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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) That an unprecidented show of air superiority was also planned.
(b) That this attack had also been canceled.
(c) The location of the attack.
(d) That the attack force was in fact much larger.

2. What did the German's rename Longstop?
(a) Christmas Hill.
(b) New Year Valley.
(c) Rommel's Pen.
(d) Little Big Horn.

3. Of the Fifty-two Sherman tanks caught in the German attack Fruhlingswind how many survived?
(a) 12.
(b) 0.
(c) 6.
(d) 24.

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

5. 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) Flaunted the fact in front of a German capture who later escaped.
(d) Under a temporary truce, delivered copies of the intercepts to Rommel in hopes Rommel would surrender.

6. Who was Bonnier de la Chapelle?
(a) A fascist assasin from Spain.
(b) A communist sympathiser from Algiers
(c) An innocent bystandard.
(d) An antifascist French monarchist.

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

8. What did Arnim do to undermine Rommel's attack on Le Kef and his designees on Tebessa?
(a) Withheld any air cover.
(b) Withheld the 7th Artillery division.
(c) Withheld half of the 10th Panzer division's tanks.
(d) Required him attack on a more circuitous route.

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

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

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

12. Which high ranking American commander was captured in operation Furlingswind?
(a) John Waters.
(b) Terry Allen.
(c) Ted Roosevelt.
(d) Kenneth Anderson.

13. 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?
(a) He agreed, but only after a moment of consideration.
(b) He agreed, but claimed to be suprised by the proclamation.
(c) He agreed for the sake of the alliance, but was personally concerned about the repurcussions.
(d) He disagreed, but amicably.

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

15. What opportunity had been lost through what was referred to as a poorly executed bad plan to take Fondouk gap?
(a) Destroying Rommel's forces in a pinching move.
(b) Capturing Arnim.
(c) Preventing Messe's troops from reaching Tunis.
(d) Capturing several air fields which would have resulted in Allied air superiority.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of command played an important part in the Axis' stalling operation OCHSENKOPF?

2. How long was the battle of Gafsa?

3. Patton's II Corps had reached 88,473 men, the author notes that this is exactly the same size as what other American force?

4. Who did Montgomery have a picture of above his desk?

5. In the April fight for El Guettar, Patton lost which personal friend?

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