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Vintage photo of soldiers in Bizerte helping out a wounded comrade getting on the truck. Photo taken on July 26, 1961.

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Vintage photo of soldiers in Bizerte helping out a wounded comrade getting on the truck. Photo taken on July 26, 1961.
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Vintage photo of soldiers in Bizerte helping out a wounded comrade getting on the truck. Photo taken on July 26, 1961.
Vintage photo of soldiers in Bizerte helping out a wounded comrade getting on the truck. Photo taken on July 26, 1961.
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Vintage photo of soldiers in Bizerte helping out a wounded comrade getting on the truck. Photo taken on July 26, 1961. Bizerte also known in English as Bizerta, is the capital city of Bizerte Governorate in Tunisia and the northernmost city in Africa. Located 65 km (40mil) north of the capital Tunis, the city had 142,966 inhabitants in 2014. During the Second World War, the German and Italian Army occupied Bizerte until Allied troops defeated them on 7 May 1943. During the fighting between the Allied forces and the German Army, many of the city inhabitants fled to the countryside or Tunis. The city had suffered significant damage during the battle. Due to Bizerte's strategic location on the Mediterranean, France retained control of the city and her naval base after Tunisian independence in 1956. In 1961 Tunisian forces blockaded the Area of Bizerte and demanded French withdrawal. The face off turned nasty when a French helicopter took off and drew fire. The French brought in reinforcements; when these were fired upon, France took decisive military action against the Tunisian forces. Using state of the art weapons and decisive force the French took Bizerte and Menzel Bourguiba. During the three days, 700 Tunisians died (1200 wounded); the French lost 24 dead (100 wounded). Meetings at the UN security council, and other international pressure moved France to agreement; the French military finally abandoned Bizerte on 15 October 1963.

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SizeText 7.2" x 9.5"

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