Tactical & Staff Duties Division (Historical Section), Naval Staff, Admiralty, FIRST EDITION, 1948, stamped “Restricted.” 134 pp., 14 plans (all fldg., 2 cold.), & 5 figures in text. Qtr. blue cloth ; boards with black lettering. 24 x 15cm. Some minor shelf wear & markings o/w internally crisp & clean : V.G. See also Items 5 & 6 above. Operation “Torch” was the Anglo-American invasion of French North Africa in 1942-43, part of the campaign to clear North Africa of the Axis powers and to strengthen naval control over the Mediterranean. The Soviet Union was urging America and Britain to launch a second front in order to ease the situation in Russia under attack by Nazi forces. America favoured an invasion of Europe but Churchill felt it was too premature and would end in disaster, favouring instead an assault on North Africa. The British option was finally agreed upon and “Torch” was a success, leading to the Germans being driven out of North Africa. This official Admiralty account is divided into three parts. I : Preparations. Covering Operation “Torch”, Composition of Forces, and Organization and Plans. II : The Assault : Western Mediterranean. Describes, The Occupation of Algiers, The Capture of Oran, and Mediterranean covering Forces. III : The Assault : West Coast of French Morocco. Concludes with the Western Naval Task Force, The Occupation of Port Lyautey, The Capture of Safi, and Casablanca Operations and Armistice. In addition to the above there are 36 Appendices, 2 indices, 14 folding plans, and 5 figures. RARE. Only one copy on COPAC (NMM).