The North African campaign of November 1942-May 1943 was a baptism of fire for the US Army. After relatively straightforward landings, the US II Corps advanced into Tunisia to support operations by the British 8th Army. Rommel, worried by the prospect of an attack, decided to exploit the inexperience of the US Army and strike a blow against their overextended positions around the Kasserine Pass. However, the Germans were unable to exploit their initial success, and later attacks were bloodily repulsed. The fighting in Tunisia taught the green US Army vital combat lessons, and brought to the fore senior commanders such as Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley.
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Table of Contents
Introduction/The strategic background/Operation Torch/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Axis commanders/Allied commanders/Opposing forces/Opposing plans/The Kasserine campaign/Operation Frühlingswind/Confusion at Sleitla/Operation Morgenluft/Operation Sturmflut: the battle for kasserine Pass/Command decisions/Supporting Montgomery: Operation Wop/Thefinal campaign in Tunisia/Campaign in Retrospect/The Battlefields Today/Further reading/Index