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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionLast of the Mareth Line
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date30 Mar 1943
Embedded text or transcriptRommel Berlin Radio "Such a din we can't hear how invincible we are ..."
Person DepictedRommel; Erwin (1891-1944)
NotesNews: March 28: ... North Africa: The tank
spearhead of the British armoured column engaged in the outflanking movement round the Matmata
Hills broke through strong German defensive positions along the Wadi el Assiub 10 miles S. of El
Hamma; British infantry poured through the gap thus created, mopped up German centres of
resistance, and by nightfall had made important progress towards El Hamma, itself. It was
disclosed that General Montgomery, transfering the weight of his attack to this area when he
realised that a frontal assault on the Mareth positions was likely to prove too costly, had
thrown in infantry and tank forces to support this "left hook"..... Berlin admitted "local crises
in the German positions" and "the evacuation of the first line of strongpoints" in the Mareth
area.... March 30: ... North Africa: ... Mr Churchill announcing the capture of Gabes and El
Hamma in the House of Common, said that the decisive break-through by the New Zealanders was
"aided to an extraordinary degree by novel forms of air attack in which hundreds of British
aircraft were simultaneously employed," that "enemy losses in men and material have been very
serious and the Panzer divisions in particular have been remarkably mauled and enfeebled", and
warned that heavy fighting still lay ahead "in country which is very difficult and abounds in
defensive positions."... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.5693]
Mareth line
Armed forces
World War 1939-1945
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