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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In the winter of 1942, which Nation proved the dominant Air force in North Africa?
(a) France.
(b) Germany.
(c) Britain.
(d) America.

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

7. What plan did Colonel Frank Greer suggest that was countermanded by Terry Allen?
(a) A building by building guerrilla campaign by infantry.
(b) Utilize the hill as a defilade and wait for tank support.
(c) Circle the town and cut if off from it's supply of troops from Oran.
(d) A creeping artillery barrage through the town of St. Cloud.

8. In the naval battle of Casablanca, Hewitt faced El Hank. What was El Hank?
(a) A captured then renamed American battleship.
(b) An uniquely large and rapidly firing gun turret mounted on the Jean Bart, a french battleship.
(c) A coastal battery.
(d) The single German U boat deending the harbor on loan to the French.

9. 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?
(a) The first strategic ambush by Germans using French troops as bait.
(b) The defining battle for air superiority in Tunisia.
(c) The first tank battle of World War II.
(d) The first of multiple attempts for Americans to take Couigui Pass.

10. What did General Erich von Wulisch tell General Nogues in his farewell call before escaping Fedala?
(a) "Retreat east and fortify Rommel."
(b) "Hold you position, Panzers are on their way."
(c) "This is the greatest setback to German arms since 1918... we shall be expelled from Africa."
(d) "Surrender while you may... we can provide no support."

11. 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) The Bazooka.
(d) Rocket launchers on tracks.

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

13. 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) Capture through an Axis ambush.
(d) The loss of Company C in a German counter attack.

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

15. The Allied success in Djedeida in November 1942 lead to what effect?
(a) The splitting of German forces into a north and south contingent.
(b) The addition of a sorely needed Allied port in Djedeida.
(c) The destruction of more than half the German tanks corp.
(d) Axis abandonment of Medjez-el-Bab and a general contraction of the Axis front line.

Short Answer Questions

1. Upon being made Mussolini's deputy, what plan did Kesselring devise?

2. What two particular subjects did Mark Clark know of that would have made him a valuable capture for the Axis Cause?

3. While Patton was made a national hero in taking Casablanca, which defects were also revealed, according to the author?

4. Although the Allies were aware of the numbers of Axis troops pouring into Tunis, they misjudged the situation in what way?

5. What best describes the enemy structure referred to as the 'Kasbah' by Americans?

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