Next week marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French North Africa. The landings began on 8th November 1942, with approximately 100,000 troops landing at Casablanca, Oran, and Algiers. The video below features the perspective of American Captain Charles Scheffel and his experiences commanding a British provisional unit. According to Scheffel, everything was a “disorganized mess,” with no maps or specific orders.
As part of our Fall Speaker Series, Professor Terry Copp will be leading an interactive discussion on the Anglo-American strategic debate that culminated in Operation Torch. The talk will be held at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies on Wednesday 5 December, at 7pm.