November 8, 1942

Allies Land in North Africa

MOROCCO—While America slept Saturday night, American forces saw their first action in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Under the command of General Dwight Eisenhower, Operation Torch commenced before daybreak local time. American forces landed at three points in this North African nation defended by French troops serving the Vichy government. French forces inflicted heavy losses, but American and British forces have established beachheads in Morocco and Algiers and are progressing inland. Vichy France has severed diplomatic relations with the Allied countries.

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