroe. Mce. Second Lt. James H., from Camp Huien to Fort Monroe. Messer. Second Lt. Peter C. from Camp Stewart. Ga . to Fort Monroe. Fochette. Second Lu Walter L., from Fort Bliss to Fort Monroe Bouthon. Second Lt Francis from Fort Sheridan. Ill , to Fort Monroe Bursley. Second Lt. Grant B . from Camp Hann. Calif., to Fort Monroe. Hamilton. Second Lt. Morris R.. from Camp Hann to Fort Monroe. Mermans. Capt. Leonard H., from Fort Eustis to Fort Monroe. Hancock. Capt. William B . from Fort Terry. N. Y., to Fort Monroe lA7*r. Capt. Aaron M. from Camp Darta, N. C., to Fort Bliss. ENGINEERS. Hische. First Lt. Ernest A. from Fort Belvoir. Va to Washington. Callan. First Lt. John P . from Joliet. 111.. tn Fort Leonard Wood. Mo. Beatty. Capt. Robert F from Camp Perry, Ohio, to Lacarne. Ohio. CAVALRY Blunt. Ool Wilfrid M.. from Port BliM to Washington. FIELD ARTILLERY. Landrum. Capt. William R.. from Fort Myer. Va . to Washington. Bt Onsre, Maj. Victor A., from Fort Bragg 'o Washington. Smith. Second Lt. James, jr.. from Patter son Feld. Ohio, to Wright Feld. Rovprman. Frst Lt. William F. from Patterson Feld to Hill Feld. Utah. Scott. Maj. Tom W from Brooks Feld. Tex,, to Duncan Feld. Tex. Llttrell. Second Lt. Jackson S.. from Pat terson Feld to Hill Feld. Beau. Col. Lucas V . jr.. from Washington to San Bernardino. Calif. Arkard. Second Lt. William C . from Scott Feld 111., to Morrison Feld. La Hand Second Lt Bernard P.. from Scott Field to Morrison Feld. Marsland. Second Lt. Robert G.. from Scott Feld to Morrison Feld. Mi'ler. Feeond Lt. Frank H. 3d. from Scott Feld to Morrison Feld. _ CHEMICAL WARFARE SERVICE. Shepherd. Frst Lt. Earl L., from F>rt Benning. Ga.. to Washington. ADJUTANT GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. Newman, Maj. Floyd W.. from Jacksonville, Fla., to New Orleans. UHman. Frst Lt Charles A., from New Cumberland, Pa., to Camp Joseph T. £ Robineon. » m. i Trek of 19 Britons Across Desert With 100 Italian Prisoners Revealed in Pictures ADRIFT ON FLYING BOAT WING—Passengers and crew of a Royal Air Force flying boat sit on wings after It was loroed down in battle over the Mediterranean near Cyrenaiea. It was blown toward land. An R. A. F. sergeant carried a small camera with which he recorded progress or the amazing Journey of 10 men, Including a severely wounded gunner, and a dog. Hers they wait and hope the flying boat won’t sink. Nearing shore and time to ;wim for safety, the wounded gunner was placed on a rubber dinghy, which was towed by an Australian air officer, who later swam, pushing a second dinghy before him. The flying boat was drifting near the rocks in heavy sea. Within two and a half hours the 19 men and a dog are safely ashore with but one more cas ualty—the officer seen holding his head. He was thrown by a wave onto rocks. The huge Sunderland flying boat soon began to break up and was left to the mercy of the tea, near Apollonia in Cyrenaica. As the men shivered while drying their clothes, 20 Italian sol diers appeared. , By EDWARD KENNEDY, AuoclaUd Praaa War Correspondent. WITH THE R. A. F. IN NORTH AFRICA,—Shot down Into the Mediterranean, 19 crewmen of an R. A. F. Sunderland flying boat have reached their base with 100 Italian prisoners after swimming to shore through rough seas and hiking across the Libyan desert with the captives. The British plane was attacked by two German Messerschmitts. One was shot down and the other dam aged and driven off, but the Sun derland also was hit, and its star board engines stopped. The big craft hit the sea hard, bouced 60 feet and finally came to rest 4 Vi miles off the African shore. One passenger had been killed in the at tack and a gunner was wounded critically. The crippled craft drifted inshore and finally sank. The gunner was placed in a rubber dinghy and the others—19 men and a dog—swam beside it to shore near Apollonia. There the unarmed Britons encoun tered an Isolated party of 40 or 50 Italian soldiers who claimed them as prisoners. The mixed band started along the coast, carrying the gunner on an improvised stretcher. The next day they met 30 I tail an officers. Embittered because, they said, the Germans had made off with their vehicles, these officers proposed that in return for their help they be given favored treatment if they fell Into British hands. After that, it became difficult to distinguish between captors and prisoners. An Italian major publicly flogged an Italian soldier who had made off with the wounded gunner's flying boots. Next day the gunner died, and the Italian major conducted a mili tary burial. Then the major proposed that his party head lor Bengasi, leaving the British with rifles to fend for themselves. The R. A. r. leader insisted Bengasi had fallen to the British. The Italians at first were skeptical, but finally were convinced and gave up the idea of trying