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 strategic assessment did Arnim and Rommel agree on?

2. What order threatened the success of Rommel's push on Tebessa?

3. Of the 904 men Moore had led on a daring night escape, eventually, how many made it to safety?

4. What was General Everlegh confident would fall before the end of Christmas Day?

5. What was the consequence of the 'unconditional surrender' statement, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the ancient city Eisenhower visited while the attack in Sidi Bou Zid was taking place?

3. Characteristic of his history of fighting half measures, what command objective did Fredendall insert in Ward's attack plan on Maknassy pass? And how was it answered by Arnim?

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

5. As the Allied forces fell into a "stuck-everywhere" period Patton started a row with Allied air for neglecting troops air cover. Due to this complaint, Patton was visited by the two most senior Allied airmen in North Africa. What punctuated this meeting?

6. What prescient claim of General 'Santa Clause' Everlegh's would turn out to be true, but not in the way he had hoped?

7. What effect did the War in North Africa have on the American city of Red Oak?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 2 describes the landings in Operation Torch. The decision to make frontal assaults on the three harbors of Oran, Algiers and Safi was British. Why did they choose this plan of attack and against what conventional wisdom? How did each of these assaults play out?

Essay Topic 2

How did the bureaucratic power of the British, as symbolized in the war room aboard the Bulolo, and the production capabilities of the American's complement one another in this phase of World War II?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1, the clandestine mission of Mark Clark is described. What was his purpose in this mission and how could have his capture impacted the Allies war effort?

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