The invasion of french north africa in 1942 tends to get overlooked in histories of the second world war it was a messy operation it targeted the french who were ultimately allies in the war against nazi germany and it was put in the shade by subsequent operations. On november 8 1942 the military forces of the united states and the united kingdom launched an amphibious operation against french north africa in particular the french held territories of algeria and morocco that landing code named torch reflected the results of long and contentious . Operation torch was the name given to the allied invasion of french north africa in november 1942operation torch was the first time the british and americans had jointly worked on an invasion plan together. The allied invasion of french north africa in november 1942 was intended to draw axis forces away from the eastern front thus relieving pressure on the hard pressed soviet union
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