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Operation Dragoon: The Invasion of the South of France, 15 August 1944 (Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War)

Helion and Company
Released: 2015-12-03
Hardcover (128 pages)

Operation Dragoon: The Invasion of the South of France, 15 August 1944 (Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War)
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The Allied landings that took place in Southern France in August 1944 represented both one of the concluding elements of the wartime Mediterranean campaign and a decisive follow-on to the invasion of Normandy that had taken place two months before. It was viewed by many at the time as something of a sideshow and not a significant part of the wider war effort. Considerable controversy surrounded the planning of what was originally known as ANVIL with the senior Allied political and military leaders heatedly debating the strategic rationale for such an operation. The maritime force of escort carriers, a gun support force, minesweepers, cargo vessels and heavy landing craft was commanded by an American admiral but a third of it was supplied by the Royal Navy. On the day of the landings the British cruiser HMS Argonaut fired the most rounds of any ship in the fleet. An overwhelming superiority in airpower and a lack of a cohesive German response meant that the landings were an overwhelming success. By the third day the Allies held a 50-mile front as much as 30 miles deep, a total of some 500 square miles. At least nine important towns were in Allied hands and spearheads were ten miles from the naval base of Toulon, ten miles from Cannes. Sea borne and airborne troops had met ashore and reinforcements and supplies were being landed in large quantities. As this Naval Staff History highlights even so ""The Champagne Campaign"", as it was later termed by many of those who had been involved, required considerable planning and the contribution provided by the Royal Navy had a significant part to in the final Allied success. With this came the capture of intact French ports and the establishment of a vital logistic hub would help safeguard the Allied drive through northwestern Europe.

This is the second volume in Helion’s new series, 'Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War’. The series aims to make available to a broad authorship these indispensable studies of the key operations of the war.

Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France

By William Breuer

Brand: Presidio Press
Released: 1996-06-01
Paperback (288 pages)

Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France
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The full dramatic story of the largest operation of its kind in the European War: an Allied seaborne and airborne assault that eventually involved a million troops.

Dragoon, August 15, 1944: The Other Invasion of France

By Paul Gaujac

Brand: Histoire and Collections
Hardcover (196 pages)

Dragoon, August 15, 1944: The Other Invasion of France
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The preparation of the Provence landing in August 1944 was so precise that, against all odds, everything went exactly as scheduled. Therefore, this book emphasizes on the military planning involving all the units and equipments used. The second part of the book deals with the landing operations themselves and the first three days of fighting in Provence, by US troops, up to the arrival of the French 1st Army.

The second largest US landing operation in France has never received such a detailed coverage, both in preparation and in execution. An hour-by-hour account of the fighting by US troops.
More than 60 color profiles of aircraft and landing crafts and ships.

Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

Pen and Sword Military
Released: 2010-03-24
Hardcover (224 pages)

Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944
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Operation Dragoon, the Allied landings in the south of France in August 1944, is often seen as a sideshow supporting Operation Overlord, the crucial D-Day landings in Normandy. And often the operation is criticized as an expensive diversion of men and equipment from the struggle against the German armies in Italy. Yet, as Anthony Tucker-Jones shows in his new in-depth study, Dragoon and the subsequent Allied advance across southern France were key stages in the liberation of Europe, and the operation had far-reaching political and military ramifications. Controversy dogged the plan from the start. Fierce disagreement among the senior Allied commanders and politicians - in particular between Churchill, Eisenhower and de Gaulle - threatened to weaken the Anglo-American war effort.

In vivid detail Anthony Tucker-Jones tells the story of the high-level strategic argument that gave birth to Dragoon, and he looks at the impact of the operation on the direction and duration of the war against Nazi Germany. He also describes the course of the invasion on the ground - the massive logistical effort required, the landings themselves, the role played by the French resistance, and the bitter battles fought against German rearguards as they sought to retain France's southern cities and cover their withdrawal toward the strategic Belfort Gap.

Operation Dragoon: Autopsy of a Battle: The Allied Liberation of the French Riviera August-September 1944

By Jean-Loup Gassend

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Hardcover (560 pages)

Operation Dragoon: Autopsy of a Battle: The Allied Liberation of the French Riviera August-September 1944
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On the night of August 14-15, 1944, the First Airborne Task Force, which included the U.S. 509th, 517th and 551st Parachute Infantry Regiments, jumped into enemy held territory spearheading Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France. Based on interviews from all combatant units, battlefield archaeology, period photos, letters and reports, this book provides an outstandingly detailed hour-by-hour account of the advance through southern France, as seen through the eyes of those who lived through it, bringing to light the tragic and gruesome realities of what was later to become known as the, Champagne Campaign.

Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d'Azur

By George G. Kundahl

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Released: 2017-08-29
Hardcover (456 pages)

Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d Azur
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During World War II three distinct forces opposed the Allies - Germany, Italy, and Japan. Few areas of the world experienced domination by more than a single one of these, but southeastern France - the region popularly known as the Riviera or Cote d'Azur - was one. Not only did inhabitants suffer through Italian Fascism and German Nazism but also under a third hardship at times even more oppressive - the rule of Vichy France. Following a nine-month prelude, the reality of World War II burst onto the Riviera in June 1940 when the region had to defend itself against the Italian army and ended in April 1945 with a battle against German and Italian forces in April 1945, a period longer than any other part of France. In this book, George G. Kundahl tells for the first time the full story of World War II on the French Riviera. Featuring previously unseen sources and photographs, this will be essential reading for anyone interested in wartime France.

Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth

By Stephen Sussna

Brand: Xlibris Corporation
Paperback (740 pages)

Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth
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Defeat and Triumph tells the story of the still controversial, important, dramatic but little known Allied invasion of the French Riviera on August 15, 1944. This was known as Operation Anvil and later renamed Operation Dragoon. Notwithstanding the massive opposition of Winston Churchill, his military advisors, and many notable American generals, Dragoon happened. After suffering four years of humiliating and devastating defeat, French men and women were assisted by their American and British Allies and this invasion ensured World War II victory in Europe. Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth thoroughly analyzes the pros and cons of Dragoon. The book provides a panoramic history of Operation Dragoon and related events in France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, and the Mediterranean from 1940-1945. The author is in the unique position of having served on Day of Dragoon as Helmsman of LST 1012 (

British Light Dragoon (Napoleonic Horseman)

By Griff Hosker

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Paperback (291 pages)

British Light Dragoon (Napoleonic Horseman)
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Robbie Matthews is now a captain in the 11th Light Dragoons. Despite the peace he is soon sent to France to spy on Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion plans. Barely escaping with his life he returns to England to discover that not all of the new officers he has to work with accept him. He fights prejudice and envy. When he and his squadron are sent to Hanover to help fight against the invading French he has the chance to show his new comrades what a good cavalryman he is. The novel culminates in the rescue of British Civilians from French prison camps.

Dragoon : August 15,1944 the Other Invasion of France

By Paul Gaujac

Gardners Books
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Operation ANVIL/DRAGOON: The Invasion of Southern France, Offensive, Deliberate Assault, Amphibious, 15 August-1 September 1944

By D. Stewart;

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