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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What rouse did the French employ when repairing the gun turret on the Jean Bart?
(a) They pumped smoke from the top of the turret suggesting fire on board.
(b) They left the guns cockeyed.
(c) They allowed the ship to sink several feet.
(d) They camouflaged the gun turret with wreckage from other ships.

5. What event did the President of the United States hope the invasion of North Africa would precede?
(a) The Christmas holiday.
(b) The six month mark from the date of declaring war against Japan.
(c) Congressional Elections.
(d) The Fourth of July.

6. Whose personal credo is: "Always do whatever you can to keep your superior from making a mistake."
(a) Lt. General George Patton.
(b) Major General J.S. Nichols.
(c) Colonel Paul Robinett.
(d) Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

7. What promise did General Patton make to the President of the United States in the presence of Rear Admiral Hewitt?
(a) "We will make the crossing without the loss of a single boat."
(b) "I will leave the beaches either a conqueror or a corpse."
(c) "I will ride into battle on horseback."
(d) "The French will capitulate quickly."

8. The radio messages "batter up" and "play ball" meant what to the American fleet?
(a) Air superiority was achieved and the landing could be made.
(b) Acknowledged French resistance and authorized retaliatory fire.
(c) Casablanca has been taken and forces are now to move East.
(d) Troops are landed and on the offensive.

9. What hunch of Eisenhower's in regards to General Giraud looks to be accurate?
(a) That Giraud was an Axis spy.
(b) That Giraud was following orders from Petain after all.
(c) That Giraud was waiting out the results of TORCH before committing to the Allied cause.
(d) That he would not settle for less than being appointed Commander-in-Chief of all Allied forces.

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

11. According to the author, what makes Medjez-el-Bab a strategically important location?
(a) It is 30 miles from Tunis and straddles the Medjerda River.
(b) It has several large airfields and whomever controls the air, controls North Africa.
(c) Through it is the sole land route to Tunis.
(d) Located on a high plateau, it is easily defended.

12. Who did the American contingent meet in Cherchel?
(a) Benito Mussolini, Commander General of the Italian Africorps.
(b) General Mast, the French commander of the Vichy army's XIX Corps.
(c) The Desert Fox.
(d) General Henri Giraud, a senior general capable of uniting the French cause.

13. According to the author, many American officers were concerned that the British war plan was:
(a) An attempt to curb French ambitions as well as those of the Germans.
(b) Too bold by far, under-manned by half.
(c) Too consolidated and misdirected in that it attacked only one Axis.
(d) To draw out the war to further London's imperial ambitions.

14. Old Ironsides was both the only tank division to see desert battle in WWII, and:
(a) The only tank division manned by volunteers.
(b) The only tank division equipped with radios.
(c) The only tank division trained in amphibious assault.
(d) The only tank division to receive no desert training.

15. Upon discovering the American fleet in the Mediterranean, where did Hitler believe it was destined?
(a) Napels or Jerusalem to acquire oil.
(b) Tripoli or Benghazi to trap the Afrika Corps.
(c) The Suez Canal to ensure Allied shipping.
(d) Sicily to establish a launching point to Europe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What encounter occurred on November 26th, one day after the successful raid on the airport in Djedeida, between newly outfitted Panzers and John Water's First Battalion, and is considered a 'draw' by the author?

2. What went wrong with operation VILLAIN?

3. America declared war on Germany upon:

4. What was the first town to be captured by the Allies?

5. What written warning from superiors did Commander Terry Allen burn?

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