BATTLE OF AFRICA: The Scythe and the Ring

In Tunisia, Axis and Allied troops approached the climactic battle for North Africa.

The news last week was fragmentary. Virtually all that General Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters revealed was that Allied forces were moving steadily eastward from Algeria. The advance was four-pronged —one prong aimed at the Gulf of Gabes in order to cut any communication with Rommel's troops in Libya, the other prongs designed to make a scythelike sweep against Bizerte and Tunis. In a ring around Bizerte and Tunis the Axis forces dug in.

Nearing Nehring. Bizerte can hold all the fleets...

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