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

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Kiwi General was known as "the salamander of the British empire," and called "Tiny" by his troops?
(a) Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg.
(b) General Joseph Stillwell.
(c) General Harold Alexander.
(d) General Bernard Montgomery.

2. Who said the following: "...infantry, like whiskey, loses potency when diluted."
(a) Ernest Hemmingway.
(b) Ernie Pyle.
(c) Winston Churchill.
(d) Major General Terry Allen.

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

4. Terry Allen tipped the Allied hand regarding Ultra by doing what?
(a) Flaunted the fact in front of a German capture who later escaped.
(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) Broadcasted a message to the Germans over a 10th Panzer radio frequency.

5. The death of Admiral Darlan is considered to have had what effect on the Allies?
(a) Regret.
(b) Confusion.
(c) Relief.
(d) Frustration.

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

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

8. What command did Patton order of Ward in the taking of the Maknassy Heights?
(a) To retreat to Macknassy and await his replacement.
(b) To fight to the last man, including himself.
(c) To lead the attack personally and not return until he had taken it.
(d) To hit it with everything he had and not to return alive if it isn't taken.

9. In the April fight for El Guettar, Patton lost which personal friend?
(a) Major General Bradley.
(b) General Terry Allen, his favored commander.
(c) Lt. Colonel John Waters.
(d) Captain Richard Jenson, his favorite aide.

10. Who is the German aristocratic colonel captured by allies who later planned a bomb plot against Hitler?
(a) Herman Goring.
(b) Hans-Jurgen von Arnim.
(c) Claus von Stauffenberg.
(d) Joseph S. Frelinghuysen.

11. What percentage of Panzers taking part of OCHSENKOPF were either destroyed or disabled?
(a) 35%.
(b) 90%.
(c) 20%.
(d) 50%.

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

13. Which state was disproportionately hit with casualties in the War in North Africa?
(a) Michigan.
(b) Iowa.
(c) New York.
(d) California.

14. What was operation SYMBOL?
(a) The transport of Winston Churchill to Casablanca.
(b) An Allied conference in Casablanca.
(c) A British offensive into Kesserine Valley.
(d) The plan to promote General Clark.

15. What was Djebel el Rhar?
(a) A slightly lower crest to Djebel el Ahmera.
(b) A deep defile with no possibility of crossing it.
(c) A desert river bed and useful hiding spot.
(d) A fortified tower manned by Italian troops.

Short Answer Questions

1. Combat exhaustion claimed what portion of casualties?

2. President Roosevelt mad the following statement in a press conference; "The elimination of German, Japanese, and Italian war power means the unconditional surrender of Germany, Italy, and Japan." What was Churchill's response?

3. According to Eisenhower, Fredendall was offered a 'soft landing' for what reason?

4. What is Longstop?

5. Who was General Nehring replaced by?

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