WTW: Torch

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For as long as humanity has been writing, there has been war. Platitudes and slogans won’t change that, anything useful must be based on study and understanding.

Operation Torch is often ignored as less than decisive, but that’s the wrong way to think about it. Torch was crucial to our victory, in more ways than one. It might seem like a cakewalk, but it had tons of problems, and was far from easy, which is why it was so important.

Greetings, comrades, I am halfway through this video, and decided this was the time to write. (Don’t like it? Do better, I dare you :P) Torch was important for several reasons, the first being the need to reduce the pressure on the British Suez Canal lifeline. El-Alamein was far in the future when planning began, so was not foreseeable. And the planning was…less than desirable. The same goes for execution, and quite frankly, things were a mess.

Which is the first important thing. The Allies blundered rather badly at times, though not disastrously so, which served as a necessary wake-up call leading to Overlord. Next is that it demonstrated the need for closer coordination in a dress rehearsal for Overlord, as the landing coordination was so poor. Further, this was Eisenhower’s journeyman piece, where he demonstrated the ability to get the disparate elements of the operation to coordinate, even if it didn’t work well on the first go. If that hadn’t happened, Overlord would’ve been more problematic. This campaign, as I expect the second half to recount, started getting expensive, fast, as the Germans were no slouches. But that’s just me.

What’s your analysis, general?

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05/11/2022 2:31 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
05/11/2022 2:24 pm
zulu trader
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05/11/2022 2:18 pm

War is Hell —

General William Tecumseh Sherman

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05/11/2022 3:29 pm

He’s not wrong

05/11/2022 1:49 pm

There was a man who worked at the grocery store in my hometown who had taken part in the D-Day landings, though I’m uncertain where he was when the events unfolded. He died when I was maybe 8 years old, before I understood the significance of everything and had the chance to ask him about it.

05/11/2022 12:04 pm

My wife’s Grandfather completed 3 amphibious assaults. North Africa (Torch), Naples-Foggio, and Southern France. He was a tank driver. He was severely wounded in Huertgen Forest after the Bulge when a Tiger blew him along with the turret off of his Sherman.

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