World Battlefronts: Morrison Reports

British First Army lurched a few miles ahead. On Christmas Eve regiments of Guards fought a violent hand-to-hand battle for a "vital" hill, were thrown back twice by German counterattacks but finally, on Christmas morning, they charged up the hill again, captured the position and dug in.

Farther to the south, where the footing was firmer, French troops and mechanized U.S. units advanced toward the exotic holy Moslem city of Kairouan. Seizure of Kairouan would threaten Axis communication lines along the whole Tunisian east coast. In the an, the Allies "accounted for two to one in individual combat," Mr. Stimson said. At...

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