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The German air force continued to smash at France tonight even as Adolf Hitler counted the booty taken in the first section of the Nazi blitzkrieg campaign.
Nazi planes bombed the French seaport of Le Havre for one hour in the second successive raid on the port.
Dispatches from London and Berlin were studies in jubilation and grim determination.
The German High Command, announcing the occupation of Dunkirk, claimed the capture of 40,000 Allied troops in the siege-wrecked coastal town. And Hitler, describing it as the end of the greatest battle of destruction of all times, asserted that the Allied defeat in Flanders assures a German victory.
The German headquarters in the field listed a series of stupendous losses it claimed had been inflicted upon the Allies.
Allied Ships Sunk
The Nazi said that 277 Allied ships were sunk or damaged, as against very slight losses for the German navy. They claimed to have captured 1,200-000 Allied troops, and to have lost only 61,000 of their own men, killed, wounded and captured. They said they destroyed 35,000 British and French planes against only 432 German ships lost.
And now, the Germans said, the Nazi war machine will begin the complete annihilation of the Allies, because they have spurned Hitler's outstretched hand of peace.
In London, Prime Minister Churchill made no attempt to minimize the severity of the blow, but he offered Parliament solace in the statement that 335,000 Allied soldiers were rescued from Flanders.
Churchill promised that Britain will fight on--even, if the Nazis overrun the British Isles, Britain will fight, he said "until the New World comes to the rescue of the old."
It was apparent that from now on, the fight on land in France is up to the French Army, although there is still a southern B. E. F. along the Somme front. It was reported reliably in London that the Tommies pulled back from Flanders have been so badly battered that they will not be capable of taking part in a land offensive for several months. Churchill also admitted the loss of a tremendous amount of war materials.
Nazis Raid Lee Havre
Tonight's German raid on Le Havre was another in a series of furious attacks and counter-attacks by air. Both sides dropped tons of bombs on each others ports and industrial centers. The highlight, of course, was yesterday's mass German air attack on Paris. The toll in human lives--just beginning to be known--now stands at nearly one thousand casualties--254 killed, 652 wounded--five times the previous figures.
In the light of all this, observers said France appears to be in the greatest danger since Germany trampled it underfoot in the war of 1870.
The news from Rome proved a dud to those who expected to hear, definitely, that Mussolini's men were marching.
The Italian cabinet approved a series of decrees, designed to complete the country's war preparations, but so far as the world knows, it has left unanswered the question of Italy's entry into the war. In addition, a meeting of the Fascist Grand Council, which everyone thought would decide the date when Italy would go over the top, was cancelled. WASHINGTON -- Congress and the Administration moved on three fronts tonight to thwart any European attempt to disturb the status quo of this hemisphere after one Congressman described the situation as "damned serious."
At the same time, President Roosevelt laid before Congress details of the newest defense requirements he asked for last Friday. The latest phase of his $5,000,000,000 Emergency Defense Program--largest in the nation's peacetime history--calls for a total of $1,277, 741,170 in cash and contract authorizations
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