By Roger A. Freeman
One of many first Thunderbolt teams to determine motion within the ecu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the USA military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter crew (FG) used to be additionally the one fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay built with the strong P-47 till war’s finish. Led through the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this staff was once liable for devising some of the bomber escort strategies hired by way of VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. via VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy airplane than the other workforce within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are specified during this quantity including photos, their plane profiles and insignia.
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At the same time Italian Divisione ‘La Spezia’ with elements of German 90. leichte-Division would attack along the axis of the road from Mareth on the left flank of 15. Panzer-Division. All of these attacks would be from the right flank of the Mareth defence line out of the Matmata Hills. A cheerful-looking American tank crew newly arrived in Tunisia. The setback suffered by the inexperienced Americans at Kasserine when they came up against crack German troops, brought a more sober attitude to the fighting.
Axis forces take the feature of Zemlet el Lebene. 6 After previous setbacks, a new combined drive by 15. and 21. Panzer-Divisions is launched but is repulsed by the tanks of 201st Guards Brigade and by heavy artillery fire from guns on the Tadjera Hills. 7 The penetration on Zemlet el Lebene is cleared by a counterattack by 131st Brigade. 8 A renewed attempt to get to Metameur by 10. PanzerDivision is repulsed by artillery fire. 9 15. Panzer-Division is ordered south to join with 10. Panzer-Division which had been reported (falsely) to have taken Metameur.
Rommel had for some time realized that his so-called defensive line at El Agheila was in fact indefensible. It stretched for almost 160km out into the desert, longer even than his line at El Alamein, and he had neither the troops nor the supplies to man it. Most of his heavy weapons and anti-tank guns had been left on the battlefield at Alamein and the bulk of his armour destroyed. His fuel situation showed little chance of improving now that Arnim was raising a new army in Tunisia and also needed supplies.