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Special: Battle of Kasserine Pass Weekend

Commanders!

The Battle of Kasserine Pass, which took place between 19th and 25th February 1943, is considered to be one of the most significant events of the Tunisia Campaign. Not only was the battle the first large-scale meeting between the American and German forces, but its outcome also led to some very important tactical changes in the Allies’ combat doctrine. To commemorate this historical event, we have created a special closely themed around the battle! Here’s what you can expect:

 

Triple Experience for the First Victory of the Day on every vehicle

Experience is what makes us learn, experience is what makes us strong!

 

50% Credit Discount and Credit Income Bonus on the following vehicles:

III M3 Stuart 
IVPz.Kpfw. III 
IV M3 Lee 
V Pz.Kpfw. IV 
V M4 Sherman 
III Marder II 
V M10 Wolverine 
IV Sturmpanzer II 
V Crusader 

 

30% Credit Discount and Credit Income Bonus on the following vehicles:

VII Tiger I 

 

Missions

Allied Mission
Goal  Destroy at least one German vehicle in the course of a battle
Reward  +10% Experience for the battle
Requirements
  • Tier IV and above only
  • Playing in American and British vehicles only
Conditions
  • Random Battles only

You can receive the reward each time you complete the goal.

 

Axis Mission
Goal  Destroy at least one American or British vehicle in the course of a battle
Reward  +10% Experience for the battle
Requirements
  • Tier IV and above only
  • Playing in German vehicles only
Conditions
  • Random Battles only

You can receive the reward each time you complete the goal.

 

Clash in the Pass
Goal Win a battle on any summer map
Reward  +25% credit income for the battle
Requirements
  • Tier IV and above only
Conditions
  • Random Battles only
  • Be in the top 10 players on your team by base experience earned (bonuses for the first victory, premium account, etc., will not be counted to determine the top ten players).

You can receive the reward each time you complete the goal.

 

This special will be available from 22nd February at 06:10 until 25th February at 06:00 CET (GMT+1). 

 

History

The Battle of Kasserine Pass took place between February 19th and 25th 1943 during the Tunisian Campaign of World War II. This battle marked the first large-scale meeting of American and German forces during the war.

In early 1943, the North African Campaign was rapidly approaching its end with growing Allied victories over the Axis forces. During the Battle of Kasserine Pass, the Axis forces proved that they still had some fight left in them and weren’t going to go down easily.  

The Allied push began on November 1942, with British and American forces landing along the coast of Morocco and Algeria as part of Operation Torch.   As this was the first large-scale engagement in which the Allied forces were working together in this campaign, issues with coordination and cooperation between the Allied forces arose. They had an overall commander in theory, but not in practice.  Disagreements became common. By contrast, the German structure was still rigid and organised, with Rommel having overall responsibility. In addition, the Americans were unused to both the terrain and the enemy. The end result was disorganisation throughout the Allied lines.

The British took Tripoli under General Bernard Montgomery in late January 1943, enabling them to push on eastwards towards the Mediterranean Sea and severely endanger Axis tactical assets. This instigated Rommel’s response, which culminated with the Battle of Kasserine Pass.

Kasserine Pass is a two-mile long valley through the mountains, and it was defended by American troops. Rommel determined that this location was the weakest point in the Allied defensive line. His first strike was repulsed, but with tank reinforcements Rommel broke through on February 20th, inflicting huge damage on the U.S. forces.

The engagement lasted for five days, with the Axis forces continuing to deal devastation with their tanks. It was only when the Allies managed to rally together to deliver a massive artillery strike that the German offensive was finally halted. Rommel realised that it was time to withdraw, and pulled his troops out. The U.S. forces then finally took the pass, but at a huge cost.

The Battle of the Kasserine Pass could be called an Axis tactical victory and Erwin Rommel's last great achievement in North Africa.  Meanwhile, the Americans learned a lot from the experience. Although the battle had gone badly for them, they were able to assess what had gone wrong and make significant improvements to their methods and tactics for the future.


Sources:

National WWII Museum (New Orleans) website

History Learning Site

 


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