Battle of Sidi Bou Zid
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Battle of Sidi Bou Zid?
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The battle of Sidi Bou Zid was part of what North Africa campaign?
- Gibraltar Campaign
- Tunisia Campaign
- Libya Campaign
2) What American Corps did General Lloyd Fredendall command?
- I Corps
- II Corps
- IV Corps
3) In January 1943, the German-Italian
Panzer Army (Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee) had
retreated to the Mareth Line, originally a French line of
defensive fortifications near the coastal town of Medenine in
Who commanded the German-Italian Panzer Army?
- Adolph Becker
- Erwin Rommel
- Adam von Richen
4) Fifth Panzer Army commanded by Colonel
General (Generaloberst) Hans-Jurgen von Arnim. It was made
up of 10th and 21st Panzer Divisions. On January 30, von Arnim had
sent 21st Panzer to attack the Allied position held by French XIX
What was the Allied position?
- Sidi Pass
- Atlas Mountain
- Faid Pass
5) At 04:00 on February 14 four battle
groups drawn from 10th and 21st Panzer Divisions and under the
leadership of Lieutenant General Heinz Ziegler, the deputy to Arnim, advanced to attack Sidi Bou Zid, the U.S. communications
and supply center for the Eastern Dorsale of the Atlas Mountains.
How many German were used in the operation?
- 40 German tanks
- 140 German tanks
- 240 German tanks
6) Under heavy shelling from the Germans,
Colonel Thomas Drake leading 1,900 men of his 3rd Battalion 168th
RCT requested permission to retreat. This request was denied by Fredendall who ordered them to hold their positions and wait for
reinforcements until the help arrived. This never happened.
7) By 5 p.m. German forces had made contact
and the tanks and artillery of Combat Command A (CCA) had been
driven nearly 15 miles west to Djebel Hamra with the loss of 44
tanks and many guns. The infantry were left marooned on the high
ground at Djebel Lessouda, Djebel Ksaira and Djebel Garet Hadid.
How many CCA tanks had been lost?
- 22 tanks
- 44 tanks
- 66 tanks
8. During the night General Ward moved up
Combat Command C (CCC) to Djebel Hamra to counter attack Sidi Bou
Zid on February 15. However, the attack was over flat exposed
country and was bombed and strafed early in the movement and then
found itself in a pincer from the two German armored Divisions
employing more than 80 Panzer IV, Panzer III and Tiger I tanks.
9) By the evening February 15, von Arnim had
ordered three of the battle groups to head towards Sbeitla. They
were engaged by the battered CCA and CCC who were forced back. On
February 16, helped by intensive air support, they drove back the
fresh combat command and entered Sbeitla.
Who was the fresh combat
- Combat Command B
- Combat Command D
- Combat Command M
10) The poor performance of the Allies
during the actions of late January and the first half of February
as well as at the subsequent Battle of the Kasserine Pass led the
Axis commanders to conclude, notwithstanding that Allied units
were generally better equipped, they were facing inferior
opposition, both in terms of leadership and tactical skills. This
became received wisdom among the Axis forces and resulted in a
later underestimation of Allied capabilities as units became
battle-hardened and poor commanders were replaced.