Military Museum Of Mareth Line, Gabes

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  • Ok for adults but not children. Not child friendly what so ever. Boring at times but an average museum  more »
  • The Mareth Line was a series of fortifications built by the French to protect their protectorate of Tunisia from any Italian invasion from Libya. During World War II Rommel refortified the Mareth...  more »
  • Mareth's defensive line is located in the southern Tunisian region of Mareth-Toujane, Gabès governorate. This line played an important role in the conduct of operations during the Tunisian Campaign: November 1942-May 1943. French forces built this defensive line between 1936 and 1940 to deal with a possible attack on Tunisia by Italian forces from Libya, then an Italian colony. Mareth's defensive line, dubbed the "Maginot Desert Line" stretches for 45 km and connects the sea to the Matmata Mountains. It relies on the Oued Zigzaou. The fortifications of this line include 40 infantry casemates, 8 large artillery casemates, 15 command posts and 28 support points. These concrete structures were reinforced by anti-tank guns and anti-aircraft guns. In addition to these casemates, anti-tank ditches were dug, barbed wire was installed and minefields were built. In the aftermath of the French defeat in June 1940, after the German occupation of French territory and the signing of a Franco-German and Franco-Italian Armistice Treaty, a German-Italian technical commission carried out the demilitarization Mareth's defensive line. Following their defeat to the 8th British Army commanded by General Montgomery on 4 October 1942 at the Battle of El Alamein, the German-Italian forces commanded by Marshal Rommel began their retreat to Tunisia through Tripolitaine . The Axis High Command then ordered the rearming and strengthening of Mareth's defensive line to allow Rommel's forces to delay the thrust of the 8th British Army. This rearmament operation took place between November 1942 and March 1943. seven thousand soldiers and civilians were mobilized for this operation which allowed to realize 25 km of anti-tank ditches, to develop the beds and the ber...
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  • Guided tour with exchange on the battle of the Second World War in Mareth. Admission price 3 DT
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