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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Arnim do to undermine Rommel's attack on Le Kef and his designees on Tebessa?

2. Who wrote the following after the drubbing in Sbeitla: "There is nothing wrong with the common American soldier. His fighting spirit is good. His morale is okay. The deeper he gets into a fight, the more of a fighting man he becomes."

3. What mistake did Anderson initially repeat at Fondouk gap?

4. What example does the author give of McQuillin's suggested use of outdated military technology?

5. According to troops in Tunisia during the winter of 42-43, how did Stuka time and Spitfire time compare?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the goal of operation SATIN?

2. Why did Terry Allen order Bill Darby's rangers on a secret mission to attack the defile held by enemy artillery recently routed from Gafsa?

3. General Sir Alan Brooke, is characterized as one of the great generals of the war. But what tragedy in 1925 changed his charmed life and what permanent effects did it have?

4. What was the first administrative struggle Patton faced when taking over II Corps?

5. What decision did General Omar Bradley help Eisenhower to make by giving him a frank opinion on 'the command here?'

6. What new artillery techniques did the American gunners utilize in routing the 10th Panzers from El Guettar?

7. Rather than focusing on Faid Pass, to what area did Fredendall unsoundly direct the Allied efforts?

8. How was Longstop positioned so that it represented a strategic point?

9. In the battle at Mareth, Montgomery made a mid-battle change of plans that his admirers consider one of the boldest decisions of his career. What was the decision?

10. Why was Fredendall's defense plan for Faid Pass considered a World War I defense?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What Allied mistakes were made in their attempt to take Longstop hill in December 1942 and were any of these mistakes repeated? In what way did these errors affect the relationship between the 'cousins?' Finally, what consequence for the war as a whole did this battle have?

Essay Topic 2

How were operations OCHSENKOPF and CAPRI an important turning point in the war? How did the quartermasters help determine this turning point?

Essay Topic 3

In the prologue, the debate about which strategy to take in making war on Germany is described. In the end, the decision is made by Roosevelt to take the advice of the British and attack in North Africa. In what way was this a controversial decision for American planners? And in what way did this decision possibly save American planners from themselves? Finally, what misconceptions did Roosevelt maintain in this decision?

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