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In This Edition Late news and sports are covered on Pages 1-X and 2-X of this edition of The Star, supplementing the news of the regular home delivered edition. Closing N. Y. Markets—Soles, Pnge 12. .. “ ■"" .. ' .. ■ - ' — '■ ' -■.“ ■ ■■■■■■■■' An Evening Newspaper With the Full Da/s News LOCAL—NATIONAL—FOREIGN Associated Press and (A*) Wirephotos, North American Newspaper Alliance, Chicago Daily News Foreign Service and The Star's Staff Writers, Reporters and Photographers. _C^) MtanaA»»ociat«d Praaa._ 90th YEAR. No. 35,822. * WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, MAY 29, 1942 Washington rp it t> t - -gp T,' \' T Q Elsotrhsre and Suburb* 1 XIIV-Li n -L sj n>i C*nt* U. S. Troops to Land in France, Marshall Says at West Point; 1942 Army to Total 4,500,000 - —.- - - - - - - ...... Statement Adds Significance to London Conferences An invasion of the European continent was promised today by Gen. George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, who told the West Point graduating class that American troops “are landing in England, and they will land in France.” Gen. Marshall said the Army would total nearly 4,500,000 men by the end of this year, instead of the previously announced estimate of 3,600,000. During the past four weeks alone, said the chief of staff, the Army has grown by 300.000 men. “Your utmost endeavor, backed by high and unselfish purpose, will be required to bring this struggle to a triumphant conclusion,” he told the graduating cadets at the Military Academy at exercises there. “No compromise is possible, and fhe victory of the democracies can only be complete with the utter de feat of the war machines of Ger many and Japan.” Conferences ’Significant. Gen. Marshall's statement that American troops are expected to take part in invasion of German-occupied France was the first reference of its kind from a high-ranking American officer or official. Additional significance was at tached to it because of the Anglo American military conferences on strategy now being held in London. Officials at the War Department shied at placing their own interpre tation on the chief of staff's declara tion, but they admitted its signifi cance in the light of the conferences now taking place. There has been much talk lately In London of forthcoming use of heavy American bombers flying wing-to-wing with the R. A. F. against Nazi-occupied Europe and President Roosevelt said a month ago that "soon American Flying Fortresses will be fighting for the liberation of the darkened conti nent of Europe.” Mr. Roosevelt and other United Nations leaders have been non committal, however, on specific plans for opening a second front as desired by Russia. President Doesn't Comment. Mr. Roosevelt made no reference 8t his press conference today to the Marshall speech or to war develop ments. He opened his conference, however, by remarking that he knew a lot of things he couldn't tell to reporters. Asked if they were good things, he replied with a smile that some were good and some bad. Gen. Marshall recalled that prior to December 7, members of Congres, seeking his justification for expan sion plans for the Army, wanted to know "where American soldiers might be called on to fight and just what was the urgent necessity for the Army that we were endeavoring to organize and train.” "In reply I usually commented on the fact that we had previously fought in France, Italy and Ger many; in Africa and the Far East; in Serbia and Northern Russia,” Gen. Marshall said. “No one could tell what the future might hold for us. But one thing was clear to me, we must be prepared to fight any where, and on short notice. Will Land in France. “The possibilities were not over drawn, for today we find American soldiers throughout the Pacific, in Burma, China and India. They have flown over Japan. They are landing in England and they will land in Fiance. We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be rec ognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming power on the other.” The Chief of Staff said the con fusion which existed in the minds of many Americans before Pearl Harbor was a thing of the past, and the American people, "solidly behind the Army, are supporting whole-heartedly every measure for | the prosecution of the war, and they are meeting with calm courage the vicissitudes inevitable in a war extending to the four corners of the earth.” "This attitude," Gen. Marshall said, “is exemplified in heroic measure by the parents and wives of those men who fought to the last ditch in the Philippines. Their fortitude was magnificent during those agon izing days of tragic