“The job I am going on is about as desperate a venture as has ever been undertaken by any force in the world’s history.” – General George S. Patton, immediately prior to leading the Allied invasion of North Africa.
On this day 60 years ago, Operation Torch began.
There are some great resources online about this campaign:
- Personal recollections of Gardner Friedlander, who fought for the U.S. in WWII
- Recap of the role played by the USS Augusta
- US Coast Guard and the Invasion of North Africa
- Allied Landings at Casablanca
I am always in awe of what our predecessors did to secure our freedoms. Keep this in mind: though there are still over 5 million U.S. World War II veterans living in the United States today, they are dying at a rate of nearly 1,000 per day. ( Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Statistics.)
As Veterans Day (aka Armistice Day) approaches, make sure to thank any veterans you know.