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Honour - NORTH AFRICA 1942-43


Date - 08-November 1942 / 20-February-1943
Type - Combined Operations
Conflict - World War 2; 1939-45

 
Description The operation 'Operation Torch' took place at Morocco, Oran and Algiers and landed a military force to take the area controlled by Vichy French forces.

The naval forces included Royal Navy and United States Navy heavy units escorting troop convoys which came direct from the UK and the USA. A total of more than 300 warships and 370 merchant ships.

An initial 65,000 were landed across the beaches under cover of air support from offshore carriers and naval gunfire support from heavy units.

By D+3, 160 land based fighters were ashore at Casablanca, 180 at Oran and 90 at Algiers.

The part played by US forces was emphasised and British forces reduced in an attempt to reduce French resistance caused by anger at the Royal Navy bombardment of the French Fleet at Oran shortly after Mainland France surrendered earlier in the war.

French resistance was mixed, fierce at Oran, mild at other areas. None was prolonged.

All French forces surrendered after a few days.

A movement east was then made against German forces in Tunisia in conjunction with the existing Eighth Army to the west to force the surrender of Axis forces in North Africa. This objective was achieved on 12-May-1943 when all German and Italian forces in North Africa surrendered.

 

 
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