uncertainty re garding their sons and husbands. The letters that have come to me from the mothers or wives of men lost in that Homeric struggle are mv greatest reassurance that Amer ica has steeled itself for a terrible struggle, with the implacable de (See~MARSHALL, Page A-4.) — Conferees Still Deadlocked On Soldier Pay Increase By the Associated Press. A joint conference committee failed to agree today on Senate and House differences in the military pay adjustment bill and Chairman Rey nolds said it might be "some time” before another session is held. Senator Reynolds said he voted to accept a House approved amend ment to raise the minimum pay from the present $21 a month to $50 a month, but three other Senate conferees refused to yield on the Senate figure of $42 a month. The House sent the bill back to conference this week, ordering Its conferees to stand by the $50 amount, after the Joint Committee previously had agreed to the $42 j i^gure. Allies Winning Atlantic Battle In Spite of Subs, Experts Say Convoy Successes Cited to Offset Shipping Losses By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER, Associated Press Staff Writer. Despite heavy losses inflicted on American coastal shipping by Nazi submarines, naval experts said today that the United States was slowly winning the main campaign in the battle of the At lantic. They emphasized, how ever. that only steadily increas ing production of both war and merchant ships could clinch the ultimate victory. The greatest present need, it was said, is for more defensive craft— .subchasers, blimps and patrol bomb ers—manned by experienced per sonnel. The cold statistical results of the Atlantic battle to date are: Three convoys of American troops and shiploads of equipment have arrived in the British Isies without the loss of a man. The supply lines to Russ'a. Africa. Asia and Australia—springboards for offensive action—are open, pri marily, naval authorities say, be cause warships have not been di verted to protecting ccastal waters. On the other side of the ledger. 221 merchant ships of American and other nationalities have been sunk on the American side of the Atlantic since mid-January. Also on the loss side is the tor Gen. Yon Brauchitsch And Darre Reported Jailed by Hitler 13 High Party Officials Also Are Declared Imprisoned in Purge By the Associated Press. ISTANBUL, May 29.—Reports reaching here through semi diplomatic channels yesterday said Adolf Hitler had imprisoned his former food chief, Walther Darre; Gen. Walther von Brau chitsch, former German Army commander in chief, and 13 high Nazi party officials in a purge. Darre was removed as food chief by Hitler only a few days ago, and Gen. von Brauchitsch was removed last December, when Hitler himself took over the army command, an nouncing that by so doing he was following his ‘intuition.” Hitler was reported to have re turned suddenly to Berlin from the Hitler Takes Charge On Kharkov Front, Nazi Radio Quoted By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 29.-The Lon don Daily Mail quoted the Ber lin radio today as saying "Our Fuehrer has taken personal di rection of strategic operations on the Kharkov front. We look to his genius as a strategist to bring about full victory." No other source reported hearing the broadcast. eastern front a few days ago. ana me purge was understood to have been carried out then. Berlin announced officially on May 23 that Darre was taking “a leave of absence” as Food Minister. Food Trouble Indicated. Exactly what took Hitler away from the Russian front to launch the purge is not clear here, but inclusion ot Darre among the im prisoned suggested trouble on the food production front, informed per sons said There have been per sistent reports that food conditions in Germany have been growing worse. According to one report, Darre warned Hitler that if Germany were not to starve next winter, the present food rations must be cut in half. He also was said to have informed Hitler that crop estimates indicated that a 30 per cent deficit must be expected in grains this year, as well as large deficits in other food crops. Hitler was said to have flown into a rage on hearing this gloomy fore cast and was reported to have de clared that food rations could not be cut further because of the effect on morale. The winter must take care of itself, Hitler is said to have declared. Backers Also Jailed. When Darre protested he could not be responsible if such a course were followed, Hitler sent him to prison along with party members who supported his view, according to the report reaching here. Just where Gen. von Brauchitsch fitted into the picture was not whol ly clear. Early this month he was reported confined to a sanatorium near Munich but last week one re port said he was in Berlin while Hitler was there on his flying trip from the front. • This seeond report said Hitler tried to induce the former com mander in chief to return to his old duties, but that Gen. von Brauchitsch refused. Tokio Diet Adjourns TOKIO (From Japanese Broad casts), May 29 (£•).