Operation torch was led by General Dwight D. "Ice" Eisenhower, an excellent strategist. The plan was meant to create a second front for the Allies. The U.S wanted to get Africa, then move onto Sicily, and finally Italy.The U.S begins Operation Torch with the plans to invade Algeria and move to the East. By May of 1943, the Allies controled North Africa. This was important in WWII because it succeeded in getting Africa, Sicily, and Italy from the Axis powers.