An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What event on November 27 in Toulon represents "one of the greatest acts of self-immolation in military history," according to the author.
(a) Vichy French high command destroyed their own defensive installations as a sign of faith to the Fascist cause.
(b) The scuttling of the Vichy French fleet.
(c) The destruction of all American Stuart tanks at the front to be replaced by General Lee's.
(d) Rather than losing another airfield to Allied forces, Germans destroyed 40 of their own planes and fuel reserves.

2. What was Robert Murphy's mission in Algiers?
(a) To spike the guns in the shore batteries.
(b) To escort Allied agents into the city to plant bombs.
(c) To sabotage the Axis airfield.
(d) To launch an insurrection of the Vichy French.

3. What criticism does the author make of Speedy Valley during the course of Furlingswind?
(a) That the reluctance to acknowledge the route resulted in too many Allied deaths.
(b) That they believed their own misinformation.
(c) That panic reigned.
(d) That there was no sense of urgency.

4. According to the author, how had Eisenhower been "outflanked" by the British in the Casablanca conference?
(a) A special envoy was forced upon him to assist with political matters.
(b) His command structure was changed to put three British deputies, with independent authority, below him to oversee air, land and sea operations.
(c) He was forced to relocate his operations office back to Gibralter where the British felt they could have better oversight.
(d) The position of a British general to oversee British and French troops was created, to be filled at a later date.

5. The code name OCHSENKOPF stands for what?
(a) Ox Head.
(b) Tiger Trap.
(c) Eight Fronts.
(d) Ram Horn.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who traveled to Gibraltar under the nom de guerre of "General Howe."

2. The American route by Arnim was successful to the point of making Rommel's attack Morgenluft negligible. What strategic objective in Tebessa did Rommel have his eye on?

3. By January 24th 1943, heavy French casualties and prisoner-of-war-losses prompted what important change of heart in the French command?

4. Which state was disproportionately hit with casualties in the War in North Africa?

5. Which two passes did the Germans utilize in operation Fruhlingswind?

(see the answer key)

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