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November 1940

I Nov 1940

CinC Middle East evacuates his staff from Alexandria to Haifa, leaving a small, unsupported garrison cornered in Alexandria as the remainder of the WDF, an armored brigade with artillery support, retreats towards Cairo. The Middle East is attempting to form a cohesive line on the Suez Canal since hostile Egyptians are already east of the Nile. Egyptian units who haven’t joined the Axis are eliminated by the British, along with an Axis Egyptian Light Armored Brigade which is overrun.
The last supply available for most likely some time allows the Italians to take Alexandria (9:1; -1: DR), although the British manage to destroy the vast majority of supply in the city before surrendering. An Egyptian brigade moves south along the Nile at full tilt to take the cities there for the Axis as the 2nd Libyan Motorized Brigade moves south of the Quattara Depression. Infantry columns close in around the armored force remaining west of the Nile.

II Nov 1940

The small armored force west of the Nile can do little to break free thanks to Italian ZOCs everywhere. The Suez defense is strengthened, although Italians, Libyans, and Egyptians are only 16 miles away and the line only covers about the northern two-thirds of the canal.
Thanks mainly to supply captured in Cairo by Egyptians, the 10th Army sends an armored task force to take Ismalia (5:1; +3 AECA, -1 ATEC: DH). The armored force just west of the Nile is finally surrounded up against the Delta. Supplies and troops are struggling to reach the front so Alexandria is opened as a supply terminal to be fully effective by December. The Italian Commander, pleased beyond belief of his army’s success, moves his headquarters into Alexandria as well.

October 1940

I Oct 1940

In an attempt to extract the surrounded portion of the WDF, both those inside and out of the Italian noose attack the same point, an unsupported Italian armored force. The Italian tankettes and Libyan truck-borne infantry manage to not only hold off the outside force but also convince the surrounded forces to surrender! (3:1; -2 AECD: AR) The 10th Army remains almost unscathed while the WDF is reeling and most likely will be unable to stop the Italians at El Alamein. The British’s mere presence in North Africa is now at risk. Parliament asks Australia who’s side they’re on, but is quickly rebuffed, reminded of a similar but much more costly encirclement earlier this spring.
10th Army stays on the WDF’s heels, forcing back units based around the 4th Indian Divisional Headquarters before proudly marching into El Alamein proper (3:1; +3 AECA: DR). The Sicilian Air Force bombs Malta into complete submission (up 3 to 15). In what is perhaps the first good news to befall the British all campaign, Royal Navy destroyers engage a fleet of undefended Italian supply ships and sink or force the crew to scuttle each one.

II Oct 1940

Little can now be done to stop the Italian onslaught. The line east of El Alamein doesn’t even reach all the way to the Quattara. The CinC Middle East concedes to his commanders that the Axis may very well reach the vital Suez Canal by Christmas. Preparations are made for a general retreat into Palestine, signaled by Haifa being established as an Allied supply terminal.
In a reenactment of the Battle of El Alamein (last turn) the same forces continue their duel to the end of the month. The Italians manage to again pull off a resounding success, opening the Nile for their occupation (3:1; +3 AECA: DE). The 10th Army surrounds the remaining armored force east of El Alamein but can’t quite close a gap to the southeast. Libyans and some armor surround Alexandria via Damaphur. Some Egyptians join the Axis cause, including some in Cairo that take the capital for the Axis, destroy the British supply terminal, and capture some valuable supply. The Sicilian Air Force (all Axis bombers) fly to Albania and southeast Italy for the upcoming invasion of Greece.

September 1940

I Sept 1940

On the early morning of September 9th, 1940 the Italian 10th Army based out of Cyrenecia, Libya advances into Egypt on a wide front. Infantry and artillery columns march full speed along the coast while armored columns advance further south. A Libyan motor brigade takes Siwa Oasis before sweeping north to join up with the Italian motor pool and some artillery just south of Mersa Matruh. Italian infantry stops just short of Matruh but is unable to attack before the WDF reacts. Construction begins on a road from Oasis de Giarabub to Siwa Oasis. A massive Italian bombing force based in Sicily commences its campaign on Malta, reducing its effectiveness (by 3 to 9). The Italian merchant marine begins shipping AS to Tobruk, flooding the port with supplies. Tobruk is also opened as a supply terminal and is predicted to be effective before the end of the month. The Italian commander, pleased at his situation and forecasting victory, moves his permanent headquarters to Tobruk as well, which has now become the lynchpin in the Italian supply effort, although supplies stockpiled at Tripoli begin movement east as well.

