Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 22 February 1943 (Tunisia Campaign): The Allied successes in North Africa (Operation Torch) had persuaded Germany to land forces in Tunisia (Run for Tunis). In February, they were joined by Rommel (Erwin Rommel) and his troops (Afrika Korps), who had fled the British across Libya. Rommel quickly returned to the attack, smashing the inexperienced US II Corps at Kasserine Pass (Battle of Kasserine Pass). Despite this setback, the Allies recovered and were soon advancing on Tunis.