Commanders George S. Patton Lloyd Fredenhall Kenneth Anderson. Operation Torch was notable for the long approach voyages. In all the Polish Navy covered 1,213,000 sea miles, helped cover 787 convoys, carried out 1,162 patrols and operations sinking same 100,000 tons of … On November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 Allied troops invaded Vichy-French North-West Africa. Troops came straight from the United States and Great Britain to the beaches. Francois Darlan † Ernst Kals. ... the Dieppe raid, Operation “Torch” (landings in North Africa), Operation “Neptune” (D-Day landings). Operation Torch was the Allied invasion of French North Africa, which up to that time was in the hands of the Vichy French, who had gone over to the other side and supported the Germans. The US also joined in 1942 to support Britain and play their part in what would be called "Operation Torch" under the leadership of Eisenhower. The main combatants were the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) and the Allies (France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and China). Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. This was the trial run of a series of amphibious invasions attacking the "soft underbelly" of the Nazi empire, which by this time had most of mainland Europe in its control. World War II, conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during 1939–45. Operation Torch marks the beginning of what many World War 2 wargamers characterize as the “mid-war” period, and as such includes a dizzying diversity of tanks and equipment on both sides. It was the bloodiest conflict, as well as the largest war, in history. Operation Torch - WW2 Timeline (November 8th - 10th, 1942) North Africa seemed a good a place as any to start the Allied march on Rome, Berlin, and - ultimately - Tokyo. In their boldest move yet, the Allies planned out the invasion of North Africa through Operation Torch. Operation Torch Conflict: World War II: Date: 8-16 November 1942 Place: Morocco and Algeria: Outcome: Allied victory Combatants United States United Kingdom Free French. Ex-Combatants Association in Great Britain 1946-2003. The operation marked the first time that British and American forces worked together on an invasion plan and would take place from November 8-16, 1942. Operation Torch was the name of the Allied invasion of northwest Africa in the hopes and goal of removing the Axis presence on the continent. the Germans want to invade Africa, they want it as a strategic place, and to starve Britain from oil, cut her of India, and threaten Russia southern flank. Scouts and Raiders also supported landings in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, ... and raiding missions as well as attacking Japanese shore facilities, shipping, and combatants. Vichy France Nazi Germany. Commissioned in October 1942, this group saw combat in November 1942 during OPERATION TORCH, the first allied landings in Europe, on the North African coast.