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Civilians Urged To Rise Above Fear

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 1 p.m. NEW YORK July IS « am ° annoutl ced to-day ™ d mmtary the Tokyo area were hit by 1500 carrier planes.

The radio also broadcast annfhoy of Hokkafcl„ tho t U hS ,nds ? f XaXX? SB were killed and wounded by the on 'latSyHfnaiundTy.'" B attacks defcribedUhe IS™i Kfdlfas JrecoiJ naissance in force to test Japan's air power and select likely landing pomts. "We must expect furthe? naval bombardments and our homeland must be defended without fear now that the Allies' task forces can attack us at any chosen time and place," the dispatch added.

People Remain In Shelters

The news agency urged civilians not to succumb to fear like the people of Kamaishi, on the northeast coast of Honshu Island. "Since the people of Kamaishi had not previously experienced falling shells," the agency added, "many remained in shelters long after the enemy warships had retired and were unable to shake off fear. The great majority of Tokyo residents are now living in underground shelters, preferring to stay there rather than move elsewhere." The newspaper Yomiuri Hochi military correspondent expressed the view that the Allied naval raids did not presage an immediate invasion, but the correspondent admitted the possibility of a surprise landing.

Plainly contemptuous of _ the enemy, Admiral fialsey permitted radio broadcasts from the, battleship lowa during the bombardment, says the Guam correspondent of the New York Times. It was another challenge to the Japanese war lords to send their air force and navy out to fight, but they did not do it. Instead, the Japanese declared in a radio broadcast that civilians in the bombardment areas must scurry to the hills.

Vulnerability Of Coastline

There is no suggestion that the enemy possesses the strength to prevent a frequent repetition of the combined air and naval attacks. The towns of Sukegawa and Takahagi, adjoining Hitachi, were included in the target area. Two successful bombardments of Japan in the past two days have resoundingly demonstrated tne vulnerability of the enemy s c°astline The bombardment of tne steel plants at Kamaishi and Muroran are believed to constitute the first large-scale use of in this war to reduce enemy indus tries The bombardments did not come as a matter of course . On the contrary there was considerab debate whether. to risk cncpfflns battleships against P OSSIbl ® torpedo-boat and shore battery at ThA S 'Tananese are slow to' react, !&st to posS i^ion ai Strategic bombardments of . , invasion Japan should spur Tokyo s HIT on forcing tte M- .» show their j cas t an Imperial Tokyo radio that communique which barded the SsTcoalt of Honshu from 11.15 a.n, to 12.15 p.m. to-day.

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CARRIER PLANES HIT TOKYO AREA, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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CARRIER PLANES HIT TOKYO AREA Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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