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COUNTDOWN TO ROAD TO BERLIN: EXHIBITS WITHIN THE DESERT WAR-NORTH AFRICA GALLERY

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We are proud to continue to present to you the Road to Berlin, the first floor galleries within Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters. Last week we gave you an overview of the Desert War- North Africa gallery, and now we will do a deep dive into the gallery’s exhibits.

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Rendering of The Desert War- North Africa gallery

OPERATION TORCH EXHIBIT

Stalin’s Soviet Union pressed the Allies to start a new front against the Germans in Western Europe at the earliest opportunity, but the Anglo-Americans did not yet have the strength to initiate a cross-channel invasion into France. Instead, the Allies decided to confront Axis forces in North Africa. Codenamed Operation TORCH, the invasion was launched in November 1942. Led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was the first time the British and Americans cooperated together on an invasion plan. This exhibit will highlight the experiences of the US forces and the key elements of the invasion.

 

KASSERINE PASS EXHIBIT

Made possible through a gift from the Ella West Freeman Foundation in honor of Richard W. Freeman

After months of moving steadily eastward from landing points in Algeria and Morocco, Allied Forces suffered a bitter setback at the Battle for Kasserine Pass. In February 1943, German General Erwin Rommel launched a major offensive that resulted in heavy casualties and forced the Allies to retreat. The attack demonstrated the Germans’ capable leadership and deadly weaponry, while exposing the weaknesses of the inexperienced American Army. This exhibit will show what the US learned from their defeat at Kasserine, including recognizing the need for better training, equipment, and organization.

 

ADVANCE INTO TUNISIA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF VICTORY EXHIBIT

Made possible through a gift from the Ella West Freeman Foundation in honor of Richard W. Freeman

This exhibit will cover the dramatic final stages of the campaign to push German and Italian troops out of North Africa in May 1943. Having learned from their past mistakes, the Allies began to effectively coordinate their assets. Though they coped with bad weather conditions and rough mountainous terrain, General Patton and British General Bernard Montgomery successfully closed in on German forces.

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Rendering of The Desert War- North Africa gallery

 

Up next, the Invasion of Sicily Gallery

Post by Lauren Bevis, Donor Relations Manager, and Ashley Nash, Prospect Coordinator.

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