From 1940 to the end of 1942, Tunisians had seen few Luftwaffe planes other than the few aircraft of the Armistice Commission that had come to verify compliance with the conditions set in June 1940 in Compiègne. Everything changed in November 1942 when Anglo-Saxon forces landed in Algeria and Morocco, taking the Afrika Korps (then in full retreat) in pincers. Gathering all they could, the Wehrmacht urgently dispatched disparate units of land, air or sea to take control of Tunisia, a small place to which Rommel's army was flowing. On the ground, the Heer was initially able to block the advance of the opposing forces while, in the air, the Luftwaffe multiplied the actions of all kinds: fighter fights, escort of bombers, ground attacks, reconnaissance but also refueling following the creation. of an air bridge linking Europe to Africa. Airborne units and the Flak (DCA) were also involved. However, even if the German fighters cut croupiers to their adversaries (among others to a Usaaf lacking at that time of combat experience), they very often appeared helpless in the face of the armadas of American heavy bombers coming to bludgeon their airfields as well as the concentrations of troops. The Luftwaffe, confronted with sophisticated enemy material, would then discover at its expense what the "Materialschlacht" was. As the months went by, the Allied numerical superiority growing stronger, fatal blows were dealt to the air and sea supply units; which isolated the Tunisian redoubt. Despite the disproportionate amount of fighting, the Axis was able to hold its own in the country for some six months, but its positions slowly dwindled. And, on May 13, 1943, after suffering severe cuts, the German-Italian forces definitively lost Africa.
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