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TUNIS




May 7th, 1943
Tunis

Tunis

With the Mareth Line now firmly in British hands and the Americans having reorganised after the losses at Kasserine the allied advance in Tunisia slows down. At the very last moment the Germans had send massive reinforcements to Tunisia in order to keep the Axis bridgehead in Africa open. Allied superiority in air and sea slowly however begin to take their toll on the Axis forces and it is only a matter of time before the allies can organise their next big offensive.

On April 22nd 1943 the big attack begins as in the South British forces and in the West US force attack the German lines. Although the British are clearly advancing, their progress is slow, having only captured ten kilometres in a week and the decision is made to shift the focus of the attack to the south-west.

With all the preparations made the new attack begins in the early hours of May 6th, as the British and Indian 4th Divisions break their way through the axis lines. On the very next day the first British tanks roll into the Tunisian capital Tunis and to the north-west the Americans enter the city of Bizerte.

Only 6 days later, on May 13th 1943, the 230,000 Axis forces in North Africa surrender, making it the second biggest disaster for the Axis in the war so far. The first being of course the surrender at Stalingrad just 3 months earlier.






Tunis



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