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Osprey- US Soldier vs Afrikakorps Soldier: Tunisia 1943

ISBN Number:
ISBN 978-1-4728-2816-3
Published:
Monday, May 6, 2019
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing
Retail Price:
$22 US
Reviewed By:
Camden Koukol

Osprey Publishing - US Soldier vs Afrikakorps Soldier: Tunisia 1943

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Background

The Tunisia Campaign was the turning point of the overall Africa Campaign. During the Tunisia Campaign, the young and inexperienced American GIs go up against "The Desert Fox" and his battle-hardened Afrikakorps. The young, but determined American GIs slug out the battles, while suffering many casualties, and hard-learned lessons. In the end, the American soldiers drive Rommel and his troops out of Africa.

Content

This book provides in-depth insight into the tactics, logistics, weapons morale, origins and organization, command, communications and the battles in North Africa between the American GIs and Afrika Korps soldiers. 

Authored by David Campbell and illustrated by Steve Noon, the volume contains 80 softbound pages with black-and-white photos and color renderings of soldiers in uniform with equipment.  The book is apportioned into 9 sections:

  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
  • Sidi Bou Zid
  • The Kasserine Pass
  • El Guettar
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Overview of Content

The Opposing Sides section describes the origins and organizations, training and tactics, logistics, morale, and command and communications. 

The next section, Sidi Bou Zid runs from the dates of 14-17 February 1943. There is the Background to Battle, which describes some major events leading up the battle. Then the Into Combat section talks about the units that went into combat and the vehicles that were used in the heat of the battle. 

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Illustration of GI Private

The next battle is The Kasserine Pass.  About midway through this section are two paintings by Djebel Semmama which show the perspectives from the German and American points of view.

The final combat engagement covered is El Guettar.  This section also includes the Background to Battle and the Into Combat. Then there is another painting titled Grenade Fight. 

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Illustration of Afrikakorps Soldier

The next section is called Analysis which summarizes all of the battles in a few paragraphs. 

Finally, the Aftermath section talks about all of the effects of the battles.

In all of the sections, there are actual pictures (all black and white) of the soldiers and some of the vehicles that were used. 

 

Highly Recommended for figure builders and history enthusiasts. 

Thanks goes out to Osprey for this review sample.

Reviewed by Camden Koukol, Wright Field Scale Modelers.

 

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