Northwest Africa: Seizing the Initiative in the West

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UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD WAR II

The Mediterranean Theater of Operations


NORTHWEST AFRICA: SEIZING
THE INITIATIVE IN THE WEST

by
George F. Howe

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF MILITARY HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON, D. C., 1957

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • History of the Mediterranean Theater of Operations iv
  • Foreword vii
  • The Author viii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Maps xx
  • Illustrations xxi
  • Preparations 1
  • The Mediterranean Theater of War, 1940-1942 3
  • Strategic Planning 15
  • Tactical Plans and Political Preparations 32
  • Completing the Preparations 60
  • The Amphibious Phase on the Atlantic Coast 87
  • The French Decide to Fight 89
  • Taking Safi 97
  • Fedala to Casablanca 116
  • Mehdia to Port-Lyautey 147
  • The End of Hostilities in Morocco 171
  • The Amphibious Operations in the Mediterranean 183
  • The Last Preliminaries 185
  • The First Day's Operations Against Oran 192
  • The Seizure of Oran 215
  • The Occupation of Algiers 229
  • The Axis Reaction and the French Decision 253
  • The End of Operation Torch 275
  • Taking Positions for the Drive on Tunis 277
  • The Attack Towar43d Tunis 299
  • Stalemate Before Tunis 311
  • Concentration of Forces in Tunisia 345
  • The New Situation: Allied Reaction 347
  • The New Situation: Axis Reaction 363
  • Sparring Along the Eastern Dorsal 373
  • The Enemy Strikes at U.S. II Corps 401
  • The Enemy Drives Back the Allied Southern Flank 423
  • Rommel's Thrust Through Kasserine Pass 438
  • The Enemy is Turned Back 459
  • Shift to Northern Tunisia 483
  • The Allies Prepare for Decisive Action 485
  • The Enemy Strives to Retain the Initiative 501
  • From Mareth to Enfidaville 521
  • Gafsa, Maknassy, and El Guettar (17-25 March) 543
  • Il Corps Operations Beyond El Guettar 564
  • Attacks at Fondouk El Aouareb and Pursuit onto the Plain 578
  • Allied Drive to Victory 593
  • Preparations 595
  • The Attack Begins 609
  • The Advance to Mateur 628
  • The End in Tunisia 644
  • Fruits of Victory 669
  • Allied Troop and Supply Shipments 679
  • Axis Troop and Supply Shipments 682
  • Note on Sources 684
  • Glossary 688
  • Code Names 693
  • Basic Military Map Symbols 695
  • United States Army in World War II 697
  • Index 699
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