—The special ses sions of the Japanese Diet (Parlia ment) ended today. Nazis Claim Sinking Of! 7 Vessels in Far North Convoy By ihe Associated Press. BERLIN (From German Broadcasts^, May 29.—The Ger man high command said today that sinking of three more ships has brought to 17 vessels total ing 114,000 tons the toll taken by German air naval attacks on a convoy in the far north since May 25. ' Military quarters said the convoy still was a long way from its destination of Murmansk, Russia. pedoing of two and possibly three destroyers. The Jacob Jones was sunk off New Jersey in March. The Sturtevant was destroyed by an “un derwater explosion." whicn may have been either a mine or torpedo, in April, and early this week the Blakeley was damaged by a torpedo off Martinique in the Caribbean. The intensity with which the Nazis are waging undersea warfare in American waters is attributed by authorities here to their decreasing success, since the United States entered the war. in attacking con voys out on the North Atlantic. The fact that three great contingents of troops have been safely delivered to Britain is cited in this connection. Thwarted in their main purpose of cutting Allied supply lines, the U-boats have had to fall back on - See ATI^NTICBATTLE,~Pg.~A^3 J Chinese Report Taking '10 More Points' on Outskirts of Ichang Action Doubtless Intended As Indirect Relief for Forces to East By the Associated Press. CHUNGKING, May 29—The Chinese high command reported today that “10 more points” on the outskirts of Ichang, Japa nese-held Yangtze River strong hold above Hankow, had fallen to Chinese forces in concerted attacks started three days ago. This offensive action in Hupeh Province was designed, no doubt, as indirect relief for Chinese forces subjected to a Japanese power drive in Chekiang Province, hundreds of miles to Ichang s east. Forces in the Ichang region were said to have inflicted heavy losses on the enemy, capturing two field guns and large quantities of sup plies. Simultaneously, the high com mand announced that up to dawn yesterday Kinhwa, besieged capital of Chekiang Province, was “still in our hands despite enemy attacks of the previous night.” Kinhwa By-Passed. The Chinese acknowledged, how ever. that Japanese forces by-pass | ing Kinhwa had swept 25 miles to ! the west to the railway town of Langyu. The Japanese reached that point Wednesday, the communique said, and street fighting immediately fol i lowed. “Bloody engagements are still pro ceeding on the outskirts," the com munique added. The Japanese were said to have ! launched more than 10 futile attacks against Lanchi, 10 miles northwest of Kinhwa, on Wednesday. They suffered high casualties, the Chinese said. 1,000 More Slain. "Another 1,000 enemy troops were killed and wounded in a day-long battle in the Lanchi sector May 28,” the communique declared. About 125 miles east of Kinhwa and slightly south, the high com mand said, Japanese warships ap peared off Taichow Bay yesterday and shelled Longkishan, but were re pulsed by Chinese fire. The communique did not mention the Yunnan-Burma front. G. U. Memorial Services Memorial services for the 31 Georgetown University students who died in service during the first World War, will take place at the university law school. Sixth and E streets N.W. at 10 a.m. tomorrow. British Thwart Nazi Tank Sweep On Libyan Flank Armored Units Clash In 50-Mile Belt Free French Fight By the Aeeociated Press. CAIRO, May 29.—A German armored force was repulsed today after slipping around British po sitions as far as Sidi Rezegh, 50 miles inside the British defensive system in the Libyan desert. At Sidi Rezegh, one of the main battlefields of last winter's cam paign, the Germans were met by i British armored force. There is heavy fighting, almost entirely by tanks, in a 50-mile-wide belt be tween there and Ain El Gazaia, re gion of the westerly British land positions. No fixed British land positions have been taken in the fighting, which broke out with an advance eastward by Axis armored forces late Tuesday night. Italians Opened Attack. The opening attack on Bir Hacheim. 