II Sept 1940

CinC Middle East orders his units in Matruh to hold their ground, seeing the Italian supply lines are dependent on the road junction their. As reports come in from the field, however, the massive show of force by the Italians has pushed back the WDF already. The CinC therefore commands his motor pool in reserve at El Alamein to move up and support a solid defensive line from the Med to the Quattara Depression about 50 miles wide. Fighters based in Matruh fly to Alexandria.
Despite some supply troubles, the Italians stay close on the WDF’s heels. As soon as the WDF turns to fight the Italians attack in a display of both overwhelming force as well as tactical brilliance (6:1; +1 AECA: DE), breaking the center of the British line entirely. An incredible display of artillery only assists British logisticians in destroying supplies needed by the Italian troops. In a stunning display of bravado, the Italian commander allows his motor pool to continue southeast to the Quattara, cutting off almost half of the remaining WDF but also being in the tenuous position of no support. Supply continues flooding Tobruk and is sent east as quickly as possible, aided by the newly completed Oasis de Giarabub-Siwa Oasis road. Fighters jump forward to Matruh airfield to provide cover for the advancing 10th Army. The Sicilian Air Force again does significant damage to Malta (up 3 to 12).

Analysis – or “What went wrong”

From the Axis players point of view I honestly thought up until May II had the game in the bag, particularly after the devastating attacks on the American forces in Algeria and the British infantry in Tunisia. unfortunately I neglected the fact that the Allied player had lots of RPs available. I also deluded myself into thinking I could hold the line west of Algers. Unfortunately the terrain just isn’t suitable for this, especially once the weather becomes clear again. I had spent much of winter
constructing a series of forts running along the reasonable terrain from Bougie to Bordj bou Arreridj. In retrospect I should of headed there in about March, but I didn’t and paid the price getting caught in the open (rough?) by the Allies. This shortened line and better terrain could have freed up a couple of units to back up the Gabes Gap line and prevented the explosive motorised movement that occurred in May in Tunisia. This failure to provide a wicket keeper to the troops in Gabes meant disaster when the gap was breached.

Oh well, next time I’ll get to be the Allied player and kick some butt.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the reports.

Jun 1943

Allies:
The 7th Armoured XX and Greeks attack the Ariete cadre and force it
back (DR result) while elsewhere in northern Tunisia various speed bumps are
swallowed up by the advancing allied main force. Bone is taken by Armoured
and recon units, who, although unsupplied, rely on armoured superiority to
drive the blackshirts out. (2:1 +3 AECA = EX) Philippville is hit by
forces switched from outside Constantine (hey there’s massive tanks in that
city!) and despite also not having a supply line destroy the defenders (4:1
+3 AECA = DE) Following on from the main battle zone in Algeria, the US
Armoured units attack the 164th Cadre in the middle of their retreat and the
Germans, footsore and tired, throw up their hands, convinced the war is
over. (4:1 -1 rough, +3 AECA = DE) The British 6th Armoured bypassing the
city of Algers, stuffed full with the remnants of Panzer Armee Africa and
assaults Bougie, defended by the 115 *III and 190 Pz II. The defenders are
in a fort which helps tip the balance to make it a bloody battle for the
British (3:1 = HX) At Medea, US Infantry and armoured units surround and
attack the 334th XX with various Italians attached and force a brutal
exchange result (3:2 (no AS) -1 rough +2 AECA = EX) Surrounded the Germans
throw up their hands and are marched off to the rear. Around Algers, the
port city is surrounded by the mass of British infantry of the 1st Army.
With overwhelming air support the fight is short and brutal and the
defenders soon buckle and surrender. (4:1 = DH) In the exploitation phase,
mechanised patrols of the 1st and 8th army meet at Djidjelli to the flash
photography of numerous war correspondents. Bizerte is cut off by 8th Army
motorised forces.

German:
The German CinC is bitterly disappointed at the news flooding into
his tactical HQ at Constantine. Bizerte is evacuated by air to Sicily. He
orders his last few Panzers and Motorised forces to gather at Bone (now
unoccupied). Pausing only to tell the local mayor to take down the bunting,
he boards a transport plane for Rome to report in person what exactly went
wrong in the past six weeks to his superiors. The remaining members of the
once glorious DAK dig in a shallow defence line around Bone and await their
heroic end. Sniff.

