BATTLE OF EL QUETTAR, TUNISIA: CAPTURED 'KINGDOM OF ITALY' NATIONAL FLAG, FROM THE 131ST ARMOURED CENTAURO DIVISION. An American-captured, Italian National flag from the Battle of El Quettar, 680 x 1410 mm.
Lot 273
BATTLE OF EL QUETTAR, TUNISIA: CAPTURED 'KINGDOM OF ITALY' NATIONAL FLAG, FROM THE 131ST ARMOURED CENTAURO DIVISION.
An American-captured, Italian National flag from the Battle of El Quettar, 680 x 1410 mm.
Sold for US$ 2,000 inc. premium

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

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BATTLE OF EL QUETTAR, TUNISIA: CAPTURED 'KINGDOM OF ITALY' NATIONAL FLAG, FROM THE 131ST ARMOURED CENTAURO DIVISION.
An American-captured, Italian National flag from the Battle of El Quettar, 680 x 1410 mm. The coarse linen flag with vertical green, white and red stripes with central white cross, on red, blue border, short halyard, the luff inscribed in ink, "(A.ENNINOY) CAPTURED 1943 IN TUNISIA AT EL QUETTAR." A few small holes due to age, otherwise in fine condition.

An interesting spoil of war captured by American Forces at the critical Battle of El Quettar in Tunisia. The US II Corps had been badly mauled in its first encounter with the Axis forces in Tunisia in the disastrous Battle of Kasserine Pass in late February 1943. In early March 1943 George Patton took over US II Corps from Lloyd Fredenhall, and he reorganised the Corps into an offensive line at the Eastern Atlas. On March 17th the US Infantry moved forward onto the abandoned plain taking Gafsa and on to the oasis of El Quettar, the Italian defenders retreated to take up positions in the hills around the town, and blocked the El Quettar Pass. American forces moved forward and captured various Italian positions. The Germans moved the 10th Panzer Division down into the pass, but they were stopped with 30 tanks knocked out. This left Hill 369 and Hill 772, occupied by Italian forces led by Colonel Aldo Ramondi's 5th Bergsaglieri Regiment from the Centauro Division. Hill 369 was cleared by the 1st Infantry Division, and this is likely where this flag was captured.
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