In a coordinated series of landings, the Western Task Force, under Maj. Operation Torch in November was a compromise operation that met the British objective of securing victory in North Africa while allowing American armed forces the opportunity to engage in the fight against Nazi Germany on a limited scale.
Operation Perpetual November did see the British capture a number of ports in eastern Algeria, including Bougie and Bone, but that was it. The magnitude of the German attack became apparent when the British were forced out of Benghazi on April 3. At the same time the Germans were building up a new army in northern Tunisia.
On 23 March 10 Panzer attacked the US positions south-east of Gafsa, and for the first time in Tunisia suffered a costly defeat, mainly at the hands of US tank destroyers and artillery. The British fell back to defensive positions at Mersa Matruh, about miles inside Egypt.
His front-line positions at Sollum were at the end of an extended supply chain that stretched back to Tripoli and had to bypass the coast road at Tobruk. Churchill heard the news during a meeting with President Franklin D.
The psychological value of the victory cannot be minimized. Arnim surrendered his forces on May 13, The Senussi were defeated and then intercepted by the Dorset Yeomanry who charged across open ground swept by machine-gun and rifle fire as the Senussi withdrew.
Von Arnim and Kesselring came up with a plan for an attack in the north Operation Ochenskopf, 26 February Marchwhich was designed to push the British further back from Tunis and Bizerte. Hampered by a divided German command structure and rapidly massing Allied reinforcements, the attack stalled.
On the downside, the Allies were now out of position with a huge force of almost 1 million men and their equipment. This led to the dogfight stage of the battle. By Januarythe front line was again at El Agheila. Two days later, no invasion having been launched, Mussolini ordered Marshal Graziani that, the moment German forces launched Operation Sea Lionhe was to attack.
To make matters worse, Arnim, who detested Rommel, continued to do pretty much as he pleased. The British continued to press the attack, and on November 29 they broke through to Tobruk. For the entire North African campaign, the British sufferedcasualties.
Matilda Mk II in North Africa campaign displaying a captured Italian flag A see-saw series of battles for control of Libya and parts of Egypt followed, reaching a climax in the Second Battle of El Alamein when British Commonwealth forces under the command of Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery delivered a decisive defeat to the Axis forces and pushed them back to Tunisia.
This created a supply problem for his forward units. As the Allies consolidated their control over the northwest African coast, the Axis pressure on Malta eased, which in turn enabled the Allies to further restrict the Axis supply convoys from Sicily.
Britain and France also agreed to divide the responsibility for maintaining naval control of the Mediterranean, with the main British base located at Alexandria, Egypt. The Eighth Army continued to attack the Axis infantry, slowly drawing most of the German armour north.Photos made by LIFE magazine's Eliot Elisofon in Tunisia during World War II's bleak and largely forgotten North African Campaign, During the Second World War, the North African Campaign took place in North Africa from 10 June to 13 May It included campaigns fought in the Libyan and Egyptian deserts (Western Desert Campaign, also known as the Desert War) and in Morocco and Algeria (Operation Torch) and Tunisia.
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