May 1943

Allied:
A Royal Commission is called for in the House of Lords! Congress demands
the resignation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff! Local unit commanders demand
increased beer ration!

Algeria – The US 1st Armoured is rebuilt and thrown back into battle. US
units attempt to pummel the 2nd Pz and 131 XX’s. The OSS Sage Mech unit is
used again but a faulty map ends up with them shelling a local Chinese
restaurant by mistake, giving their position away to German tanks who blow
them to oblivion (rolled F* on success table). Massive Axis AT causes the
attack to go awry and the US troops are forced to retreat again from their
positions. (3:1 -4 ATEC, -1 Rough, +3 AECA = AR) Along the coast the
British 6th Armoured and 44HC XXs fail to dislodge the defenders and are
paused in their attack (2:1 +2 AECA, -1 AECD, -1 rough = AS) South of this
attack, the 4th Mixed, 51st XXs and odds and sods force back the 334th XX
and Italian odds and sods. (3:1 +1 AECA, -1 rough = DR) South again from
here, the 46th, 78th XX, 5th Cdr and various units hit a mixture of Axis
forces, mainly regiments and brigades. This attack succeeds and destroys
them, but for the loss of the 5th Cdr and the 10th infantry X. (2:1 = HX)

Tunisia – Bitter at the loss of so many comrades, the remaining 8th Army
infantry gets to grip with the Axis defenders. Ignoring minefields which
take so many lives, ignoring barbed wire which holds up the attacks and
channels them into fire lanes, ignoring the aircraft overhead, the infantry
at last break the western sector of the Axis defence zone, although the cost
is heavy (2:1 -1 fort = EX) Immediately following the news of the gap in
the line, the numerous British mechanised and motorised forces push past the
remaining defenders to exploit through. Several airfields built close to
the Gabes Gap are seized and overrun – catching Me 109s on the ground. The
German CinC is heartbroken. It now appears with this battle and
breakthrough that a withdrawal from Gabes is needed.

German:
Tunisia – A general retreat is ordered. Units fall back to Sfax and
Kasserine. A couple of units breakdown and spreadout to try and slow any
rapid allied advance. As usual, the Italians are left as speed bumps.
Planes redeploy north towards Tunis.

Algeria – The lines are pulled back with the 90th PG XX and 2nd Pz XX
hurried towards Tunisia. This may have the effect of fatally weakening the
Algeria defences, only time will tell…….

May II 1943

Allied:
Tunisia – Several units are hastily rebuilt while the remaining 8th Army
forces attack northwards, breaking the thin Axis line in numerous places.
Tebessa is taken by the 1st HCR and 1st Dragoon recon units. Nearby at
Kasserine, several armoured brigades smash into the Italian 17th and 22nd
XXs with 9B Mot III attached. The superior armour might destroy the
defenders. (3:1 +3 AECA, -1 Rough = DE) The Greek Motorised Mountain
Brigade swings through Kairoun to seize Sousse and overuns an Axis airbase,
destroying three air wings caught on the ground there. The Indian, French
and British Infantry catch the Ariete Division and through superior numbers
destroy it as a fighting force. (4:1 -2 AECD = EX) At Sfax, the Allies
main armour body hits the Italian 1st XX out of the woods they are
defending. (3:1 +3 AECA, -1 woods = DR) With his line a smoking ruin, the
German commander can only shake his head and think what will happen in the
exploitation phase……

Algeria – The loss of the 90th PG and 2nd Pz XXs seems to have fatally
weakened the Axis defences. The US hits the 164 LA XX and 165 III, despite
Luftwaffe DAS the Americans are too strong and the infantry units are
overwhelmed (7:1 -1 rough, +2 AECA = DE) At Marengo in the north, the
British try to drive out the 15th Pz and attached AA and Rocket support.
The Luftwaffe is unable to aid the defenders, hunted down by the RAF and
sent crashing into the ground. The result is good for the allies with the
15th Pz cadred and the town falling. (3:1 -2 AECD = EX) The importance of
this attack is underlined when it is realised that the advancing British
units now lay across the Axis retreat lines if the main attack east of
Cherchell is successful. The German commander watches fearfully as the
Allies prepare their battle. The main British forces, with the French in
support slam into the defenders. Again the RAF and USAAF dominate the skies
and there is no Axis air cover. The attack is a success and the retreating
axis defenders are snapped up into the bag. (3:1 -1 rough, -1 ATEC, +2 AECA
= HX) The advancing Allied forces are pleased to capture a supply depot
from the Germans, especially considering this round of battles has burnt up
all of the available supplies in Algeria.

