LATE in February, 1943, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s position in southern Tunisia was daily growing more desperate. He had by quick concentration of his mobile Panzer units beat up the Americans around Kasserine Pass, seized three airfields, presumably destroyed American front-line supply dumps there and thus forestalled an attack against him on the central sector of the Tunisian front. But while he had been operating with quick though temporary success against the weak and inexperienced Americans under General Patton in the north, the far stronger and more experienced Montgomery had been able without hindrance from the air or ground to bring up part of his Eighth Army and prepare an assault on the Mareth Line in the south. This placed Rommel in an awkward predicament.
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