Kasserine Pass

Kasserine Pass

(kăs`ərīn'), gap, 2 mi (3.2 km) wide, central Tunisia, in the Grand Dorsal chain (an extension of the Atlas Mts.). A key point in the Allied offensive in Tunisia in World War II, the pass was the scene of an Axis breakthrough (Feb. 20, 1943), but it was retaken with very heavy losses by U.S. forces on Feb. 25. See North Africa, campaigns inNorth Africa, campaigns in,
series of military contests for control of North Africa during World War II. The desert war started in 1940 and for more than two years thereafter seesawed between NE Libya and NW Egypt.
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The movie picks up the story in 1943 North Africa, where American forces have suffered an embarrassing defeat at the Kasserine Pass.
The partnership between Eisenhower and Strong began almost two years before, in the wake of an earlier disaster when US troops, inexperienced and overconfident, were routed by Rommel's Afrika Korps at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia in their first major clash with the Germans.
In 1943, Allied troops reoccupied the Kasserine Pass after clashing with German troops during World War II.
It recounts the chain of error symbolized by the catastrophic reversals at Kasserine Pass.
The first time that Americans saw action on the ground was the Kasserine pass in north Africa where unfortunately they were badly mauled.
The author is somewhat delicate in his evaluation of the division's performance in places like the Kasserine Pass, Hurtgen Forest, and Vietnam.
Excelling at this point of view, Shaara places us in the thick smoke of Kasserine Pass and high in the sky as the 82nd Airborne makes the first of its combat jumps into Sicily.
Badly worsted at Kasserine Pass in February 1943, they rebounded for a creditable win at el Guettar in March and a clear victory with the capture of Bizerte in May.
George Patton used the Army's trouncing at the Kasserine Pass as an excuse to whip our poorly-disciplined, poorly-trained, and poorly-led forces into shape.
And four months later, Montgomery won a second spectacular victory, again with the USII Corps, at Kasserine Pass.
captures El Guettar, Tunisia, on March 17, reversing the February rout of American forces at Kasserine Pass.