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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. TORCH is considered by the author to have been:
(a) "Poorly planned but excellently executed."
(b) "Primarily a diversionary tactic to relieve pressure on the Soviet Union."
(c) "The most daring amphibious operation in the history of modern warfare."
(d) "The single worst tactical decision of the war."

2. According to the author, what was operation VILLAIN?
(a) The first American airborne operation of the war, and among the most daring before or since.
(b) A massive bombing run against Axis airfields in North Africa immediately following TORCH.
(c) The landing of a combined force of British and American special forces troops near Casablanca.
(d) The delivery of an armored division by C-47 airplanes to the front lines.

3. The General Lee is described by the author as: "double the Stuart's weight, with a 75mm gun in the hull, a 35mm squirrel rifle in the turret, and four machine guns." What did the author describe as it's flaws?
(a) Too wide for city streets, poor at sand travel and expensive.
(b) Terrible range, accuracy and weakness from behind.
(c) Lack of forward armor, speed and maneuverability.
(d) Height, the large gun could traverse only a couple degrees and was set too low.

4. While information on the attack was slow to come into headquarters, Eisenhower did not believe which report:
(a) That Rommel had launched a counter-offensive attacking Morocco.
(b) That Patton was re-embarking the landing craft under a truce flag.
(c) That U boats had sank half the fleet.
(d) That operation VILLAIN appeared to be an Allied success.

5. According to troops in Tunisia during the winter of 42-43, how did Stuka time and Spitfire time compare?
(a) Stuka was sunrise to noon, Spitfire was noon to dusk.
(b) Stuka time comprised most daylight hours while Spitfire time consisted of about a half hour.
(c) Spitfire time only interrupted tea.
(d) Stuka time was every hour, Spitfire time once a week.

Short Answer Questions

1. General Georges Barre was the only Vichy French commander to refuse to kowtow to the Germans. What did he do?

2. How was SATIN a change in strategy for the Allies?

3. Although the Allies were aware of the numbers of Axis troops pouring into Tunis, they misjudged the situation in what way?

4. The signal "Advance Napoleon," was issues by Eisenhower which indicated what to the troops readying operation VILLAIN?

5. When German anti-aircraft gunners in Tunis fired at his plane by mistake, Field marshal Albert Kesselring's response was to:

(see the answer key)

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