United States Army in WWII - the Mediterranean - Northwest Africa: Seizing the Initiative in the West: [Illustrated Edition]

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Pickle Partners Publishing, 15 באוג׳ 2014 - 824 עמודים
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[Includes 11 tables, 2 charts, 34 maps and 93 illustrations]
The history of initial actions in a war contains lessons of special value for the professional soldier and for all students of military problems. Northwest Africa abounds in such lessons, for it covers the first massive commitments of American forces in World War II. The continent of Africa became a gigantic testing ground of tactics, weapons, and training evolved through years of peace.
The invasion stretched American resources to the limit. Simultaneously the country was trying to maintain a line of communications to Australia, to conduct a campaign at Guadalcanal, to support China in the war against Japan, to arm and supply Russia’s hard-pressed armies on the Eastern Front, to overcome the U-boat menace in the Atlantic, to fulfill lend-lease commitments, and to accumulate the means to penetrate the heart of the German and Japanese homelands. The Anglo-American allies could carry out the occupation of Northwest Africa only by making sacrifices all along the line.
Two campaigns occurred there: Operation TORCH which swiftly liberated French North Africa from Vichy French control, followed by a longer Allied effort to destroy all the military forces of the Axis powers in Africa. The latter concentrated in Tunisia, where the front at one time extended more than 375 miles, and fighting progressed from scattered meeting engagements to the final concentric thrust of American, British, and French ground and air forces against two German and Italian armies massed in the vicinity of Bizerte and Tunis.
The planning, preparation, and conduct of the Allied operations in Northwest Africa tested and strengthened the Anglo-American alliance. Under General Dwight D. Eisenhower a novel form of command evolved which proved superior to adversities and capable of overwhelming the enemy.
 

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Contents
PREFACE 12
PART TWO The Amphibious Phase on the Atlantic Coast 98
1Personnel and Vehicles Assigned to Force
2Advance from Safi 911 November 1942
Fedala to Casablanca 126
2Personnel and Vehicles Assigned to Force
Mehdia to PortLyautey 158
PART SIX Shift to Northern Tunisia 495
13Situation in Tunisia 26 February 1943
14German Offensive in Northern Tunisia 26 February15
15Battle of Médenine 6 March 1943
From Mareth to Enfidaville 532
Gafsa Maknassy and El Guettar 1725
II Corps Operations Beyond El Guettar 576
16Actions Near El Guettar 28 March1 April 1943

3Personnel and Vehicles Assigned to Force Z GOALPOST
4Battle Casualties Sustained by the Allied Forces in
PART THREE The Amphibious Operations in
The First Days Operations Against Oran 203
3Landings at Algiers 8 November 1942
PART FOUR The End of Operation TORCH 284
4First Actions in Tunisia 1623 November 1942
5First Allied Drive on Tunis 2530 November 1942
The Attack Toward Tunis 308
6Situation in Northern Tunisia 16 December 1942
7Battle for Longstop Hill 2226 December 1942
PART FIVE Concentration of Forces in Tunisia 355
8Battle for the Eastern Dorsal Passes 1825 January 1943
9FaïdMaknassy Actions 30 January3 February 1943
10The Dorsal Positions in Central Tunisia 1318 February 1943
11Battle of Sidi Bou Zid 1415 February 1943
12Engagement at Sbeïtla 1617 February 1943
17First Attack on Fondouk 27 March 1943
18Battle for Fondouk Gap 89 April 1943
PART SEVEN Allied Drive to Victory 606
19Attacks on Axis Bridgehead 19 April1 May 1943
20II Corps Routes April 1943
The Advance to Mateur 640
21Victory in Tunisia 313 May 1943
Tunisian Campaign 12 November 194213 May 1943
REQUEST FROM THE PUBLISHER 690
6Strength and Supplies of Allied Assault Forces in the Invasion
Appendix B Axis Troop and Supply Shipments 695
Glossary 702
Code Names 708
1942May 1943
MAPS
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