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Kasserine Pass 1943: Rommel's last victory (Campaign, Volume by Steven J. Zaloga

By Steven J. Zaloga

Osprey's exam of the North African crusade of November 1942-May 1943 of worldwide struggle II (1939-1945), which was once a baptism of fireside for the USA military. After rather elementary landings, the U.S. II Corps complex into Tunisia to help operations via the British eighth military. Rommel, nervous through the possibility of an assault, determined to use the inexperience of the U.S. military and strike a blow opposed to their overextended positions round the Kasserine move. despite the fact that, the Germans have been not able to use their preliminary luck, and later assaults have been bloodily repulsed. The scuffling with in Tunisia taught the golf green US military very important wrestle classes, and taken to the fore senior commanders resembling Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley.

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Although none of these men had any information about an expected imminent landing in southern France, the leaders of the Vercors felt their arrival meant that Algiers had not forgotten the Resistance fighters on the plateau. Moreover, Eucalyptus’s operational orders had probably been misread, misinterpreted or just ignored. True, Longe’s and Houseman’s instructions stated that mortars could be expected later that month when technical problems with the detonators would have been rectified for air drops.

Soon after, however, they find themselves exposed to fierce French counter-attacks; besieged in the village over the following days the Fallschirmjäger are eventually relieved on 25 July 1944 by friendly forces coming from the south of the plateau. With the airborne forces, members of the Sicherheitspolizei und Sicherheitsdienst (Security Police and Security Service) from Lyon take part in this operation, probably accompanied by some French collaborators. Amongst the police forces is their commander, SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr Werner Knab, who was previously involved in mass crimes in the Ukraine (7).

Hammer) had firmly held their positions against the enemy and inflicted a number of casualties. In reality, the Germans had not yet commenced their major onslaught on the passes when André sent out this message. By the end of the day Geyer was left to understand that all passes were still in French hands. The next morning on 22 July 7. and 8. Kompanie/Reserve Gebirgsjäger Bataillon II/98, did not immediately exploit their success of the previous day, but consolidated their gains instead; heavy weapons were carried up to the plateau.

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