50 miles southwest of the British stronghold of Tobruk, was launched by Italian tanks. The defenders were Free French forces, who reported they destroyed at least 35 Italian tanks in repulsing this assault. A German column which by passed Bir Hacheim to the south consisted of some 250 tanks from the 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions. Since the apparent frustration of their original plans, which seemed to be a sweep toward Tobruk, the German formations have tended to split up. British headquarters evinced con fidence, and the situation was regarded as satisfactory, with in dications that developments have not gone as the Germans antici pated. It was noted, however, that in a battle of this extremely elastic type the situation can change rapidly either way. Artillery Frees Prisoners. A British Army photographer, re turning to a press camp after being a prisoner of the Nazis for 13 hours, said he and 21 other prisoners were taken 40 miles by truck under shell fire. "The lieutenant in charge told us he would be in Tobruk by night and they had Churchill by the throat this time.-’ the photographer said. He escaped when the German column ran into accurate British artillery fire and fled, abandoning the prisoners. The Free French who took the first brunt of the Italian attack are members of the "Bataillon du Paciftque," made up of Frenchmen and natives from Tahiti and other French islands in the Pacific. The R. A. F„ constantly in action over the forward area, reported that Axis air activity was on a reduced scale. R. A. F. raids were made on enemy airdromes behind the lines and on vehicles in the field. Smashing Blows to Nazis. British headquarters reported that smashing blows were being dealt the extended Axis communication lines by roving armored patrols. The heaviest fighting was said to be centering around Knights bridge, junction of a series of desert trails barely 15 miles south west of Tobruk. It was there, a communique said, that two Axis columns united after racing around the British left flank at Bir Hacheim. One of these columns was re (See LIBYA, Page A-3.) 4 Jap Planes Destroyed Northeast of Australia By thf Associated Press. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Aus tralia, May 29—Allied airmen de stroyed four Japanese planes and damaged several others while losing three of their own in attacks and defense over islands northeast of Australia yesterday, a communique announced today. Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s head quarters said enemy airdrome in stallations at Lae. New Guinea, were raided "with good effect" and three large fires were started at Rabaul, New Britain, where the airdrome and a Japanese encampment were bombed and shot up. Two enemy interceptors were list ed as destroyed and five damaged on these forays, while "we lost one plane.” A heavy fight was reported to have ensued when 20 Zero planes encountered a large force of United Nations fighters over Port Moresby, an advanced Allied base in New Guinea. “Two enemy planes were shot down and others were severely dam aged,” the communique said. “We lost two planes." Natives' 3-Night Dance Makes Landing Field Fit and Saves 70 By the Associated Press. MELBOURNE, May 29.—Two thousand New Guinea natives who were persuaded to organize a three night dancing party stamped out a makeshift landing field which en abled 70 refugees to reach Australia by plane. Persons arriving here today said this was only one of a series of strange adventures which happened like this: The refugees walked 530 miles across some of the wildest parts of New Guinea, northeast of Australia, to an unidentified point where they hoped to depart for Australia. Finding no- means of escape, Father Colver, a Catholic priest, walked back to the starting point and salvaged an old airplane. Hav ing some experience as a pilot, he flew the plane to the refugees’ ren dezvous. but cracked up in attempt ing to fly on to Australia for helD. He then obtained a native canoe and paddled off toward Australia. The difficulties of his voyage were attested by the month delay before a rescue plane arrived. The plane landed safely, but the ground was too soft for it to take off loaded. A resourceful explorer named Leahy persuaded the natives to be gin a ceremonial dance. The refu gees danced with them to hasten the process. After three nights an ade quate landing fleld was stamped out and the plane took off. The refugees credited a hospital matron. Miss Joyce Jones, with a major part in their escape. She tended their blistered feet each night of the 530-mile hike and each dawn after the savage dancing. Fancy Seeing You Here, Phil! 'Officer' Ordered Death for Patients, French Court Told Four Nurses Admit They Killed Seven Incurables As Act of Mercy By the Associated Pres*. VERSAILLES. Occupied France, May 29.