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

By Center of Military History, Charles R. Anderson

A chain of illustrated brochures that describe the campaigns during which U.S. military troops participated in the course of global struggle II.

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

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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.

A more serious problem concerned transport of vehicles to shore. Because vehicles required deeper-draft landing craft than troops, sandbars that light troop-carrying boats overrode became obstacles to heavier tank and truck lighters. Even on beaches without sandbars, lighters frequently bottomed some distance from the shoreline and had to discharge vehicles into several feet of water, disabling electrical systems. Problems such as these provoked a spiral of unloading delays and forced troops ashore into a tactical disadvantage during the crucial early hours of the landings.

Safety concerns dictated a halt of fire support missions but at the cost of delay in the advance ashore. The Center and Eastern Task Force landings highlighted several operational differences between the two leading Western Allies. Most striking was the British preference for antisabotage thrusts directly into objective areas, a tactic Americans considered suicidal. The failure of Operations RESERVIST and TERMINAL confirmed fears of those American planners who were wary of some British operational concepts, a suspicion dating from World War I.

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