Chart from a report from Admiral Ernest J. King to the Secretary of the Navy, showing locations of Allied landings on Morocco, Algeria, Sicily and the Salerno area, November 1942–September 1943 (80-G-45300).
Admiral Royal Eason Ingersoll, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, watches as the Operation Torch task force stands out from Hampton Roads, Virginia, en route for North Africa, 24 October 1942 (NH-90944-A).
An SBD-3 radioman-gunner test fires his twin .30-caliber machine guns while on an aircraft carrier's flight deck. Note the Operation Torch-specific yellow border around the national insignia (80-G-K-15976).
Pilots of Fighting Squadron 41 (VF-41) singing in their ready room aboard USS Ranger (CV-4), before zero hour of the first day of the invasion of Morocco, 8 November 1942. Lieutenant Malcolm T. Wordell, Squadron Executive Officer, (at right) is leading the songs. Lieutenant Jacob W. Onstott is standing in the left center. Note situation board behind them, and chart of aircraft insignia at left (80-G-30251).
USS Bernadou (DD-153) at sea during the North African invasion operation, November 1942. The ship's mast was removed to facilitate her role in the landings at the Safi, Morocco, port facilities on 8 November 1942 (80-G-31434).
U.S. Navy ships off the Phosphate Pier at Safi, Morocco, on 10 November 1942. Beach Red is in the left background. Beach Blue is in the left center, with the harbor in the center and the town of Safi at right. Ships present are (from left to right center): USS Dorothea L. Dix (AP-67), USS Calvert (AP-65), USS Harris (AP-8), USS Lyon (AP-71), and USS Housatonic (AO-35) (80-G-31424).
Major General George S. Patton, USA (left center), and Rear Admiral John L. Hall, USN (behind Patton), prepare to go ashore during the North African operation. Photo is dated 4 December 1942, but was probably taken on 9 November 1942, when Patton went ashore for the first time at Fedala, Morocco (80-G-30122).
USS Massachusetts (BB-59) maneuvering off Casablanca, Morocco, 8 November 1942. Photographed from USS Mayrant (DD-402). Note that Massachusetts' main battery guns are trained out to port (80-G-K-2134).
French navy and commercial ships in Casablanca harbor, Morocco, after the battle of 8 November 1942. Note two damaged 1,500-ton destroyers at left. Another ship of that class is alongside the quay in right center. Outside the harbor are the beached light cruiser Primauguet (left center), destroyer Albatros, and destroyer Milan (closest to the beach) (80-G-32407).
Western Task Force convoy enroute to Morocco, circa early November 1942. Ships include more than 20 transports, with USS Texas (BB-35) and USS Augusta (CA-31) in the distance. Photographed from an SBD Dauntless scout bomber off one of the invasion force aircraft carriers (80-G-1032486).
Lieutenant Junior Grade W. L. McVay, Jr., A-V (N), USNR, watches his radio-gunner, ARM2/c K. W. Jobe, check the flexible .30-caliber machine guns in their Scouting Squadron 41 SBD-3 during Operation Torch, November 1942, onboard USS Ranger (CV-4) (80-G-30317).
Ensign C. C. Bevis, Jr., USNR, with his radio-gunner, ARM3/c W. J. Sackelford, onboard USS Ranger (CV-4). On 8 November 1942, Ensign Bevis scored a near miss on the Vichy French light cruiser Primaguet (80-G-30322).
First Army P-40 fighter to take off from USS Chenango and fly to shore for combat operations in Morocco, about 10 November 1942. Note U.S. flag markings, and bridge from catapult behind the plane (80-G-30512).
View of the French destroyer Albatros beached off Casablanca, Morocco, 16 November 1942. Badly damaged during the naval Battle of Casablanca on 8 November, her third smokestack is almost completely destroyed and her port side appears to be heavily stained by fuel oil (80-G-31611).
Captain Calvin T. During, USN, commanding officer, USS Ranger (CV-4), reads a "well done" message to his crew upon completion of his ship's participation in Operation Torch, November 1942 (80-G-30373).