Foreign News: Retreat from Greatness


On Nov. 7, 1942 U.S. and British troops invaded French North Africa. The world's hopes rose: this was the western Allies' first direct land blow toward Axis Europe. The hopes of Frenchmen soared: this was a blow for the liberation of France.

Militarily, the invasion was brilliantly conceived, effectively executed—despite some bumbles (see p. 14). But the world had looked for something more than military brilliance in North Africa. The oppressed peoples of Europe, from Dunkirk to Danzig, looked to North Africa for the hope and the pattern of...

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