Exploitation Phase:
Tunisia – An armoured brigade, 1 HCR and motorised artillery beetle along
unopposed through the Tunisian highlands to reach the outskirts of
Constantine where the local French population are setting up the bunting for
the liberation parade. Other Armoured units are forced to stop just short
of Bone. The 7th Armoured Division heads into Sousse, overrunning an
Italian AA unit on the way. This allows the Greeks in their truck to enter
an undefended Tunis, taking everyone by surprise and capturing a massive
supply depot at Enfadiville (2 AS captured, 2 blown up by surprised German
Logistics officers). The news is spread throughout the theatre by radio and
many celebrations are held. The House of Commons votes the Greek commander
the thanks of Parliament and King Constantine sends the order of St George
in the mail to all Greek soldiers.

Algeria – Unable to overrun the cadre of the 15th Panzer, a push is made by
motorised units to take Blide and Boufarik. In doing so another supply
depot is seized and the last Axis AS is captured. The weeping German CinC
is offered a cup of tea and a Tim Tam biscuit by the Allied CinC.

German:
The paratroopers in Setif are flown into Bizerte to man the fort
there. All remaining units in Tunisia are retreated towards the port for a
valiant last stand. Italian infantry once again….. yep, speed bumps by
positioning themselves west of Sousse. The 2nd Pz XX enters Constantine,
making the local mayor take down the bunting and put the fasces back up
again. The 1st CCNN (yep, still one of Mussolini’s bully boys around)
marches to reach Bone, but falls short of it. The 90th Light AA III and 23C
Artillery III sets up its defences in Philippville. The 90th PG XX breaks
down into sub-units to hold the line of prepared forts around Bougie and
Bordj bou Arreridj. Unfortunately it is now clear to the German CinC that
the withdrawal should have been made a month ago. Oh well, c’est la guerre
de papier. Retreating from the maelstrom in the west, the 131 Centauro XX
and 164 LA cadre try and reach the line but fall short.

Apr 1943

Allies:
Algeria – Clear skies allow the massive air armada to be unleashed onto the
Axis rear areas and in ground support for the latest and last offensive for
the campaign. Many airfields are strafed and bombed but the Luftwaffe
fighters take a heavy toll on the USAAF P-400s. Four of these groups are
butchered in mid-air or shredded by airfield AA defences. The Allied Air
Commander demands an enquiry. From here on in, the allies know they must
break the axis or face defeat. The US forces in the south battle zone
attack the 90th PG and 15th Pz XXs. Axis AA fire is weak and ineffective
with the USAAF dominating the skies. Despite overwhelming numbers, the
attack fails in the face of anti-tank fire and harsh terrain. (4:1 +2 AECD,
-4 ATEC, -1 rough = AS) In the middle of the front the French and British
odds and sods, with heavy air support try and hammer the stoic 2nd Pz and
131 Centauro XX’s, but the Axis easily see of the piffling threat (4:1 -2
AECD = AS) North along the line, the British battle the Italians to gain
Cherchell. The British infantry rename the town after their political
leader as an added spur to win the battle. After heavy hand to hand combat,
the town is seized and the battered defenders withdraw (3:1 -1 rough = EX)
This battle is the only success for the Allied Commander along the line as
the US Armour attack on the airfield south of Boughari is beaten off by the
Luftwaffe soldiers of the General Goering Regiment and AA gunners of the HG
III (with attached Whermacht riff raff). (1:3 +3 AECA -4 ATEC = AR)
Recognising more strength is needed to take Boughari, motorised units
quickly join the 1st Arm XX HQ Task Force.

Tunisia – In the sky over Gabes, the biggest air battle of the campaign to
date erupts as 1000 allied planes attempt to escort or bomb the Gabes Gap.
350 Axis interceptors try and defend the skies, loses are heavy on both
sides, but the Axis Commander is pale when he receives the casualty list
from his staff. With ongoing loses of this amount, he will soon be
unprotected in the air.

