Operation Torch, British soldiers dressed as Americans

Friday Insights

National Army Museum (Chelsea) - Foyle Centre 3&4

In 1942, British and United States launched a combined amphibious landing in North Africa, code-named 'Operation Torch'. Since he believed that the Vichy French would be more welcoming to US than British troops, Prime Minister Winston Churchill suggested that British soldiers should wear US Army uniforms during the invasion. A collection of photographs in the National Army Museum's collection illustrates the co-operation between the British and American forces.