The western task force, made up of 35,000 American troops and commanded by Patton, planned to take Casablanca. • On Nov. 8th, they landed at 3 different locations: Safi, Fedala, Mehedia- Port Lyautey • At all three locations the Vichy French were stationed, but ill prepared, and put up little to night. (Other cities were now on the look out) • On Nov. 1th, Casablanca was surrounded and the city surrendered.
Attack at Oran • The Center Task Force, 18500 men, was sent to take control of Oran • They were split into three groups- 2 attacked from the West and one from the East. • Attacks were delayed due to shallow waters and hidden sandbars, so troops began landing directly on docks. • Due to fire from British battleships, Oran was captured on Nov. 9th.
Invasion of Algiers • The final Eastern Task Force, made up of 20,000 men, was sent for Algiers • Almost all of the fighting took place at the ports of Algiers • French sniper power proved difficult to resolve • One ship the British sent was destroyed and one was run ashore both by enemy artillery • Carrier based planes help deal with the unexpected French resistance. • So later that day, the enemy general of Algiers- Juin - surrendered and the city was taken later that day.
Operation Torch • Within three days, all three points were taken by the allies, leaving the rest of French Morocco and Algeria to be taken.