German:
Fearful of Allied paratroopers, the Germans position their own
paratroopers at Setif, with Italian Glider troops and Engineers landing
also. With the line bowing at Cherchell, replacements are positioned around
the town, the arrival of the criminals of the 999 unit putting the wind up
the tommies in the trenches opposite. At Boughari, the local commander
takes the attack to the Americans and drives them further away from the
airfield (3:1 -2 AECD = DR) The late arriving HG Panzer battalion is
greeted with jeers and raspberries by the victorious foot sloggers. The
15th Panzer is withdrawn from the line and sent to Cherchell.

Apr II 1943

Allies:
Tunisia – Another offensive is launched on the Gabes Gap, again the results
are a stalemate with the 8th Army failing to break through. Again air craft
losses are heavy on both sides.

Algeria – The British drive into Miliana, pushing ahead of them the fleeing
334th XX and attached Italian odds and sods. (4:1 -1 rough +2 AECA = DR)
The Americans drive in hard against the 90th PG XX and 102 Hvy AA III and
push it back from the line. (4:1 -2 ATEC, +2 AECA -1 Rough = DR) The
German CinC is beginning to see cracks appear in the Algerian defences…..

German:
Sealed orders arrive from Berchtesgarten. “Hello Rupert, the view
from my balcony is wunderbar! I can see into the back yard of Herr Goebels.
He’s such a funny chap, limping about and all. I think you’ve wasted enough
time splashing about in the sea off Bizerte, please pull your finger out and
give the home population a nice victory in the desert to take their minds
off Stalingrad. Cheerio, Adolf. PS – Eva says hi.”

With such steely orders, the German CinC issues the command for a
counterattack! “Operation Kick the yanks about for a bit” is launched.

Algeria – Taking advantage of the US Army’s greenness in tactics in the
desert, the Italian 131, 2nd Pz and 90th PG slam into the battlegroup based
on the 3rd US XX. Despite lots of tanks, artillery and other bits and
pieces, the Axis catch the division with its pants down and administer a
firm mugging. (2:1 +2 tac roll, +3 AECA, -2 ATEC = DH) Swinging south
through the Axis rear areas, the HG Battlegroup is joined by the 15th Pz XX
who helps the Luftwaffe to smash the 1st Arm XX HQ Task Force. The American
tanks are punctured by superior fire power and tactics and are left at the
end of the battle a greasy stain in the highlands. (3:1 -4 ATEC, +3 AECA =
HX) Following from this battle, the 15th Pz XX swings back into the line
skirting the mountain range overlooking the Cheliff valley. A tidy pile of
green gathers in the replacement pool.

Tunisia – The Infantry units attacking the Gabes Gap are surprised by the
sound of engines revving up from behind the dug in Axis positions. Suddenly
the tanks that have been waiting for the past few months facing the 8th Army
are allowed once more onto the attack, re-living their glory days of 1941.
The Luftwaffe and Italian air force throw in massive air support, catching
the Allied Desert Air Force off guard – only the Hurricane Mk IIs can
intercept! AA fire from the Allies fails and the Allied soldiers are beaten
badly, with no loss to the Axis who return to their fortifications. (2:1 +3
AECA = DE) The Axis CinC offers the Allied CinC a cup of tea to make him
feel better.

Mar 1943

Allied:
In both Tunisia and Algeria the Allied CinC pauses to build up unit
strengths and reorganise his formations. Supplies are trucked into forward
dumps and airfields repaired and rebuilt. In a closed meeting, the Allied
CinC instructs his US unit commanders to pull their fingers and get their
units organised. Pearl handled revolvers are confiscated until this is
done.

German:
Mirroring his counterpart, the Axis frontlines are also prepared
for the oncoming good weather and battle. Supplies trucked in and plans
laid.

Mar II 1943

Allied:
Again poor weather sets in, much to the disappointment of the
allies. One ray of sunshine, eager to get their sidearms back, the US
divisional commanders are finally able to form up fully their units. To
celebrate this event, the HQ of the 1st Armoured XX, CCC 2 and attached AT
IIs begin to swing south through the desert and mountains towards Boughari.
Something cunning appears to be planned by the Allies. A US Construction
unit begins to march towards Laghout.

Axis:
Again the front is silent although a small all arms task force is
sent scuttling down the road into Boughari to block whatever nefarious
schemes the US are planning…..

