An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How was SATIN a change in strategy for the Allies?
(a) It changed the objective from capturing Bizerte & Tunis to destroying Rommel's army.
(b) It prioritized taking out Sicilian air bases and postponed the push for Tunis.
(c) It shifted the focus from a ground battle to an air and naval battle.
(d) It placed emphasis on tank battle and resulted in the issuance of thousands of bazookas.

2. Of Montgomery's two attacks on Zarat and The Hoarseshoe, what were to results?
(a) Only the Hoarshshow was a success.
(b) Both attacks were successful and caused a German retreat.
(c) Both were routed by the Axis.
(d) Only Zarat was a success.

3. Of the 904 men Moore had led on a daring night escape, eventually, how many made it to safety?
(a) Approximately 430.
(b) Approximately 750.
(c) Approximately 200.
(d) Approximately 150.

4. What strategic mistake did Fredendall make in regards to Faid Pass?
(a) Used half measures to counter attack there in order to focus on less strategically important battles.
(b) Delayed for two days which allowed German troops to dig in.
(c) Ignored Anderson's order to 'make things right' there, even though it was a pass of little consequence.
(d) Issued orders of extreme complexity that confused the front.

5. In what state did General Harold Alexander find the Allied command?
(a) Despondent and lacking resolve.
(b) Disorganized without a policy or a plan.
(c) Organized and poised for the offensive.
(d) In full retreat.

6. According to the author, what subtle changes had started to become evident in American troops towards the end of 1942?
(a) Fieldcraft and becoming hard-bitten.
(b) Complacence and ingratitude.
(c) Dispair and persistence.
(d) Political accumen and hard resistence.

7. Why did Ward disagree with the decision to take Sened station?
(a) It gave away their intentions of striking at Maknassy.
(b) It was widely considered a suicide mission.
(c) It could be taken by a smaller, closer, force.
(d) It split his force in four ways.

8. According to Eisenhower, Fredendall was offered a 'soft landing' for what reason?
(a) To keep him in the back pocket.
(b) To avoid shaking public confidence in the high command.
(c) To improve troop morale.
(d) To help mask the degree of their loses.

9. What was done to mollify Eisenhowers' indignation at the changes made to command structure at the Casablanca conference?
(a) The RAF provided an additional 100 aircraft and the promise of air superiority.
(b) The French were removed from all high level command positions.
(c) A detailed plan for improving troop provisioning was installed.
(d) He was given another star.

10. According to troops in Tunisia during the winter of 42-43, how did Stuka time and Spitfire time compare?
(a) Stuka time comprised most daylight hours while Spitfire time consisted of about a half hour.
(b) Spitfire time only interrupted tea.
(c) Stuka was sunrise to noon, Spitfire was noon to dusk.
(d) Stuka time was every hour, Spitfire time once a week.

11. What was Fredendall's success in securing Faid Pass, Sened Station and Maknassy?
(a) In securing no objectives.
(b) In securing Maknassy and Sened Station both, but losing Faid Pass
(c) In securing Faid Pass but neither Sened Station or Maknassy.
(d) In securing all objectives.

12. What criticism does the author make of Speedy Valley during the course of Furlingswind?
(a) That panic reigned.
(b) That they believed their own misinformation.
(c) That there was no sense of urgency.
(d) That the reluctance to acknowledge the route resulted in too many Allied deaths.

13. What was stated as the reason for the decision to defer the advance on Tunis?
(a) A German re-supply.
(b) American supply issues.
(c) Bad weather.
(d) French political issues.

14. Terry Allen tipped the Allied hand regarding Ultra by doing what?
(a) Broadcasted a message to the Germans over a 10th Panzer radio frequency.
(b) In retreating, left the code book which was captured.
(c) Under a temporary truce, delivered copies of the intercepts to Rommel in hopes Rommel would surrender.
(d) Flaunted the fact in front of a German capture who later escaped.

15. What did the H.M.S. Bulolo deliver to Casablanca to assist the British in their cause?
(a) A special forces troop to demostrate new machinery and tactics to make a cross channel landing.
(b) A group of captured German informers with specific details on Axis plans.
(c) 400 cases of champagne.
(d) A war room filled with planning studies bound in red leather dispatch folders.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Bonnier de la Chapelle?

2. Ultra was able to intercept a German message that informed them the 21st Panzer Division had been ordered forward and that Sunday was to a-day for an operation by Arnim's Fifth Panzer Army. What vital piece of information was missing that would have better prepared the Allies?

3. The American route by Arnim was successful to the point of making Rommel's attack Morgenluft negligible. What strategic objective in Tebessa did Rommel have his eye on?

4. What was General Everlegh confident would fall before the end of Christmas Day?

5. Which two passes did the Germans utilize in operation Fruhlingswind?

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