Animated map shows the advancement of American forces toward North Africa, being joined by British Naval forces near Gibraltar for Operation Torch. American and British allied naval fleets position at key locations near Oran, Algiers and at Casablanca for simultaneous attack. American naval fleet starts its attack after being fired upon by shore batteries of Vichy French forces at Casablanca, commencing the Naval Battle at Casablanca. Carrier aircraft swarm the skies above the harbor at Casablanca. Antiaircraft guns fired by Vichy French. Huge explosions in water and on ships. Guns aboard a battleships fired. The unfinished French battleship Jean Bart is hit by a U.S. battleship's 12 inch shell. The ship Jean Bart erupts in flame and emits heavy smoke. Several destroyed French ships in harbor at Casablanca.
U.S. landing craft underway during Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, in World War 2. Sailors manning antiaircraft gun positions. Sailors off duty relaxing. Two play guitars and others sing along with them, on the deck. A turret with twin 5 inch guns rotates. The El Hank lighthouse at Casablanca, Morocco. A red Moroccan flag fluttering in the breeze. A loaded landing craft displaying the number, 381, on its bow.
Allied ships in Casablanca bay during Operation Torch (Invasion of North Africa) in World War 2. Barrage balloons aloft, over the area. British Naval officers on the bridge of a ship. Aerial views of the port and harbor of Casablanca, Morocco.
Major General James Doolittle and Lt. General Carl Spaatz of the United States Twelfth Air Force, Colonel Willis, as well as French Major-General Bergeret and other American and French officers attend ceremonies at the presentation of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk planes by the U.S. Army Air Forces to the French Lafayette Escadrille in Morocco during World War II. American troops parade before a hangar. Officers stand in front of P-40 planes lined up near the hangar. The band plays in the parade. French Moroccan horsemen. Officers salute the American and French flags. Opening cameraman slate indicates January 9, 1942, but this is an error as the event took place on January 9, 1943.
Invasion of North Africa during World War 2. Two American soldiers converse and smoke cigarettes. Several U.S. soldiers socialize with several locals in Morocco. One of the Moroccans plays an accordion.
Allied bomber lands at an airfield in North Africa. Airmen on the airstrip. Several Allied planes at the air base as one taxis on the runway. Allied officers at a retreat ceremony in Casablanca, Morocco. A soldier with the American flag patch on sleeve. United States soldiers and military band march with the American flag. Soldiers raise the flag. Soldiers march with the French flag. French and other Allied officers at the ceremony. A soldier takes photographs. Soldiers at the French 'Base Aeronautique Navale De Lartigue' in Lartigue, Algeria. American and French flags. Allied officers talking. Soldiers around tents in a camp area.