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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The Tine River Valley, where Luftwaffe pilots were attacking about once per hour, was nicknamed what by the troops of the 1st Battalion?
(a) The Mess.
(b) Uncle Adolf's.
(c) Happy Valley.
(d) The Firing Range.

3. The shortages of necessities at the outset of Anderson's push East, inspired this quote: "The most important thing is never to be apart from your:
(a) Spoon.
(b) Radio.
(c) Rations.
(d) Unit.

4. What was the first town to be captured by the Allies?
(a) Oran.
(b) Tangiers.
(c) Casablanca.
(d) Arzew.

5. What is Ultra?
(a) The codename for the bazooka.
(b) The intelligence gathered through British decipherment of coded German radio messages.
(c) The name of the U.S. Secret Service in World War II.
(d) A clandestine plan to land a group of American conspirators behind enemy lines in North Africa.

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

7. What is Brigadier General Truscott quoted as learning, perhaps in relation to his conflict in Mehdia?
(a) "There is no winning, there is only moving on."
(b) "Luck is worth a division."
(c) "No matter how large the force engaged, every battle is made up of small actions by individuals and small units."
(d) "Nothing undoes a good strategy like French snipers."

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

9. What knocked Major Robert Moore to the ground at the battle for Lambiridi?
(a) A gunshot that creased his helmet.
(b) A ground mine.
(c) A stone thrown by French soldiers who had expended their ammunition.
(d) A mortar shell that exploded six feet in front of his position.

10. Upon taking Oran what did the Allies immediately set to converting it to?
(a) The Allies' primary naval station.
(b) A vast supply depot.
(c) A boot camp where British and American troops would be trained together.
(d) The largest airbase in North Africa.

11. What was operation WATCHTOWER?
(a) The name of the original U.S. plan to attack Germany through France.
(b) A pre-emptive strike by the Royal Air Force against North African Axis bases.
(c) A covert mission to convince Vichy France to join the Allied cause.
(d) The first Allied counter-offensive against Japan at Guadalcanal.

12. Major Rudolph Barlow's surprise attack on an an Axis airfield discovered outside the city of Djedejida resulted in what?
(a) The destruction of the final remnants of the Italian Airforce.
(b) The destruction of over twenty German planes.
(c) The loss of Company C in a German counter attack.
(d) Capture through an Axis ambush.

13. While Patton was made a national hero in taking Casablanca, which defects were also revealed, according to the author?
(a) An incapacity to empathize with frightened soldiers.
(b) A childish propensity to feud with other services.
(c) A wonton disregard of logistics.
(d) All answers are correct.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Leedstown?

2. What two issues particularly occupied the minds of the American strategists planning Torch?

3. What event did the President of the United States hope the invasion of North Africa would precede?

4. Upon discovering the American fleet in the Mediterranean, where did Hitler believe it was destined?

5. According to the author, what strategic mistake was repeated at the port of Algiers in operation TERMINAL?

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