Planners identified Oran, Algiers and Casablanca as key targets. Aerial operations were split into two, east of Cape Tenez in Algeria, with British aircraft under Air Marshal Sir William Welsh and west of Cape Tenez, all American aircraft under Major General Jimmy Doolittle, under the direct command of Major General Patton. [37], The operation was America's first armed deployment in the Arab world since the Barbary Wars and, according to The Economist, laid the foundations for America's postwar Middle East policy. The landing beaches again came under French fire after daybreak. Answer. Murphy attempted to convince Juin to join the Allies and did the same for the overall French commander, Admiral François Darlan when he learned that Darlan was in the city. It was a deceptive name, designed to make it seem that America had more paratroopers than it did. Eisenhower, with the support of Roosevelt and Churchill, made an agreement with Darlan, recognizing him as French "High Commissioner" in North Africa. "Operation Torch was the first major Allied and American offensive in WWII and, because everyone from the generals down to the privates were inexperienced in combat, there were many mistakes and hard learned lessons. [32] Starting at midnight, the force under the command of Henri d'Astier de la Vigerie and José Aboulker seized key targets, including the telephone exchange, radio station, governor's house and the headquarters of the 19th Corps. The French colonies in the area were dominated by the French, formally aligned with Germany but of mixed loyalties.Reports indicated that they might support the Allies. [30] Of the other aircraft, one pilot became disoriented and landed his plane in Gibraltar. Landings at the westernmost beach were delayed because of a French convoy which appeared while the minesweepers were clearing a path. Northern Attack Group (Mehedia), Major General Lloyd R. Fredendall, USA (CG, II Corps, USA) Operation Torch A part of the high-level planning conducted by the American and British governments called for the formation of a military ring around Germany to be tightened as the war progressed. The lack of determined resistance by the Vichy French to the Allied invasions of North Africa and the new policies of de Gaulle in North Africa convinced the Germans that France could not be trusted. 6 Commandos), together with the RAF Regiment providing 5 squadrons of infantry and 5 Light anti-aircraft flights, totalling 20,000 troops. The Eighth Army (Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery) advancing from the east, stopped around Tripoli while the port was repaired to disembark reinforcements and build up the Allied advantage. Wracked with indecision, Barré moved his troops into the hills and formed a defensive line from Teboursouk through Medjez el Bab and ordered that anyone trying to pass through the line would be shot. Operation Flagpole was part of the run-up to Operation Torch, the planned Allied invasion of North Africa during World War II. Tafraoui and La Sénia were eventually captured but the role played by the airborne forces in Operation Torch was minimal.[29][31]. Despite Operation Torch's role in the war and logistical success, it has been largely overlooked in many popular histories of the war and in general cultural influence. figure it out yourself. He succeeded in contacting several French officers, including General Charles Mast, the French commander-in-chief in Algiers. January 9, 2018. One of the major unexpected benefits from Torch was the fact that military operations in the Mediterranean from November 1942 to the fall of 1943 allowed the British and Americans to establish an effective combined, joint high command. Operation Torch is an expansion of the acclaimed wargame, Gary Grigsby’s War in the West. The Allied Naval Commander of the Expeditionary Force would be Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham; his deputy was Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, who would plan the amphibious landings. Limited resources dictated that the Allies could only make three landings and Eisenhower – who believed that any plan must include landings at Oran and Algiers – had two main options: either the western option, to land at Casablanca, Oran and Algiers and then make as rapid a move as possible to Tunis some 500 miles (800 km) east of Algiers once the Vichy opposition was suppressed; or the eastern option, to land at Oran, Algiers and Bône and then advance overland to Casablanca some 500 miles (800 km) west of Oran. …approved the renamed operation “Torch”—a combined invasion of North Africa planned for the autumn. Operation Torch (8-11 November 1942) was the Allied invasion of Vichy occupied North Africa, and was the first significant land operation carried out by American troops in the war against Germany. His demand was refused and instead, Giraud became a spectator for the duration of the operation. The French Resistance had unsuccessfully attempted a coup in Algiers and, even though this raised alertness in the Vichy forces, the Eastern Task Force met less opposition and were able to push inland and compel surrender on the first day. The Eisenhower/Darlan agreement meant that the officials appointed by the Vichy regime would remain in power in North Africa. To aid in