"The British have struck heavily at the Mareth Line in what both sides call the opening blow of the long-awaited big battle of Tunisia... Radio Berlin said the attack began near the costal anchor of the Mareth Line Tuesday night after a prolonged artillery preparation. Later broadcasts indicated that the fighting had been expanded on a wide front... Allied communiques reported only patrol activity in the north and mid-Tunisia where U.S., British and French forces are arrayed for the offensive to back the Axis into the sea."
(The Mareth Line was a system of bunkers built by France in southern Tunisia during the late Thirties. The line was intended to protect Tunisia against an Italian invasion from its colony in Libya.)
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