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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What went wrong with operation VILLAIN?
(a) German air raids delayed the departure.
(b) Bad weather with incorrectly timed and broadcasted beacons.
(c) Only thirty-percent of planes made it past Axis defenses.
(d) Bad fuel caused several plane engines to seize in the air and forced crash landings in Spain.

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) Rather than losing another airfield to Allied forces, Germans destroyed 40 of their own planes and fuel reserves.
(b) The destruction of all American Stuart tanks at the front to be replaced by General Lee's.
(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. 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) Located on a high plateau, it is easily defended.
(c) It has several large airfields and whomever controls the air, controls North Africa.
(d) Through it is the sole land route to Tunis.

4. According to the author, General Patton had condensed his extensive study of history and military art down to one manifesto. What was it?
(a) "Establish a unified front and push until their back is against the wall."
(b) "Divide and conquer."
(c) "Violent attacks everywhere with everything."
(d) "Survival in battle is for the lucky; it's a soldier's duty to die."

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

6. 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) Unit.
(b) Spoon.
(c) Rations.
(d) Radio.

7. What was considered "the single most decisive act of the Second World War," by historian Marin Gilbert?
(a) The landing of American troops upon the shores of French Morocco.
(b) Based on the quality of American tanks, the Germans introduced the Tiger.
(c) Rommel's defense of Kasserine Pass.
(d) In solidarity with their ally, Hitler and Mussolini declared war on the United States.

8. 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?
(a) Lack of forward armor, speed and maneuverability.
(b) Terrible range, accuracy and weakness from behind.
(c) Height, the large gun could traverse only a couple degrees and was set too low.
(d) Too wide for city streets, poor at sand travel and expensive.

9. The average number of deaths per day during the war averaged:
(a) 9,600.
(b) 7,600.
(c) 27,600.
(d) 12,600.

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

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

12. What written warning from superiors did Commander Terry Allen burn?
(a) That the French would show resolve in repelling the attack.
(b) That the British planned to outflank him.
(c) That aircover would not be provided.
(d) That the French should not be considered hostile.

13. What two particular subjects did Mark Clark know of that would have made him a valuable capture for the Axis Cause?
(a) The identity of several British spies and details of TORCH.
(b) Details of TORCH and Ultra.
(c) The two airbases used to cover the landing.
(d) French allies and Italian conspirators.

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

15. According to the author, what was operation VILLAIN?
(a) The landing of a combined force of British and American special forces troops near Casablanca.
(b) The delivery of an armored division by C-47 airplanes to the front lines.
(c) A massive bombing run against Axis airfields in North Africa immediately following TORCH.
(d) The first American airborne operation of the war, and among the most daring before or since.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of memorial fills the American military cemetery at Carthage to mark the graves of American troops?

2. What "huge, chairborn force" of more than 1,000 officers and 15,000 enlisted troops occupied 2,000 pieces of real estate in Algiers?

3. 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:

4. General Georges Barre was the only Vichy French commander to refuse to kowtow to the Germans. What did he do?

5. What was General Giraud's stated expectation upon reaching Gibraltar?

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