The invasion was running out of gas, literally.
Though headlines were still shouting of Allied advances, Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower wanted a relatively uniform advance across the front, wary of a "mere pencil-like thrust."
American general George Patton was said to have troops on German soil.
Longtime rivals Patton and British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery each wanted to lead a dashing charge deep into German territory, but they could not get fuel and ammunition fast enough.
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Though the advance had been spectacular, bypassed rear guard Axis units still locked up the seaports closest to the front.
Supplies were being trucked and piped from England, across France, to a front line moving further each day.
Eisenhower worried that an isolated and poorly supported advance was vulnerable to being cut off and destroyed.
As Nazi territory shrank their troops could be moved on a shorter interior line to defend, and now they were defending their homeland.
German propaganda touted new super weapons and stoked fear of invasion.
One of the new Nazi "Wonder Weapons" launched this week was the V-2 rocket. The supersonic rocket bomb could not be shot down, unlike the slower V-1 buzz bomb.
The Nazi leadership had canceled vacations, increased the factory workweek and was busy mobilizing both younger and older troops than ever before.
If they could not win the war, Hitler and his followers were prepared to destroy everyone and everything under their control.
On the home front, the San Luis Obispo City Council was examining steps to counter rowdy adults in the city park after dark. Neighbors were complaining, and the city was considering closing the park at night.
Mayor Fred Kimball requested a survey of fire resources in the hopes of reducing fire insurance rates. The city had added 50 fire hydrants, purchased two large Mack fire trucks, one small truck and hooked up to an ample supply of water from Santa Margarita Lake.
The Marcum family received a welcome cablegram from their son S-Sgt. Robert Marcum who had earlier been reported missing, was reported well and returned safely to his base in Italy.
The Morro Bay recreation hall and Circle Bar burned and was said to be an almost total loss. Though the bar was gutted, most of the liquor stock was saved. It took two hours to bring the blaze under control. Assistance came from the Navy at Morro Bay, Camp San Luis Obispo and the State Forestry Division who sent one truck from Cayucos and another from San Luis Obispo.
Mrs. Norma Hutchins was injured defending her daughter from an attack by a soldier. They were walking home from a show when her 15-year-old daughter was attacked. The mother was recovering from deep facial cuts and bruises. During the struggle she hit the assailant with a rock,, and as her daughter screamed for help, the soldier fled. San Luis Obispo police and the provost marshal's office were investigating.