What do you know about the
Attack this World War II History
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1) The Allies planned an Anglo-American
invasion of northwestern Africa - Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia,
territory nominally in the hands of the Vichy French government.
The Vichy French had around 125,000 soldiers in the territories as
well as coastal artillery, 210 operational but out-of-date tanks
and about 500 aircraft, half of which were Dewoitine D.520
fighters - equal to many British and U.S. fighter aircraft. In
addition, there were ten or so warships and 11 submarines at
2) General Dwight D. Eisenhower was given
command of the operation. The Allied Naval Commander of the
Expeditionary Force would be Sir Andrew Cunningham; his deputy was
Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay; who would plan the landing
Where did Eisenhower set up his headquarters?
3) The Western Task Force (aimed at
Casablanca) comprised American units, of the U.S. 2nd Armored
Division, the U.S. 3rd and 9th Infantry Divisions - 35,000 troops
in all. They were transported directly from the United States. Who
was the commanded the Western Task Force?
Major General George Patton
Major General George Cooper
Major General George Marshall
4) The Center Task Force, aimed at Oran,
included the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry
Division, and the 1st Armored Division - 18,500 troops. They
sailed from Britain.
Who commanded the Center Task Force?
Major-General Lloyd Fredendall
Major-General Byron York
Major-General George Lennon
5) The Eastern Task Force, aimed at Algiers,
consisted of two brigades from British 78th and the US 34th
Infantry Divisions and two British Commando units - 20,000 troops.
Who commanded the Eastern Task Force?
Lieutenant-General Kenneth Mayberry
Lieutenant-General Mark Reynolds
Lieutenant-General Kenneth Anderson
6) Eisenhower, with the support of Roosevelt
and Churchill, therefore made agreements with Admiral François
Darlan that he would be given control if he joined the Allied
side. This meant the Vichy regime was maintained in North Africa,
with its Hitlerian laws and concentration camps for opponents.
7) When Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini
found out what was happening, they immediately ordered the
occupation of Vichy France and reinforced Axis forces in Africa.
What French battleship decided to join the Allies?
8) After consolidating in Algeria, where did
the Allies strike?
9) Who commanded the German and Italian
General Erwin Rommel
General Henry Von Becker
General Albert Schwartzman
10) Who arrived in Tunisia in late February
to take charge of the new 15th Army Group headquarters which had
been created to take overall control of both the Eighth Army and
the Allied forces already fighting in Tunisia?
General Harold Alexander
General George Patton
General Henry Arnold