assessing local conditions, the American consul in Algiers, Robert Daniel Murphy, was instructed to gather intelligence and reach out to sympathetic members of the Vichy French government. World War II: Operation Torch. A total of 67 American troops were interned by Franco's forces until February 1943. At the Torch landings, the 503rd were renamed as the 509th, still a regiment only one battalion strong. Crusade in Europe, pp. Two U.S. destroyers were damaged. At Fedala, weather disrupted the landings. Operation Torch - the Invasion of N orth A frica. The Center Task Force was split between three beaches, two west of Oran and one east. Ideally there would also be a landing at Tunis to secure Tunisia and facilitate the rapid interdiction of supplies traveling via Tripoli to Rommel's forces in Libya. This new addition to the most detailed strategy game available on the Western Front of WWII, introduces 10 new challenging scenarios, including both historical and what-if operations. [33] Though some landings went to the wrong beaches, this was immaterial because of the lack of French opposition. In November 1943, de Gaulle became head of the CFLN and de jure head of government of France and was recognized by the U.S. and Britain. Landing to the south of Casablanca at Safi as well as to the north at Fedala and Port Lyautey, the Americans were met with French opposition. Juin insisted on contacting Darlan and Murphy was unable to persuade either to side with the Allies. The Allies planned an Anglo-American invasion of northwestern Africa — Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, territory nominally in the hands of the Vichy French government. It resulted from an uneasy compromise between the Western Allies, and was intended to relieve pressure on the Soviet Union by imperiling Axis forces in the region and by enabling an invasion of Southern … Surrounding his house, they made him a prisoner. The Allies believed that the Vichy French forces would not fight, partly because of information supplied by American Consul Robert Daniel Murphy in Algiers. On 8 November 1942, one hundred twenty-five thousand soldiers, sailors, and airmen from British, American and Free French units invaded French North Africa under Gen. Eisenhower's command. 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The deal was made on 10 November, and French resistance ceased almost at once. It consisted of the Big Three of the Allied Powers, being the United States, Great Britian, and France. Patton landed at 08:00, and the beachheads were secured later in the day. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English … In June 1943, Giraud and de Gaulle agreed to form the French Committee of National Liberation (CFLN), with members from both the North African government and from de Gaulle's French National Committee. A cruiser, six destroyers, and six submarines were destroyed by American gunfire and aircraft. Because it was hoped that the French would not resist, there were no preliminary bombardments. Under pressure from the Allies and de Gaulle's supporters, the French régime shifted, with Vichy officials gradually replaced and its more offensive decrees rescinded. Under the command of Major-General Charles W. Ryder, commanding general of the U.S. 34th Infantry Division, the 11th Brigade Group from the British 78th Infantry Division, landed on the right hand beach, the US 168th Regimental Combat Team, from the 34th Infantry Division, supported by 6 Commando and most of 1 Commando on the middle beach while the US 39th Regimental Combat Team, also from the US 34th Infantry Division, supported by the remaining 5 troops from 1 Commando, landed on the left hand beach. During this period of weakness, the Allies decided against a rapid advance into Tunisia while they wrestled with the Vichy authorities. Reports indicated that they might support the Allies. [8] In addition, there were 10 or so warships and 11 submarines at Casablanca. This new addition to the most detailed strategy game available on the Western Front of WWII, introduces 10 new challenging scenarios, including both historical and what-if operations. 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The U.S. 1st Ranger Battalion landed east of Oran and quickly captured the shore battery at Arzew. Responding, Hewitt directed aircraft from USS Ranger (CV-4) and USS Suwannee (CVE-27), which had been striking French airfields and other targets, to attack targets in the harbor while other Allied warships, including the battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59), moved inshore and opened fire. [25] The US troops pushed quickly inland and General Juin surrendered the city to the Allies at 18:00. After consolidating in Algeria, the Allies began the Tunisia Campaign. The United States got the quick, painless action that Roosevelt believed necessary to slowly lead the American public toward intervention in Europe rather than Japan. The Eastern Task Force was led by Lieutenant General Kenneth Anderson and consisted of the U.S. 34th Infantry Division, two brigades of the British 78th Infantry Division, and two British Commando units. [26][27] French batteries and the invasion fleet exchanged fire throughout 8–9 November, with French troops defending Oran and the surrounding area stubbornly; bombardment by the British battleships brought about Oran's surrender on 9 November. Who was involved in operation torch? 