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From the May 7, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Moving rapidly through surrendering German forces in northern Italy, the Allied Fifth Army yesterday crossed into Austria at two points while the Eighth Army was overcoming a comparatively strong group of Nazi SS troops who refused to abide by the capitulation pact.

The entries into Austria, apparently by American units were made through the Resia and Dobbiaco mountain passes, west of the Eighth Army’s trouble zone. Resia Pass is 30 miles southwest of the Austrian town of Villach, toward which the Eighth was advancing when it encountered the “few thousand” SS holdouts in northeastern Italy.

Details of the border crossings were not given and neither was it revealed how deeply into Austria the Fifth Army units had penetrated.

SSers Give Ultimatum

Storm troopers resisting the Eighth Army, in violation of last week’s surrender of all German forces in northern Italy and western Austria, have taken their stand along the main roads leading from Udine to the Austrian border and in the area between the small Italian towns of Gemona and Plezzo. An Eighth Army ultimatum to surrender by this morning has been handed the Nazi fanatics.

Fighting has been going on for the last three days and the Germans say they will not lay down their arms as long as “Communist” Italian partisans are siding with the Allies. An American correspondent at the front said that the SSers had shot a priest appointed by the partisans to talk with the Germans north of Gemona,  where he entered enemy territory bearing a white flag.

“Partisans are very active in this area,” the correspondent reported, “but there has been no attack against the Germans either by Eighth Army forces or partisans. The Germans’ nonsensical resistance has delayed the Eighth Army’s entrance into Austria.

In air action, Mediterranean based Allied fighter and fighter-bomber planes hit railyards and rolling stock in northwestern Yugoslavia and southern Austria without losses.

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American troops at the Brenner Pass linking American Armies in Italy and Austria.

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