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

Rick Atkinson
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 154 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

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

Rick Atkinson
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 154 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. Who made the following criticism: "The best way to describe our operations to date, is that they have violated every recognized principle of war, are in conflict with all operational and logistic methods laid down in textbooks, and will be condemned, in their entirety, by all Leavenworth and war college classes for the next twenty-five years."

2. Which Kiwi General was known as "the salamander of the British empire," and called "Tiny" by his troops?

3. What major engineering feat was undertaken in Speedy Valley, although it's strategic importance was questionable?

4. What command did Patton order of Ward in the taking of the Maknassy Heights?

5. What aspect of command played an important part in the Axis' stalling operation OCHSENKOPF?

Short Essay Questions

1. Old Mac's counterattack at Faid Pass was probably too small a force, but what other mistake did Old Mac make in putting forth the attack?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What was the goal of operation SATIN?

6. General Harold Alexander is introduced in Chapter 9, what was his position and what was his mission?

7. What controversial proclamation was made by Roosevelt that Churchill later, and probably falsely, claimed had caught him short?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1, the planning for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa is described. A major piece of the planning was deciding on the location of the landings. Describe the perils of landing too far to the West, versus the perils of landing too far to the East. Contrast this plan with operation Sledgehammer, which the American's first suggested.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the causes of the Anglophobia and tension between the American-British Alliance that grew in the ranks of American and British troops over the course of the North African war.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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