BATTLE OF AFRICA: Carthage Again

Exactly 339 days after the U.S. declaration of war on Germany, U.S. and German land troops met in battle for the first time in World War II. The place was the oak groves and citrus valleys of Tunisia, once the breadbasket of Carthage, where Scipio in the Battle of Zama finally destroyed Carthage's power.

News accounts were unable to keep pace with the Anglo-American invasion that took French Morocco and Algeria in 76 hours—and moved into Tunisia in 76 more. An attack and quick counterattack near Bizerte was the first clash of arms.

The Power. Heading General Dwight Eisenhower's "precision offensive"...