World War II's "Operation Torch" and Its Hampton Roads Connections
“Operation Torch” was the first Anglo-American amphibious invasion of World War II. It
was meant to open a second front against the Axis Powers in North Africa. The Western
Task Force was comprised of troops commanded by General George Patton with Rear
Admiral Henry Hewitt in charge of the naval forces. This attack force, including 34,000
men and 86 million tons of supplies, left Hampton Roads on October 24, 1942. The
Western Task Force landed in French Morocco on November 8, 1942. The attack was
the largest overseas invasion force to leave the US during the war and was eventually
successful in driving the Axis out of North Africa.
Cost: FREE with $1 Museum admission
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Event url: www.marinersmuseum.org/event/hrh-lecture-operation-torch/
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Newport News, VA 23606
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