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Apr 25

Allies drive Axis armies across North Africa, map shows how far

TWENTY SIX HUNDRED MILES is the total distance British and American armies have driven across north Africa to effect their juncture in central Tunisia and bottle up the Axis forces. The drives may be compared with a like distance on the lower map of the United States. (Telephoto)

TWENTY SIX HUNDRED MILES is the total distance British and American armies have driven across north Africa to effect their juncture in central Tunisia and bottle up the Axis forces. The drives may be compared with a like distance on the lower map of the United States. (Telephoto)

When journalism works right readers come away with a better understanding of the story. Sometimes all it takes is a well thought out concept and graphic to illustrate it.
I have seen the lines moving across North Africa outlining the battles but never had a grasp on how vast the distances were. Imagine driving to the north east corner of Colorado. Now add sand, further vast distances from home and fighting through Erwin Rommel. Fortunately America had George Patton and the British had Bernard Montgomery leading the troops.

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