After reading almost 400 pages of "An Army at Dawn", by Rick Atkinson, I have a notion that American forces in Northwest Africa made it to Tunis and Bizerte only because they had enough resources to overwhelm the German and Italian armies, and not exactly because of military prowess. It's true that individuals did put up good fights, but as a whole, the U.S. Army suffered an unending string of setbacks that only stopped with the Axis surrender, and then because of lack of an enemy. Tébourba, Medjez-el-Bab, Sidi bou Zid, Kasserine, Maknassy... Even El Guettar ended up the way it did only because of the tons of steel the American artillery had at hand. And maybe if this is just an author's concept, what makes it relevant is the fact that he's an American, not British or French, and you don't usually get your own countrymen to bash you, unless there is a good reason. What do you lads think? Is greenness that dangerous? Or there's something else which shows itself, e.g., in the several Ronsons it took, on average, to destroy a Panther or Tiger?