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The success of Torch caused Admiral François Darlan, commander of the Vichy French forces to order co-operation with the Allies, in return for being retained as High Commissioner, with many other Vichy officials keeping their jobs. The Center Task Force suffered some damage to its ships when trying to land in shallow water but the French ships were sunk or driven off; Oran surrendered after bombardment by British battleships. Other leading and trailing events may also be included for perspective. The French joined up with the Allied forces in North Africa and built a strong force. However, once French coastal batteries opened fire, Allied warships returned fire. Operation Torch was under the command of General Eisenhower and the headquarters were in Gibraltar. Though Eisenhower had intended to make Giraud the commander of French forces in North Africa after the invasion, the Frenchman demanded that he be given the overall command of the operation. The Naval Battle of Casablanca resulted from a sortie of French cruisers, destroyers, and submarines opposing the landings. Underway in coastal waters. Heavy artillery fire prevented one destroyer from landing but the other was able to disembark 250 Rangers before it too was driven back to sea. Churchill then traveled to Moscow in August 1942, where Stalin berated him for postponing the second front and suspending Arctic convoys because of German naval action. The Germans and the Italians immediately occupied southern France, and German troops moved to seize the French fleet in the port of Toulon from 10 November. Two others landed in French Morocco and three in Spanish Morocco, where another Dakota dropped its paratroopers by mistake. However, Giraud would take no position lower than commander in chief of all the invading forces, a job already given to Eisenhower. Intending to land in Morocco and Algeria, Allied planners were forced to determine the mentality of the Vichy French forces defending the area. However, Noguès telephoned loyal forces, who stopped the coup. The naval force for the operation would be led by Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. The Western Task Force landed before daybreak on 8 November 1942, at three points in Morocco: Safi (Operation Blackstone), Fedala (Operation Brushwood, the largest landing with 19,000 men), and Mehdiya-Port Lyautey (Operation Goalpost). 1 and No. Despite his suspicions and fears, Stalin could take grim… Read More The French had suffered many casualties and lacking artillery and armour, Barré was forced to withdraw.[36]. ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/world-war-ii-operation-torch-2361497. Hickman, Kennedy. Torch was, for propaganda purposes, a landing by U.S. forces, supported by British warships and aircraft, under the belief that this would be more palatable to French public opinion, than an Anglo-American invasion. Major General Mark W. Clark—one of Eisenhower's senior commanders—was dispatched to Cherchell in Algeria aboard the British submarine HMS Seraph and met with these Vichy French officers on 21 October 1942. Operation Torch was the allied invasion of Vichy France's North African territories. Anderson nearly succeeded in taking Tunis but was pushed back by determined enemy counterattacks. Operation Torch cost the Allies around 480 killed and 720 wounded. The incomplete French battleship Jean Bart—which was docked and immobile—fired on the landing force with her one working gun turret until disabled by the 16-inch calibre American naval gunfire of USS Massachusetts, the first such heavy-calibre shells fired by the U.S. Navy anywhere in World War II. "World War II: Operation Torch." On 24 December, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, a French resistance fighter and anti-fascist monarchist, assassinated Darlan. [5] The French colonies in the area were dominated by the French, formally aligned with Germany but of mixed loyalties. [14], Marshall's opposition to Torch delayed the landings by almost a month, and his opposition to landings in Algeria led British military leaders to question his strategic ability; the Royal Navy controlled the Strait of Gibraltar, and Spain was unlikely to intervene as Franco was hedging his bets. The 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, aboard 39 C-47 Dakotas, flew all the way from Cornwall in England, over Spain, to drop near Oran and capture airfields at Tafraoui and La Sénia, respectively 15 miles (24 km) and 5 miles (8 km) south of Oran. The occupation of French North Africa was seen as a first step in that process. Marshall and other U.S. generals advocated the invasion of northern Europe later that year, which the British rejected. On 8 November 1942, the invasion commenced with landings on three beaches—two west of Algiers and one east. Top Answer. Darlan was assassinated soon after and the Free French gradually came to dominate the government. The Al­lies planned an An­glo-Amer­i­can in­va­sion of north-west­ern Africa/Maghreb—Mo­rocco, Al­ge­ria and Tunisia, ter­ri­tory nom­i­nally in the hands of the Vichy French gov­ern­ment. This gave the French defenders time to