World Battlefronts: A Hand in the Mud

The Germans showed their hand in Tunisia last week—and their hand was strong. After British Guardsmen and Commandos seized two hills commanding a highway to the naval port of Bizerte, the Germans counterattacked with artillery, planes and infantry, and they rewon the hills. The German plan was evidently to hold their outer defenses at any cost, while behind the lines they prepared for battles to come when the rains cease and the African sun dries the boggy Tunisian mud.

Berlin disclosed that General Walther Nehring, the Axis commander in Tunisia, had been succeeded by...

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