—A man attired as an officer in the French Army Medical Corps has become the unknown "X” in the strange trial of four nurses charged with the mercy killing of seven in curables in evacuating their hos pital ahead of the German ad vance of 1940. The nurses have admitted in court that they killed the men, but, they based their defense on the ground that they acted humanely and under the orders of a myster ious "captain'' who passed by their small hospital at Orsay, in the Chevreuse Valley of the Seine et Oise department and has not been found since. He is known in court only as "doc tor.” Stirred in Coffin. The case came to light in a blood-chilling manner—a shrouded figure, one Philippe Lebrun, stirred in his coffin when he was about to be buried, opened his eyes and told the hospital housekeeper and a few other staff members what had hap pened. Authorities declared the hospital was ordered evacuated at 8 a.m. on June 14, 1940. Allegedly acting on the suggestion of the medical officer that some incurable patients could not stand being transported, the four nurses w’ere charged with hav ing obtained drugs from the hospital pharmacy and injected them into seven men. On that day, authorities declared, .the patients were taken to the morgue after their pulses stopped and the nurses left the hospital with a party of wounded and sick pa tients to whom, it was said, they ! continued to tend with devotion in the course of the exodus. But Lebrun lived long enough to tell his story. Little Food or Sleep. Mayor Leroux of Orsay testified today that the nurses had hardly eaten or slept several days before the slayings and evacuation. Another nurse testified she would have done the same as the defend- i ants if she had been asked. A chemical expert, Freydoux, ex plained the temporary revival of i Lebrun by the fact he probably was administered two poisons which neutralized each other. The court alienist testified the de fendants were of sound mind and responsible for their actions. Germans' Restrictions Extended to Dutch Jews By Radio to The Star BERN, May 29 —Dutch Jews from now on will be considered on the same level as German Jews, accord ing to a Berlin dispatch published in the Swiss newspaper. Die Tat, today. A decree just issued by the Reichscommissar for Jewish interests deprives Jews in Holland of the last of their personal jewels, precious metals and art collections. Further more, they are not allowed to with draw more than 250 florins ($125) a month from their bank accounts. The report ironically concludes: Jews have to declare horses and car riages if they still have them in their possession.” (Copyright, 1942, by Chicago Daily New*.) Seaman With $1,000 Can't Find Room; Sleeps in Jail By the Associated Press. NEW LONDON, Conn., May 29.—Note on the housing situa tion in war industry areas: Police reported today that B. F. Lensor, a seaman who turned himself in as a voluntary va grant so he could sleep in a cell, tramped the streets half the night with $1,000 in his pockets and was unable to rent a room anywhere at any price. U. S. Will Exceed 50,000 Plane Goal, Patterson Says By th< Associated Pres*. NEW YORK, May 29—Under secretary of War Patterson said last night that the United States would produce more than 50.000 airplanes this year. Referring to President Roosevelt's | call for 50.000 planes, Mr. Patterson said that many people believed it ‘ a i fantastic impossibility,'’ and added: "But this year's production of planes by American industry will surpass the 50.000 figure by a healthy margin.'’ The Undersecretary spoke at a dinner in honor of Maj. Gen. Charles M. Wesson, who will retire Sunday as chief of ordnance. The dinner, sponsored by the New York post of the Army Ordnance Association, was for the benefit of the Army Emergency Relief Fund. Mr. Patterson read a letter of commendation from* Secretary of War Stimson to Gen. Wesson and presented him an oak leaf cluster to be added to his Distinguished Service Medal for "the conduct of the greatest ordnance program of all time.” Germans to Draft 25,000 Workers in Norway By tht Aoociit«d Press. STOCKHOLM. May 29—German authorities in conquered Norway have issued orders for immediate conscription of 25.000 Norwegian workers to be used initially for con structing fortifications in the Vest landet district (Western Norway), advices from Oslo said today. The Germans said the 25.000 formed only the first levy in their current couscription plans—that their next call would be for 70.000 Norwegians. The larger enterprises in Oslo were ordered to give up one-third of all their employes between 16 and 45 years of age as their contribution to the initial levy. Advices from Stockholm last night said Norwegian patriots on the is land of Sotra. opposite Bergen, had shot and killed the Nazi chief ruling all Western Norway. These advices, which did not identify the secret police chief by name, said the Germans had ar rested the entire male population of the village where the attack oc curred, evacuated all families and set fire to their homes in retali ation. 