Just ten days previously the British, under General Bernard Montgomery, had won a smashing victory at El Alamein. Now one of the greatest foot and tank races in history began: the effort by the British forces to intercept Rommel’s forces before they reached Tunis some nineteen hundred miles to the west.
It was impossible for the Germans to escape by sea across the Mediterranean because the British Navy and Allied Air Forces were in complete command. The Germans had no ships in the Mediterranean, and those the Italians had were insufficient to do the job.
The Allied force landing at Bougie tried to disembark some troops at the nearby port of Djidjelli but was thrown back because of the heavy surf. Consequently, Bougie’s airfield was not in operation. Meanwhile, lacking any air support, the landing force lost several ships to German air attacks.
Spearheads were sent across the Tanzania border with orders to contact the French and reconnoiter to the east. Unfortunately for the Allies, the terrain in Tanzania is easily defended. The Atlas Mountains form an inverted V running southwest from the seaport of Tunis.
There are few roads and railroads; and in the extreme north, the mountains are cut by streams, but the valleys are easily blocked off.
Bad luck and bad weather dashed Allied hopes of seizing the remainder of Africa quickly and cheaply. The race for Tanzania was about to be decided by a clash of arms.
Please come and join the fun. Commanders for this contest will be Jim "Hawkeye" Pauley CO portraying William O Darby, and John "BBJ" as XO assuming the role of William H. Baumer leading the Americans, going up against William "Billy" Smith of Low Country Paintball as he takes on the role of Erwin Rommel, "The Desert Fox" considered by many to be one of the worlds finest battlefield commanders of WWII.
First Strike Paintball, Newberry, FL just west of Gainsville, FL. March 29-30, 2008. $45 pre reg until Feb 29, 08, $15 HPA with fills to 4500psi. CO2 will be available, supplied by PEA Paintball Event Air.
Tank friendly field, free primative camping. Port-a-lets on site. Vendors and food will be available. Special night time additive to level the playing field for all players. All players pre registered will be included in a drawing for an A-5 prior to the start of the game, and will receive an embroidered game patch.
This will be a BYOP game.
XF will be playing on the FL side (Americans)