World Battlefronts: ACROSS WADI ZIGZAU

On the afternoon of March 22 the Germans counterattacked the Eighth Army's positions in the Mareth Line and drove the British infantry back upon the Wadi Zigzau. In order to relieve the situation of this infantry, the British command that evening ordered troops across the wadi to counterattack the German counter-attackers. TIME Correspondent Jack Belden accompanied the troops and cabled this soldier's-eye view of war:

As a shell rang above us, the battalion commander climbed down into a slit trench and, with a flashlight held over a map, began to explain the situation...

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