10 Rumanian-Hungarian Clashes Are Reported Ey the Associated Press. MOSCOW, May 29.—The Moscow radio broadcast indirect dispatches today saying more than 10 armed clashes occurred between Rumanian and Hungarian soldiers along their disputed frontier during the past month. Russian dispatches from Stock holm, quoting Swiss press reports, said the Hungarian Army was pre paring to meet any largescale Ru manian attempt to win back fron tier territory which Hitler awarded tcv^Hungary. Some Swiss reports were quoted as predicting a Rumanian attack on Hungary by fall. British Bombers Fire Four Ships in Convoy Off Dutch Coast ‘ Relays of R. A. F. Planes Sweep Across Strait To Northern France By the Associated Press. LONDON. May 29.—British bombers were reported officially to have fired four ships in an Axis convoy off the Dutch coast in widespread night operations, and relays of R. A. F. planes swept high and low across the Strait of Dover to Northern France today. The Air Ministry said several other ships probably werp damaged. "It is a fair assumption.” the min istry reported, "that those ships had started out a few hours previously heavily laden with supplies which would have eventually found their way to the new naval base at Trond heim. to those units of the German fleet based on the Norwegian coast • • • and to the German Army on the Petsamo front.” Some of the squadrons in the day light sweep cut along just above the water: others were at such an alti tude that only vapor trails could be seen by ground observers. Two German fighters were re ported destroyed in the sweep over France, at the loss of one British fighter. The Air Ministry announced that German air fields and railway tar gets in Northern Franw? were at tacked by bombers last night and that Hudsons of the coastal com mand executed the convoy attack. "One of our aircraft is missing." the ministry said. "An aircraft of the coastal command is missing from patrol yesterday." In an isolated clash off the east coast of England during the morn ing, a British fighter shot a Ger man bomber into the sea. The night attacks on French tar gets were made by British Hurri canes and American-built Bostons tDouglas bombers). Pilots reported destroying or se verely damaging seven railway en gines. One flyer said fires were started among freight cars and two trains. Others told of blowing craters in airdrome runways with their bombs. R. A. F. Raids Jap Positions In Northern Burma By the Associated Press. NEW DELHI, India. May 29 —The R. A. F. attacked Japanese positions and transport in Northern Burma yesterday bombing, among other targets, a jetty on the Chindwin River 5 miles north of Kalewa, it was announced today. The communique said motor launches moored alongside were damaged and casualties inflicted. "Other rivercraft in the same area also were attacked and warehouses in the vicinity of Thaungdut, north of Sittaung on the Chindwin River, were machine-gunned from low level,” the communique said, adding: "All our aircraft returned safely.” United States Army heavy bomb ers violently attacked the Japanese held Mingaladon airdrome north of Rangoon in Burma Wednesday night, leaving fires visible 100 miles away, headquarters of the 10th United States Air Force announced yesterday. Summary of Today's Star Foreign British bombers lire lour ships in Axis convoy. Page A-l Darre and Von Brauchitsch reported jailed by Hitler. Page A-l Germans repulsed below Kharkov, Russians declare. Page A-l Six executed in Prague, many ar rested in Heydrick case. Page A-2 Libyan battle turns in favor of Axis, Italians boast. Page A-3 Brazil credited with sinking two subs and seizing another. Page A-3 Mexico, avowing belligerency, makes military preparations. Page A-3 Neutrality is best for Argentina, says Dr. Castillo. Page A-5 National Workers must work or fight. McNutt ruling says. Page A-2 Biddle invites Supreme Court test of Bridges order. Page A-4 Anti-trust amendment to small busi ness bill opposed. Page A-5 Congress members criticize rationing plans and Henderson. Page A-13 Navy complaint spurs drive against State trade barriers. Page A-13 Washington and Vicinity. Two Rockville jailbreakers arrested here by police. Page A-2 14 D. C. volunteer officer candidates start Army training. Page A-4 William J. Mileham named chief air raid warden lor D. C. Page B-l Continuation of SI.50 tax rate pre dicted in Montgomery. Page B-l Nazis Repulsed Below Kharkov, Russians Claim Izyum-Barvenkova Fighting Stressed In Red Dispatches By the Associated Press. MOSCOW. May 29.