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Here are some key facts about Operation Dragoon:
  1. Operation Dragoon was the codename for the Allied invasion of German-occupied Southern France.

  2. The invasion took place on August 15th 1944 - after the main Allied invasion of German-occupied France which took place in Normandy (Operation Overlord) on D-Day, June 6th, 1944.

  3. The initial landing force for Operation Dragoon consisted of 3 American divisions, 1 Free French division, and American, Free French and British airborne and commando forces.

  4. The landing took place between Toulon and Cannes.

  5. More than 94,000 Allied troops, with more than 11,000 vehicles landed on the first day of the invasion.

  6. The invasion forces was supported by a seaborne armada including battleships, 7 escort carriers, and over 50 cruisers and destroyers.

  7. German resistance to the invasion was weak, as most of their troops in France had been withdrawn to fight the allied invasion of Normandy.

  8. After the invasion, the Germans rapidly retreated and the main obstacle to the Allied advance was not German resistance, but simply lack of supplies.

  9. The forces from Operation Dragoon linked up with those from Operation Overlord in mid-September in the vicinity of the French city of Dijon.

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