The Battle of Kufra was fought during World War II between Free French forces and the Italians for the strategic but isolated oasis at Kufra.
About this creation
The Battle of Kufra was fought as part of the Western Desert Campaign for control of the oasis at Kufra in southeastern Libya. During the colonial period the Italians had constructed a WWI style fort at El Tag on a rise overlooking Kufra.
Several skirmishes were fought in the desert before the Free French forces laid siege to the fort. At the time an inexperienced reserve Captain commanded the fort and surrendered on March 1, 1941 and were permitted to withdraw to the north leaving the fort, oasis, and all it's supplies to the victoriois French.
This depicts the French assulting the Fort at El Tag
The French taking cover behind a destroyed building
The French and a native soldier from French Chad
Another Chadian soldier taking cover behind a car
A view of a hill and an artillary blast. The French had only one artillary gun which delivered 20 rounds per day at regular intervals.
The Italian defenses: Land mines and barbed wire (there were also two lines of trenches protecting the fort)