"Batter Up" 70th anniversary of Operation Torch
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On this date 7 decades ago American forces splashed ashore in their first steps on the way to Rome and the Rhineland, via French West Africa.

Tragically, their first casualties would come at the hands of their soon-to-be allies, the French, but Operation Torch was still a remarkable undertaking in many ways, not least being the longest shore-to-shore amphibious operation of the War, with the major elements of the invasion fleet sailing directly from the United States and Great Britain to a series of landing spots in western and northern Africa.

Few games directly depict the campaign, probably because of its tragic nature. The Vichy French authorities felt obligated to uphold the honor of the French military by making a serious effort to resist the initial landings, despite the hopes of American leaders that bloodshed might be avoided.

Still, once honor was satisfied, the Vichy French authorities did not prolong their resistance unduly and soon the French military forces in North Africa would become a significant part of the Allied forces driving the Axis out of Africa early in 1943.

Here are some of the wargames that depict facets of this operation. Feel free to add more.
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1. Board Game: Axis & Allies 1941 [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3445]
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In every edition of Axis & Allies, it's possible to reach French Africa from the USA in one move, so some facsimile of Operation Torch often occurs in A&A. It's one of the usual routes for the US into Europe.
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2. Board Game: Atlantic Navies: Command at Sea Volume VII [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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One of the few wargames to explicitly cover the campaign is this module from the Command at Sea series, which depicts Operation Torch, including the Naval Battle of Casablanca in great detail.
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3. Board Game: Check Your 6! [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:3857]
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Another game which explicitly depicts fighting from Nov. 8 is Check Your 6!, which includes a scenario called "French Surprise" with French naval D.520 fighters tangling with US Navy Wildcats.
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The Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures set Task Force includes the incomplete French battleship Jean Bart, which engaged in a duel with the USS Massachusetts, marking the first time an American battleship fired on an enemy battleship. A few days later, on the other side of the world, the USS South Dakota and USS Washington would engage the Japanese battleship Kririshima in the second US battleship duel of the war.
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The Desert War module for Up Front adds the French, who can be an "Axis" power fighting the Americans to depict squad level combat during Operation Torch.
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This includes several scenarios that team one or two D.520 with an Me-109 against various British planes. In fact, however, there weren't any German fighters in French Africa during the initial landings and I don't believe the Vichy French and Germans ever flew joint patrols in any case.
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And, of course, no campaign or battle of World War II is too obscure for an ASL treatment, so there are several scenarios depicting firefights in Morocco from Nov. 8-10.
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Shifting Sands has a cluster of American forces entering the game after the Torch event is played.
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Advanced Tobruk has an expansion covering actions related to Torch. Tobruk Expansion Pack 5b: Torch to Tunisia has several scenarios of US troops fighting the French and several scenarios with the US and French allied against German forces in Tunisia.
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