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Tabarka is a coastal town on the Tunisian/ Algerian border. The war cemetery is some 12 kilometres east of the town on Route P7 to Tunis (and Beja).
In May 1943, the war in North Africa came to an end in Tunisia with the defeat of the Axis powers by a combined Allied force. On 8 November 1942, Commonwealth and American troops made a series of landings in Algeria and Morocco. The Germans responded immediately by sending a force from Sicily to northern Tunisia, which checked the Allied advance east in early December. Tabarka was just behind the limit of the advance that winter.
Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery contains 500 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 60 of them unidentified.