Axis counter-measures pinned Allied hopes for an early breakthrough in Tunisia on ‘Blade Force’. The armored striking force consisted, in the main, of fourteen-ton M3 General Stuart, a fats, lightly armored tank packing a 37mm gun. Blade Force hurried forward to cries of “Armor for Tunis!”, accompanied by Seneglese tirailleurs and tanks of the 17th/21st Lancers, aiming to strike down the Tine Valley at a soft spot in the enemy lines east of the hill town of Sidi Nsir. On the afternoon of 25 November, Blade Force encountered Italian defenders ensconced in a French farm, dug in and ready for action.
Attacker: American/Free French (Elements of Blade Force)
Defender: Italian (Local Italian Garrison and a lost Semovente)