BATTLE OF AFRICA: Full Measure of Blood

Backed into their corner of North Africa, Axis troops hacked and jabbed at Allied armies which were slowly, slowly closing in. The action was "minor," but it flared along the whole 500-mile front. Small opposing forces fought for position, struggled bitterly for mountain passes, railroad stations, strategic heights.

Typical was the fighting in central Tunisia, near Sened, where battle-green U.S. troops got a fiery baptism. Their objective was the Sened railroad station, 50 miles from the coast. As their half-tracks and anti-tank guns advanced through a sandy valley, German 75s and...

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