Ligne Maginot du Désert. La Ligne Mareth sud-tunisien 1934-1943

Ligne Maginot du Désert. La Ligne Mareth sud-tunisien 1934-1943
Unlike the Maginot Line, the Mareth Line is a little-known French fortress line.
The Mareth Line (also Gabeslinie) was a fortress line in southern Tunisia between the cities of Medenine and Gabès, south of the eponymous Mareth.
It was built in the years 1936-1939 by the French colonial power and originally served to protect Tunisia from an attack from the Italian-occupied Libya. The line of about 35 kilometers in length with 49 fortified bases and 124 concrete bunkers was in the southwest of the 800 -meter-high Matmata heights, which were impassable for wheeled vehicles, and came to the northeast of the Mediterranean. Before the fortification line, the Wadi Zigzaou was a natural barrier to armored vehicles. The fortification line itself consisted of a series of concrete bunkers, gun positions, minefields and wire barriers.
The operations of the British 8th Army to overcome the Mareth Line began on 19 March 1943. In addition to frontal attacks, British troops went around the Matmata Heights in the southwest and threatened after a breakthrough the withdrawal line of the Axis forces. The latter cleared the Mareth Line on March 27 and retreated to Wadi Akarit.
After 12 years of intensive research on site (without the help of specific maps) and in military archives, as well as supported by testimonies, this outstanding work has been published now. It also contains many previously unpublished photos.

Author(s): Jean-Jacques Moulins,/ Michel Truttmann
Publisher: Klopp Editions
Pages: 220
Language: FRENCH
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 2018
Dimensions: 30 x 21 cm
Binding: Hardcover
Weight: 1.50 kg

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