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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Old Ironsides was both the only tank division to see desert battle in WWII, and:
(a) The only tank division manned by volunteers.
(b) The only tank division trained in amphibious assault.
(c) The only tank division equipped with radios.
(d) The only tank division to receive no desert training.

2. According to the author, what was operation VILLAIN?
(a) A massive bombing run against Axis airfields in North Africa immediately following TORCH.
(b) The landing of a combined force of British and American special forces troops near Casablanca.
(c) The delivery of an armored division by C-47 airplanes to the front lines.
(d) The first American airborne operation of the war, and among the most daring before or since.

3. What was it that finally broke the Kasbah's defenses?
(a) Accurate fire from the beached destroyer, Dallas.
(b) Eight Navy dive bombers.
(c) Well placed Howitzers.
(d) Fifty troops led by Truscott stormed the gates.

4. According to the author, what significant change occurred in the relationship between the Allies over the course of the campaign?
(a) Vichy France betrayed their agreement with Germany by refusing to fight Americans.
(b) America formed an immediate bond with Britain.
(c) Italy sided with the Allies.
(d) Britain slipped into the role of a junior partner to America.

5. What political arrangement with the French particularly caused a public outcry in both the U.S. and Britain?
(a) Supply of French.
(b) The Darlan deal.
(c) Amnesty for Petain.
(d) Giraud's promotion to Commander-in-Chief.

Short Answer Questions

1. What decision by Rear Admiral Hewitt was considered "a brave decision, the decision of a commander," by Lord Lewis Mountbatten, the commander of British amphibious forces?

2. What hunch of Eisenhower's in regards to General Giraud looks to be accurate?

3. What was the first town to be captured by the Allies?

4. General Georges Barre was the only Vichy French commander to refuse to kowtow to the Germans. What did he do?

5. According to General Patten, it was his expectation of an officer to:

Short Essay Questions

1. What domestic issues does the author suggest weighed on the President's mind in making the decision to move forward?

2. In the first tank battle of World War II between Germans and Americans, the commander, John Waters, used Captain Siglin's twelve tank force in what manner?

3. What aspect of the RESERVIST plan concerned Winston Churchill and the Americans?

4. In the aftermath of the German attack on Medjez-el-Bab, McGinnis is relieved from Duty. Why?

5. What considerations did Terry Allen cite in bypassing St. Cloud?

6. Describe the unusual mortar round fired by American troops landing at Arzew.

7. Although Eisenhower professed "a violent hatred of the Axis and all that is stands for," the author doubts this. What does both Eisenhower and the American troops generally lack through much of the North Africa War?

8. Even after the attack on Pearl Harbor, why did Roosevelt believe 'Germany First' was the proper strategy?

9. What was the motto of the Big Red One?

10. In addition to arranging a bridge head around Tunis, what did Kesselring order his lieutenants to plan?

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