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Battle on the Mareth line?

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 09:40 PM

I've seen some references to the Italians holding their own against the British at Mareth. With talk of General Messe using massed artillery fire to good advantage. I've never been able to read anything specifica about this though. Would anyone know of a good book that would have information, that can be purchased in the states? Or a website with story or maps, English or Italian doesn't matter. Or if anyone is bored enough to jot it down here I would appreciate it!


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Posted 07 April 2003 - 09:41 PM

I took a look online myself and didn't find anything. I believe Ennio was the one who wrote that Messe utilized lessons learned from the Soviet Front and gave the Allies some Artillery fire "Russian" style to great effect.

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 09:41 PM

A few minor suggestions though nothing substantial on what youíre looking for Iím afraid, good size map (when clicked) at: ... areth.html

Fair write-up at: ... ter_25.htm

Re books have you checked the Rommel Papers by Liddel Hart? Again I donít remember your topic in there but perhaps another poster can comment on this?


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Posted 07 April 2003 - 09:42 PM

Have the book. Rommel doesn't really say much about Messe, iirc. Will look at the links thanks.

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 05:22 PM

> Some pictures of the MARETH Line can be found under

> See "Forum", than "Operations"


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Posted 06 December 2003 - 11:42 PM

The battles at the Mareth Line are described in a book called 'El Alamein - war without hate' but even it doesnt go into great detail about Italian involvement. Messe is described as 'the best general Mussolini had', and was well respected by the Germans.....unlike most other Italian high ranking officers in N. Africa

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 10:44 AM

Though written primarily from an Allied viewpoint

The Bloody Road to Tunis by D Rolf ISBN 1 85367 445 1

does give a vey good impression of the hard fighting involved during the Allied attack on the Mareth Line reflecting the skilled and tough defence of the Young Fascist and Trieste divisions.

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