World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AFRICA: Behind the Front

While the fighting in rainswept Tunisia made news last week, the battle which will decide the issue was being fought behind the lines. It was the struggle to get in reinforcements and supplies.

The Axis' problem was simple compared to the Allies' (see map). Axis ships from Italy ran the Royal Navy's gantlet by night and air transports few back & forth from Sicily over a shuttle that took little more than an hour's flying time. German and Italian troops have arrived since Dec. 1 at the estimated rate of 2,400 a day, with...

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