An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Setting & Symbolism

Rick Atkinson
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Blitzkrieg

A term that describes the rapid, overwhelming attacks of German tanks against stationary ground troops. These were very effective in the German invasion of Europe in 1939-1940.

Torch

The Allied codename for the invasion of North Africa

Tunisia

A North Central African country just east of Algeria. Tunisia was the site of the majority of North African fighting in Operation Torch.

Morocco

A Northwest African country directly south of Spain. It was used as a landing site by westernmost Torch units.

Algeria

A North Central African country located between Morocco and Tunisia. It was a major landing area for Torch and the kickoff point for the attack on German-held Tunisia

Vichy French

Term for German-allied French forces.

Strait of Gibraltar

The narrow opening between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Big Red One

A Nickname for the U.S. First Infantry Battalion.

Stuka

A German dive...

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