Operation torch 1942 the invasion of french north africa campaign brian lane herder darren tan on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers following the raid on pearl harbor and the entry of the united states into world war ii president franklin d roosevelt identified the european theatre as his countrys priority their first joint operation with the british was an amphibious . On november 8 1942 the military forces of the united states and the united kingdom launched an amphibious operation against french north africa in particular the french held territories of algeria and morocco that landing code named torch reflected the results of long and contentious . Operation torch was the name given to the allied invasion of french north africa in november 1942operation torch was the first time the british and americans had jointly worked on an invasion plan together. Operation torch is described as the largest and most complex amphibious invasion of its time in november 1942 three landings took place simultaneously across the french north african coast in an ambitious attempt to trap and annihilate the axis north african armies
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