Aspects of the event
On 26 February 1943, the 5th Panzer Army sent a battle group from Mateur to capture Beja. It included s.Pz.Abt. 501 and its Tiger tanks. The route was a single road that wound over and between hills for many miles. At Sidi N'sir railway station, far out in front of the British front lines, infantry and artillery had set up a forward defensive position.
A fierce battle ensued in pouring rain. Soft ground, minefields and artillery limited the Germans' mobility, obliging them to spend the day clearing infantry from the hills before they could attack the 8 guns of the 155th Field Battery RA. This delay ensured the failure of the German operation "Ochsenkopf" and changed the course of the war in Africa.
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