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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What medal did Rear Admiral Hewitt win in World War I?
(a) The rank of Admiral.
(b) A Medal of Honor.
(c) The Purple Heart.
(d) The Navy Cross for Heroism.

2. What new piece of highly effective German equipment was introduced in the battle of November 26th in the Tine Valley?
(a) An armor peircing long-barreled 75mm gun mounted on Panzers.
(b) Wing mounted anti-personnel guns.
(c) Rocket launchers on tracks.
(d) The Bazooka.

3. What was the plan for integrating U.S. units into British lead military organizations?
(a) Select troops were permanently assigned.
(b) No plan existed.
(c) New U.S. troops were sent to England for specialist training.
(d) Units would be on a four week rotation.

4. What French character was referred to as "a bad man with a narrow outlook and shifty eye," by Winston Churchill?
(a) Robert Murphy.
(b) General Giraurd.
(c) General Mast.
(d) Admiral Darlan.

5. North Africa is where the Allies agreed on a policy of:
(a) Military autonomy.
(b) Blitzkrieg.
(c) Detente.
(d) Unconditional surrender.

6. What was the biggest deficiency, according to the author, in Allied planning?
(a) Morale.
(b) Artillery.
(c) Lack of air fields.
(d) Transportation.

7. The signal "Advance Napoleon," was issues by Eisenhower which indicated what to the troops readying operation VILLAIN?
(a) To carry out Plan D and expect a hostile reception by the French.
(b) To carry out Plan B and expect a docile reception by the French.
(c) To carry out Plan C and expect to be dropped behind enemy lines.
(d) To carry out Plan B and expect a hostile reception by the French.

8. What decision by Rear Admiral Hewitt was considered "a brave decision, the decision of a commander," by Lord Lewis Mountbatten, the commander of British amphibious forces?
(a) To hold off the invasion until better landings could be found.
(b) To revise the attack and land in force.
(c) To temporarily break the fleet into six parts in order to escape U boats.
(d) To move forward with the invasion as planned, despite conflicting weather reports.

9. What maps of Morocco were stowed into the holds of the American fleet heading out for TORCH?
(a) Copies of stolen maps from the Germans.
(b) Michelin road maps.
(c) Maps developed by the British Secret Service.
(d) The Encyclopedia Britannica.

10. September 1, 1939 marked the first day of a war that would last approximately:
(a) 2,000 days.
(b) 4,000 days.
(c) 1,000 days.
(d) 3,000 days.

11. According to Rear Admiral Bennett, the RESERVIST plan was:
(a) "Strategically unimportant to winning the war."
(b) "Suicidal and absolutely unsound."
(c) "Excessive."
(d) "A moral building excercise."

12. On January 1, 1942, twenty-six countries signed an agreement to forswear any separate peace without mutual concurrence and to make a common cause of "life, liberty independence, and religious freedom, and to preserve the rights of man and justice." This group of nations called themselves:
(a) The International Democratic Union.
(b) The Allies.
(c) NAFTA.
(d) The United Nations.

13. Hitler reinforced Tunis because of what realization, according to the author?
(a) That North Africa could be used as a platform for the invasion of southern Europe.
(b) That the Vichy French alliance had collapsed.
(c) That Italy would not be able to adequately face the size of the Allied force there.
(d) That the American claim to plan a landing on the shores of Normandy was a rouse.

14. Why were the Vichy French fighting the Allies in North Africa?
(a) Vichy France was held captive by Italy.
(b) Loss of North Africa to the Allies would mean the loss of the final French colonies and several war ships.
(c) Germany held several French nobles prisoner and threatened to assasinate them.
(d) If they did not, Germany would invade Vichy France and seize the large Vichy fleet anchored at Toulon.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the U.S. deception plans for TORCH suggest possible landing sites for the fleet?

2. According to the author, why was Allen's decision important in a historical context?

3. A British Tommy is quoted as saying:

4. What did Allen determine to do instead of following Colonel Greer's suggestion?

5. What rouse did the French employ when repairing the gun turret on the Jean Bart?

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