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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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) Happy Valley.
(b) The Firing Range.
(c) The Mess.
(d) Uncle Adolf's.

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

4. Inspired by the quality of the food during the Torch voyage, the 13th Armored Regiment suggested changing their battle cry to what?
(a) "Baaa!"
(b) "Soup!"
(c) "For rations!"
(d) "Salt!"

5. When German anti-aircraft gunners in Tunis fired at his plane by mistake, Field marshal Albert Kesselring's response was to:
(a) Install better sights on the guns.
(b) Re-station them to Antarctica.
(c) Rubuke them for missing an easy target.
(d) Order larger swastika's painted on all Axis aircraft.

6. What was General Giraud's stated expectation upon reaching Gibraltar?
(a) To be shipped directly to North Africa where he would inspire the Vichy French forces to join the Allied cause.
(b) To assume command of all Allied forces.
(c) To be awarded the rank of Deputy Commander-in-Chief.
(d) To assume the responsibility of preparing a beach assault in Normandy.

7. What did Allen determine to do instead of following Colonel Greer's suggestion?
(a) Concentrate his troops and make one desperate last push.
(b) Bypass St. Cloud.
(c) Bifurcate the city with tanks and take the high ground first.
(d) Use air support and cover of night to take out specific enemy installations.

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

9. According to General Patten, it was his expectation of an officer to:
(a) Defer to their British counterparts.
(b) Move ahead.
(c) Spread chaos through the destruction of civilian property.
(d) Lead from the rear and let the troops do the fighting.

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

11. What is Brigadier General Truscott quoted as learning, perhaps in relation to his conflict in Mehdia?
(a) "Luck is worth a division."
(b) "There is no winning, there is only moving on."
(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."

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

13. What was operation RESERVIST?
(a) A British plan to forestall the sabotage of Oran's port.
(b) A bombing attack from Gibraltar bases on Axis ports in North Africa.
(c) An Allied plan that spread forces across north Tunisia.
(d) A clandestine mission launched by Patton.

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

15. In contrast to other offensives, in the taking Safi, the U.S. sustained casualties considered:
(a) Minimal.
(b) Moderate.
(c) Overwhelming.
(d) Excessive.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. TORCH is considered by the author to have been:

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

5. Why were the Vichy French fighting the Allies in North Africa?

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