Torch: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory.
Torch: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory
Vincent P. O'Hara
Naval Institute Press
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9781612518237 $49.95 hc / $31.10 Kindle www.nip.org
Torch: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory is an in-depth, scholarly analysis of a critical aspect of World War II. Operation Torch was the first combined Allied offensive, a British-American invasion of French North Africa during the North African campaign, starting in November of 1942. The reasoning behind the operation was to aid Russia by creating a new front in the battle, and to move American troops into the war against Germany. To this day, historians debate whether Operation Torch improved the Allies' standing in the war, or whether it prolonged the war by wasting Allied soldiers and resources. Torch: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory scrutinizes the operation's five landings (Port Lyautey, Fedala, and Safi in Morocco, and Oran and Algiers in Algeria), as well as air and ground actions. The operation's context within the World War II as a whole, as well as the French perspective, are also considered at length. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this studious and welcome addition to public and college library military history shelves.