organize resistance, and the remaining landings were conducted under artillery bombardment. However, they harbored suspicions that the Vichy French navy would bear a grudge over the British attack on Mers-el-Kebir in 1940. This was meant as a preventative action to keep the U.S out of WW2, but ended up doing the opposite. T… The French troops withdrew to the west and, within a few days, began to skirmish against the Germans, encouraged by small American and British detachments who had reached the area. Rober Daniel Murphy located in Algiers at the time was assigned with the task to determine if and how cooperative the French army would be. Operation Torch was the Anglo-American invasion of French Morocco and Algeria during the North African Campaign of World War II. It began on November 8 and concluded on November 16, 1942. [28] The operation was marked by communicational and navigational problems owing to the anti-aircraft and beacon ship HMS Alynbank broadcasting on the wrong frequency. Elements of the First Army (Lieutenant-General Kenneth Anderson), came to within 40 mi (64 km) of Tunis before a counterattack at Djedeida thrust them back. Tasked with landing the 18,500 men of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. 1st Armored Division on two beaches west of Oran and one to the east, they encountered difficulty due to insufficient reconnaissance. In the west, the forces of the First Army came under attack at the end of January, were forced back from the Faïd Pass and suffered a reversal at the Battle of Sidi Bou Zid on 14–15 February. fighters. A Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter taking off from USS Ranger(CV-4) supporting the Operation Torch invasion of Morocco, 8 November 1942. Rear Admiral Sir Harold Burrough, RN[40] After weather delays at Fedala, Patton's men, enduring French fire, succeeded in taking their objectives and began moving against Casablanca. A WWI-era destroyer, the Dallas was stripped of much of her structure to make her light, giving her a shallow draft. Eisenhower coordinated the operation from his headquarters at Gibraltar. With help from the Resistance, the Allies also succeeded in slipping French General Henri Giraud out of Vichy France on HMS Seraph—passing itself off as an American submarine—intending to offer him the post of commander in chief of French forces in North Africa after the invasion. His covert mission was to determine the mood of the French forces and to make contact with elements that might support an Allied invasion. As agreed at Cherchell, in the early hours of 8 November, the Géo Gras Group, 400 mainly Jewish French Resistance fighters staged a coup in the city of Algiers. Juin was treated to a surprise: Admiral François Darlan—the commander of all French forces—was also in Algiers on a private visit. Robert Murphy took some men and then drove to the residence of General Alphonse Juin, the senior French Army officer in North Africa. Additionally, French sailors in Toulon scuttled many of the French Navy's ships to prevent their capture by the Germans. In 1942, having been persuaded of the impracticality of launching an invasion of France as a second front, American commanders agreed to conduct landings in northwest Africa with the goal of clearing the continent of Axis troops and preparing the way for a future attack on southern Europe. On 19 November, the German commander, Walter Nehring, demanded passage for his troops across the bridge at Medjez and was refused. Endeavoring to accomplish his objectives, Murphy provided evidence suggesting the French would not resist and made contact with several officers, including the commander-in-chief of Algiers, General Charles Mast. While efforts to land directly in the harbor largely failed, Allied forces quickly surrounded the city and at 6:00 pm on Nov. 8, Juin surrendered. The Combined Chiefs of Staff, however, were concerned that should Operation Torch precipitate Spain to abandon neutrality and join the Axis, the Straits of Gibraltar could be closed cutting the entire Allied force's lines of communication. Fredendall was sacked and replaced by George Patton. [7] These forces included 60,000 troops in Morocco, 15,000 in Tunisia, and 50,000 in Algeria, with coastal artillery, and a small number of tanks and aircraft. Wiki User Answered . Gen. Henry Jules Jean Maurice Martin), This page was last edited on 24 January 2021, at 08:40. Supported by aircraft from carriers offshore, the Americans pushed forward and secured their objectives. Although ammunition was short and equipment obsolete, their fighting caliber was high. Despite these issues, both airfields were captured. [24] The landings were begun without covering fire, in the hope that the French would not resist at all. Rommel advised Hitler to allow a full retreat to a defensible line but was denied and on 9 March, Rommel left Tunisia to be replaced by Jürgen von Arnim, who had to spread his forces over 100 mi (160 km) of northern Tunisia. As a result of French failure to prevent an Allied invasion, Adolf Hitler ordered an invasion and takeover of Vichy, France. The Center Task Force, aimed at Oran, included the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, and the U.S. 1st Armored Division—a total of 18,500 troops. During the landing phase, ground forces