Original U.S. WWII 1942 Dated 25 1/2" x 36" Escape Road Map of West Africa - Operation Torch
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice U.S. made escape road map of West Africa, printed by the ARMY MAP SERVICE, U.S. ARMY, in OCTOGER 1942. The map looks to be made of light canvas or muslin, and measures 25 1/2"W x 36"H, printed in black, red, and blue. It shows Morocco, Algeria, as well as what was then known as "French West Africa", today Mauritania and Mali. The coastal areas are present as well, showing what Africa was like at the end of the Colonial period.
As these were mostly French Colonies and Protectorates, after the Fall of France in WWII, they were hostile, being controlled by the Nazi-Sympathetic Vichy French government. In late 1942, the Allies launched Operation Torch, landing in French Protectorates Morrocco and Algeria, hoping to secure the French territories to support the North African and Mediterranean campaigns.
The map is in very good condition, with no markings or discoloration. There is a bit of edge fraying, but nothing major. Ready to display!
Operation Torch (8–16 November 1942) was an Allied invasion of French North Africa during the Second World War. The French colonies in the area were dominated by the Vichy French, formally aligned with Germany but of mixed loyalties. Reports indicated that they might support the Allies. The American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commanding the operation, planned a three-pronged attack on Casablanca (Western), Oran (Center) and Algiers (Eastern), then a rapid move on Tunis.
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