Algeria-French Morocco by Center of Military History, Charles R. Anderson

By Center of Military History, Charles R. Anderson

A sequence of illustrated brochures that describe the campaigns during which U.S. military troops participated in the course of international warfare II.

each one brochure describes the strategic surroundings, strains the operations of the most important American devices concerned, and analyzes the effect of the crusade on destiny operations.

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Operational fires (large-caliber supporting fire) proved generally satisfactory to all landings. The assignment of an aircraft carrier to each landing site gave the task forces a great advantage: Allied aircraft could prevent reinforcement of enemy garrisons, but the French could not prevent Allied buildups ashore. Only at Safi and Algiers did lone sorties of French aircraft inflict damage, and both were quickly driven off. Naval gunfire provided essential support in neutralizing coastal batteries.

On the American side, much work remained to be done before airborne operations could exercise decisive influence on the battlefield. S. Army a hopeful sign for the future: American troops would soon close the experience gap with their British comrades and enable the Allies to field well-coordinated forces of overwhelming power. 31 Further Readings The Algeria–French Morocco Campaign is well documented in broader studies of either Operation TORCH or the European Theater of Operations, as well as the accounts of key participants.

The most exhaustive treatment of the campaign remains George F. Howe, Northwest Africa: Seizing the Initiative in the West (1957), a volume in the series United States Army in World War II. CMH Pub 72–11 Cover: Troops and tank of 7th Infantry, 3d Division, inland of Fedala.

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