were to be commanded by U.S. Major General Charles W. Ryder, Commanding General (CG) of the 34th Division and naval forces were commanded by Royal Navy Vice-Admiral Sir Harold Burrough. Operation Torch, which involved 196 ships of the Royal Navy and 105 of the United States Navy, landed about 107,000 Allied soldiers. [23] Initially dubbed Operation Gymnast, it was soon renamed Operation Torch. Operation Torch was an attack led by General Dewight Eisenhower (from the United States). Operation Torch resulted in the death of about 480 Allied troops while another 720 were wounded. The resulting fighting saw Hewitt's forces sink the unfinished battleship Jean Bart as well as a light cruiser, four destroyers, and five submarines. Operation Torch was an invasion strategy by Allied forces into North Africa that took place Nov. 8 to 10, 1942, during World War II (1939 to 1945). Today, it is all but forgotten. The Americans surrounded the port of Casablanca by 10 November, and the city surrendered an hour before the final assault was due to take place. The First and Eighth Armies attacked again in April. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was given command of the operation, and he set up his headquarters in Gibraltar. Elsewhere, French warships, such as the battleship Richelieu, rejoined the Allies. [10][11] After Prime Minister Winston Churchill pressed for a landing in French North Africa in 1942, Marshall suggested instead to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that the U.S. abandon the Germany first strategy and take the offensive in the Pacific. French sailors scuttled many of their navy ships to prevent Hitler from capturing them. In addition, the coup attempt alerted Noguès to the impending Allied invasion, and he immediately bolstered French coastal defenses. In January 1943, German and Italian troops under Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, retreating westward from Libya, reached Tunisia. Under the direction of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, AUS, Adm. Andrew B. Cunningham, RN, Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, USN, and others, the Allies kept pressure on the Axis by attacking what Winston Churchill dubbed the soft underbelly of … Casablanca was the principal French Atlantic naval base after German occupation of the European coast. When Adolf Hitler learned of Darlan's deal with the Allies, he immediately ordered the occupation of Vichy France and sent troops to Tunisia. Due to navigational and endurance issues, the drop was scattered and the bulk of the aircraft forced to land in the desert. On all fronts, the French were eventually overcome and American forces tightened their grip on Casablanca. With the groundwork laid with the French, the invasion convoys sailed with the Casablanca force departing the United States and the other two sailing from Britain. Torch was the first major airborne assault carried out by the United States. General Sir Harold Alexander arrived in Tunisia in late February to take charge of the new 18th Army Group headquarters, which had been created to command the Eighth Army and the Allied forces already fighting in Tunisia. No role was provided for Free France, which was supposed to be France's government-in-exile and had taken charge in other French colonies. The Western Task Force encountered unexpected resistance and bad weather, but Casablanca, the principal French Atlantic naval base, was captured after a short siege. Torch was a compromise operation that met the British objective of securing victory in North Africa while allowing American armed forces the opportunity to engage in the fight against Nazi Germany on a limited scale. The setbacks at Kasserine forced the Allies to consolidate their forces, develop their lines of communication and administration before another offensive. Hickman, Kennedy. [29] Poor weather over Spain and the extreme range caused the formation to scatter and forced 30 of the 37 air transports to land in the dry salt lake to the west of the objective. "World War II: Operation Torch." Jun 7, 2019 - Explore Kathy roe's board "Operation Torch" on Pinterest. This was to open a front on the German army in Africa. He has appeared on The History Channel as a featured expert. Outside of the city, American forces fought for a full day before the French in the area finally surrendered on Nov. 9. The Axis forces attacked eastward at the Battle of Medenine on 6 March but were easily repulsed by the Eighth Army. A Western Task Force (aimed at Casablanca) was composed of American units, with Major General George S. Patton in command and Rear Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt heading the naval operations. Eisenhower, Dwight. As at Oran, an attempt was made to land directly in the harbor using two destroyers. The Morocco landings ruled out the early occupation of Tunisia. In North Africa, the French Armée d’Afrique joined with the Allies as did several French warships. [34] Men from French North Africa would see much combat under the Allied banner as part of the French Expeditionary Corps (consisting of 112,000 troops in April 1944) in the Italian campaign, where Maghrebis (mostly Moroccans) made up over 60% of the unit's soldiers.[35]. 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