1st ed., 1992. 366 pp., frontis-map + 27 photo-ills + 6 facsimiles. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Operation Torch ' the Allied invasion and conquest of North Africa - was one of the most crucial campaigns of World War II. It was the start of the process that led to the destruction of Hitler's Third Reich. It involved political intrigue, espionage, conspiracy, a massive disinformation campaign, a muddled coup d'etat, the most momentous amphibious assault ever undertaken until then, and the transformation of half-trained, pummelled troops into victorious warriors. Here is the gripping story of that intricate enterprize.