Aspects of the event
On 28 February 1943, Kampfgruppe Lang's attack on Beja entered an ambush. While they had been delayed at Sidi N'sir on the 26th, the British had hurriedly prepared a defence at Kzar Mezouar. The Germans were obliged to traverse Hunt's Gap and arrive there.
Several Panzers, including 3 Tigers, were immobilised here during the next few days of battle, and then destroyed by the Germans when they could not be recovered during the retreat. Another group of wrecks with 4 Tigers were left 1km to the northeast.
A German situation report, made on the evening of 4 March, puts total losses for Operation Ochsenkopf at 19 Pz.III, 8 Pz.IV and 7 Tigers. The report states that "If tonight's planned resumption of recovery efforts for the tanks left on the front line goes well, the number of losses can be reduced by 5 Pz.IV and 2 Pz.VI." It's not clear which two Tigers> they hoped to recover, but the attempt failed.
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