Un des historiens américains les plus distinguées, Samuel Eliot Morison, was commissioned in the Naval Reserve early en 1942 avec the sole duty of preparing the history of which this book is the second volume chronologically. The work, as a whole, is a "shooting history", written from the inside out, in effect simultaneously avec the events it records. Captain Morison spent more than half his time at sea during the war, seeing active duty on eleven different ships et emerging avec seven battle stars on his service ribbons. Either he ou one of three officiers on his staff covered personally every major operation after 1942. His is the story of naval combat, surface actions, submarine et anti-submarine warfare as conducted from carriers et naval bases ashore, et amphibious warfare.
This second volume, actually the first to be published, covers naval aspects of Operation "Torch", la campagne en Afrique du Nord, which carried out the plan favoured by President Roosevelt for opening a second front to relieve les Russes. Told avec the accuracy d’un historien, the pace of an experienced narrator, the detail of firsthand observation et participation, it is a full record of what was, at the time it occured, the largest overseas expedition ever undertaken.
Samuel Eliot Morison, Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard, was convinced that too many histories were written from the outside looking in. He felt that more was to be gained by writing in contact avec the events, when most of the participants were alive, than by waiting until the ships were broken up et the sailors had departed.
Just after Pearl Harbor, Professor Morison went to President Roosevelt avec his idea. The President was enthusiastic. So was Secretary Knox. In Avril, 1942, Professor Morison was commissioned Lieutenant Commander Morison USNR, et given the active writing assignment that he had suggested.
For the remainder de la guerre, Morison spent more than half of his time at sea, avec active duty on eleven different ships, emerging a captain avec seven battle stars on his service ribbons. He was present at Operation Torch (l’invasion d’Afrique du Nord); he served on Atlantic convoys, et his journeying took him through most of the combat areas of the Pacific during the height of the conflict. He retired from the Navy avec the rank of Rear Admiral et died 1976 in his 89th year.
- Title: History of United States Naval Operations de la Seconde Guerre mondiale
Volume II: Operations in North African Waters, Octobre 1942 to Juin 1943
- Period: Seconde Guerre mondiale
- Type: War Report
- Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
- Format: 298-page hardcover book avec 57 photos et 21 maps
- Language: English
- Publisher: Little, Brown et Company, Boston, MA
- ISBN: 0-316-58302-2
- Published: 1947
L’Expédition contre le Protectorat français du Maroc
- Preliminaries, Juillet 1940 – Octobre 1942
- The Crossing, 20 Octobre - 7 Novembre 1942
- Landing at Fedhala, 8 Novembre 1942
- The Naval Bataille de Casablanca, 8 Novembre 1942
- The Northern Attack, 7-11 Novembre 1942
- The Southern Attack, 7-11 Novembre 1942
- Morocco Secured, 9 Novembre - 1 Décembre 1942
The Expedition against Algeria et Tunisia
- Preparations, Octobre - Novembre 1942
- The Winning of Algiers, 8-15 Novembre 1942
- The Capture of Oran, 8-11 Novembre 1942
- La Marine de la Campagne de Tunisie, Novembre 1942 – Mai 1943
- Allied Ships Sunk in Operation "Torch", 7-16 Novembre 1942
- Western Naval Task Force: Expenditure of Ammunition, 8-11 Novembre 1942
- Summary of Beginning Action, 8 Novembre 1942
Samuel Eliot Morison’s history of naval operations in North African waters is an excellent resource for joueurs de guerre interested in recreating Operation Torch, ou the expeditions against Algeria et Tunisia in miniature. Maps of the landing beaches, ship et troop dispositions enable discerning joueurs de guerre to select interesting scenarios et create the terrain for them.
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