—Nazi pres sure against the Izyum-Barven kova sector of the Donets Basin front subordinated even the Red Army’s operations before Khar kov in Soviet dispatches today and the only official claim con cerning yesterday's fighting was that of another successful de fense against attacks. (The Vichy radio, in a report quoted as coming from the Sov iet frontier, said Russian artillery had bombarded the city of Khar kov for the first time in three months.) For the first time since Marshal Semeon Timoshenko hurled Red Army shock divisions westward on Kharkov's defenses May 12. that theater was not mentioned in the Russians' midnight communique. Fierce Attacks by Semeon In the Izvum-Barvenkova direc tion 180 miles below Kharkov i our troops repulsed fierce attacks of enemy tanks and infantry,” the Soviet Information Bureau said. "On other sectors of the front, noth ing of significance occurred.” • Supplementing a declaration that German forces captured 165.000 troops through encircle ment south of Kharkov, the Nazi high command said aerial bom bardments had caused the Russians “almost unimaginable losses of men and materiel.” A German armored section was said to have shot 25 Soviet tanks to pieces Wednesday during "desperate but useless attempts to break through the German ring.”! After a week in which Marshal Timoshenko's divisions drove hard on Kharkov the Germans took the offensive in the Izyum-Barvenkova sector 10 days ago in an effort to divert Red Army strength. The Information Bureau said 28 German planes were destroyed and Russian air squadrons demolished or damaged 32 German tanks, 235 trucks. 35 munitions carts and six railway trains Wednesday. It re ported 18 Soviet aircraft were lost. 500 Reported Slain. Northwestern front detachments were credited with killing more than 300 German? and demolishing 93 enemy blockhouses and blindages recently. "Our units operating on several sectors of the Leningrad front de stroyed several firing positions and mortar batteries and killed about , 500 enemy men and officers,” the In formation Bureau said. Tass said that with warm weather "the popular armed struggle at the enemy rear has assumed still greater dimensions.” and a guerrilla de tachment dubbed for-the-mother land wiped out more than 600 in vaders in a long battle with a Nazi . infantry regiment. Germans Report Repulse Of Reds in Central Sector BERLIN (From German Broad casts! May 29 .—The high com mand reported today that Soviet forces had attacked on the central sector of the Russian front—pre sumably before Moscow—and had been repulsed in a fierce fight with some of the attacking force en circled. In the long-contested Kharkov sector a communique said the Ger mans were mopping up with the ‘ number of prisoners and amount of booty mounting steadilv.” Military circles said the big Khar kov battle had ended and that ; fighting was continuing only In the area south of the city against rem nants of Soviet forces. On the far northern front, the communique said a local attack resulted in some gains. Scattered enemy attacks were called unsuc cessful. “In the air fight on the Karelian front alone,” the communique said, I "the enemy lost 22 aircraft includ ing several Hurricanes yesterday.” Dive bombers were said to have damaged a medium-sized merchant ship in Murmansk harbor. D.N.B. said Stukas set fire to a freighter and attacked important Russian supply depots along Lake Ladoga. Several direct hits were scored on trains and large flrps were started, the news service said. D.N.B. also reported that several smaller ships also were damaged in the Lake Ladoga attacks. Nazi bombers severely damaged a Russian destroyer in the Black Sea yesterday and heavily attacked the besieged Crimean naval base of Sevastopol, the Germans announced. Auditor of Public Debt Found Shot to Death George C. Denny, 45, chief ac countant and auditor of the Division i of Public Debt of the Treasury De ! partment, was found shot to death ' early this morning in the basement of his home at 515 Oglethorpe street N.W. Police said that Mr. Denny had fallen over the gun, a .32-caliber automatic, and that a bullet went through his heart. His body was found about 6 o’clock by his wife, Mrs. May H. Denny, who said that her husband had been in ill health for four or five months. No Night Final Edition Tomorrow The Star will observe Me morial Day tomorrow by dispensing with the Night Final Edition. Subscribers to this edition will receive the regular Hojne Edition.