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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Issued orders of extreme complexity that confused the front.
(d) Ignored Anderson's order to 'make things right' there, even though it was a pass of little consequence.

3. Did morale improve in II Corps under Patten?
(a) No, his overbearing nature increased pessimism.
(b) No, new regulations stifled morale.
(c) Yes, in part for his reputation.
(d) Yes, but perhaps in spite of him.

4. 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) Only Zarat was a success.
(d) Both were routed by the Axis.

5. What order threatened the success of Rommel's push on Tebessa?
(a) The order to cancel air support.
(b) Only half the tanks requested were allotted to the task.
(c) To attack East but only as far as Le Kef.
(d) Repositioning the force futher to the north.

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

7. Who made the following statement: "It is pardonable to be defeated, but unpardonable to be surprised."
(a) Eisenhower.
(b) Drake.
(c) Luttrell.
(d) Morre.

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

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

10. What was the consequence of the 'unconditional surrender' statement, according to the author?
(a) It likely prolonged the war by three years.
(b) It provided a moral lode star.
(c) It resulted in stronger resistance from the Axis forces.
(d) International condemnation.

11. The War department realized that, for combat effectiveness, divisions should not be left in the line longer than how many days?
(a) Fifty to Sixty.
(b) Thrity to Forty.
(c) Forty to Fifty.
(d) Twenty to Thirty.

12. Who was General Nehring replaced by?
(a) Field Marshal erwin Rommel.
(b) Captain Wilhelm Knoche.
(c) General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim.
(d) Field Marshal Albert Kesselring.

13. Rommel coined the phrase "Krieg ohne Hass" regarding the two years of war in the desert. What does it mean?
(a) Ineffectual hate.
(b) A battle of supply.
(c) Polite warfare.
(d) War without hate.

14. 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 war room filled with planning studies bound in red leather dispatch folders.
(c) 400 cases of champagne.
(d) A special forces troop to demostrate new machinery and tactics to make a cross channel landing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long was the battle of Gafsa?

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

3. The death of Admiral Darlan is considered to have had what effect on the Allies?

4. Fredendall's orders to Ward titled "Defense of Faid Position" were based on a poor knowledge of the area and threatened what prospect for the Allied forces?

5. What plan did the British press on their American counterparts during the conference?

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