Tunisia - The Past - Allied and Axis


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Tunisia - The Past

Allied and Axis

Though France collapsed at the start of World War 2, many Tunisians volunteered to fight on the side of the Allies.

The Allied landings in North Africa began on 8th November 1942.

The race for Tunis had started but was soon to be lost.

In 1943, the Germans advanced in a new offensive but the key towns of Beja, Mejez and Bou Arada stayed in Allied hands.

In the south, Montgomery effectively overcame the Mareth Line in an operation almost as memorable as Hannibal's crossing of the Alps.

This cornering of von Arnim's armies in the northeast made their resistance al the more intense, but their strongholds fell one by one and, on 13th May 1943, the Axis armies finally surrendered.