to regain the Axis lines. Then the whole group set out eastward toward the British lines. From time to time other straggling Italians Joined the party. Eventual ly the R. A. F. men trudged In with a full hundred prisoners. Perhaps one of the oddest angles of the adventure was that an R. A. F. sergeant who had a small camera made a photographic record of it— and the Italians were as anxious to get into the pictures as were the British. Dutch Guiana Bauxite Discussed by Lecturer Because of Its rich bauxite de posits, source of aluminum, Dutch Guiana is an important ally of the United State*, Nlchol Smith told members of the National Geo graphic Society last night in Con stitution Hall. The illustrated lecture brought out that the Germans had made an attempt to break this source of supply by scuttling a ship in the channel to Paramaribo’s harbor. However, the ship settled to one side and left the channel clear, Mr. Smith reported. En route to Surinam the speaker stopped at the French island of Martinique where more than 300 tons of gold is being held. The gold, evaluated at more than *350,000,000, was en route to this country for the purchase of munitions when France fell. Mr. Smith indicated American warships patrol off shore. Plane Crashes in Gulf; 2 Flyers Believed Afloat By th» Associated Press. NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 31.—The Army Air Base here reported last night that two flyers were believed to be still afloat after their army plane crashed and sank south of the Mississippi Gulf Coast while on a patrol flight. The two were seen afloat with life preservers, and a life raft was tossed over to them, public rela tions headquarters announced. Search for them is being continued by planes and naval surface craft. The Army base listed the two men as Lt. Arthur P. Davies of Savannah, Ga., and Lt. Walter F. Gardner of Albany, N. T. Radio Program Planned As Tribute to Rockville By • 8t»ff Correspondent of The Star. ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 31.—Cir cuit Judge Stedman Prescott will be the principal speaker in a 30-minute “Salute to Rockville” at noon to morrow over Station WJSV. The program is the first in a series on towns in Maryland. Judge Prescott's subject will be “Rockville and Defense." Other speakers will include Albert A. Ady, editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel, who will give a short his tory of Rockville; Mrs. Rose A. Daw son, Miss Emily Blandford, Mrs. Frank E. Williams and Mrs. Adolph Gude, members of the local Red Cross chapter. The program will include a drama tization of the work of the Rock ville Fire Department, featuring Chief W. Valentine Wilson. V/ar Bond Sales Total Billion In January BT th» AMoeimted Prui Defense bond sale* reached a record-breaking total of $1,000,000, 000 this month, and some Treasury officials predicted 1942 »ales would go to $7,000,000,000. The January record approximately doubled the $528,000,000 sold in De cember, after the Pearl Harbor at tack. Sales in the seven weeks since Pearl Harbor total nearly as much as the $1,800,000,000 sold prev iously from the time the bond cam paign began last May 1. Officials called the January sales probably the greatest distribution of small unit securities in history. Although Liberty Bond subscriptions in the World War were greater, purchasers frequently bought them on the installment plan, financed by local banks. Today’s defense bond sales are strictly on a cash basis. January sales, however, probably will not be equalled again this year, sfbce many of this month's sales were to wealthier purchasers who bought the limit for the whole year. The January sales figures do not include defense stamp*. With the Italians helping a stretcher was Improvised from dinghy boats and a mattress for the wounded gunner. The British captain was prepared to surrender, bat, surprisingly, the Ital ians were more Interested In helping. TWO officers and the dog, called Bimbo, atop lor & drink at a rain pool on the desert. Mora Italians, meanwhile, arrived and took the British captive. Hie band moved along the coast, carrying the stretcher. It developed that Bengasi had been taken by the British, the Italian major thereby losing a bet to the British captain, so many Italian etragglers Joined the weary «ew and went along to the Imperial lines. More Italians appeared, expressing bitterness because the Germans had made oft with their ▼ehicles. There was considerable doubt as to who was prisoner. The gunner died, an Italian major conducted rites. The party split, the Italians going toward Bengasi, the British toward their own lines, led by a native. The flying boat crew, which picked up 100 Italian prisoners on its trek, reached British line* and turned over the captives before posing with n atives in the tiny village of El Hania. —A. P. Wirephotoa.