Feb 1943

Allies
Tunisia – The Greeks and French pull back to the main line to the delighted
jeers of the Italian infantry. Back at Gabes, there is large scale
reorganisation of the 8th Army to cover for ongoing loss of units to other
theatres.

Algeria – The battle for Tebes rages as the 1st Army drives the Axis holding
force out of the town and seizes it. (5:1 -2 mud, -1 rough = DR). The
victorious six divisions are proving a thorn on the Axis coastal flank.

German
Algeria – Again the frontline is reinforced and the German CinC orders unit
chaplains and padres to hold weekly services that include a special rain
prayer. The weather is now the greatest ally for the Axis.

Tunisia – No movement.

Feb II 1943

Allies:
Algeria – Long range weather forecasts indicate no change in the conditions,
much to the frustration of the Allied commander. He elects to continue to
drive the British forward in the coastal hills. Their superior numbers
overcome the Axis defenders, forcing them back to the town of Cherchell and
the German CinC confides to his AdC that he is becoming a bit worried with
the ongoing progress the British are having. (4:1 -2 mud, -1 rough = DR)
US forces still suffering tactical deployment and command issues, much to
the frustration of the Allied CinC.

Tunisia – No significant events. War correspondents apply for reassignment
to Algeria.

German:
Algeria – In a slight tactical readjustment of the lines, the Axis pull back
their southern flank towards Orleansville, beefing up their defence strength
along the line. Berlin is furious and demands an immediate explanation.

Jan 1943

Allies
Algeria – Another attack is launched in foul weather on the 133 Littorio by
six British units (5, 44HC, 51, 78 Inf XXs and 6 & 8 Arm XX), again with air
support. This time the strength of the allies is too great and the battered
Italians are forced to fall back after mauling their attackers. (6:1 -1
rough, -2 mud = EX). Further south the Americans launch their first
offensive against Axis units based around the command of the 2nd Pz XX. A
surprise commando attack by the Mechanised SAGE unit fails to aid the attack
and the 3rd XX with attached armour and artillery is roughly handled. The
retreating American units disappoints the formation commander resorts to
pistol whipping his retreating soldiers with his pearl handled revolver. He
is subsequently disciplined. (4:1 -2 mud = AR). In the follow up to this
series of battles, the British Tank units overrun the remnants of the 133
Littorio and swing towards Orleansville.

Tunisia – The frontline is reorganised to cover for the withdrawal of the
AIF, who are waved off by the CinC ME with a tearful farewell. Several tank
formations are rebuilt with the loan of US Armoured RPs. The defenders of
the Gabes Gap are not bothered by the Allies who send a task force of
motorised Greek and French units with the 2 Household Cavalry Regiment and
2nd Support X towards Nefta. Behind them, clanking along in trucks across
forbidding terrain is carried valuable supplies to support the planned
attack on the extremity of the Axis line. The HCR spends it days and nights
on its journey haw-hawing and drinking G&Ts while polishing their belt
brass.

German
Tunisia – No movement.

Algeria – Italian and German units gather at Tebes and the 101 Motorised
rebuilds at Tunis and marches into Algeria. A quick shuffle of units allows
an attack on US forces on the southern edge of the frontline . Lots of Axis
armour and air power hammers the US Battlegroup built around the units of
the 3rd XX. USAAF planes try and block the Luftwaffe from bombing the
ground troops but the battle omens poorly when in a surprise result, a lowly
Stuka flying ground support destroys a wing of P-40Ks flying interception.
The US forces are battered into the mud and the Allied commander is heard
muttering about the need for cadres. (3:1 -2 mud = EX)

Jan II 1943

Allies
Algeria – US Forces begin to rebuild at Oran while the British continue
their attack, this time against the 164th XX. This time the odds aren’t so
good and, combined with the weather, the British are routed by vigorous
counter-attacks. (3:2 -2 mud = AR)

Tunisia – An attack is launched at the Gabes line, but the results are as
expected. Heavy AA sees off most of the GS that got through the interceptor
net and as a result the battle is inconclusive (2:1 -1 fort = AS) Deep in
the desert, the Greeks and French launch their attack on Tozeur to try and
break the line but the Italian garrison is dug in and determined, well aware
of the potential results if the allies turn the line. The result is a
failure and the Guardsmen of the 2nd HCR blame the French. (1:1 = AS)

German
Tunisia and Algeria – Movement of troops into the frontline. The German
CinC begins to husband his forces.

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