At that time the largest Ordnance organization with the combat troops consisted of a maintenance company with each division, attached to the division ammunition train, without equipment or supplies, and commanded by the colonel commanding the train, who sometimes, Grain observed, put the Ordnance men to such tasks as kitchen police duty or washing trucks. Colonel Edson D. Raff commanded it.

"46 Sometimes the chassis of a truck would be on one ship, the cab on another; projectiles would arrive without their powder charges, which were on another ship.

says he saw at least two huge fires blazing in Oran. They found the sunny African climate a welcome change from the cold English autumn. These were added to the group's 2d Battalion, which was now given responsibility for all local maintenance, leaving the 1st Battalion free to concentrate on assembling crated vehicles.

Find images and videos with similar tags or submit your own. The Oran division was 10,025 strong, but the troops were dispersed around the area. Feel terribly tired as we were up most of the previous night.

The Allies had only 57 supporting the landing.

As they approached, they realized the armored troops were American. A few thought they were returning to the United States.

This early Ordnance effort to support the British First Army was short but strenuous. Most of the people were French and Spanish, but there were Arabs in ragged sheets, and gaunt dogs shared the streets with horse-drawn carts. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world — why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today — so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. They cut the canvas tops out of jeeps parked in the streets. WRESTLER. To the unblooded Americans, it seemed like an intense battle. Hope they arrive home safely. The Vichy France soldiers had completely defeated the Allies who misjudged their morale and combat abilities. The next object was the complete annihilation of the Axis forces opposing the British forces in the Western Desert. Ultimation sent to French ships i.e. Base sections had been planned early for both ports, but on Christmas Eve, when Eisenhower decided upon the movement to central Tunisia, the Mediterranean Base Section (MBS) at Oran had been in existence only about three weeks, and the first echelon of the Atlantic Base Section at Casablanca was just arriving.

Of the three task forces, Center was the only one, according to the official history of TORCH, that "could subsequently claim to have won a decision wholly by force of arms. In its brief experience in action, Combat Command B had lost 32 medium and 46 light tanks. In the meantime, before he could build up his, stocks he had to supply troops who arrived in the theater without all the weapons that their tables of basic allowances called for.