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Operation Torch 1942: The invasion of French North Africa

Brian Lane Herder Darren Tan Nikolai Bogdanovic

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Osprey Publishing
01 October 2017
History; African history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Second World War; Battles & campaigns
Following the raid on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt identified the European theatre as his country's priority. Their first joint operation with the British was an amphibious invasion of French North Africa, designed to relieve pressure on their new Soviet allies, eliminate the threat of the French navy joining the Germans, and to shore up the vulnerability of British imperial possessions and trade routes through the Mediterranean.

Operation Torch was the largest and most complex amphibious invasion of its time. In November 1942, three landings took place simultaneously across the French North African coast in an ambitious attempt to trap and annihilate the Axis' North African armies between the invading forces under General Eisenhower and British Field-Marshall Montgomery's Eighth Army in Egypt. Using full colour artwork, maps and contemporary photographs, this is the thrilling story of this complex operation.
By:   Brian Lane Herder
Illustrated by:   Darren Tan
Associate editor:   Nikolai Bogdanovic
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   312
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   309g
ISBN:   9781472820549
ISBN 10:   1472820541
Series:   Campaign
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   01 October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in 1981, Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kansas in 2003, and a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2009. He is a legislative librarian for the Kansas state government and his historical research interests include the US military, naval warfare, and World War II.

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