Table of Data Points

Tag : Africa

1944-03-24The Great Escape

76 prisoners of Stalag Luft III escape. 73 are subsequently recaptured and 50 are murdered by the Gestapo on Hitler's orders.

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1943-05-07British in Tunis

As the last remaining German defenders in Tunisia are swept away, British tanks enter Tunis.

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1943-05-07Bizerte falls

Infantry from the American II corp continue their advance to the north and enter Bizerte. Germany resistance in North Africa has effectively ended.

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1943-02-141943-02-17Sidi Bou Zid

US troops from the 1st Armoured Division CCA (Combat Command A), CCB and CCC is forced to retreat after losing losing 46 medium tanks, 130 vehicles and 9 self-propelled guns.

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1943-01-23Tripoli Captured

With Rommel withdrawing to the French-built southern defenses of Tunisia, the Mareth Line, following the Second Battle of El Alamein. The British 8th Army enter Tripoli.

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1942-11-081942-11-10Operation Torch

The combined British-American landings in French North Africa. The invasion hoped to Axis Powers from North Africa, improve naval control of the Mediterranean Sea and prepare an invasion of Southern Europe in 1943.

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1942-10-231942-11-05Second El Alamein

This Allied victory turned the tide in the North African Campaign. It ended Axis hopes of occupying Egypt, taking control of the Suez Canal, and gaining access to the Middle Eastern oil fields.

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1942-08-301942-09-05Alam el Halfa

The last major Axis offensive of the Western Desert campaign, Rommel had planned to defeat the British Eighth Army before Allied reinforcements made an Axis victory in Africa impossible. Rommel's attack failed and he was forced to withdraw.

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1942-07-011942-07-27First El Alamein

British and commonwealth troops, following the retreat after Gazala, halt the Axis advance on Alexandria. This tactically inconclusive battle had a profound strategic affect on the Axis forces' ability to wage war.

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1942-06-22Field Marshal Rommel

After the combined Italian/German capture of the vital sea port at Tobruk, Hitler promotes Rommel to the rank of Field Marshal.

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