The western task force made up of 35000 American troops and commanded by Patton

The western task force made up of 35000 american

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Operation Torch Within three days, all three points were taken by the allies, leaving the rest of French Morocco and Algeria to be taken.
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