Allies land in North Africa

Allies land in North Africa Maximum Cards


Stock #: 235623
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 Aug-17
PM City: Indianapolis
PM State: IN
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First day of issue: August 17, 1992 First issue location: Indianapolis, Indiana Operation Torch, the code name for the Allied invasion of North Africa, initiated the bitter struggle for control of the African continent. The Torch invasion commenced on Nov. 8, when three separate forces of American and British troops landed on the beaches of Africa. If all went according to plan, the invasion would accomplish several Allied objectives, including: trap German Gen. Erwin Rommell and his desert troops between invading forces of British and American troops; allow Allies to tighten the blockade of Mediterranean and South Atlantic sea routes; and provide a base of operation for the push into southern Europe. Of immediate consequence was the surrender of Vichy FRench forces fighting in Africa. The their capitulation gave Hitler an excuse to totally occupy France. German troops marched through southern France, hoping to capture the formidable French fleet at Toulon. But the French, refusing British pleas to join forces with the Allies, scuttled 73 ships in Toulon Harbor on November 27